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Dr James Bennett

Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science (History)

Career Summary

Biography

James Bennett is a Senior Lecturer in History and currently Head of the History discipline in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle. His professional memberships include the International Society for First World War Studies, the Australian Historical Association and  Friends of the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

His most significant recent achievements include co-editing the rich and diverse collection, Radical Newcastle, on that city's submerged 'radical' past. The book is to be published by NewSouth Publishing and will be released in time for the Newcastle Writers' Festival in March, 2015 and the University's 50th birthday commemorations. The project has returned him to his early career roots in the field of labour history which led to publication of his first monograph, 'Rats and Revolutionaries': The Labour Movement in Australia and New Zealand 1890-1940 (Otago University Press, 2004) based on part of his PhD thesis.

He is co-covening the international conference, 'The First World War: Local, Global and Imperial Perspectives' at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle from 25 to 27 March, 2015. The conference marks the centenary of the First World War and is an official UoN 50th birthday event.

Recent publications have been focused on the representation of history on film and television, notably the collection published as Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand (I.B. Tauris, 2011), which he co-edited and contributed to. More recently his emphasis has been on documentary representations of the First World War through articles on international documentaries that marked the 90th anniversary of the campaign (Continuum, 28:5, 2014) as well as television documentaries dealing with Aboriginal service and sacrifice (Journal of Australian Studies, 38:4, 2014).

He has had articles published in many national and international journals on Australian history, New Zealand history, transnational history, sexual history and film and history including the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, History Compass, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Social History of Medicine, War and Society and Journal of New Zealand Studies. In 2006 he co-edited a special issue on gender readings in history and film for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies.

He was an interviewee for the 2010 American feature length documentary Reflections of the Past: An Open Discussion on the Parker-Hulme Case arising from his publications on the seminal 1954 New Zealand murder case and its representations in film and media.

Research Expertise
- Historical Studies 

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Melbourne
  • Master of Arts (Honours), University of Canterbury - New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Canterbury - New Zealand
  • Royal Society of Arts Certificate in TEFL, International House London

Keywords

  • Australia and the Pacific
  • Australian history
  • Documentary film
  • Gender and sexuality
  • History, film and representation
  • The First World War especially film and representation
  • The Labour movement
  • War and society

Languages

  • German (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
220299 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields not elsewhere classified 5
219999 History and Archaeology not elsewhere classified 45
210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Co-Editor - Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies University of Newcastle
Australia
1/11/2005 - 1/12/2005 Acting Secretary NZ Historical Assocation Conference
New Zealand
1/08/2004 - 1/02/2007 Lecturer The University of Auckland
Department of History
New Zealand
1/08/2004 - 1/02/2007 Lecturer The University of Auckland
Comparative History
New Zealand
1/01/2001 - 1/12/2001 Conference Co-convenor - Interdiscipinary Gender Studies Interdiscipinary Gender Studies Conference
Australia
1/01/2001 - 1/12/2001 Conference Co-convenor Australian Homosexual Histories Conference
Australia
1/04/1991 - 1/12/1992 Assistant Lecturer International Pacific College
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies- English as a Foreign Language
New Zealand

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Member - Acting Secretary - New Zealand Historical Association Executive New Zealand Historical Association
New Zealand
1/01/2005 - 1/12/2005 Member - British World Conference IV Program Committee British World Conference IV Program Committee
Australia

Awards

Research Award

Year Award
2002 Faculty Enhancement Program award (FEP)
International Council for Canadian Studies

Invitations

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2007 Associate Prof Malcolm Campbell
Organisation: University of Auckland Description: I was asked to assess and prepare a report on a Masters thesis which had been examined by 1 internal and 1 external examiner. There was a wide discrepancy between the two grades. My compromise grade was adopted.
2007 Associate Prof Malcolm Campbell
Organisation: University of Auckland Description: I was asked to assess and prepare a report on a Masters thesis which had been examined by 1 internal and 1 external examiner. There was a wide discrepancy between the two grades. My compromise grade was adopted.
2007 Dr David Pomfret
Organisation: Hong Kong University Description: Personal invitation based on my published work from the new convenor of the HKU History Department seminar series, which is very international in orientation. Accommodation expenses are paid.
2007 Trans Tasman Labour History Conference
Organisation: Auckland University of Technology Description: Paper invited by virtue of my published monograph, 'Rats and Revolutionaries'(2004)
2007 Dr Graham Willett
Organisation: Australia Centre, University of Melbourne Description: Personal invitation to give a paper at the Wolfenden 50 Conference (50 years since publication of the Wolfenden Report) at King's College in London. This arises from my work on transnationalism and on sexual identities.
2005 Dr Graeme Ball
Organisation: Auckland History Teachers' Association Description: Invitation to speak at the Auckland History Teachers' Professional Development conference at St. Cuthbert's College in Auckland. The paper was based on my research work around identities, film and representation.
2004 Associate Prof Anna Green
Organisation: University of Waikato Description: Shortly after my appointment at the University of Auckland I was invited by the Chairperson of the History Department at the University of Waikato in Hamilton (c. 1.5 hours south of Auckland0 to run an upper level course in social history.
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Bennett JE, Cushing N, Eklund E, Radical Newcastle: Unearthing the radical past and present of Newcastle and the Hunter Region, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney, 0 (2015)
Co-authors Nancy Cushing
2011 Beirne RC, Bennett JE, Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand, I. B. Tauris, London, 296 (2011) [A3]
Co-authors Rebecca Beirne
2004 Bennett JE, Rats & Revolutionaries: The Labour Movement in Australia & New Zealand 1890-1940, University of Otago Press, Dunedin, 214 (2004) [A1]

Chapter (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Bennett JE, 'Heavenly Creatures: The 1954 Parker-Hulme case', Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand, I. B. Tauris, London 199-204 (2011) [B2]
2011 Bennett JE, Beirne RC, 'Introduction', Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand, I. B. Tauris, London xvii-xxiii (2011) [B2]
Co-authors Rebecca Beirne
2004 Bennett JE, 'The New Zealand Labour Movement and International Communism 1921 to c.1938', Lenin's Legacy Down Under: New Zealand's Cold War, University of Otago Press, Dunedin, New Zealand 73-91 (2004) [B1]
1997 Bennett J, ''Close Encounters of the Dissident Kind: Radicalism in the Labour Movements of Australia and New Zealand, 1917 - circa. 1930'', , University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia (1997) [B1]
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Journal article (23 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Bennett J, 'Breaking out of the nationalist/ic paradigm: international screen texts on the 1915 Gallipoli campaign', Continuum, 28 640-653 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/10304312.2014.942023
2014 Bennett JE, 'Lest we forget black diggers: recovering Aboriginal Anzacs on television', Journal of Australian Studies, 38 457-475 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/14443058.2014.952762
2013 Bennett JE, Boucher L, Cokley J, Delofski M, Parsons TG, Taylor J, 'Diasporas of Australian Cinema, Catherine Simpson, Renata Murawska and Anthony Lambert (Eds), (2009) Bristol, UK: Chicago, USA: Intellect', Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 2 307-308 (2013) [C3]
DOI 10.1386/ajpc.2.2.307_5
2012 Bennett JE, 'Man alone and men together: Maurice Shadbolt, William Malone and Chunuk Bair', Journal of New Zealand Studies, 46-61 (2012) [C1]
2012 Bennett JE, 'New Zealand cinema: Interpreting the past, edited by Alistair Fox, Barry Keith Grant and Hilary Radner [Book review]', Senses of Cinema, - (2012) [C3]
2011 Bennett JE, 'Bob Hawke's legacy', History Australia, 8 255-257 (2011) [C3]
2011 Bennett JE, 'Eric Richards, Destination Australia. Migration to Australia since 1901', Australian Economic History Review, 51 101-103 (2011) [C3]
2010 Bennett JE, 'Keeping the Wolfenden from the door? Homosexuality and the 'Medical Model' in New Zealand', Social History of Medicine, 23 134-152 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/shm/hkp056
2009 Bennett JE, 'Reflections on writing comparative and transnational labour history', History Compass, 7 376-394 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1478-0542.2008.00583.x
2009 Bennett JE, 'Remaking the Tasman World', Labour History, 97 227-229 (2009) [C3]
2009 Bennett JE, 'Homophobia: An Australian history', Journal of Australian Studies, 3 238-239 (2009) [C3]
DOI 10.1080/14443050902883447
2008 Bennett JE, 'Revolution: The 1913 great strike in New Zealand', Labor History, 49 521-523 (2008) [C3]
DOI 10.1080/00236560802377035
2007 Bennett JE, 'The longest decade', Australian Economic History Review, 47 323-324 (2007) [C3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8446.2007.00216.x
2006 Bennett JE, 'Fifty Years of Parker and Hulme: A Survey of Some Major Textual Representations and their Ideological Significance', Journal of New Zealand Studies, 11-37 (2006) [C1]
2006 Bennett JE, May JR, 'Introduction', Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 10 i-ix (2006) [C3]
Co-authors Josephine May
2006 Bennett JE, 'Medicine, Sexuality, and High Anxiety in 1950s New Zealand: Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures (1994)', Health and History, 8 147-175 (2006) [C1]
2006 Bennett JE, 'The great labor schism: A retrospective', Australian Economic History Review, 46 190-192 (2006) [C3]
2004 Bennett JE, 'Review of The Shaping of History: Essays from the New Zealand Journal of History', Australian Historical Studies, 34 422-424 (2004) [C3]
2004 Bennett JE, 'Review of David Coad, Gender Trouble Down Under: Australian Masculinities', Journal of interdisciplinary gender studies, 9 157-160 (2004) [C3]
2003 Bennett JE, 'Massey's Sunday School Picnic Party: The Other Anzacs or Honorary Australians?', War & Society, 21 23-54 (2003) [C1]
2001 Bennett JE, 'Maori as Honorary Members of the White Tribe', The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 29 33-54 (2001) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/03086530108583126
Citations Scopus - 11
1999 Bennett JE, 'The Contamination of Arcadia? Class, Trans-National Interactions and the Construction of Identity, 1890-1913', New Zealand Journal of History, 33 No 1 20-42 (1999) [C1]
1997 Bennett J, ''Social Security, the "Money Power" and the Great Depression: The International Dimension to Australian and New Zealand Labour in Office'', Australian Journal of Politics and History, 43 312-330 (1997) [C1]
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Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2001 Bennett JE, 'Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures: a personal perspective', Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Ourimbah (2001) [E2]

Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Grushka K, Bennett J, Parkes RJ, Beirne R, Donnelly D, Falzon C, et al., 'Visual media texts: Teaching and assessing the humanities & social sciences in a post-literate age', Centre for Learning and Teaching, 18 (2013) [R1]
Co-authors Rebecca Beirne, Chris Falzon, Robert Imre, Kath Grushka, Heather Sharp, Debra Donnelly, Josephine May, Robert Parkes
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 12
Total funding $34,996

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20111 grants / $10,000

Visual Media Artefacts: Teaching and Assessment in a Post-literate Age$10,000

 Within our growing knowledge economy, students increasingly encounter disciplines such as history, politics, philosophy, and education through the intersection of new media technologies and popular culture, rather than through the once typical encounter with ‘the book’. Recognising that we live at a time when students prefer to engage with visual media rather than written text, Rosenstone (2001) has dubbed the present age ‘post-literate’, an age where everyone can read but no one will. Prensky (2007) describes the current generation transitioning from schools into the workforce and tertiary education as ‘digital natives’, for whom graphics precede written text as one of the defining features of their engagement in learning. This project recognises that significant work using screen media texts in teaching and learning is occurring across the university. Through developing a dialogue across the disciplines, and developing a web-based repository of texts and practices, this project will explore how, for what purpose, and to what effect, visual media (including film, television, still images, vodcasts, animation, social media and imaging technologies) are used by academics in the Humanities and Social Sciences to produce 21st century professionals and enhance the student experience. It will, through surveys and focus group interviews, develop an understanding of the variety of texts, assessment strategies and pedagogical approaches used by academics. The project will establish exemplars of innovative pedagogical practice in order to explore curriculum renewal opportunities.

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Teaching and Learning Project Grant 2011
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $715

Australian Historical Association Conference 2009, Queensland, 30 June - 3 July 2009$715

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor James Bennett
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190383
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20071 grants / $2,500

Owlfenden 50, King College London, 28/6/2007 - 30/6/2007$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Bennett
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187775
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20042 grants / $5,200

Research travel grants in aid$5,000

Funding body: University of Auckland

Funding body University of Auckland
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON Y

12th Biennial Conference of the Australian Historical Association, 5-9 July 2004$200

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Bennett
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184455
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20031 grants / $2,400

British World Conference, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-12 July, 2003$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Bennett
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183075
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20023 grants / $13,440

Putting History on Film: The Parker-Hulme Case and Peter Jackson's Cinematic Representation, Heavenly Creatures$7,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Bennett
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0182149
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Faculty Enhancement Program$5,500

Funding body: International Council for Canadian Studies

Funding body International Council for Canadian Studies
Project Team
Scheme Faculty Enhancement Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON Y

Australian Historical Association 11th Biennial Conference, Brisbane, Queensland 3-7 July, 2002$440

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Bennett
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0182069
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20012 grants / $486

8th Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Conference, 29 June 2001$391

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Bennett, Associate Professor Marguerite Johnson
Scheme Conference Establishment Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0180957
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Australian Homosexual Histories Conference #4 University of Adelaide 19-20 October 2001$95

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Bennett
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0181524
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19991 grants / $255

Australian Historical Association Regional Conference 1999, Hobart Tasmania, 29 September - 1 October 1999$255

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Bennett
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo G0179102
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed5
Current8

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.2
PhD1.95

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD An investigation of pleasure and romantic love in mid-century Australia, through conventions and prescriptions as well as individual responses
History, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Valour Down Under: A History of Australia and the Victoria Cross
History, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD The Relationship between struggles for Aboriginal Liberation and the Socialist and Trade Union Movements in Australia 1917 - 1939
History, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD The Enduring Commitment: Australian Middle East Strategy, 1885 to 2015
History, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD The Geo-Political Imperative: Continuity in Australia¿s Regionalism, Great Power Alliances and Policy Making Assessments, 1859 ¿ 1941
History, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD The Return of the 1920s
Studies In Human Society N.E.C, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 Masters The Making of the Newcastle Industrial Hub 1930-1945: Economic Depression, War and Newcastle's Industrial Revolution
History, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Sir John Grieg Latham: A Political Biography
History, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD The Electricity Commission of New South Wales and its Place in the Rise of Centralised Coordination of Bulk Electricity Generation and Transmission 1888 - 2003
History, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD National Identity, the Auteur and the Greek World on Film
Studies In Human Society, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2007 PhD Sex education in New Zealand, 1940-1985
History, The University of Auckland
Co-Supervisor
2006 PhD Psychiatric nursing in New Zealand, 1938-1972
History, The University of Auckland
Co-Supervisor
2006 Masters Heroic donkeys and legendary men
History, The University of Auckland
Principal Supervisor
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News

Radical Newcastle launch

Radical Newcastle launched at Newcastle Writers Festival

March 24, 2015

Watch talks by Newcastle radicals Vera Deacon, Professor John Maynard and Dr Daniela Heil, along with an official launch by Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen of the Radical Newcastle book.

Radical Newcastle book

Unearthing Newcastle's radical past

October 24, 2014

Historians Dr James Bennett and Dr Nancy Cushing from the University of Newcastle (UON), along with Dr Erik Eklund from Federation University, VIC, bring together a selection of essays about Newcastle's radical past, and consider its impact on the present and future.

Dr James Bennett

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

History

Contact Details

Email j.bennett@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4348 4057 (Ourimbah and Callaghan)
Fax (02) 4348 4075

Office

Room HO1.13 (Ourimbah) W325 (Callaghan)
Building Humanities Offices (Ourimbah) Behavioural Sciences (Callaghan)
Location Ourimbah and Callagahan
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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