'Contested Histories, Unsettled Futures’ - HSI Research Seminar Day

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  • Wollongong Campus
    Building 24. G02 and online

The Centre for Colonial and Settler Studies (CASS) and the Future of Rights Centre (FoRC) will host this joint event to showcase research being undertaken across both Research Centres based within the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry (HSI) around the themes of past, present, and emerging historical, political, and social contentions and insecurities.

Time, Date and Location

Tuesday April 12, 10.00am to 3.00pm
Building 24-G02 and on Zoom
If you wish to attend this event virtually, the Zoom link will be provided with Registration

Contact Details 

Associate Professor Claire Lowrie, CASS Director
Associate Professor Phil Orchard, FoRC Co-director
Associate Professor Susan Engel, FoRC Co-director
Associate Professor Roger Patulny, Research Leader HSI

Contested Histories, Unsettled Futures’ Program




PART I - Contesting Colonialism: Past Present and Future (CASS)

9.45am -10.00am

Welcome and Acknowledgement
of Country

10.00am – 10.20am

Learning to Stand with Gyack

Associate Professor Lisa Slater, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies, HSI

10.20am – 10.40am

Yaangarra: Building Digital Capacity for
the Teaching of Indigenous Literature

Dr Michael R. Griffiths, Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies, TAEM

10.40am – 11.00am

Morning Tea

11.00am – 11.20am

James Thornton Beckett, the First Chief Inspector of Aborigines and Settler
Colonialism in the Northern Territory

Leonie Tan, PhD Candidate in History, HSI

11.20am – 11.40am

‘Break the monotony of meat’: vegetarian messaging in the Australian Women’s
Weekly, 1933-1982

Dr Lauren Samuelsson, Honorary Fellow, History, HSI

11.40am – 12.00pm

Chinese Amahs in White Australia: Domestic Workers and the Second World War

Associate Professor Claire Lowrie, Associate Professor History, HSI, with Charmaine Lam

12.00pm –



PART II – Contested Climates and Emerging Insecurities (FoRC)

1.00pm – 1.20pm

Tony Wrigley, Kenneth Pomeranz, Vaclav Smil and the missing 'motive powers': minimizing the contribution of wind- and water-power in the Industrial Revolution

Dr Adam Lucas, Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies, HSI


1.20pm – 1.40pm

Leading from the Pacific: Norms, Contestation, and the Issue of Climate Mobilities Protection

Mr Liam Moore, HDR Candidate International Relations, HSI

1.40 – 2pm

Afternoon Tea

2.00pm – 2.20pm

More Debtfare than Healthcare: Business as Usual in the Multilateral Development Banks’ COVID-19 response in India

Associate Professor Susan Engel, Associate Professor of Politics and International Studies, HSI, with David Pedersen, HSI

2.20pm – 2.40pm

Do Australians think they have a right to Universal Basic Income? Presenting evidence from the 2019-2020 Australian Social Attitudes Survey

Associate Professor Roger Patulny, Associate Professor of Sociology, HSI, with A/Prof Ben Spies-Butcher (Macquarie University) & Ms Maiy Azize, Anglicare Australia

2.40pm – 3.00pm

Resonance and/or the Slow Apocalypse

Dr Jordan McKenzie, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, HSI