History Brown Bag Seminar Series

The History Brown Bag Seminar Series brings together a lively variety of history papers on any region of the world and on periods from the Early Modern era to present, with a diversity of methodologies including historians from outside the History discipline (eg, Economics, Law and Medicine).

The program includes postgraduate completion seminars, research presentations by visiting scholars, academics returning from a research trip or writing retreat, and new members of staff.

It runs in both semesters on Thursdays from 1 to 2pm, and is one of the main academic events for SHAPS History staff, postgraduates, fellows and associates to gather. External participants and attendees are also welcome.

Presentations generally last 40 minutes long, with 20 minutes for questions and answers.

A Call for Papers is sent out at least once per year, but expressions of interest can be sent at any time to the convenor of the series, Dr Sarah Walsh, Hansen Lecturer in Global History, and Dr Annabelle Baldwin, Lecturer in Gender History.

In Semester One, 2022, all of the presentations will be on Zoom. If you would like to participate as an audience member, email Sarah to receive the sign-in details.



10 March: Sarah Walsh (University of Melbourne), The Religion of Life: Eugenics, Race, and Catholicism in Chile.

17 March: Carlos Dimas (University of Las Vegas, Nevada), Poisoned Eden: The Practice of Governance and Autonomy in the Cholera Epidemic of 1886–1887 in Northwestern Argentina 

24 March: Mia Martin Hobbs (University of Melbourne/Deakin University), Return to Vietnam: An Oral History of American and Australian Veterans’ Journeys.

31 March: Sam Watts (University of Melbourne), ‘No Masters but Ourselves’: Black Reconstruction in the Deep South City (Completion Seminar).

7 April: Filip Slaveski (Deakin University), TBA.

14 April: Deirdre Coleman (University of Melbourne), Pacific Blackbirding, Inter-colonial Rivalry, and Islander Perspectives’.

28 April: Oleg Beyda (University of Melbourne), God, Nukes, USA: Colonel Boris Pash – The Russian Element of the American Nuclear Equation.

5 May: Caroline Ritter (Texas State University), TBA.

12 May: Sean Scalmer (University of Melbourne), Inventing Direct Action: A Transnational History.

19 May: Julia Hurst (University of Melbourne), TBA.

26 May: Katherine Louise Molyneux (University of Melbourne), TBA.


Full program and abstracts can be found in the PDF attached here.