Annual History Lecture [Online]
Speaker: Professor Stan Grant
Coronavirus at the end of history
8 September 2020 | #HistoryWeek20
The Annual History Lecture is an event produced by the History Council of New South Wales every year in History Week, a state-wide celebration of History, which aims to engage and educate the community about the vitality, diversity and meaning of history and its practice.
In 2020, the History Council of New South Wales is honoured that Professor Stan Grant will deliver the Annual History Lecture with a paper entitled Coronavirus at the end of history. This presentation will be professionally recorded and streamed online on the night of 8 September.
The coronavirus crisis has accelerated the ideological struggle of the 21st century: China versus the West. 30 years since political scientist Francis Fukuyama proclaimed ‘the end of history’ – the triumph of liberal democracy over Soviet communism – history is back.
China’s authoritarian capitalism is shaking the global liberal order. Chinese President Xi Jinping looks to return his nation to the apex of global power, at a time when the West is weakened and democracy is in retreat. Xi views the world through the lens of history: the Chinese people should never forget the ‘hundred years of humiliation’ by foreign powers. The world walks the fault lines of history, age old enmity and the clash of ideas. Coronavirus is a perfect storm coming after two decades of unending war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the still lingering effects of the 2008 global financial crisis.
As we emerge from lockdown, our world has been forever altered but worse may still be to come. In this Annual History Lecture, Professor Stan Grant asks: are we condemned to ignore the lessons of history?
Professor Stan Grant is an award winning journalist, film maker, writer, and scholar. His career has taken him to more than fifty countries covering the biggest stories of our times from war, to natural disaster, revolution, terrorism. He spent a decade reporting the rise of china, travelling the length and breadth of the country.
His journalism led him to a deep exploring historical grievance and identity. His writing has especially focused on interrogating the Australian identity and belonging. He is a Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi/Dharrawal man and sits as the Vice Chancellor’s Chair of Australian/Indigenous Belonging at Charles Sturt University.
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