Truth's Fool Book Launch


Join colleagues for the Newcastle launch of Peter Hempenstall’s Truth’s Fool. Derek Freeman and the War over Cultural Anthropology (U Wisconsin Press).

Launch by Professor Catharine Coleborne, Head of School, Humanities and Social Science.

When: Thursday 9 August 5pm. Refreshments provided.

Where: SentaTaft-Hendry Museum (underneath the University Art Gallery)

The War Experience

Presented by the areas of History and Ancient History at the University of Newcastle, The War Experiencehighlights the work being conducted by academics from the School of Humanities and Social Science. In collaboration with the Centre for the History of Violence, this seminar series discusses a range of topics from ancient to modern times.

Seminars are held at the University of Newcastle City campus (NewSpace) in X202 (second floor), on Wednesday's from 7-8pm.


15 August - Professor Lyndall Ryan - 1838 and 1968: Colonial wars and the Practice of massacre

29 August - Associate Professor Hans Lukas Kieser - The Great War in Ottoman Turkey

12 September - Dr Elizabeth Baynham - Alexander the Great's mass-marriages

10 October - Dr Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen - The POW experience: the captive mind in World War II psychiatry

24 October - Mr Daniel Morgan - The Roman disaster of Varus in AD 9

7 November - Associate Professor Wayne Reynolds - Fighting the Cold War: Spies, Nuclear Weapons and Plans for Armageddon

Questions regarding the series can be directed to Dr Jane Bellemore.

Talat Pasha Book Launch

Please join us in the city for a short presentation and reception to mark the publication of Talaat Pasha: Father of Modern Turkey, Architect of Genocide (Princeton U. Press, May 2018), written by Hans-Lukas Kieser, ARC Future Fellow at the University of Newcastle, and member of its Centre for the History of Violence.

The new biography will be launched by International Visiting Fellow Eric Weitz, a Distinguished Professor of History at the New York City College, and author of A Century of Genocide (2003, 2014).

When: Friday, 1 June, 4pm

Where: NewSpace, X301 (city campus Newcastle)


About the book: This is the first non-Turkish-language biography of the de facto ruler of the Ottoman Empire during the Great War. He is revealed as a “demolitionist founder”, before Kemal Atatürk, of post- Ottoman Turkey. As leader of the Young Turks’ revolutionary single-party government and architect of the Armenian Genocide, Mehmed Talaat (1874–1921) set the stage for an era of World Wars that would witness dictatorships and atrocities on a new scale. (More)

Ancient History Seminar Series

Captive women 'of a certain age'

Speaker: Jane Bellemore

Affiliation: University of Newcastle

Date: Friday 9 March 2018

Outline of thesis topic (Honours Students)

Speakers: Gabrielle Brash and Matthew Howe

Affiliation: University of Newcastle

Date: Friday 23 March 2018

Alexander's massed marriages

Speaker: Liz Baynham

Affiliation: University of Newcastle

Date: Friday 20 April 2018

Catullus and Caesar

Speaker: Terry Ryan

Affiliation: University of Newcastle

Date: Friday 4 May 2018

Editing A Cultural History of Comedy (Antiquity) for Bloomsbury Methuen

Speaker: Michael Ewans

Affiliation: University of Newcastle

Date: Friday 18 May 2018

Latin for Uyghurs

Speaker: Alan Libert

Affiliation: University of Newcastle

Date: Friday 1 June 2018

Seneca's ad Marciam

Speaker: Natalia Polikarpova

Affiliation: University of Newcastle

Date: Friday 8 June 2018

All seminars are held on Friday's at 11am in MC102 (McMullin Building) at Callaghan campus.

If you wish to be included in the seminar mailing list, or would like more information on the talks, please contact Dr Jane Bellemore

History Seminars

The Denial of the Armenian Genocide and the Killing Order of Talaat Pasha

Speaker: Taner Akçam

Affiliation: Clark University

Date: Friday 10 August 2018

"It's (not) the Cold War, stupid": Why states have supported terrorist actors

Speaker: Adrian Hänni

Affiliation: Distance Learning University Switzerland

Date: Friday 17 August 2018

British colonialism, loyalty, and the visual iconography of the Indian Ayah, 18th to 20th centuries

Speaker: Victoria Haskins

Affiliation: University of Newcastle

Date: Friday 31 August 2018

"Dear Mr Menzies": Some Light on the 'Forgotten People'

Speaker: Frank Bongiorno

Affiliation: Australian National University

Date: Friday 14 September 2018

"Those Other Exiles": A Soldier's Life on the Penal Frontier of NSW, 1804 - 1842

Speaker: Tamsin O'Connor

Affiliation: University of Sydney

Date: Friday 12 October 2018

Bodies and Gold: Smuggling, Customs Law and Chinese 'Coolies' in 1850s New South Wales

Speaker: Sophie Loy-Wilson

Affiliation: University of Sydney

Date: Friday 26 October 2018

All seminars are held on Friday's at 10am in the Cultural Collections area at the Auchmuty Library. Morning tea will follow at 11am - all welcome.

If you wish to be included in the seminar mailing list, or would like more information on the talks, please contact Dr Kate Ariotti or Ms Honae Cuffe

EdX Course on The History of Violence

A History of Violence: From the Middle Ages to Modern Times

The course examine the origins, changing nature, uses, and attitudes towards human violence in western history.

What is violence? What do we mean by it? Is it innate or learned? Are we becoming more or less violent? These are all questions that we will ask throughout this course. A History of Violence will examine the different types of violence that humans have practiced over the centuries, put them into historical context, and try to understand why those different forms of violence are used at particular times, and not others; why some kinds of violence are accepted in some parts of the world but not others?

Free access to the best education, open to anyone.

Enrollment for verified certificates closes on 12/05/2017.