The Australian Historical Association has released a draft program for its annual conference, held this year at the University of Newcastle from 3 to 7 July 2017.

This year’s theme is ‘Entangled Histories’ in reference to the growing use of ‘entanglements’ as a key theoretical term in the humanities and social sciences. It reflects the increasing move away from narrowly defined ‘national’ histories towards an understanding of history as an interlinked whole, where identities and places are the products of mobilities and connections. The conference theme will explore the ways in which peoples, ideas and goods circulated across the boundaries of empires and nations, and viewing all cultures and societies as connected.

Prominent national and international keynote speakers and panelists include Professor Dane Kennedy from George Washington University, and Professor Christina Twomey from Monash University.

The conference will also include streams from affiliated associations such as the Australian Women’s History Network; the Australian and New Zealand Environmental History Network; the Religious History Association; and Oral History Australia and the National Oral History Association of New Zealand.

Image: ‘Afghan people with an early make gramophone, c. 1910’. This photograph was probably taken at Marree. Courtesy of photographer, Alice Mary Hopewell. Image courtesy of the State Library of South Australia. Every effort has been made by the State Library of South Australia to contact the Indigenous descendants in the photograph.

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