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Biography

My research output has always aimed for a small but high quality output.In this academic context and spirit,my position in Humanities &Social Science(Classics)and major academic role as Convenor of Short Programs/Bridging Courses(ELFSC/DVC-Academic division) have directly influenced my aim to produce small but qualitatively good research outcomes.The researcher's disciplinary fields of scholarly research and distinctive published outcomes can be characterized by the following descriptors: (1) intellectual traditions of thought; (2) Classical Greek history and historiography; (3) the history of ideas and history of philosophy.

The researcher has achieved a qualitative research output in the broad research field of intellectual traditions of thought and the history of ideas.My recent book ,Thucydides' War:Accounting for the Faces of Conflict has received a detailed,generous and balanced review in the prestigious Bryn Mawr Classical Review.Earlier, the manuscript had also been critically and favourably assessed for publication by the editorial board of the highly regarded academic European and German publisher, Georg Olms Verlag.

This intellectual traditions of thought research examines the dymanics of writing history in and about once contemporary worlds,its intellectual journeys through time, and impact upon twentieth century letters and society.Better understanding our own,often warring,contemporary world requires researchers to come to grips with the dynamics of traditions of thought and their usage and abusage through time.My research has the twin aims of being engagingly educative and scholarly.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 22/04/1988
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
  • Diploma in Education, University of Newcastle

Research

Research keywords

  • Classical Greek history and historiography
  • History of Ideas
  • History of Philosophy
  • Intellectual traditions of thought

Research expertise

• Contemporary history and the idea of a new interdisciplinary literary genre;

• Classical traditions and legacies – writing for the future in a precarious present-tense historical world.

Marc Bloch’s contemporaneous writings and histories, Strange Defeat and The Historian’s Craft, and writing on traditions of thought are not often viewed as a synergy nor given the urgent, comparative enquiry they deserve. The renowned French historian, Marc Bloch, is well known internationally for his work on Feudal Society and as one of two key founders of the Annales School of History. However, no thorough, thematic study has been conducted on his contemporaneous writings and especially those written in July 1940-1942 as an insight into his very particular, complex, subtle deployment of traditions of thought – ancient and modern.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
210304Biography35
210306Classical Greek And Roman History35
210302Asian History30

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member and guest speaker - Australian College of Education
  • Member and guest speaker. - Australian College of Education
  • Member and guest speaker - Australian College of Education

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member of the governing board(Forum)The European Legacy.Very active referee and reviewer.Key example - International Society for the Study of European Ideas
  • Member - Australasian Society For Classical Studies
  • Member - International Standing Committee for the History of Education

Invitations

National Conference-History Teachers Assoc.of Australia 3rd Oct.
History Teachers'Assoc.NSW, Australia (Guest speaker)
2007
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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Morpeth NA, Thucydides' War: Accounting for the Faces of Conflict, Olms Verlag, Hildesheim, Germany, 348 (2006) [A1]
2005Morpeth NA, 'Marc Bloch, Strange Defeat, The Historian's Craft and World War II: Writing and Teaching Contemporary History', The European Legacy, 10 179-195 (2005) [C1]
2001Morpeth NA, 'The Pen and the Sword: Marc Bloch's Victory in 'Strange Defeat' - History as Human Conservation', Humaniesierung Der Bilding Jahrbuch 2001, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, Germany 264-284 (2001) [B1]
2000Morpeth NA, 'Jack Lindsay, Dionysos and Nietzsche: Siren Calls--Ancient and Modern', Prudentia, 32 138-180 (2000) [C1]

Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Morpeth NA, Thucydides' War: Accounting for the Faces of Conflict, Olms Verlag, Hildesheim, Germany, 348 (2006) [A1]

Chapter (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Morpeth NA, ''The individual' in history and history in general: Alcibiades, philosophical history and ideas in contest', Alcibiades and the Socratic Lover-Educator, Bristol Classical Press, London 200-213 (2012) [B1]
2001Morpeth NA, 'The Pen and the Sword: Marc Bloch's Victory in 'Strange Defeat' - History as Human Conservation', Humaniesierung Der Bilding Jahrbuch 2001, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, Germany 264-284 (2001) [B1]
1999Morpeth NA, 'Thucydides as Teacher of Contemporary History: The Philosopher/Historian?s Encounter with History?s Faces of War', Humanisierung der Bildung, Jahrbuch 1999 der IAHB, Peter Lang, Frankfurt 78-110 (1999) [B1]
1999Morpeth NA, 'Imagine the Genii and the Historians: The Legacy of Marc Bloch and Lucien Febvre', Variete: perspectives in French literature, society and culture, Peter Lang, Frankfurt 137-154 (1999) [B1]
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Journal article (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Morpeth NA, 'The fluidity of the past and the present: Historians and ways of perceiving/understanding - Part 2', Teaching History, 44 18-25 (2011) [C1]
2011Morpeth NA, 'Worlds at War: The 2,500-Year Struggle between East and West', European Legacy - Toward New Paradigms, 16 425 (2011) [C3]
2009Morpeth NA, 'Ancient philosophy: A new history of western philosophy, Vol 1', The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms, 14 232-234 (2009) [C3]
2008Morpeth NA, 'The Legacy of Socrates', European Legacy-Toward New Paradigms, 13 785-786 (2008) [C3]
2008Morpeth NA, 'The Rhetoric of Manhood: Masculinity in the Attic Orators', European Legacy-Toward New Paradigms, 13 120-121 (2008) [C3]
2007Morpeth NA, 'Thucydides and the history of ideas: Viewing Thucydides' Peloponnesian War anew - Questions of qualitative understanding and insightfulness', Teaching History, 41 20-24 (2007) [C2]
2005Morpeth NA, 'Marc Bloch, Strange Defeat, The Historian's Craft and World War II: Writing and Teaching Contemporary History', The European Legacy, 10 179-195 (2005) [C1]
2003Morpeth NA, 'Thucydides and Internal War', The International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), 9:6, 2003 xi+410 (2003) [C3]
2000Morpeth NA, 'Jack Lindsay, Dionysos and Nietzsche: Siren Calls--Ancient and Modern', Prudentia, 32 138-180 (2000) [C1]
1998Morpeth NA, 'Eugenics, Orientalism and Classical Education: The Darker side of the Western Tradition', Paedagogica Historica, Suppl.vol.IV 107-149 (1998) [C1]
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Review (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Morpeth NA, 'The very model of conflict and fear : reason,unreason and Social Darwinism', Social Darwinism in European and American Thought,1860-1945,Paedagogica Historica (2006) [D1]

Conference (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Morpeth NA, ''Small is beautiful' and challenging in the Hunter Valley: Wine histories and ideas - past, present and future?', 'The Business of Wine': The Inaugural Wine Business Research Symposium: Conference Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E1]
2008Morpeth NA, 'Philosophical and historical explorations in times of war, ancient and modern: Thucydides, Alcibiades and Marc Bloch on 'campaign'', Research Conference Revolving Around the Platonic Dialogue Alcibiades 1, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants8
Total funding$19,710

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2005 (2 grants)

Jack Lindsay and the writing of intellectual history: An Australian contribution to the history of ideas$4,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Neil Morpeth
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,50020052005
GNo:G0184760

VIII International Congress for the History of the Culture of Writing, 4-8 July 2005$1,587
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Neil Morpeth
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,58720052005
GNo:G0185355

2003 (1 grants)

Australian Society for Ancient Philosophy 15/11/03 to 17/11/03$280
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Neil Morpeth
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$28020032003
GNo:G0183740

2002 (2 grants)

Re-examining the significance of Marc Bloch's (1886-June 16,1944) work, Strange Defeat, and its 'analysis' of the Nazi invasion of France: Writing contemporary$5,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Neil Morpeth
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,50020022002
GNo:G0181336

International Standing Conference on the History of Education, Paris July 9-13, 2002$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Neil Morpeth
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020022002
GNo:G0182027

2000 (2 grants)

Re-Examining the Significance of Marc Bloch's (1886-June 16, 1944) work, Strange Defeat, and its 'Analysis' of the Nazi Invasion of France: writing contemporary$2,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Neil Morpeth
SchemeRole
Special Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50020002000
GNo:G0178835

ISCHE XXII: International Standing Conference for the History of Education: Books & Education, Madrid, Spain.$1,873
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Neil Morpeth
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,87320002000
GNo:G0180310

1998 (1 grants)

International standing conference for the history of education: Imagine all the education, Belgium 14-18 August 1998$1,070
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor Neil Morpeth
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,07019981998
GNo:G0180362
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions7
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.8

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
20142016M Philosophy (Education)Co-SupervisorThe Problem of Low Pass Rates and the Declining Quality of Education in Secondary Schools Around the Province of Sofala in Mozambique
20142018M Philosophy (Education)Co-SupervisorThe Christian School Movement in Australia: Achieving Outcomes or Maintaining the Status Quo?
20142018PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorA Critical Look at Assessments of University Students' EFL Speaking Skill in Ho Chi Minh City.
20142018PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorTowards a Quantum Perspective in Health Education: Building New Foundations for a Holistic Theory of the Importance of Nutrition in Health
20122019PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorCritical Reflections on the Evolution of Concepts of Whole Child: With Particular Reference to the Recent Development of the Australian Walker Learning Approach
20112016PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorReclaiming our Mythical Past: Philosophical Reflections on Creation Mythology in the Reconceptualisation of a Multicultural Heuristic for the Spiritual Development of Children
20082016PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorA Pedagogy for Pacific Communities in Relation to Domestic Violence

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2013PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorPhilosophical and Theological Reflection on the Bible as a Significant Body of Non-sectarian Literature in Religious Education
2006M Arts (Philosophy) [R]Principal SupervisorGeometry and Philosophy in Greek Antiquity
2003PhD (Fine Art)Principal SupervisorA Comparative Exploration of the Topology and Iconography of Labyrinthine Symbols in Western Culture: Towards an Integration of Philosophy, Mathematics and History
PhD (Classics)Co-SupervisorDiet in Disease and Medicine in Ancient Greece and Rome
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Associate Professor Neil Morpeth

Work Phone15962
Fax16901
Email
PositionAssociate Professor
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
MCLG58,
McMullin,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/neil-morpeth