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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.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Melbourne, 11/03/1998
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Canterbury - New Zealand
  • Master of Arts (Honours), University of Canterbury - New Zealand
  • Royal Society of Arts Certificate in TEFL, International House London

Research

Research keywords

  • Documentary film
  • Gender and sexuality
  • The First World War especially film and representation
  • The Labour movement

Research expertise

  • Historical Studies

Languages

  • English
  • German

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
210300Historical Studies50
219999History And Archaeology Not Elsewhere Classified45
220299History And Philosophy Of Specific Fields Not Elsewhere Classified5

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Conference Co-convenor - Australian Homosexual Histories Conference, 2002
  • Member of program committee - British World Conference IV program committee, 2005
  • Conference Co-convenor - Interdiscipinary Gender Studies, 2001
  • Member, Acting Secretary, AGM Nov. 2005 - New Zealand Historical Association Executive

Editorial Board.

  • Co-editor - Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies

Appointments

Lecturer in New Zealand and comparative history
The University of Auckland (New Zealand)
01/08/2004 - 01/02/2007
Acting Secretary
NZ Historical Assocation Conference (New Zealand)
01/11/2005 - 01/12/2005

Awards

Research Award.

2002Faculty Enhancement Program award (FEP)
International Council for Canadian Studies (Canada)
External competitive grant

Invitations

Trans Tasman Labour History Conference
Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand (Conference invited paper)
2007
Dr Graham Willett
Australia Centre, University of Melbourne, United Kingdom (Invited conference paper)
2007
Dr Graeme Ball
Auckland History Teachers' Association, New Zealand (Invited paper)
2005
Dr David Pomfret
Hong Kong University, Hong Kong (Invited seminar paper)
2007
Associate Prof Anna Green
University of Waikato, New Zealand (Invited to coordinate a course at another university)
2004
Associate Prof Malcolm Campbell
University of Auckland, New Zealand (Research Masters Assessor)
2007

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Australia and the Pacific
  • Australian history
  • History, film and representation
  • War and society
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Highlighted Publications

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

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2004Bennett JE, Rats & Revolutionaries: The Labour Movement in Australia & New Zealand 1890-1940, University of Otago Press, Dunedin, 214 (2004) [A1]
2001Bennett JE, 'Maori as Honorary Members of the White Tribe', The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 29 33-54 (2001) [C1]
2006Bennett JE, 'Medicine, Sexuality, and High Anxiety in 1950s New Zealand: Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures (1994)', Health and History, 8 147-175 (2006) [C1]
2004Bennett 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]

Publications

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Book (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Beirne RC, Bennett JE, Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand, I. B. Tauris, London, 296 (2011) [A3]

Co-authors: Rebecca Beirne

2004Bennett JE, Rats & Revolutionaries: The Labour Movement in Australia & New Zealand 1890-1940, University of Otago Press, Dunedin, 214 (2004) [A1]

Chapter (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Bennett 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

2011Bennett 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]
2004Bennett 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]
1997Bennett 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)

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2014Bennett J, 'Breaking out of the nationalist/ic paradigm: international screen texts on the 1915 Gallipoli campaign', Continuum, 28 640-653 (2014)
2014Bennett JE, 'Lest we forget black diggers: recovering Aboriginal Anzacs on television', Journal of Australian Studies, 38 457-475 (2014)
2013Bennett 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]
2012Bennett JE, 'Man alone and men together: Maurice Shadbolt, William Malone and Chunuk Bair', Journal of New Zealand Studies, 46-61 (2012) [C1]
2012Bennett JE, 'New Zealand cinema: Interpreting the past, edited by Alistair Fox, Barry Keith Grant and Hilary Radner [Book review]', Senses of Cinema, - (2012) [C3]
2011Bennett JE, 'Eric Richards, Destination Australia. Migration to Australia since 1901', Australian Economic History Review, 51 101-103 (2011) [C3]
2011Bennett JE, 'Bob Hawke's legacy', History Australia, 8 255-257 (2011) [C3]
2010Bennett JE, 'Keeping the Wolfenden from the door? Homosexuality and the 'Medical Model' in New Zealand', Social History of Medicine, 23 134-152 (2010) [C1]
2009Bennett JE, 'Reflections on writing comparative and transnational labour history', History Compass, 7 376-394 (2009) [C1]
2009Bennett JE, 'Homophobia: An Australian history', Journal of Australian Studies, 3 238-239 (2009) [C3]
2009Bennett JE, 'Remaking the Tasman World', Labour History, 97 227-229 (2009) [C3]
2008Bennett JE, 'Revolution: The 1913 great strike in New Zealand', Labor History, 49 521-523 (2008) [C3]
2007Bennett JE, 'The longest decade', Australian Economic History Review, 47 323-324 (2007) [C3]
2006Bennett 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]
2006Bennett JE, 'Medicine, Sexuality, and High Anxiety in 1950s New Zealand: Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures (1994)', Health and History, 8 147-175 (2006) [C1]
2006Bennett JE, May JR, 'Introduction', Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 10 i-ix (2006) [C3]

Co-authors: Josephine May

2006Bennett JE, 'The great labor schism: A retrospective', Australian Economic History Review, 46 190-192 (2006) [C3]
2004Bennett JE, 'Review of The Shaping of History: Essays from the New Zealand Journal of History', Australian Historical Studies, 34 422-424 (2004) [C3]
2004Bennett JE, 'Review of David Coad, Gender Trouble Down Under: Australian Masculinities', Journal of interdisciplinary gender studies, 9 157-160 (2004) [C3]
2003Bennett JE, 'Massey's Sunday School Picnic Party: The Other Anzacs or Honorary Australians?', War & Society, 21 23-54 (2003) [C1]
2001Bennett JE, 'Maori as Honorary Members of the White Tribe', The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 29 33-54 (2001) [C1]
1999Bennett 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]
1997Bennett 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)

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

Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Grushka 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]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants12
Total funding$34,996

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2011 (1 grants)

Visual Media Artefacts: Teaching and Assessment in a Post-literate Age$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
Teaching and Learning Project Grant 2011Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020112011
GNo:128923464

2009 (1 grants)

Australian Historical Association Conference 2009, Queensland, 30 June - 3 July 2009$715
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor James Bennett
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$71520092009
GNo:G0190383

2007 (1 grants)

Owlfenden 50, King College London, 28/6/2007 - 30/6/2007$2,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor James Bennett
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50020072007
GNo:G0187775

2004 (2 grants)

Research travel grants in aid$5,000
Funding Body: University of Auckland

SchemeRole
Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020042006
GNo:18067011

12th Biennial Conference of the Australian Historical Association, 5-9 July 2004$200
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor James Bennett
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20020042004
GNo:G0184455

2003 (1 grants)

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

Project Team
Doctor James Bennett
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020032003
GNo:G0183075

2002 (3 grants)

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

Project Team
Doctor James Bennett
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,50020022002
GNo:G0182149

Faculty Enhancement Program$5,500
Funding Body: International Council for Canadian Studies

SchemeRole
Faculty Enhancement ProgramChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,50020022002
GNo:18066219

Australian Historical Association 11th Biennial Conference, Brisbane, Queensland 3-7 July, 2002$440
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor James Bennett
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$44020022002
GNo:G0182069

2001 (2 grants)

8th Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Conference, 29 June 2001$391
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor James Bennett, Doctor Marguerite Johnson
SchemeRole
Conference Establishment GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$39120012001
GNo:G0180957

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

Project Team
Doctor James Bennett
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9520012001
GNo:G0181524

1999 (1 grants)

Australian Historical Association Regional Conference 1999, Hobart Tasmania, 29 September - 1 October 1999$255
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor James Bennett
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$25519991999
GNo:G0179102
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions7
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.3

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132017M Philosophy (History)Co-SupervisorThe Making of the Newcastle Industrial Hub 1930-1945: Economic Depression, War and Newcastle's Industrial Revolution
20132021PhD (History)Co-SupervisorThe Enduring Commitment: Australian Middle East Strategy, from Sudan to Afghanistan
20132017PhD (History)Co-SupervisorThe Geo-Political Imperative: Continuity in Australia┬┐s Regionalism, Great Power Alliances and Policy Making Assessments, 1859 ┬┐ 1941
20132017PhD (Cultural Studies)Co-SupervisorThe Return of the 1920s
20112016PhD (History)Co-SupervisorSir John Grieg Latham: A Political Biography
20102016PhD (History)Co-SupervisorThe Electricity Commission of New South Wales and its place in the rise of Centralised Coordination of Bulk Electricity Generation and Transmission 1888-2003
20082013PhD (Classics)Co-SupervisorNational Identity, the Auteur and the Greek World on Film

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
1950Masters History
The University of Auckland
Principal SupervisorHeroic donkeys and legendary men
1950PHD History
The University of Auckland
Co-SupervisorSex education in New Zealand, 1940-1985
1950PHD History
The University of Auckland
Co-SupervisorPsychiatric nursing in New Zealand, 1938-1972
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Dr James Bennett

Work Phone(02) 4348 4057 (Ourimbah and Callaghan)
Fax(02) 4348 4075
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaHistory
Office
HO1.13 (Ourimbah) W325 (Callaghan),
Humanities Offices (Ourimbah) Behavioural Sciences (Callaghan),
Ourimbah and Callagahan
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/j-bennett