At the recent SHAPS Postgraduate Work in Progress Day on 7 June, Hannah Loney presented a paper titled ‘The target of a double exploitation: The Emergence of a Women’s Movement in Portuguese Timor’, in which she explored the origins of the women’s movement that emerged in Portuguese Timor from 1974-5. Hannah examined the role of culture, religion, history and the experience of colonialism within the construction of the ‘feminine’, and how this formulation was represented by the nationalist movement. She examined the selective application of aspects of feminist theories to produce a uniquely East Timorese brand of feminism, which was forged out of the material conditions of life within the territory. Hannah argues that nationalist politics both liberated and constrained East Timorese women, by highlighting the double challenge of opposing the colonial regime, as well as the gender discrimination of the nationalist movement.
Historian of Indonesia Dr Kate McGregor interviewed on 3 June 2013 on ABC Radio National (Late Night Live) on the subject of Indonesia’s anti-Communist purges, in the context of The Act of Killing, a documentary by Danish-American filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer.
Professor Antonia Finnane delivered the 2013 Kathleen Fitzpatrick lecture on 16 May 2013, on the subject The Use and Abuse of History in the People’s Republic of China. In the lecture Professor Finnane spoke about history and propaganda in contemporary China, taking her point of departure from Chairman Xi Jinping’s visit to the history exhibit, “Road to Revival,” in the National Museum of China in November 2012. Widely reported in the Chinese press, that visit provided the occasion for the Communist Party’s new leader to describe his dream of a rejuvenated China. What did the exhibit tell him about China’s past? And what does it tell us about China today?