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News • 9 Feb 2021

Academy Excellence: nomination of Purai members to Humanities Academy highlights the importance of global indigenous history

With the election of Purai’s joint Directors, Emeritus Professor John Maynard and Professor Victoria Haskins, to the Australian Academy of the Humanities late last year, the University of Newcastle’s Purai Indigenous Global History Centre now boasts four historians championing the contribution that humanities, arts and culture can make to national life.

Cara Cross

News • 5 Dec 2020

Wollotuka student wins 2020 Higher Degree by Research Excellence Award

Cara Cross has won best forthcoming publication for her article, Our Country, Our Healer. Aboriginal Apothecaries of Burning Mountain during the inaugural Higher Degrees by Research Excellence Awards ceremony in December 2020.

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News • 3 Dec 2020

The ‘Torres Strait 8’ versus Australia: Law Professor delivers presentation at Human Rights Day

Purai member and University of Newcastle’s Law School Professor, Amy Maguire, will talk about a world-first claim by Indigenous people which connects climate change impacts to human rights on Human Rights Day.

Professor John Maynard looking seriously at the camera

News • 10 Nov 2020

Always Was, Always Will Be Aboriginal Land: 2020 NAIDOC Lecture

Western science has pushed the Aboriginal presence back to a staggering 65,000 years, recognising that Aboriginal people carry the longest cultural memory known to humankind.

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News • 5 Nov 2020

The Black Fire Lectures: fight for justice and freedom

As part of the fourth series of the Melbourne School of Discontent’s Black Fire Lectures Professor John Maynard talks about the important role his grandfather played in the fight for liberty and justice as one of the founding members of the Australian Aboriginal Progressive Association.

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News • 25 Sep 2020

Academy membership great source of pride

In 2014 Professor John Maynard, a scholar of Indigenous history and Co-Director of Purai Indigenous Global History Centre, was elected a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, an enormous achievement for a boy who left school the day he turned 15 and didn’t set foot in a university until he was 40 years old.

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News • 14 Aug 2020

Research uncovers the historical experiences of the earliest global domestic workers

A new research project will bring to life the experiences and histories of the world’s first travelling global domestic workers, the Indian Ayahs and the Chinese Amahs who were employed by colonial families during the period of British colonialism.

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News • 2 Jul 2020

Captain Cook and COVID

This year Australia was set to observe the 250th anniversary of Cook and the arrival of the Endeavour in 1770 but the pandemic has disrupted this anniversary moment.

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News • 29 May 2020

Ring Kings: A History of Aboriginal Boxing

The Australian Boxing community has been mourning the recent death of the great Hector Thompson.

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News • 30 Apr 2020

A more balanced understanding of Australian history

The multitude of Aboriginal oral memories about Captain James Cook.

Professor Victoria Haskins smiling and holding her book, 'Colonialism and Domestic Service.'

News • 28 Apr 2020

History of Domestic Service Podcast

This episode of the HASS School Human Experience podcast features Professor Victoria Haskins who shares an intriguing family history discovery that sparked her wonderful academic journey.

News • 9 Dec 2019

Discovery Project grant success for Centre for 21st Century Humanities researchers

Centre for 21st Century Humanities members Professor Victoria Haskins and Associate Professor Bill Palmer have both been awarded ARC Discovery Project grants.


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