The 1916 Irish Rising: “Australasian Perspectives”

A number of events are being held to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916.  A conference at the University of Melbourne, 7-8 April, will feature a number of local and international experts who will address a range of aspects of the Rising, including its Australasian contexts. Keynote Speakers at the event include Dr Roisín Higgins (Teesside University); Dr Fearghal McGarry... Continue Reading →

Labour history and anti-militarism at the Marxism conference

Socialist Alternative’s Marxism conference is Australia’s largest annual left-wing public conference. There are over 90 sessions over three and a half days and speakers attending from around the world. This year includes a film festival and special art exhibition Freedom Now: The art of Black Liberation presenting work from Indigenous artists and Emory Douglas of... Continue Reading →

Olga Silver Remembered

By Carmel Shute A big crowd gathered in Clifton Hill on 30 January to pay tribute to veteran Melbourne communist, Olga Silver (18/12/1916 – 23/1/2015), who died at the age of 98 after a long illness. Olga was born a year before the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 but her life was very much shaped by... Continue Reading →

Three weeks on…

It is now three weeks since the 14th Biennial Labour History Conference, “Fighting Against War: Peace Activism in the Twentieth Century,” commenced. Radio station 3CR has begun its series of broadcasts reflecting on the conference generally and several  of the papers in particular. The first episode, which aired on 14 February, provided an overview with a specific focus... Continue Reading →

Out Now: Labour and the Great War

a special issue of Labour History (no. 106, May 2014) The May 2014 issue explores how workers, unionists and Labor politicians engaged with the meaning and legacy of the Great War both during the conflict and in the decades that followed. Click here for more information. Labour and the Great War will be launched at 5.30pm for... Continue Reading →

FIGHTING AGAINST WAR: PEACE ACTIVISM IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

Registrations have now closed. The conference will be held at Queen's College, University of Melbourne, 11-13 February 2015. Keynote speakers for the 14th biennial Labour History conference are Professors Verity Burgmann, Marilyn Lake, and Bruce Scates. The conference is supported by the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, the National Tertiary Education Union,Swinburne... Continue Reading →

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