1. Working for Cultural Change in the Defence and Security Sector

    Dr Samantha Crompvoets is best known as the government consultant who first reported on war crimes allegedly perpetrated by members of the Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan. While today Samantha runs a consulting company specialising in applied social science research, she began her academic career as an Honours student in the History & Philosophy of […]


  2. Nat Cutter

    Nat Cutter (PhD in History, 2022), ‘Barbarian Civility: British Expatriates and the Transformation of the Maghreb in English Thought, 1660–1714′ This thesis explores the role of British expatriates living in Ottoman Algeria, Tunisia, and Tripolitania, in a transformation of British-Maghrebi diplomatic, economic, and cultural relations in the later Stuart era. This period, 1660–1714, represented a […]


  3. The Undoing of Roe v. Wade

    On 24 June 2022, the US Supreme Court effectively overturned the decision on Roe v. Wade from 1973, which had previously established a constitutional right to abortion in the United States. In this article, republished from Pursuit, Hansen Lecturer in US History, Julia Bowes explores how “the US Supreme Court decision may embolden conservative grassroots […]


  4. Yackandandah Museum Fire Project

    In 2006, the small country town of Yackandandah in north-eastern Victoria lost precious cultural heritage when its museum was damaged by fire. In 2021, Grimwade Masters students Maddy Fraser, Joshua Loke and Samantha Rogers won a Willem Snoek Conservation Award to support a project aimed at assisting the local community and Yackandandah & District Historical […]


  5. Domestic Violence and the Law in Ancient Rome

    Ancient Rome didn’t have specific domestic violence legislation – but the laws they did have give us a window into a world of abuse. In this article, republished from the Conversation, SHAPS's Tim Parkin and Ash Finn, together with University of Sydney's Eleanor Cowan and Kimberly Harris; and Kirsten Parkin (University of Cambridge), discusses evidence for family violence in the Roman world and legal frameworks that both enabled and addressed it. Readers are advised this story includes depictions of domestic violence and violence against women and children.


  6. Why Wait? Treaty and the Federal Election

    First Nations Peoples shouldn’t have to wait for non-Indigenous Australians and the Government to catch up when it comes to committing to Treaty. Julia Hurst from SHAPS and Sarah Middleton (SSPS) discuss in this recent article, republished from Pursuit. As Australia’s federal election approaches, we have seen some early jostling around the politics of entrenching […]


  7. Christian Bagger

    Coming from Denmark, Christian holds a BA in History, an MA in Ancient History, and is presently a PhD Candidate in Classics & Archaeology. Christian’s research focuses on elite senatorial women in the Late Roman Republic (c133–27 BCE) and their perceived and real influence on the socio-political environment in the times of civil wars, political […]


  8. Becky Clifton

    Becky Clifton completed her PhD in Classics and Archaeology at the University of Melbourne in 2019. Her research centred diverse expressions of identity in the art and literature of the Amarna Period in Egypt and she has a particular interest in how modern Western cultural expectations surrounding gender and sexuality impact the histories we write […]


  9. Henry Dobson

    Henry Dobson is a current PhD candidate in Philosophy. After completing his Master’s degree at Monash University in 2016, he moved to the UK where he lived for two years while working in the technology industry. It was during this time that he learnt about the increasing concerns with AI technology and the possible negative […]


  10. Ash Finn

    Hailing from Lancaster, UK, Ash Finn completed both a BA and an MA in Manchester before relocating to Melbourne to start a PhD in 2019. Approaching legal history through social history, Ash’s thesis examines Roman social attitudes towards violence and revenge, and how these influenced the development of the penal system: arenas, lions, beatings and […]


  11. Samara Greenwood

    Samara Greenwood is a PhD candidate in the History and Philosophy of Science program. Her thesis explores how changes in social context affect scientific work. The project involves analysing varied historical episodes to establish the multiple ways contextual changes have come to impact science. In particular, Samara is interested in how the rising social status […]


  12. Anton Donohoe-Marques

    Anton Donohoe-Marques (PhD in History, 2022), ‘Revisiting Anzac in the Wake of World War Two: Memory and Identity in the Post-War Period, 1945–1960’ This thesis explores how war remembrance – in the form of commemorative observance and the building of memorials – developed in Australia in the period that followed World War Two, from 1945 […]


  13. Elena Heran

    Elena Heran is a PhD Candidate in Classics & Archaeology. Her thesis centres around the treatment of male and female characters in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, examining the ways in which the poet’s fascination with Roman male anxieties, such as fatherhood, desire, reputation, and the transition from boy to man, leads to the oversimplification and marginalisation of […]


  14. James Hogg

    James is a PhD student in History, with his thesis examining Australian anti-fascism from the 1920s into the post World War Two period. He is currently treasurer of the History Postgraduate Association (2021–present), editor of the Melbourne Historical Journal and volunteer at the New International Bookstore.


  15. MAARC 2022 Conference Report

    On 31 January-2 February 2022, SHAPS hosted the second Mediterranean Archaeology Australasian Research Community (MAARC) online conference. This event brought together researchers, students and ancient world enthusiasts from across the globe to share in some of the most recent and exciting updates in the Mediterranean archaeology space. Emily Tour (PhD candidate, Classics & Archaeology) shares […]


  16. Thomas Keep

    Tom is an PhD candidate in archaeology researching the applications of digital representations of heritage in fostering public engagement with the past. He works as a practicing commercial archaeologist and photogrammetrist in Victoria, with experience on research projects in Italy and Israel. He has worked as a research assistant with the Melbourne-based VR heritage creator […]


  17. Nathan Gardner

    Nathan Gardner (PhD in History, 2022), ‘Imagining the “Chinese Australian Community”: A History of Community Organisations, 1970–2020’ This study examines the concept of a unitary ‘Chinese Australian community’ through a comparative analysis of Chinese Australian community organisations and their responses to six major events or moments in recent history (1970–2020). These events and moments are: […]


  18. Nayree Mardirian

    Nayree’s research concerns twentieth-century Middle Eastern and US diplomatic history. Post-war Lebanon is also a subject of interest, especially memory and reconciliation practices that have occurred since the end of the country’s second civil war (1975–1990). Nayree’s MA focused specifically on apologies given for civil war atrocities in Lebanon and she has published issues concerning […]


  19. Laura Pisanu

    Hailing from Narbolia (Italy), Laura Pisanu completed her BA, MA, and Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici (8 level in the European Qualification Framework) at the University of Cagliari before starting a PhD in Melbourne in 2021. Focusing on the Bronze and Iron Age, Laura’s thesis examines factors that might have influenced the human occupation […]


  20. Matthew Holmes

    Matthew Holmes (PhD in History, 2022) ‘Growing Songs: Australian Sound Media for Children from Parlour Music to Podcasts’ This thesis provides the first cultural history of sound media produced for Australian children. It opens by exploring post-Federation parlour sheet music and the burgeoning mechanised media of radio and phonographs, with a concentration on the rising […]


  21. Henry Reese

    Henry Reese is a historian and musician based in Melbourne. He completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2019. He is currently writing the first cultural history of sound recording in Australia and working as a tutor and research assistant at various universities. Henry produces and mixes the audio, and writes the original […]


  22. Sophie Lewincamp

    Sophie Lewincamp (PhD in Cultural Materials Conservation, 2022) ‘Tiered Contact Zones: A New Engagement Model for Cultural Materials Conservation’ Over recent decades, there has been increasing recognition of the need for conservators to engage and collaborate with the communities associated with the origin, ownership, and use of cultural objects. Such collaboration has developed more detailed […]


  23. Carl Joseph Sciglitano

    Carl Joseph Sciglitano is a graduate student in the History & Philosophy of Science program. After completing his Master’s degree in Science (Astronomy) at Swinburne University in 2018, Carl became interested in how scientists extend their epistemic gaze through technology, be it a telescope or a complex computer algorithm. It is this broad area that […]


  24. David Liknaitzky

    David Liknaitzky (PhD in Philosophy, 2022) ‘In Search of Just, Humanised Work: Overcoming Workplace Oppression and Rethinking Leadership to Create the Conditions for Human Flourishing at Work’ Organisations have evolved historically such that, in some instances, it has become the norm to treat employees in ways that would otherwise not be tolerated (or, at least, […]


  25. Jonathan Tehusijarana

    Jonathan is a PhD student in History, researching the role of militarised student organisations in the development of post-independence Indonesia. He is interested in histories of student activism and the role of youth in national development, within both militarised and non-militarised settings. Jonathan is also a current member of the Melbourne Historical Journal collective.


  26. Larissa Tittl

    Larissa Tittl is a PhD candidate in the Classics and Archaeology Program. Her research focuses on human-landscape interactions in Late Bronze Age Crete. In particular, she is examining how votive objects deposited in caves were used as agents of manipulation and negotiation within an animistic world in which human and non-human entities engaged with and […]


  27. Hidden Women of History: ‘The Buzzwinker’ Ellen Miles, Child Convict, Goldfields Pickpocket and Vagrant

    As part of a series in the Conversation, looking at under-acknowledged women through the ages, Janet McCalman examines the life of Ellen Miles, a child convict born in 1820s England, told through some of her court appearances throughout her life.


  28. Carley Tonoli

    Carley Tonoli is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, based in the Philosophy Program. Her research focuses on the ethics of emerging technologies, and her current work looking at emerging military technologies, their ethical implications, and potential consequences for humanity and the future of war. Carley’s research is informed by her previous […]


  29. Sam Watts

    Sam Watts is a PhD Candidate in History, researching Black American daily life in the post-Emancipation Deep South. His research details the experiences and achievements of formerly enslaved and free Black Americans during Reconstruction and examines the connections between freedom, mobility, citizenship and urban space. Sam writes occasionally for the Australian Book Review and co-founded […]


  30. An Interview with Dr Darrin Durant

    Dr Darrin Durant is Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies (STS) in the History & Philosophy of Science program. Darrin has published widely on the relation between experts and citizens in democratic decision-making, disinformation and democracy, climate and energy politics, as well as nuclear waste disposal. In this interview, Darrin kindly sat down with […]


  31. Miniature Qur’ans and Travelling Manuscripts

    Didar: Stories of Middle Eastern Manuscripts, curated by the Grimwade Centre’s Sophie Lewincamp and Leila Alhagh, has just opened in the Arts West Gallery space. Featuring works from the Grimwade’s Middle Eastern Manuscripts Collection and the work of conservators and researchers, including Grimwade’s Sadra Zekrgoo, the exhibition was recently discussed in this article by Ruby […]


  32. Scroll: A Journal by Student Conservators

    Scroll is a student-led publication for conversations about cultural material, its study and preservation, based at the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation and backed by SC@M (Student Conservators at Melbourne). Founded in 2020, the Scroll story is a tale of turning lemons into lemonade. In this blog post, founding editors, Joshua Loke, Rachel Davis […]


  33. Five Must-Read Books about Russia and Ukraine: Our Expert Picks

    Recently, five experts from universities across Australia – SHAPS’s Mark Edele and Julie Fedor, together with Judith Armstrong (School of Languages & Linguistics, UniMelb), Marko Pavlyshyn (Monash) and Stephen Fortescue (UNSW) – were invited to recommend a selection of books best illuminating Russia’s war in Ukraine. This article has been republished from The Conversation. 1. Ukraine: […]


  34. Athanasios Matanis

    Athanasios Matanis (MA in Classics & Archaeology, 2022) ‘Beyond an Antagonistic Approach: the Role of Universalism in the Formation of Koine Culture’ Classical scholarship has tended to emphasise dichotomies and polarity when addressing the topic of Greek/non-Greek relations in antiquity. This anachronistic paradigm however is insufficient for understanding the multidimensional nature of Greek/non-Greek interactions and […]


  35. Inches Apart: Railways & Federation

    History major Patrick Gigacz explores the history of the state borders in Australia through the prism of the 1921 Royal Commission over railway gauges in this prize-winning essay produced for the subject Controversies in Australian History (HIST30064) in 2021. The pandemic has reminded many Australians that they live in a federation of states. Passionate public […]


  36. MUCLASS in 2021

    Melbourne University Classics and Archaeology Students Society (MUCLASS) is a club for anyone interested in ancient history, mythology, archaeology or the Classics. They run a broad range of social and academic events, including trivia nights, museum visits, board game sessions, and film screenings. In this profile, we look at their achievements in 2021 and plans […]


  37. Stuart Macintyre’s History of the Communist Party of Australia

    “The crimson thread of communism runs through the work of the great, lamented Australian historian, Stuart Macintyre“, late Emeritus Professor in SHAPS. His colleague Professor Sean Scalmer reviews Stuart Macintyre’s last book, The Party: The Communist Party of Australia from Heyday to Reckoning (Allen & Unwin, 2022), in this recent article, republished from The Conversation. […]


  38. Dang Nguyen (Nguyễn Hồng Hải Đăng)

    Dang Nguyen (Nguyễn Hồng Hải Đăng in her native Vietnamese) (PhD, History & Philosophy of Science), ‘Tracing Non-Biomedical Therapeutic Knowledge: Social-Network Lives in Action’ This thesis investigates the performance of non-biomedical therapeutic knowledge as situated knowledge on the internet. Non-biomedical therapeutic knowledge is defined as medical knowledge that exists in separation, but not isolation from, […]


  39. An Interview with Associate Professor François Schroeter

    SHAPS congratulates François Schroeter from Philosophy on his recent promotion to Associate Professor. Originally from Switzerland, where he completed his PhD at the University of Fribourg, François joined the University of Melbourne in 2003. His academic work spans both Continental philosophy and Western analytic philosophy, with special interests in metaethics, moral psychology, Kantian ethics, and […]


  40. ‘National Security’ and Australian Identity

    Dr Mia Martin Hobbs examines the history of the phrase 'national security' and its use in Australian public life.


  41. Freg J Stokes

    Freg James Stokes (PhD in History, 2022). ‘The Hummingbird’s Atlas: Mapping Guaraní Resistance in the Atlantic Rainforest during the Emergence of Capitalism (1500–1768)’.   This thesis maps the resistance of Guaraní peoples to colonisation in the Atlantic Rainforest of South America during the emergence of capitalism, from 1500 to 1768. As such, it addresses a […]


  42. Elizabeth Tunstall

    Elizabeth Tunstall (PhD in History, 2022) ‘The Elizabethan Succession Question and Competing Understandings of Monarchy, 1558–1603‘ Queen Elizabeth I ruled England for almost 45 years (1558–1603) and, throughout her reign, the succession was a prominent source of debate and anxiety. This thesis surveys the Elizabethan succession question for the entirety of her reign, instead of […]


  43. Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe

    Dr Charlotte-Rose Millar is a cultural historian specialising in supernatural belief and popular print in early modern England. In 2021 she co-ordinated the second-year History subject Witch-hunting in European Societies (HIST20080). Recent graduate Jen McFarland sat down with Charlotte to talk about her research. What first drew you to witchcraft as an area of research? […]


  44. Sam Watts

    Sam Watts (PhD in History, 2022) ‘No Masters But Ourselves: Black Reconstruction in the Deep South City’ The destruction of slavery brought about dramatic opportunities and challenges for formerly enslaved Black Southerners, many of whom migrated to Southern cities in search of safety and freedom following the Civil War. During Reconstruction, the Deep South city […]


  45. J. Yan

    J. H. Yan (PhD in History, 2022) ‘Contentious Routes: Ireland Questions, Radical Political Articulations and Settler Ambivalence in (White) Australia, c1909–23′ This thesis is a transnational history of the ‘Ireland Question’ in the imperial and ethico-political imaginary of radical and labour movements in (‘White’) Australia during the ‘Irish revolutionary period’, broadly conceived. It traces the […]


  46. Richard Young

    Richard Young (PhD in History, 2022) ‘Dragging History Through the Gutters: War Comic Books, Civic Duty & American Popular Memory, 1952–1993′ The Cold War era (1945–1991) coincided with both the emergence and height of war comic books in the United States. Despite significant social, political, and comic industry shifts during this period, war comics remained […]


  47. Exploring the History of Indian Philosophy

    Purushottama Bilimoria (Principal Fellow in Philosophy) is co-editor (with Amy Rayner) of a major volume, History of Indian Philosophy. Covering three thousand years of Indian philosophy, with 58 contributors, the volume was published as part of the Routledge History of World Philosophies series in 2018 and recently re-issued in paperback. In this interview by Philosophy […]


  48. SHAPS Digest (January 2022)

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


  49. Mynas Matter: Towards a Cultural History of ‘Invasive’ Species in Australia

    History PhD candidate Simon Farley is investigating settler Australian attitudes towards non-native wildlife from the 1820s to the present. In this article, they reflect on the historical entanglement of ‘invasive’ species with the politics of immigration and indigeneity. How is a myna like Pauline Hanson? No, it’s not a riddle. It is a question a […]


  50. Maternal Metamorphosis: How Mothering Has Changed in Australia Since the Second World War

    How has motherhood and mothering changed in Australia over the last 75 years? Interviews with more than 60 Australian women in a recent research project demonstrate their distinctive experiences over three broad generational eras, ranging from the postwar period to the era of second-wave feminism in the 1970s and 1980s to the parenting of the […]


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