Category: News

  1. SHAPS Digest (June 2024)

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

  2. Can Keir Starmer’s Future Vision Return UK Labour to Power?

    In anticipation of the UK general election on Thursday July 5, SHAPS Honorary Liam Byrne considered Keir Starmer’s vision for the future and compared it to that of Tony Blair’s campaign nearly 30 years previously in this article, republished from The Conversation. When British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced the UK general election outside 10 […]

  3. Love in the Ancient World

    Did people in Ancient Rome and Greece love the same way we do? Perhaps even more hopelessly. Konstantine Panegyres, McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow in SHAPS, explores ancient love stories in this article, republished from The Conversation. Sometime around 100 AD, the Roman lawyer and aristocrat Pliny sent a letter to his third wife, Calpurnia – who was […]

  4. HPS Podcast: Samara Greenwood on Social Change and Science

    Samara Greenwood is currently undertaking a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS), in which she investigates the various ways in which changes in society can impact science. In this episode of The HPS Podcast, Samara discusses some of the controversies of drawing connections between social and political contexts and scientific change, including links between second wave feminism and […]

  5. SHAPS Digest (May 2024)

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

  6. Revisiting Normandy: D-Day At Eighty

    6 June 2024 marked the 80th anniversary of the Allied D-Day landings at Normandy. In this article History PhD candidate Felicity Hodgson shares some of her work on American women war correspondents who covered this and other campaigns of the Second World War. Through an examination of their newspaper reportage, Felicity shows how their insightful […]

  7. Staying Fit in the Ancient World

    Many people today worry about how to find time to keep fit and healthy in the midst of their busy lives. Believe it or not, but this was also a problem in ancient times. So, how did ancient people deal with it? In this article republished from the Conversation, SHAPS McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow, Konstantine Panegyres, […]

  8. Preserving Precious Ukrainian Heritage in Melbourne

    The Ukrainian Museum of Australia is an entirely volunteer-run community organisation housed at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in North Melbourne. The Museum holds a remarkable collection of objects, including rare books, folk and religious art, craft and textiles. The Museum’s large collection of traditional embroidered items poses special challenges when it comes to preservation and […]

  9. 1968 was an Inflection Point for the US. Is Another Coming in 2024?

    Among the global protest movements of 1968, in the United States multiple events represented an inflection point in the country’s history. These included the assassinations of Dr Martin Luther King Jr and Robert F Kennedy, mass protests in support of the Civil Rights Movement and against the Vietnam War, and a Presidential election. In this […]

  10. Why is Cancer Called Cancer? We Need to Go Back to Greco-Roman Times for the Answer

    Dr Konstantine Panegyres is a SHAPS McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow, whose work explores the histories of health in antiquity. In this article, republished from The Conversation, he delves into the ancient history of representations of cancer and the origins of our word for the disease. One of the earliest descriptions of someone with cancer comes from […]

  11. SHAPS Digest (April 2024)

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

  12. Ancient Languages Boom!

    Undergraduate enrolments in ancient languages are soaring at the University of Melbourne, with the number of students signing up for beginners’ level Ancient Greek, Ancient Egyptian, and Latin undergoing a dramatic rise in 2023 and 2024. Ancient World Studies PhD student Noah Wellington reflects on the reasons behind this. Scholars have studied the ancient world […]

  13. “Too Many Aboriginal Babies”: Australia’s Secret History of Aboriginal Population Control in the 1960s

    In this article republished from The Conversation, SHAPS’s Dr Julia Hurst, together with Dr Laura Rademaker (Australian National University) and Professor Jakelin Troy, (University of Sydney), discuss eugenics policy directed at the reproductive rights of First Nations Australians in the second half of the twentieth century, a period often celebrated as a time of increasing […]

  14. SHAPS Digest (March 2024)

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

  15. Meet Hansen PhD Scholar Seth McKellar

    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. In 2023 the scholarship was awarded to Seth McKellar, who is investigating the history of transness and gender deviance. Tell us about your PhD project My research lies at the intersection […]

  16. What Remains of a Performance When the Curtain Goes Down?

    Archives are an incomplete but important record of dance and theatre, and the history and artistry of University of Melbourne students is being revisited through these ‘remains’. Arabella Frahn-Starkie, student in the Masters of Cultural Conservation, explores these questions in this new article, republished from Pursuit. My journey to working with archives has been an […]

  17. We’ve Taken Smoking From ‘Normal’ to ‘Uncommon’ and We can do the Same with Vaping

    Thomas Kehoe (Honorary, History; Cancer Council, Victoria), together with Carolyn Holbrook (Deakin) recently wrote on the history of anti-smoking campaigns in Australia, the effects of those campaigns on smoking rates, and how we can learn from these when it comes to quickly increasing vaping rates, in this article republished from The Conversation. Vaping is a […]

  18. Introducing Dr Kate Lynch, Lecturer in Philosophy of Science

    We are excited to announce the appointment of Dr Kate E Lynch as Lecturer in the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS). Dr Lynch is a philosopher of science and a biologist, whose work brings together philosophical analysis and empirical investigation. She is also a talented science communicator with a keen interest in engaging the […]

  19. How Ancient Romans Kept Cool in Summer

    A trip to the coast, a dip in the pool, and a snow-chilled drink. With our recent heatwaves in early 2024, Classics & Archaeology PhD Candidate Lily Moore was inspired to think about how the Romans managed to beat the heat and keep their cool during hot ancient summers. Lily ponders the question in this recent article, […]

  20. Philosophy Students Compete in Tertiary Ethics Olympiad

    In October 2023 two teams of students from the University of Melbourne participated in the inaugural Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics (AAPAE) Tertiary Ethics Olympiad. These ethics athletes or ‘eth-letes’, as they are known in the competition, went up against universities from across Australasia. They were supported by coach Dr Alex Cain (Teaching Associate, Philosophy), […]

  21. SHAPS Digest (February 2024)

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

  22. Ancestral Ties to the Kabayan ‘Fire’ Mummies is Driving Research to Save Them

    An unexpected family link to the Philippines’ Kabayan mummies inspired research into environmental changes in the mountain caves that house them. Grimwade Centre students Fen Reyes, Sarah Soltis, and Camille Calanno explore their research on the mummies and their conservation in this article, republished from Pursuit. Tucked away in rock shelters in the secluded northern […]

  23. Professor Mike Arnold: A Vote of Thanks

    Professor Michael (Mike) Arnold recently retired as head of SHAPS’s History & Philosophy of Science Program. His longtime colleague, Emeritus Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, Janet McCalman, AC, reflects here on Mike’s career and legacy. Mike Arnold has retired from History & Philosophy of Science, leaving it, the social sciences, the university and, indeed, the world, […]

  24. Grimwade Centre Students Launch Scroll Vol. 3

    In December 2023, Student Conservators @ Melbourne (SC@M) hosted an intimate celebration at the Grimwade Centre’s nearby watering hole, The Clyde Hotel, to congratulate the new Master of Cultural Materials Conservation graduates and officially launch Scroll Vol. 3. The student-led journal celebrates its third successful release in three years. Founded by the Grimwade Centre’s Master […]

  25. Meet Dr Sarah Corrigan, Allan J Myers Lecturer in Classics

    In 2023 we were thrilled to welcome Dr Sarah Corrigan as the newly appointed inaugural Allan J Myers Lecturer in Classics (Latin Language and Literature). Dr Corrigan received her PhD from the University of Galway in 2017 and has since held fellowships funded by the Irish Research Council, working on a variety of projects. Dr […]

  26. ‘The Man’: Taylor’s Feminism Could Go So Much Further

    In another Swiftposium-related SHAPS post, republished from Pursuit, Gender Studies PhD Candidate Dana Fahadi examines Taylor Swift’s feminism, exploration of hegemonic masculinity, and how she can do more as a role model. I’m going to say at the outset, I am a Taylor Swift fan. She is my Goddess and I am one of the […]

  27. ‘The 1’: Something’s Been Forgotten in the Kanye-Taylor Feud

    Ahead of Taylor Swift’s Australian tour, in this article republished from Pursuit, SHAPS History Lecturer Dr Sarah Walsh talks about the drama with another celebrity, Kanye West, that occurred almost 15 years ago, and some of the nuance that has been lost in the discussion over time. Before I weigh in on exactly what happened […]

  28. SHAPS Digest (January 2024)

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

  29. Creative Solutions for Conservation Challenges in Thailand

    The University of Melbourne has been collaborating with Silpakorn University, Thailand, since 1995. Most recently, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts and Silpakorn University’s Faculty of Science and Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts. In March 2023 the University of Melbourne hosted an Incoming Research and Training Visit for residents of Silpakorn University’s Faculty of Science. During the visit, Assistant Professor Sutinee Girdthep and Dr Nattawan Worawannotai presented their work on the conservation of Thai heritage. Recent Master of Cultural Materials Conservation graduate Gen Schiesser reflects on the presentations below.

  30. Feminist Critiques of Sex Difference Research

    Feminist critics of sex difference research are often accused of claiming there are no sex differences, or that sex hormones have no influence on human behaviour. In this episode of the HPS Podcast, Professor Cordelia Fine joins Samara Greenwood to talk us through why this is a false characterisation. Instead, feminist researchers are digging into […]

  31. Rabati 2023: Report on Georgian-Australian Investigations in Archaeology

    The Georgian-Australian Investigations in Archaeology (GAIA) project is a research collaboration between the Georgian National Museum and the University of Melbourne. GAIA was established by the late Emeritus Professor Antonio Sagona and Dr Claudia Sagona. SHAPS’s Andrew Jamieson reports here on the 2023 season of the GAIA dig at Rabati, with contributions from Brian Armstrong, Giorgi Bedianashvili, Catherine Longford, Abby Robinson, Claudia Sagona and Martin Tomko.

  32. SHAPS Digest (December 2023)

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

  33. Celebrating Student Successes in History & Ancient World Studies

    As the year draws to a close, we look back on the achievements of our students, awarded prizes in 2021 for their outstanding work in History and Ancient World studies. Winner of the 2021 Gyles Turner Prize, Maya Del Rio Reddan The Gyles Turner Prize is awarded annually for an undergraduate essay in Australian history. […]

  34. Our Mental Health Has Gone Digital

    Apps, wearables and ingestibles that support digital mental health have lowered barriers to access but have profound social, ethical, and legal implications. In this extract from her new book, The Artefacts of Digital Mental Health, and republished here from Pursuit, Dr Jacinthe Flore (HPS) new digital mental health technologies and their impact.  In April 2022, The […]

  35. Introducing Dr Pete Millwood, Lecturer in East Asian History

    We are delighted to welcome Dr Pete Millwood, who recently joined SHAPS as our newly appointed Lecturer in East Asian History. Dr Millwood is a historian of the Chinese world’s international and transnational relations, especially with the United States. He obtained his doctorate in History at St Antony’s College, Oxford, in 2018, and has held […]

  36. SHAPS Digest (November 2023)

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

  37. Ridley Scott: Historians Need to ‘Get a Life’

    Napoleon director Ridley Scott is calling on us historians to “get a life” – and he has a point. Art is about more than historical facts. SHAPS Emeritus Professor Peter McPhee discusses the movie and the director’s stance in this article, republished from The Conversation. The release of Napoleon unleashed a torrent of objections to […]

  38. Conversations with Australian Philosophers

    Daniel Nellor’s book, What Are They Thinking? Conversations with Australian Philosophers (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2023), features interviews with ten philosophers working in Australian universities today, including SHAPS philosophers Margaret Cameron, Chris Cordner and Dan Halliday. They discuss the nature of philosophy and why it’s valuable, and think through some of the big questions on their […]

  39. Annual Fellows’ Research Day

    On 21 July 2023, the SHAPS Fellows & Friends of History held the annual Fellows’ Research Day. Fay Woodhouse wrote an overview of the day for Forum, discussing the speakers and their topics, as well as other enjoyable aspects of the day. The Annual SHAPS Fellows’ Research Day, held on a predictably cold Melbourne morning […]

  40. SHAPS Digest (October 2023)

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

  41. Remembering and Forgetting the Dead

    Ancient Celtic Halloween ­­– or All Hallow’s Eve ­– was a day to acknowledge the dead. Modern rituals of marking death continue this tradition, both remembering and letting go. In this article, republished from Pursuit, two of the DeathTech Research team –SHAPS’s Mike Arnold, together with Tamara Kohn (School of Social and Political Sciences) – discuss […]

  42. Marles Medal for Professor Robyn Sloggett

    Professor Robyn Sloggett was awarded the 2021 Marles Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Melbourne in recognition of her extraordinary achievements as a scholar and practitioner of cultural materials conservation whose work has had far-reaching impact both within and beyond the academy. Robyn is both a pioneer and a revolutionary force: […]

  43. Welcome Dr Jacinthe Flore, Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science

    We are excited to welcome Dr Jacinthe Flore as SHAPS’s new Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science. Dr Flore is a Science and Technology Studies (STS) Scholar and a Historian of Medicine, who combines the Medical Humanities, STS and critical theory in her research. She has published widely on the history and application of […]

  44. SHAPS Digest (September 2023)

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

  45. Meet Dr Oleg Beyda, Hansen Lecturer in Russian History

    In 2022, Dr Oleg Beyda was appointed Hansen Lecturer in Russian History. Dr Beyda’s research focuses on the post-revolutionary Russian diaspora, with a particular emphasis upon their experiences of the Second World War. History alumnus Noah Ellis sat down with Oleg to discuss his research and his approach to teaching. Your research focuses upon the […]

  46. Birds in Roman Life and Myth

    Dr Ashleigh Green recently published her first book, Birds in Roman Life and Myth. In 2020, her PhD thesis in Ancient World Studies passed examination without corrections. She went on to hold a La Trobe Society Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria in 2022 and is now a Teaching Associate in the School of […]

  47. SHAPS Digest (August 2023)

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

  48. Re-Building: Russia’s War on Ukraine, Part VI

    A video-recording of the sixth and final instalment in this series, featuring His Excellency Bruce Edwards, Professor Torbjörn Becker, Slava Balbek, Professor Natalia Kudriavtseva, and Emeritus Professor Marko Pavlyshyn, and Jurij Suchowerskij (November 2022).

  49. On Biography and the History of Medicine

    Dr Fallon Mody in conversation with PhD candidate Samara Greenwood, for the HPS Podcast.

  50. SHAPS Digest (July 2023)

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

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