This month we feature highlights on the next generation of thinkers - our PhD students who are working with our Centre members on topics including wine history, Indigenous history, open scholarship, colonial visual culture, trace objects, traditional arts and folklore. Plus we update you on the TLCMap project and feature a journal article on displacement.



This month we celebrate a large grant for a Centre for 21st Century Humanities partnership which is working towards making research more accessible, and feature these items which highlight our researchers latest efforts in understanding humanity:

  • Research that brings to life the experiences of the world's first travelling global domestic workers
  • Podcasts featuring Professor Lyndall Ryan and Dr Justin Ellis
  • A survey to inform research into understanding our energy future
  • An examination of the language of disaster today and in the past
  • A virtual exhange that is giving students new perspective during COVID-19
  • History Week events in Newcastle
  • A call for papers for an edited collection on digital tools and artificial intelligence.


As we continue to respond to the challenges presented during 2020 this month we highlight Centre for 21st Century Humanities expertise which is revealing new knowledge across the themes of:

  • the history of public health, notably during the Spanish Flu pandemic;
  • youth sociology;
  • a reflection on the bushfires of 2020 and a possible link to COVID-19;
  • criminology and the fear of crime;
  • literary history.

Plus, we feature Professor Roger Markwick’s plans to digitise unique and valuable interviews with revisionist Soviet historians.



As 2020 continues to present challenging new stimuli for humanities researchers, we this month highlight Centre for 21st Century Humanities expertise across these compelling themes: digital technology and policing, understanding the past and present lives of people of colour, and coal mining as the basis of historical community formation as well as contemporary community disruption.



We welcome our new members, Dr Justin Ellis, Assoc. Prof. Duncan McDuie-Ra, Dr Kiwako Ito and Dr Erin McCarthy. Dr Helen English publishes a book Music and World-Building in the Colonial City Newcastle, NSW, and its Townships, 1860-1880, and Prof Victoria Haskins is featured in the 'Our Human Experience' podcast.



Jesper Gulddal publishes The Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction, Professor Lyndall Ryan, the leader of the team behind the Colonial Frontier Massacres Map, delivers several presentations regarding the map in Canberra and Dr Julia Coffey investigates whether it's possible to listen across difference in feminist digital spaces.



We farewell Centre member Prof Ros Smith who leaves UON to take up a role at ANU. Dr Julie McIntyre convenes wine studies conference while on Fulbright Scholarship program. Dr Helen English will begin a monthly radio spot talking about her creative aging research.



Prof Victoria Haskins steps down as Centre Director and Dr Julie McIntyre takes over as interim Director. The Colonial Frontier Massacre Map in partnership with the Guardian Australia wins the 2019 Walkley Award for Coverage of Indigenous Affairs. Prof Victoria Haskins and Assoc Prof Bill Palmer both have ARC Discovery project grant success.



Kate Ariotti is awarded a $379,405 DECRA for her research into the Australian war corpse. The third stage of the Colonial Frontier Massacre Map is launched. The Odyssey travel scholarship is launched for PhD’s in Ancient and Classical studies, and Centre members Dr Helen English and Dr Hedda Askland receive Women in Research Fellowships for 2020.



We invite our supporters to our 2020 Showcase and share video of our public lecture on artificial intelligence and the future of humanity. Dr Askland joins a research project to study advocacy coalitions and we preview the upcoming symposium Knowledge Creation in the 21st Century: Approaches to Open, Digital Scholarship.



We review the performance of the ancient Greek play Love Magic. The Massacre Map wins the Premier’s History Award. The Centre nominates Alumni and National Gallery Director Nick Mitzevich who has won the Newton-John award.

August 2019

Visiting scholar Dr Alana Piper shares intricacies of digital research techniques at a two-day workshop, two publications from C21CH reserachers are short-listed for the Premier's history award and we invite everyone to a public talk on artificial intelligence and the future of humanity.

July 2019

Visiting international fellow Dr Devaleena Das gave a talk on the posthuman body, we highlight an upcoming performance on Love Magic - an ancient Greek play, and invite FEDUA staff to a digital humanities workshop.

June 2019

The Copley Bequest funds a new project that tells marriage equality stories of Newcastle and the Hunter, the Humanities in the Region symposium brought together humanities academics from around the country to discuss strategies and developments in humanities research in the regions, and a new Journal article by Dr Kate Arriotti reveals truths about Australian prisoners of war.

May 2019

A new research project to examine rare early modern books, the Centre for 21st Century Humanities leads development of ground breaking software platform knowns as the TLCMap,  and Professor Marguerite Johnson publishes a new book titled Antipodean Antiquities.

April 2019

Professor Lyndall Ryan is partnering with The Guardian to further expand the Colonial Frontier Massacres Map. The Centre for 21st Century Humanities is hosting eleven new projects this year that connect with the theme ‘Knowledge Creation in the 21st Century’. The Centre for 21st Century Humanities hosts monthly seminars which are open to anyone. Early modern Professor, Ros Smith published on The Conversation an article on what is fuelling renewed interest in Mary Queen of Scots?

Hedda Askland

March 2019

We welcome new Centre Director Professor Victoria Haskins. Fulbright Scholarships for Professor Philip Dwyer and Dr Julie McIntyre. Anthropologist Dr Hedda Askland plays part in unprecedented anti coalmine case win. Wine historian Dr Julie McIntyre contributes Mary Penfold's biography to Australian Dictionary of Biography.

December 2018

We farewell outgoing Centre Director Ros Smith, Professor Lyndall Ryan has been elected to the Australian Academy of Humanities, which is the highest honour of achievement in this field. A humanities challenge for schools, educational podcasts, a poetry event and a social enterprise for times of crisis are some of the winning pitches delivered at the Humanities Startup Workshop.

November 2018

Dr Julie McIntyre's book Hunter Wine: A history wins best wine book award, Dr Gillian Arrighi's virtual reality project brings the Victoria Theatre to life and the Centre invites the community to a public lecture by internationally renowned media and gender scholar Professor Rosalind Gill.

October 2018

Professor Trisha Pender launches a new poetry chapbook, we share videos of the Surveilling Minds and Bodies Conference, featuring The Hon. Michael Kirby, and Pitchfest, and the Centre launches a startup competition.

September 2018

The Centre hosts a humanities Pitchfest and raises $28,000, entrepreneurs are encouraged to enter the Centre's startup competition and the Colonial Frontiers Massacres Map received the best digital map award at the GeoCart conference.

August 2018

An exhibtion and book is launched featuring the Vines, Wines and Identities of the Hunter Valley, Prof. Ros Smith receives a $1M ARC Future Fellowship to study women’s textual practice in the English Renaissance, stage 2 of the Colonial Frontiers Massacres Map is launched and Dr Gillian Arrighi's research receives top accolades.

July 2018

Professor Hugh Craig caps a 40 year career as Professor Emeritus, an upcoming conference delves into culture of surveillance of sexualities, an exhibition focuses on the long shadows cast by the Great War and you can view a video on the successful humanities startup supported by the Centre, the Blacksmith Repair Day.

May 2018

Indigenous language research makes a global impact; Dr Gillian Arrigihi is awarded a fellowship and the Centre supports a Blacksmith Repair Day startup.

September 2017

Research results and fellowships awarded; plus other news stories about the achievements of members of the Centre for 21st Century Humanities.

July 2017

A new online digital map detailing more than 150 massacres of Aboriginal people; Humanities start-ups at Maitland; and a new book offering fresh perspectives on the First World War.

Professor Paul Salzman

June  2017

We welcome distinguished early modern scholar Professor Paul Salzman to the fold; Humanities startups mark two; Dr Trisha Pender taking Buffy to the people, and more.

Humanities Startups

May 2017

In this issue you'll be introduced to a Humanities Startup success that stands to make a real and very human difference. Also news on the Centre's bid for an innovative cultural map of Australia and some significant achievements within the Endangered Languages, Documentation, Theory and Application research network.

PhD Candidate Helen Hopcroft as Marie Antoinette

March 2017

Read about Helen Hopcroft's 'My year as a Fairytale' performance, Professor Lorna Hutson's Shakespeare lecture at UON Sydney and more .

November 2016

November 2016

A wrap-up of a host of events and initiatives including The Enemies of Change, Humanities Startups, History Walks and more.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.