PHA NSW Conference 2018

Professional Historians Association National Conference
Sydney 30 – 31 August 2018

Professional historians record the history of places with direct connections to the public: in parks, on monuments, at exhibitions, in archives and publications. 2018 is the culmination of the four-year long commemoration of World War I and therefore a fitting time to reflect on the challenges we face as professional historians interpreting sites, places and events that become surrounded by myth and emotion.

The conference will explore the changing ways we mark time and interpret events through traditional and new media in the 21st century.

Key note speaker: Bruce Scates  

Bruce Scates is an Associate Professor in the School of History, University of New South Wales and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. His publications include Return to Gallipoli, A New Australia, the Cambridge History of the Shrine of Remembrance and Women and the Great War (co authored with Raelene Frances). The last of these won the NSW Premier’s History Award.

A draft program is now available on the PHA NSW website:


On Friday evening, the NSW Premier’s History Awards are being held at the State Library of NSW. Tickets to attend this event will need to be purchased separately.

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Historia #28

 Historia #24 June 2018 is now available online.  This month's issue provides details of the PHA's AGM and annual face-to-face meeting in Adelaide.  The Historian Profile in this issue is Dr Birgit Heilmann from PHA NSW and ACT. There is also the usual reporting on exhibitions, publications and Heritage related topics.

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