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A History of Now: historical responses to COVID-19

September 11 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm




A History of Now: historical responses to COVID-19 

Jointly hosted by the University of New South Wales and the University of Cambridge

Please join the University of New South Wales and the University of Cambridge for an exceptional online History Week 2020 online presentation that will examine the role of history in uncertain times.

We are used to being told by media and employers, government officials and friends that these are ‘unprecedented times’. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the rhythms of daily lives, but not every response to COVID-19 has been new; it has also been understood through history.

Bringing together historians, curators and archivists, this panel explores the way that history has been used to understand COVID-19. Particular attention will be paid to attempts to record our experiences through the pandemic, as well as comparisons between COVID-19 and the Spanish Flu.

Although COVID-19 has ruptured our quotidian experience, this is not a moment beyond history. This panel examines how history is being used as an anchor and educational tool with which to tackle ‘these uncertain times.’

Speakers |

Dr Meg Foster (UNSW and University of Cambridge)

Dr Hollie Pich (USYD)

Dr Peter Hobbins (Artefact and USYD)

Carolyn Fraser (State Library of Victoria)

Toni Burton (State Library of Victoria)

Professor Mark Finnane (Griffith University)

This is a free event which can be watched on Zoom. Registrations are essential.


Image Credit: Meg Foster.

Friday 11 September 2020

This is a free event. Bookings are essential.

There will be discussion among the participants, led by the chair, and audience questions fielded by the chair. 

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