1. Reading the Nineteenth-Century Diaries of Girls Migrating to Australia

    In the nineteenth century, a large number of girls and young women (aged from under 15 to their early 20s) made the long journey to Australia from various locations around the globe published. Hansen PhD Scholarship holder, Cat Gay (History), explored the emotional histories of some of these journeys in this recently published article from […]


  2. Tribute to Mark Raphael Baker

    The School community was saddened by the death in early May of distinguished historian Mark Raphael Baker, inaugural Lecturer in Jewish Studies in 1988 and former Director of the Jewish Studies Program. We re-publish here a tribute by his father-in-law, Raimond Gaita (Honorary Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Law School and Arts), originally published in The Conversation. […]


  3. Policing Women’s Drinking in Ancient Rome

    SHAPS PhD Candidate Lily Moore (Classics & Archaeology), explores the consequences of imbibing alcohol for Roman women in this article, republished from The Conversation. The ancient Romans venerated wine. It was accessible to the masses, a fundamental staple of mainstream life, and an indispensable part of the Roman economy and trade. It was utilised in […]


  4. SHAPS Digest (May 2023)

    A monthly roundup of media commentary, publications, projects and other news from across the School community.


  5. The HPS Podcast is Here!

    On May 31, a new SHAPS contribution to public outreach and engagement was released. The HPS Podcast shares fascinating contemporary research in History and Philosophy of Science with those outside the discipline. Each episode is designed to be short, engaging and entertaining. Covering a wide range of topics, this is a podcast for anyone with […]


  6. Is NATO to Blame for the Russo-Ukrainian War?

    Mark Edele, SHAPS Hansen Professor in History and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts, explores this question in his review of Serhii Plokhy’s new book, The Russo-Ukrainian War (Allen Lane), republished here from The Conversation. A year after Russia’s all-out attack against its neighbour on 24 February 2022, volumes trying to explain the conflict to the […]


  7. “Habits of Civilised Life”

    In this article, republished from The Conversation, Peter Prince (affiliate, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney), discusses Western Australia’s long history of discriminatory practices against Aboriginal people with regard to citizenship. The article’s reviewer, Julia Hurst, is Lecturer in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander History in SHAPS and Deputy Director of the Australian Centre in […]


  8. Gordon Dadswell

    Gordon Dadswell (PhD in History & Philosophy of Science, 2023), ‘Working Wood: The State, Wood Science and Industry, Australia, 1918–1949′ This study identified the role of three national forest products laboratories and their relationship with other government agencies and specifically, to the Australian timber industry. The laboratories were established with several objectives, including to reduce […]


  9. Happy Ancient Roman Mother’s Day

    SHAPS Honorary Tamara Lewit explores the celebration of Mother’s Day in ancient Rome, in this article, republished from Pursuit. Although the words ‘ancient Rome’ might evoke marching armies or gladiatorial combats, those armies and gladiators would never have existed without their mothers. Like us, the Romans celebrated a Mother’s Day. But never mind breakfast in […]


  10. Conserving Performance: An Interview with Louise Lawson

    The conservation of performance-based art is an intriguing and relatively new area of conservation. The presentation of live works has become more prominent in museums and galleries as these institutions strive to become more participatory and relational spaces. Works based on live performance are being increasingly acquired by major collecting institutions around the globe and […]


  11. Nicole Davis

    Nicole Davis (PhD in History, 2023) ‘Nineteenth-century Arcades in Australia: History, Heritage & Representation’ This thesis explores the social and spatial histories of Australia’s nineteenth-century arcades from their beginning in Melbourne in 1853, with an emphasis on their first half century of development. It explores the retail, leisure and business activities they hosted and the lived experiences […]


  12. First Nations People Have Made a Plea for ‘Truth-Telling’

    By reckoning with its past, Australia can finally help improve our future. In this article from The Conversation, SHAPS Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow, Indigenous and Settler Relations Collaboration, Julia Hurst, together with Sarah Maddison from School of Social and Political Sciences discusses the perspective of truth-telling in the third article in a series discussing these topics. […]


  13. All Rivers Lead to Rome

    SHAPS Honorary Fellow Tamara Lewit explores the rivers of the Roman Empire and their river craft in this article, republished from Pursuit. The expression ‘All roads lead to Rome’ encapsulates the might of the Roman Empire, but the arteries which carried its lifeblood – food, fuel, livestock and luxuries – were not roads, but rivers. […]


  14. SHAPS Digest (March 2023)

    A monthly roundup of media commentary, publications, projects and other news from across the School community.


  15. Jewish Antifascism in Post-World War II Australia

    For Australian Jews in the 1940s and 1950s, remembering the Holocaust meant fighting racism and colonialism. Max Kaiser (PhD in History, 2019) (@maxyka), looks at the histories of Jewish antifascism and its broader implications in post-World War Two Australia in this article, republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Readers are advised this […]


  16. Review of Lucy Frost’s Convict Orphans

    Janet McCalman reviews Lucy Frost's new book, "Determined Survival, Desperate Poverty and Fractured Families: The Stories of Australia’s Convict Orphans".


  17. Leonard D’Cruz

    Leonard D’Cruz (PhD in Philosophy, 2023) ‘Foucault and Normative Political Philosophy’ This thesis brings Michel Foucault’s work into dialogue with the tradition of normative political philosophy inaugurated by John Rawls. More specifically, it draws on Foucault’s ideas to develop an original approach to normative theorising that emphasises the importance of situated insights in reconstructing our […]


  18. Divya Rama Gopalakrishnan

    Divya Rama Gopalakrishnan (PhD in History, 2023) ‘Venereal Diseases and Bodily Excesses: A Social History of Contagions in the Madras Presidency (c1780 to 1900)’ This thesis investigates the discourses around bodily excess and venereal diseases in colonial South India, or, as it was known in the nineteenth century, the Madras presidency. It highlights the epistemological […]


  19. Madaline Harris-Schober

    Madaline Harris-Schober (PhD in Classics & Archaeology, 2023) ‘Ritual Architecture, Material Culture and Practice of the Philistines’ This thesis focuses on the recognition of cult and ritual in the Late Bronze Age [LBA] to Iron Age (1175–586 BCE) Levant. It is concerned with the identification and elucidation of ritual architecture, material culture and practices based […]


  20. New Perspectives on Filipino Textile Weaving

    There is a long and rich tradition of textile weaving in the Philippines. In October 2022 Dr Ana Labrador, currently Honorary Senior Fellow at the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, gave a talk exploring different approaches to Filipino weaving practices and the challenges that they pose for conservators and for craft researchers. Her wideranging […]


  21. Lessons from the History of Tobacco Advertising Reform

    “There are uncanny parallels between the public health challenges posed by gambling advertising today and tobacco advertising 50 years ago.” Thomas Kehoe, Honorary Fellow, SHAPS and Historian, Cancer Council Victoria, together with Carolyn Holbrook, Senior Lecturer in History, Deakin University, explore the history of tobacco advertising and its demise, as well as the connection to […]


  22. Elena Heran

    Elena Heran (PhD in Classics & Archaeology, 2023), ‘Sidelining the Feminine in Ovid’s Metamorphoses’ This thesis answers two key questions regarding the treatment of gender in Ovid’s Metamorphoses: 1) How does the poem utilise mythical narratives in order to explore peculiarly Roman masculine concerns and anxieties, such as fatherhood, the transition from boy to man, the […]


  23. Assessing Joe Biden’s Place in History

    Speculation over US President Joe Biden’s intention to run for office again is reaching fever pitch. Biden is, reportedly, on the verge of announcing he will indeed seek reelection. Opinion pieces are being churned out at a rapid clip. Polls are being commissioned with a feverish intensity. Liam Byrne (Honorary Fellow in SHAPS) and Emma […]


  24. Essentialising ‘Russia’ won’t end the war against Ukraine

    In this article, republished from the Conversation, SHAPS Hansen Professor in History and Deputy Dean, Mark Edele, reviews Keir Giles's Russia’s War on Everybody and the long historical context of Russia's war on Ukraine.


  25. Stuart Ibrahim

    Stuart Ibrahim (PhD in Classics & Archaeology) ‘The North Sinai Transformed: Third Intermediate Period / Iron Age I–II Raphia and Egypt’s response to the changed political spectrum in the Levant’ When the decades-long process called the Bronze Age collapse ended the globalisation that characterised the Late Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean, there was a massive upheaval that […]


  26. Alastair James

    Alastair James (PhD in Philosophy, 2023), ‘Labour Market Justice: Old and New Problems’ This thesis sets out to analyse normatively significant and in some cases under-theorised labour market phenomena to identify forms of injustice and provide philosophically defensible responses that take seriously the feasibility constraints governing policy proposals. Some chapters engage with longer-standing questions, such […]


  27. Caroline James-Garrod

    Caroline James-Garrod (PhD in Philosophy, 2023) ‘Pressed for Time: A Study of Digital Journalists’ Ethical and Temporal Conundrums’ This thesis argues digital print journalists experience social and time ethics pressures due to constant responsibilities to stay connected to mobile work-related online communications. It claims this identifies a social phenomenon – cyber time poverty. It examines […]


  28. Natham McCall

    Natham McCall (MA in History), ‘Divergent Dominions: Comparing Pre-First World War Defence Policies of British Dominions and their Effects on the Introduction of Wartime Conscription’ By the third year of the First World War, the voluntary enlistment rates in Australia, Canada and New Zealand had fallen to a level that could not be relied upon […]


  29. Katherine Molyneux

    Katherine Molyneux (PhD in History, 2023) ‘Getihu: Peddlers, Cadres, Housewives and Everyday Exchange in the Chinese City of Nanjing 1949–1985′ In the early 1980s, a growing number of small merchants and peddlers appeared on the streets of China’s cities. They became known as ‘getihu‘. The getihu were early symbols of the new era of ‘Reform […]


  30. Ajay Raina

    Ajay Raina (PhD in Philosophy, 2023), A Critique of Differentiated Citizenship This thesis is a critique of ‘liberal’ theories of culturally differentiated citizenship, with primary focus on Will Kymlicka’s philosophy. The main proposition of differentiated citizenship is that, for reasons of (distributive) justice, liberal states ought to give special rights to cultural minorities in addition […]


  31. Ravando

    Ravando (PhD in History, 2023), ‘A “New Newspaper”: Sin Po and the Voices of Progressive Chinese-Indonesian Nationalists, 1910–1949′ Ravando’s thesis examines the emergence and development of the Chinese-Indonesian-run newspaper Sin Po from 1910 to 1949, focusing on how it shaped political and social thinking and discourses in colonial and post-colonial Indonesia. Ravando argues that Sin […]


  32. Tonia Sellers

    Tonia Sellers (MA in History, 2023) ‘“Romantic, Idealistic, Fiercely Partisan”: Emotion and the Communist Party of Australia, 1920–1945′ This thesis questions and explores the role of emotion in the Communist Party of Australia (CPA), 1920–1945. During this time, the CPA grew from a small fringe group to the dominant force in Australia’s Far-Left, and members’ […]


  33. Diana Tay

    Diana Tay (PhD in Cultural Materials Conservation, 2023) ‘Building a Conservation Material Record: A Study of Paintings by Cheong Soo Pieng and Georgette Chen’ Despite the growing visibility of prominent figures in modern Singaporean art history, there is limited material knowledge of the art practices of paintings from Nanyang artists such as Georgette Chen (1906–1993) […]


  34. Neville Yeomans

    Neville Yeomans (PhD in History, 2023) ‘A History of Australia’s Immigrant Doctors, 1838–2021: Colonial Beginnings, Contemporary Challenges’ Since colonisation in 1788, Australia has been populated by immigrants. Among them, for all this period, there have been practitioners of Western medicine who qualified overseas. This thesis is about them, now termed International Medical Graduates (IMGs). Starting […]


  35. Behzad Zerehdaran

    Behzad Zerehdaran (PhD in History, 2023), Genesis and Development of the Concept of Rights in Iran before the Constitutional Revolution (1815–1906) In this dissertation, I have studied the history of subjective rights in Iran during the Qajar era. I have shown that the concept of subjective right (right as to have a right) emerged during […]


  36. A Settlement for the Ages at Rabati, Southwest Georgia

    The Rabati project is part of the long-running GAIA (Georgian-Australian Investigations in Archaeology) initiative, founded by Tony and Claudia Sagona of the University of Melbourne with collaborators from the Georgian National Museum in Tbilisi. In June and July 2022, GAIA conducted its fourth season of excavations at Rabati in the historically important and visually stunning […]


  37. Gough Whitlam’s Legacy: Lessons for Labor Today

    On 2 December 1972, after 23 years in opposition, Gough Whitlam led the Labor party back to government. What followed was three tumultuous years of crisis and transformation, after which Australia would never be the same again. In our own era, when many have lost faith in the ability of the parliamentary system to deliver […]


  38. Introducing Dr Matthew Champion

    Dr Matthew Champion, appointed to a Senior Lectureship in History in 2022, is a historian of medieval and early modern Europe, with a particular focus on the experience of time and temporality during periods of intense change. In this interview for the SHAPS Forum podcast, Dr Henry Reese talks with Matthew about his research, including […]


  39. Conserving the World’s Oldest Processional Dragon

    For the last year, Grimwade Conservation Services has been conserving Loong 龍, the oldest intact Imperial processional dragon in the world. Dr Holly Jones-Amin, Senior Conservator at Grimwade Conservation Services, and Leigh McKinnon from Bendigo’s Golden Dragon Museum tell us more in this article, republished from Pursuit. Loong is a 40-metre long, five-clawed (or imperial) […]


  40. Review of Frank Bongiorno’s Political History of Australia

    Frank Bongiorno’s Political History of Australia is a grand synthesis, but takes a narrow view of its subject. Read Marilyn Lake’s (Professorial Fellow, History) review, republished from The Conversation of Bongiorno’s latest book. Dreamers and Schemers: A Political History of Australia [La Trobe University Press] by Frank Bongiorno is a comprehensive account of the history […]


  41. Think you know your Ancient History?

    If you can identify your per se from your id est, or rattle off the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, test your wits against our Classics knowledge experts, Roslynne Bell and Tim Parkin from SHAPS, and get your brain warmed up for the real-life Classics Quiz on 23 November. Republished from Pursuit. Answers are […]


  42. Dr Donald Edward Kennedy (1928–2021)

    This week marks one year since the passing of Dr Don Kennedy, who taught History at the University of Melbourne from 1958 until his retirement in 1993, and later retained a strong connection to the University as Principal Fellow. His former students and colleagues Dolly MacKinnon, Alexandra Walsham, Amanda Whiting, and Wilf Prest look back […]


  43. Failed Decolonisation: Russia, Ukraine and Vladimir Putin

    A videorecording of the 2022 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Lecture, delivered by Professor Mark Edele on 19 May 2022.


  44. Introducing 2022 Hansen Scholar in History Ines Jahudka

    The Hansen Trust, established to advance the study of History at University of Melbourne, includes an annual PhD scholarship to the doctoral program in History in SHAPS. The 2022 recipient, Ines Jahudka, is researching the role of the layperson in the early modern English postmortem process. She is interested in the cultural histories of medicine, sickness and death, […]


  45. The Reckoning of Gillard’s Misogyny Speech

    A historical reckoning with Gillard’s misogyny speech forces us to acknowledge there are no heroes – and that’s okay. SHAPS Hansen Lecturer in US History, Julia Bowes, explores in this article, republished from Pursuit. This week marks 10 years since former Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivered her famous misogyny speech. Now synonymous with her legacy, […]


  46. An Interview with Associate Professor James Chong-Gossard

    SHAPS belatedly, if most cordially, congratulates James Chong-Gossard on his promotion to Associate Professor of Classics. James Harvey Kim On Chong-Gossard (affectionately known as K.O.) was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, went to grad school at the renowned University of Michigan and taught at Kalamazoo College, before migrating to Melbourne a little over […]


  47. Imagining a Different Internet

    Last week, the US government released six principles for reforming Big Tech. It’s the latest example of growing efforts to regulate the handful of companies with enormous influence over the internet. But while there’s a growing appetite for a new, better kind of internet, it’s hard to imagine what that might look like. In this […]


  48. The Technical Study of Bernini’s Bronzes

    Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680) is famous for his contribution to Baroque Roman architecture and sculpture. Less well known is the fact that multiple bronze duplicates of his work were cast from his models. These have been generally neglected by art historians and conservators, partly under the influence of enduring myths about artistic genius and authorship. […]


  49. Understanding the Experiences of Early Career Researchers

    In May 2022, the History & Philosophy of Science (HPS) program hosted Nicole Nelson, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who uses ethnographic and historical methods to study methods development and uncertainty in the biomedical sciences. During her visit, she delivered a public lecture, ‘Controlling the Interpretation of Replication Experiments’. In the lecture, Nicole […]


  50. The SHAPS Hellenic Ball

    This winter, SHAPS undergraduate student societies came together to embark on an ambitious and rewarding undertaking. Abigail Banister-Jones, Co-Consul/President of MUCLASS (Melbourne University Classics & Archaeology Student Society), reports on the inaugural SHAPS Ball below. Where else does one throw a ball for classics, history and philosophy students but the Hellenic Museum? Surrounded by artefacts […]


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