AHHub Morning Tea, Friday 24 April

Asian History Hub Morning Tea, 11 a.m., Room 509, 757 Swanston St, Friday, 24 April.

The AHHub team would like to use this occasion to meet new people at the university with interests in the history of Asia, and to engage in a roundtable conversation about fieldwork and overseas research for students of Asian history.

Please RSVP to Shan Windscript at shan.windscript@unimelb.edu.au by 23 April if you would like to attend.

At the 2015 AAS Conference in Chicago

Braving a cold early-spring in Chicago, a number of staff, students and alumni of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, made their journey across the Pacific to attend the annual conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), which was held on March 26-29.

PhD student Shan Windscript assembled a panel on “Life Writing in Modern Asia,” exploring the Self and histories in personal narratives of Japan, China and Malaysia. The cross-border panel included a paper by Jason Sze Chieh Ng, a PhD candidate in the School, entitled: “Jungle Lives: Malaya As Depicted in Malayan Communist Memoirs.” Shan Windscript also presented a paper: “Making Revolutionary Selves: Diaries, Diary Writing, and the Chinese Cultural Revolution.” 

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Associate Professor Katharine McGregor convened two invited panels at the AAS conference profiling recent research on the 1965 anti communist violence in Indonesia. She was invited by the Southeast Asia Council to convene these panels because of the 50th anniversary of this violence in 2015. The first panel entitledNew Research Findings and Approaches to Understanding the 1965 Anti-communist Violence in Indonesia’ featured a paper by Dr. Jess Melvin (a recently completed PhD graduate in SHAPS) entitled: Mechanics of Mass Murder: Understanding the Indonesian Genocide as a Centralised and Intentional Military Campaign’.

The second panel entitled Activism and Justice for the Survivors and Victims of the 1965 Violence in Indonesia featured our former Phd graduate Dr Vannessa Hearman (Sydney University) giving a paper entitled  ‘Extending the fight: Letterwriting in the campaign for the 1965-66 political prisoners in Indonesia’ and Associate Professor Katharine McGregor presenting a paper entitled: ‘The World Was Silent? Global Communities of Resistance to the 1965 Repression in the Cold War Era’. Both panels were attended by around 30 conference participants. 

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Further to this Associate Professor Katharine McGregor has co-organised with Dr Annie Pohlman of the University of Queensland 6 panels on the 1965 violence for the Indonesia Council Open Conference to be hosted by Deakin University in Geelong on July 2 and 3, 2015.

Book Launch: Chinese Australians: Politics, Engagement and Resistance

You are warmly invited to the launch of Chinese Australians: Politics, Engagement and Resistance, edited by Sophie Couchman and Kate Bagnall.

Bringing together contributions from eleven key scholars in Chinese Australian history, the book explores how Chinese Australians have influenced the communities in which they lived on a civic or individual level. Focusing on the motivations and aspirations of their subjects, the authors draw on biography, world history, case law, newspapers and immigration case files to investigate the political worlds of Chinese Australians in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The book will be launched by Ms Nancy Gordon, Australian Consul-General in Chengdu, China.

When   Friday, 24 April at 11am

Where  Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne (behind Her Majesty’s Theatre)

RSVP     Wednesday, 22 April 2015 to curator@chinesemuseum.com.au or 03 9662 2888.

Books will be available for purchase on the day at a discounted rate. For more information about the book, see http://www.brill.com/products/book/chinese-australians.

The book includes a chapter by Marilyn Lake, ‘The Chinese Empire Encounters the British Empire and Its ‘Colonial Dependencies’: Melbourne, 1887’.

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