Professor David McCooey at the Perth Festival

Professor David McCooey is appearing at the Perth Festival on 24-25 February, in five events

David will appear with fellow poets Shevaun Cooley, Charlotte Guest, Renee Pettitt-Schipp and Ross Gibson in a series of intimate readings.

He will talk with fellow poet and performer Vivienne Glance about life and death as play and a play between binary opposites and pop music poetics.

David will join poets Morgan Yasbincek, David McCooey, Amanda Joy, Charlotte Guest, Corey Wakeling, Dennis Haskell and Marcella Polain to celebrate the life and work of one of Australia’s greatest poets, the late Fay Zwicky.  

He joins Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project, to talk about Graeme’s new book, The Best of Adam Sharp.

And David will talk to Perth soprano Katja Webb about the connections between music and poetry, after Katja performs  Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson, by one of America’s greatest 20th century composers, Aaron Copland.

Further details here.

Abstracts: Seminar Series 2018

Dr Sally Percival Wood: ‘Dissent: The Student Press in 1960s Australia’ 

The student press in the 1960s was populated with the people, politics and, increasingly, the power, to cause alarm in federal and parliaments. Through their newspapers, university students tackled the government over indigenous rights, gay liberation, abortion law reform, access to contraception, conscription and the Vietnam War. Moving within the currents of all of those issues was censorship. In 1964, Humphrey McQueen, editor of Semper Floreat at the University of Queensland, appalled students with his ridicule of Christianity, while artist Martin Sharp’s controversial cartoons ‘The Gas Lash’ published in the University of NSW’s Tharunka, and ‘The Word Flashed Around the Arms’ in Oz landed students in court on obscenity charges. In Melbourne, the Vice Squad frequently arrived at the printers to censor Lot’s Wife or Farrago just before the papers went to print.

This paper looks at the battle against censorship waged by university students through their newspapers in the 1960s. It then contemplates the student publications of the twenty-first century in search of the passion that once fired the student presses. It asks: What has happened to campus life to so dilute the camaraderie and shared sense of purposes found in the 1960s papers?


Wednesday 14 March 2018

Time: 11am-12pm

Room Numbers:

Burwood C.205; Waurn Ponds ic3.108

Or connect via VMP ARTSED2 (3691)



Call for Papers: War’s End, or War Without End? Reflections on a Century Since the Great War

War’s End, or War without End?
Reflections on a century since the Great War

The Contemporary History Research Group, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Geelong, is hosting a seminar and public lectures on 12 and 13 July 2018 to reflect upon the legacies of the First World War in Australian and World history.

These events are supported by the Australian Government’s ANZAC Centenary Commemorative Fund.

Papers are invited on any theme dealing with the end of war and its legacies, in an Australian and international context. Some examples might include:

  • Homecomings
  • Displacement and trauma.
  • Victory and loss.
  • Families and home.
  • Memorialisation and remembrance.
  • War, society and politics after 1918.

Papers that reflect on the centenary commemorations of the war and the role of the Centenary as a ‘site of memory’ are particularly encouraged.

This event will be held over two days.

A seminar will be held on 12 July 2018 at Deakin University’s Waterfront Campus in Geelong.

Following this, selected papers will be welcomed for presentation at a public forum at the Geelong Regional Library and Heritage Centre on the afternoon and evening of 13 July 2018.

Guest speaker for these events is Professor Bruno Cabanes, Donald and Mary Dunn Chair of Modern Military History at Ohio State University. Professor Cabanes is the author of a number of books in French and English on the First World War and the international humanitarianism that followed, including The Great War and the Origins of Humanitarianism, 1918-1924 (Cambridge University Press, 2014), August 1914. France, the Great War and a Month that Changed the World Forever (Yale University Press, 2016), and a chapter on ‘1919: Aftermath’ in Jay Winter’s Cambridge History of the First World War (2014). He serves on the advisory boards of the Historial de la Grande Guerre at Péronne, and the Museum of the Great War at Verdun.

A small grant will be available to assist selected authors prepare a manuscript for publication in a collected edition.

Paper proposals should be forward to Dr Greg Burgess or Dr Bart Ziino by 15 April 2018

For further information, please contact Dr Greg Burgess via email or telephone +61 (0)3 5227 2987.

50th Anniversary of Tet Offensive – Professor Peter Edwards

‘One of the greatest misconceptions of the Vietnam War was that Ho Chi Minh was the uncontested leader of the North Vietnamese forces. However it was Le Duan who was the main strategist and political planner.’

ARVN Rangers defend Saigon during the Tet Offensive, 1968.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the TET Offensive, Radio National’s Between the Lines program explored some of historical information that’s emerged about Le Duan from the archives of Vietnam. Tom Switzer interviewed Contemporary Histories’ member Professor Peter Edwards, and Professor Lien-Hang Nguyen from Columbia University.

Hear the interview here:

Between the Lines Radio National 50th Anniversary of Tet Offensive