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Sydney Humanities Salon: Digging Up Sydney

Digging Up Sydney: A conversation between the disciplines of History and Archaeology on ways of researching Sydney’s past

Thursday, 17 June 2010

digging up sydney imageBeneath the streetscapes and parklands of Sydney lie the fragments and material traces of both the Indigenous and Colonial/Settler past. All of us probably consider the history of Sydney to be familiar and well-documented, yet archaeological research across the Sydney Basin constantly brings to the surface surprising discoveries that challenge and contest the existing historical narratives about our city. In this Salon four archaeologists will present aspects of their research that challenge the received histories of the city in a conversation with pre-eminent Sydney historian Dr Grace Karskens.

Mary Casey is a Director, Casey & Lowe, archaeology and heritage consultants, and a research associate, Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney. Mary has directed a number of State-significant archaeological projects, including the Conservatorium of Music; Parramatta Convict Hospital, Parramatta Justice Precinct; and Darling Walk, Darling Harbour.

Annie Clarke is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and convenes the Heritage Studies Program. She carries out research on the archaeology and rock art of cross-cultural interaction in Arnhem Land, the role of indigenous agency in the formation of ethnographic collections and the practice of community-based archaeology and heritage.

Martin Gibbs is a Senior lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sydney. He is currently undertaking an Australian Research Council funded project on the 16th Century failed Spanish colonies in the Solomon Islands.

Grace Karskens teaches Australian history and public history in the School of History and Philosophy at the University of New South Wales. She is interested in Australian colonial history, cultural and environmental history and material culture. Her latest book is The Colony: A History of Early Sydney.

Paul Irish is an archaeologist and Principal Consultant with Mary Dallas Consulting Archaeologists. He is currently running two research projects in the Sydney area; one looking at the region’s post-European contact Aboriginal places and the other regarding the archaeology and Aboriginal history of the Kurnell Peninsula.

Foyer, Sydney Law School,
Sydney Law School F10,
Eastern Avenue
University of Sydney
No need to RSVP


UTS invites you to their UTS Library Markets Forum

Challenging the Presentation of History

Will Davies
Renowned Historian, Documentary Maker and Author

Date:      Monday, 12 April 2010
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Venue:  City Campus (Blake Library)
Lecture room 4.g, Level 4

This is a free event. All are welcome. No RSVP or booking is required.
You are welcome to bring your lunch with you.

Humanities Salon: A panel on Violence in Modern Aboriginal History

The panel members will be:

  • Professor Gordon Briscoe AO, author of his just released autobiography Racial Violence
  • Jackie Huggins, Former Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia, and a Queensland commissioner for the Bringing Them Home enquiry
  • The Hon Bob Debus MP, former Attorney-General, State Government in NSW
  • Professor Peter Read, author of the recently released Tripping Over Feathers. Scenes in the Life of Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams
  • Julie-Anne Williams, daughter of Joy Williams

Julie-Anne Williams, Gordon Briscoe and Joy Williams were deeply affected by the policy of separating  Aboriginal children from their parents and communities.  Bob Debus and Peter Read have been closely associated with the violence affecting Aboriginal Affairs for many years, violence towards to children, on the streets, to young adults, to settlements and missions, and in the cities.

The panel discussion will conclude with the launch of the two books, by Jackie Huggins and Bob Debus

12 March 2010
Foyer, Sydney Law School
Eastern Avenue,
University of Sydney

Exciting events in HISTORY in JULY in SOPHI!

Thursday, July 23: Professor David Blight, Yale University, will be giving a talk at the State Library (5:30 for 6:00 pm) on “Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory”, introduced by Bob Carr, former Premier NSW.

Friday, July 24: Book Launch: Clare Corbould, Becoming African Americans, at Gleebooks, 6:00 pm for 6:30 pm. To be launched by Professor Shane White.

Tuesday, July 28: Sydney Ideas Forum: “Why History Matters: The Past in the Present” at the Seymour Centre, 6:30 pm.

Participants include:

Bob Carr, former Premier of New South Wales

David Blight, Yale University, author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory (2001), and Director, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University

W. Fitzhugh Brundage, University of North Carolina, author of The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory (2005)

James T. Campbell, Stanford University, author of Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787-2005 (2006), and Chairman of the Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice

Jonathan Hansen, Harvard University, author of The Lost Promise of Patriotism: Debating American Identity, 1890-1920 (2003)

Glenda Sluga, University of Sydney, author of The Nation, Psychology and International Politics (2006)

How Free should Free speech be? Philosophical Perspectives

Public Symposium
The School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry presents

How Free should Free Speech be? Philosophical Perspectives
Convenor: Duncan Ivison

Simone Chambers (Toronto)
‘Public reason under duress: what are the limits of civility in the public sphere?’
Philip Pettit (Princeton)
‘Free, undominated speech’
Jeremy Waldron (NYU)
‘Why call hate speech group libel?’
plus comments by Helen Irving (Sydney) and others.

Date: Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Place: Refectory, Quadrangle Building, The University of Sydney
Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
No registration fee, but booking is essential contact: sophi dot enquiries at usyd dot edu dot au

Travel subsidies are available for postgraduate students from outside the Sydney region. Please contact Elia Mamprin, via elia dot mamprin at usyd at edu at au

The symposium is made possible through the generous support of Professors John and Christine Furedy, alumni of the University of Sydney

Atlantic Justice in the Pacific World: Property, Rights & Indigeneity

Sydney Sawyer Seminar
The Antipodean Laboratory: Humanity, Sovereignty and Environment in Southern Oceans and Lands, 1700-2009

Generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of Sydney

Session Three
Atlantic Justice in the Pacific World: Property, Rights, and Indigeneity

Friday, 17 July 2009, 1–5pm
1-5pm, Sutherland Room, Holme Building, Science Road, The University of Sydney
Afternoon tea will be served

Convenors:          Duncan Ivison and Andrew Fitzmaurice

Presenters:        Sankar Muthu, (University of Chicago)
Jennifer Pitts, (University of Chicago)
Andrew Fitzmaurice, (University of Sydney)

As Europeans turned to the Pacific they brought with them a well-established Atlantic framework for thinking about rights. And, indeed, thinking about the Pacific helped to inspire some of the most prominent Enlightenment philosophers and historians. But by the nineteenth century this whole edifice was falling apart. The understanding of what it was to have a right underwent dramatic changes, which often had devastating consequences for colonized peoples. The aim of this seminar will be to examine the role of the Pacific in the transformation of our understanding of rights.

The session is free, but registration is essential. RSVP to Katherine Anderson katherine dot anderson at usyd dot edu dot au or 02 9036 5347 by July 13.  For further details on the session or for information regarding the Mellon Sawyer Seminar series visit: