Wine Studies Book Launch

Researchers uncover true stories of Vines, Wine and Identity in the Hunter Valley

A new book examining the history and personalities of the Hunter Valley wine community will be launched at Newcastle Museum on 22 September. Further details can be found here.


Hunter Wine: A History is one of the outputs of a four-year research project Vines, Wine and Identity: Hunter Valley NSW and Changing Australian Taste, a world first collaboration between a university, the peak wine body for a region and the cultural sector. The University of Newcastle project team is renowned sociologist Professor John Germov and Australia’s foremost wine historian Dr Julie McIntyre, a member of the Centre for 21stCentury Humanities.

“This is an important Australian wine book that uncovers new truths, challenges old myths and moves at a cracking pace with a delicious wine tale just right for the present”, said Melbourne-based wine journalist Jeni Port.

Professor Germov and Dr McIntyre will launch the book on 22 September surrounded by an exhibition, currently on display at the Newcastle Museum until Sunday 14 October, which brings to life the early years of the Hunter Valley tied to colonial, national and global themes, as featured in the book. The book launch will be accompanied by the screening of a forgotten Australian film, Squeeze a Flower. This made-for-TV movie has scenes shot at Pokolbin in the Hunter wine region in the late 1960s, and stars famous Australian and international actors.

The book and exhibition both trace through six generations of wine producers in the Hunter Valley, from when the first vines were planted in 1828 to the changing tastes and rising interest in wine of the 1980s, introducing the reader and viewer to the changing historical conditions and many personalities that helped shaped the region.

Australian Archaeological Institute Athens Event

The Cretan Labyrinth: Monument and Memory from Prehistory to the Present

The 2018 AAIA visiting professor is Professor Antonis Kotsonas from the University of Cincinnati.

Where: X502, NewSpace (Level 5), corner of Auckland and Hunter Streets, Newcastle

When: Monday 20 August 2018

Lecture commences at 6pm, all welcome.

Homer and the Archaeology of Crete

The relationship between the Homeric epics and archaeology has been approached through the lens of Homeric archaeology, which involved matching the epics with the archaeological record and identifying realia of Homer’s heroes. However, a range of new approaches have recently revolutionized the field. Drawing from these approaches, this seminar offers a regional and diachronic analysis of Homeric stories about Crete, an assessment of the reception of these stories by the island’s inhabitants throughout antiquity, and an account of their impact on Medieval to modern literature and art.

Presented by: Professor Antonis Kotsonas (visiting professor with the AAIA)

Where: Cultural Collections (lower ground floor), Auchmuty Library, Callaghan campus, University of Newcastle

When: Tuesday 21 August 2018

Presentation commences at 1pm for approximately an hour.

About the Presenter:

The 2018 AAIA Visiting Professor is Professor Antonis Kotsonas from the University of Cincinnati, who specialises in the material culture, socio-cultural and economic history of the Early Iron Age and the Archaic period in Greece and the Mediterranean, especially Crete, the Cyclades, Euboea and Macedonia. Before taking up his post at the University of Cincinnati, Kotsonas worked at King’s College London, the University of Crete, the University of Amsterdam and the University of Edinburgh. He has also served as a Curator of Greek Archaeology at the Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam.

Further Information:

Please contact Mr Hugh Lindsay for further information about these events. Hugh can be contacted via email or on (02) 4921 5226.

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.