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Richard Miles (Classics and Ancient History) says ‘Civilisation is still worth striving for’

Archaeologist and historian Dr Richard Miles (Department of Classics and Ancient History) has been interviewed for the Guardian’s ‘Bright Ideas’ series. Richard is Author of the book Ancient Worlds: The Search for the Origins of Western Civilization, also a soon-to-be-screened BBC series.

Richard is interviewed about his views on civilisation and its history…

Civilisation as a term suggests human agency. Things don’t come together organically. There are winners and losers – and human will created the world we live in. It is the way in which people have articulated how and why they wanted to live in communities. It’s about how we imagine the perfect community.

Read the full interview in the Guardian here

Congratulations to Richard on the book and the series.


Clare Corbould wins literary award for first book

Dr Clare Corbould, senior lecturer from the Department of History, has been awarded the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for a First Book of History, for Becoming African Americans: Black Public Life in Harlem, 1919-1939 The prize comes with a prize of $15,000.

In 2000, the United States census allowed respondents for the first time to tick a box marked “African American” in the race category. The new option marked official recognition of a term that had been gaining currency for some decades. Africa has always played a role in black identity, but it was in the tumultuous period between the two world wars that black Americans first began to embrace a modern African American identity.

Following the great migration of black southerners to northern cities after World War I, the search for roots and for meaningful affiliations became subjects of debate and display in a growing black public sphere. Throwing off the legacy of slavery and segregation, black intellectuals, activists, and organizations sought a prouder past in ancient Egypt and forged links to contemporary Africa. In plays, pageants, dance, music, film, literature, and the visual arts, they aimed to give stature and solidity to the American black community through a new awareness of the African past and the international black world. Their consciousness of a dual identity anticipated the hyphenated identities of new immigrants in the years after World War II, and an emerging sense of what it means to be a modern American.

Congratulations to Clare from all her SOPHI colleagues.
Read the full story here

Congratulations to Dept of Classics and Ancient History

Congratulations to the staff and students of Classics and Ancient History involved in the performance of Aristophanes’ Frogs in ancient Greek (with surtitles) held at the Nicholson Museum on Thursday, 23 September 2010. It was a fabulous evening. The Museum was packed to the rafters, the play was wonderful, the ambiance electric. I felt extremely privileged to have been in the audience. And it was a wonderful advertisement for what we do at the University – bringing ideas, imagination, students, academics, and the broader community together.

GLENDA SLUGA | FAHA | Professor of International History
Head of School | School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI)

Why History Matters: Historians Remap the World

SOPHI’s Head of School, Professor Glenda Sluga, recently chaired a session on the ABC’s Big Ideas program. The program coincided with States of Statelessness: the 3rd International Postgraduate Intensive — a Sydney, Harvard, Birkbeck, École Normale Supérieure joint initiative.

Guests on the Big Ideas program were:

  • Glenda Sluga, Professor of International History, University of Sydney
  • Joyce E. Chaplin, James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History, Harvard University
  • Sunil Amrith, Lecturer in History Birkbeck College, University of London
  • David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University
  • Erez Manela, Professor of History, Harvard University

To find out more, or to listen to the program, follow this link to Big Ideas: Why History Matters

Congratulations: Iain McCalman and Kate Fullagar

A belated but fulsome congratulations from the School to Dr. Kate Fullagar (History Postdoc) for obtaining a British Academy Fellowship. It is an incredibly competitive achievement. Kate will take the Fellowship at the University of York, from mid Nov to mid December 2010 to work with Professor Harriet Guest, Director of the Center for Eighteenth Century Studies. Her application and winning was done while she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Sydney.

AND yet another coup. This time, Iain McCalman’s DARWIN’S ARMADA has won the WA Premier’s prize for non-fiction. Congratulations Iain. And enjoy the prize money!

Professor Warwick Anderson awarded the 2010 Ludwik Fleck Prize

Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of History, Professor Warwick Anderson, has achieved the highest international honour in the field of science and technology studies with his most recent book, The Collectors of Lost Souls: Turning Kuru Scientists into Whitemen (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).

The Ludwik Fleck Prize celebrates the best book in science and technology studies (STS) each year. The prize is awarded by the Society for Social Studies of Sciences (4S). Anderson joins previous winners of the esteemed award Donna Haraway, Steven Shapin, and Londa Schiebinger.

Read the full article here

Honours week: 13-17 September 2010


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September 13-17 is Honours week across the University of Sydney. If you’re thinking of Honours, now is the time to find out more. An Honours year at Sydney gives you the opportunity to follow your passion. You’ll be exposed to the latest research, ideas, and facilities to help develop your enquiring mind. And the best thing? You could already be eligible! 

If you’d like to find out about Honours in your Department or Departments, why not check the Honours page on their website?

Honours information sessions in SOPHI
Wednesday 15 September

McRae Room from 1:00 to 2:00

  • Archaeology
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Gender and Cultural Studies

Thursday 16 September
Philosophy Room S249 from 12:00 to 1:00

  • History
  • Philosophy

These sessions are your opportunity to learn about Honours, and hear about Honours programs in your area or areas of study. Find out how to get into Honours, what the year involves and why it could be a good choice for you

So sign up to one of the Honours information sessions, and find out what that extra year can provide!
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