Public Seminar: “Social Movements, Archives and Memory”

Melbourne University’s School of Historical and Philosophical Studies is running a Public Seminar on “Social Movements, Archives and Memory” – Wednesday 8 February 2017, 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Arts West Building, Lectorial Room 156, North Wing, The University of Melbourne, Parkville.

This event will bring together a variety of people working with social movement archives in Melbourne. Each will give a short presentation about their work followed by a panel discussion. Topics to be discussed include the roles archives play within and in relation to social movements and research, issues and options concerning funding, maintenance, and long term sustainability, and opportunities for activists, researchers and others to make donations, work with existing archives or start their own.

Speakers include: Dr Tony Birch, Dr Graham Willett, Dr Tom Denison, Jack Roberts, and Geraldine Robertson. Admission is free, but bookings are  required as seating is limited.

To register visit: and for further information please contact Iain McIntyre  (or via 0431 129 848).

Dr Tony Birch is the current holder of Victoria University’s Dr Bruce McGuinness Indigenous Research Fellowship. He is part of a team within VU’s Moondani Balluk Indigenous research unit which will create a first-of-its-kind online archive of records about Aboriginal self-determination, the land rights’ movement and Aboriginal community survival programs.

Dr Graham Willett is a teacher and researcher in the history of gay and lesbian political activism in Australia and a fellow at the University of Melbourne. He is a longterm committee member of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

Dr Tom Denison is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University who edits the and has consulted widely in Australia and Vietnam, assisting libraries and non-profit organisations in making more effective use of ICT.

Jack Roberts is the research officer for the Reason in Revolt website, which is part of the Roger Coates Labour History Project and hosted at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.

Geraldine Robertson is the researcher and editor of

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