Faculty of Education and Arts


CRCAH events

2017 Hike to Higher Education charity night: Simon Madden

Federation University Australia, Faculty of Education and Arts is proud to be hosting the 2017 Hike to Higher Education charity night. The event is aiming to raise funds to support current secondary school students from regional Victoria who have suffered disadvantage or who are disengaged with schooling activities to participate in the program.

The night will feature AFL Essendon Football Club legend Simon Madden. Simon is a strong advocate for regional engagement and education, as a school teacher for 15 years he rose to the position of Vice Principal.

Simon’s football career is well known and he is regarded as one of the best ruckman to have ever played the game. His career statistics include:

  • Played 1974 -1992
  • Games: 378
  • Goals: 575
  • Premiership player 1984, 1985
  • Norm Smith Medal 1985
  • Top 5 Brownlow medal finishes -1983, 84, 88
  • Essendon FC Best and Fairest: 1977,79,83,84

Today, Simon is a current director on the Essendon Board and conducts leadership and business consulting forums for small, medium and large organisations.

The Hike to Higher Education charity night is your chance to hear and ask Simon about his views on life, leadership, resilience, business and sport.
When: Wednesday 30, August 2017
Where: Prospects Restaurant, SMB Campus
Time: 6pm-9pm
Cost: $90 per person (2-course dinner with drinks included)
RSVP: Bookings will close 5pm Friday, 18 August 2017  

Anderson's Mill Heritage Weekend, 13-15 May 2017

The first Annual National Trust Anderson's Mill Heritage Weekend will be celebrated with festivities on 13-15 May 2017. The nineteenth century five storey bluestone flour and oat mill in Smeaton, in Victoria's Central Goldfields region, is managed by Parks Victoria. Hepburn Shire Council is supporting free public events during the weekend.

CRCAH and the Public Records Office Victoria (PROV) will co-host panel discussions and talks for the Anderson's Mill Heritage Weekend.
Details will be announced soon.

The events at Anderson's Mill are part of a world wide 'Adopt-a-mill' campaign.

For further information, visit the Adopt-a-mill across Australia website.

Research seminar: Dr Alex Trimble Young

“The Vigorous New Vernacular”: Mark Twain’s Irony and the Politics of Memorializing the Gold Rush

Monday 1 August 2016, 12-1.30pm
"The Barry Room," Building A, room A101
SMB Campus, Federation University Australia

In a brilliant 2001 article reflecting on Australian Gold Rush historiography, David Goodman offered a blunt assessment of the synthesis that Gold Rush history demands, but has yet to satisfactorily achieve:

Until we see the vigorous, masculine, democratic politics of the 1850s gold-rush period…as part of the same story of the taking of aboriginal land and the breaking up of aboriginal families and communities…we will not have fully acknowledged the conflict of historical understandings which reconciliation aspires to resolve.

Goodman’s assessment might just as easily be applied to the history of the gold and silver rushes of the Western United States. On the one hand, the Gold Rush is popularly memorialised as a site of frontier democracy, and on the other, decried by academics and activists as the leading edge of indigenous genocide. Little effort is made to reconcile these two discourses, or the conflicting visions of U.S. history that they represent.

In this paper I will work to bridge this gap by exploring the writing of the most celebrated chronicler of the gold and silver rushes of California and the far West: Mark Twain. In critical assessments of Roughing It, Twain’s narrative of his time in the gold and silver fields, he is remembered as either an advocate for genocide, or a champion of the radically democratic sociality he celebrated. I argue that both these framings of Twain’s politics are in a sense accurate, and it is the signature trait of his renowned literary style – his arch irony – that holds these two positions in suspension.

Twain’s irony allows him to imagine a more egalitarian and democratic future for the United States and other settler societies, including Australia, while simultaneously downplaying the significance of the settler colonial violence that enables his utopian thinking. Reading Twain against Patrick Wolfe’s theorisation of settler colonialism and Richard Rorty’s work on irony and liberalism, I argue that his narratives of the gold and silver frontier are ahead of their time. These ironic representations of frontier democracy and indigenous dispossession, in settings ranging from California to Victoria, anticipate the contradictions of liberal multiculturalism in contemporary settler societies.

Alex Trimble Young is a Dornsife Preceptor Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of Southern California. In Summer 2016, he will be teaching an interdisciplinary study abroad course called “Two Frontiers: Settler Colonialism in California and Australia” that will take students to Gold Rush sites in California and Victoria. His scholarship on U.S. culture, critical theory, and comparative settler colonialism can be found in journals including Social Text, Western American Literature, and Settler Colonial Studies. In 2016-2017, he will be a visiting fellow at Amherst College for its annual Copeland Colloquium.

Image: Ballarat, California, March 2016. Photograph: Alex Trimble Young.

All welcome
RSVP j.nowak@federation.edu.au
tel: 5327 9599

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Research seminar: A/Professor Krista Maglen

Little Fingers, Forgotten Men, and the Snake under the House: Considering Hidden Actors in Australian History

Monday 6 June 2016, 12-1.30pm
"The Barry Room," Building A, room A101
SMB Campus, Federation University Australia

The bite or sting of a venomous or predatory creature can result in death within minutes or days. They often occur in the home or during leisure time, and can take place in the city as well as country, at the beach or in the bush, and historically have tended not to involve medical intervention. As with all sudden deaths, the process is horrifying and shocking to all who witness it. It is the role of the coroner to prise a clear picture of the event from the emotions and disbelief surrounding an attack. For this reason, inquests, in seeking to determine true cause of death, gather layers of evidence which record with great detail the hours surrounding the death.

This paper explores how inquests allow for a unique window into the private lives of settlers and Australians in the past, and how the particular responses to and circumstances surrounding dangerous animal attacks enable us to understand these more clearly. As well as illuminating moments in the otherwise obscured lives of historic figures like bullock drivers, children, or indentured labourers, this paper asks how we might think of the other lives these reveal – those of the animals involved. What role do they play in these histories, and what purpose might they serve for the historian?

Krista Maglen is an Associate Professor in the History Department at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her current book project seeks to examine historic encounters and interactions with dangerous animals in Australian history. She has forthcoming publications from this research in Environment and History and in an edited volume for Routledge's Animal Studies Series. Her first book, The English System: Quarantine, Immigration, and the Making of a Port Sanitary Zone was published in 2014 and was shortlisted for the Royal Historical Society's Whitfield Prize.

All welcome
Seating is limited
RSVP j.nowak@federation.edu.au

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