You are invited to the launch of Historical Encounters, an international online research journal, edited by the University of Newcastle's HERMES research group

Public lecture and journal launch

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 04:00 pm — Thursday, 28 August 2014, 05:30 pm

Location University Gallery, Callaghan campus, The University of Newcastle
RSVP Thursday, 28 August 2014

You are invited to the launch of Historical Encounters, an international online research journal, edited by the University of Newcastle's Historical Experience, Representation, Media, Education and Society group (HERMES). In addition to the launch, there will be a a talk by recently announced ARC Future Fellow, Dr Anna Clark.

HERMES is a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research group concentrated in the School of Education at UON with a growing number of international members and collaborators.

The group's new biannual peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal is dedicated to the empirical and theoretical study of historical consciousness, historical cultures and history education.

Dr Robert Parkes, Convenor of HERMES Research Group and Editor of Historical Encounters, said, "I am proud to say, we have most outstanding editorial board of any history education journal in the world. It has the top professors from around the world and has already attracted scholarship from Finland, Sweden, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands."

The journal invites articles, features, provocations, rejoinders, book reviews and dissertation abstracts. Submissions are welcome from across the fields of public history, history didactics, curriculum and pedagogy studies, cultural studies, collective memory, narrative theory, and historical theory.

Public lecture by Dr Anna Clark

Remembering and forgetting: historical consciousness through the generations

Dr Anna ClarkDr Anna Clark is a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in public history at the University of Technology, Sydney. With Stuart Macintyre, she wrote theHistory Wars in 2003, which was awarded the NSW Premier's Prize for Australian History and the Queensland Premier's Prize for Best Literary or Media Work Advancing Public Debate.

Her PhD thesis, Teaching the Nation, was published by Melbourne University Press in 2006 and examines debates about teaching Australian history in schools. Follow up research, History's Children: History Wars in the Classroom (New South, 2008), used interviews with 250 history teachers, students and curriculum officials from around Australia to explore Australian history teaching in school. She has also written two history books for children, Convicted! and Explored!

Anna's current project, Whose Australia? Popular Understandings of the Nation, uses interviews with 100 Australians from around the country to consider and include their thoughts on history and national identity in public discussion about the past. Reflecting her love of fish and fishing, she has also recently been commissioned to write a history of fishing in Australia, which will be published in 2016.

This is a free public event. All welcome! You don't need to RSVP.