Course Offerings

Semester two courses are now open to enrollment. Here’s a list of what’s on offer:

For those interested in studying at Honours level, AHIS and HIST options can be found at the BA Honours handbook here: More of our course options can also be found on our study here page.

Research Seminar Series Semester II

The dates for HCCI’s semester two public research seminar series have been announced below. Unless otherwise noted, all seminars are held in the Auchmuty Library’s Cultural Collections (ground floor through AIC) on Fridays at 10am followed by morning tea at 11am. All are welcome.

  • 9 August, Aboriginal People and the Crown’s Protection: Colonial Australia within a Mobile Empire, Amanda Nettlebeck — University of Adelaide

  • 16 August, Charismatic Authority in the Age of Revolutions, David A. Bell — Princeton University

  • Tuesday, 20 August, Cultural Collections, 12pm-1pm, Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens Seminar, The Patronage of Greek Art and Architecture in Magna Graecia and Sicily, Professor Clemente Marconi – New York University

  • 23 August, Suicide, Temporary Insanity and Terror in Penal New South Wales, James Dunk — University of Sydney / University of Newcastle

  • Thursday, 5 September, NewSpace X803, 6pm-7.30pm, History Week Lecture, Is it #Time'sUp for Newcastle's Coal Monument?, Nancy Cushing and Sue Anne Ware – University of Newcastle

  • 20 September, New directions in Military History: Strategy, Technology and Morale in the Age of Mass Warfare, Richard Dunley and Nicole Townsend  - UNSW Canberra

  • 18 October, ‘Black Men Must Now Have Beef!’ / ‘Tumble White Man Down’. Sheep, Cattle and Resistance Warfare at Bathurst 1822-24, Stephen Gapps – Australian National Maritime Museum / University of Newcastle

  • 1 November, Strabo, Augustus and the Trade with India, Hugh Lindsay – University of Newcastle

For more information of any questions about the seminars please contact the series coordinators Dr. Hugh Lindsay ( and Dr. Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen (

On Great South Land

Kate Ariotti, Lecturer in History at the University of Newcastle explains ‘the open course provides an overview of Australian history from the earliest known human occupation of the continent – the 60,000+ years of what is called “deep time” Aboriginal history – to the early days of British settlement. It covers pre-contact Aboriginal society through to the arrival and subsequent occupation of the land by British convicts and colonists from 1788 onwards.’ It’s far more than a course about dates and places and names. Great South Land tackles some big historical questions and issues, such as the extent to which Aboriginal peoples cultivated the land, the legitimacy of British claims to ‘discovery’ of the continent, and whether the convicts sent to the new colonies were victims of economic disenfranchisement or hardened, immoral criminals.

“Educator Spotlight: Great South Land: Introducing Australian History with University of Newcastle Australia,” More about open access and other course offerings by HCCI staff can be found here. Further information on Dr. Ariotti’s teaching and research can also be found on her university profile page here.

Newcastle Writers Festival 2019

HCCI’s James Bennett, Nancy Cushing, Marguerite Johnson and Julie McIntyre will be speaking at this year’s Newcastle Writers Festival, 5-7 April.

NWF is one of the city’s premier cultural events and an important community partnership of the University of Newcastle. Further details on the entire program can be found at NWF’s website here.

Friday 5 April

Masterclass | Memory and Monuments with Nancy Cushing, Stephen Gapps and Tamson Pietsch. Hosted by Richard Neville. The impulse to memorialise people and events has led to the establishment of a range of monuments in urban landscapes. Increasingly, monuments have been verbally or physically attacked and, in some cases, removed. This masterclass will focus on the ongoing histories of monuments, testing the implications of preservation and removal, and how memorials can be revived, reinterpreted or replaced. The three speakers will address Captain Cook, counter-memorials and the ‘statue wars’; the memorial to the band on the Titanic in Broken Hill; and the coal monument in Newcastle.

  • 11.00am-1.00pm

  • Level 3, Room X321 NeW Space, Hunter St Free event

  • Limited to 50 places


Saturday 6 April

NEW Thinking Series | Lives Erased: The History of LGBTQI Conversion Therapy with James Bennett, Stuart Edser and Anthony Venn-Brown. Hosted by Marguerite Johnson.

  • 11.30am-12.30pm 

  • Cummings Room, City Hall 

  • Free session

NEW Thinking Series | A New Taste of Hunter Wine History with John Germov and Julie McIntyre. Hosted by Cassie McCullagh.

  • 1:30-2:30pm

  • Cummings Room, City Hall

  • Free Session

Antipodean Antiquities Published

Now Available

Antipodean Antiquities: Classical Reception Down Under, edited by Marguerite Johnson (Bloomsbury 2019).

About the Book

Leading and emerging, early career scholars in Classical Reception Studies come together in this volume to explore the under-represented area of the Australasian Classical Tradition. They interrogate the interactions between Mediterranean Antiquity and the antipodean worlds of New Zealand and Australia through the lenses of literature, film, theatre and fine art.

Of interest to scholars across the globe who research the influence of antiquity on modern literature, film, theatre and fine art, this volume fills a decisive gap in the literature by bringing antipodean research into the spotlight. Following a contextual introduction to the field, the six parts of the volume explore the latest research on subjects that range from the Lord of the Rings and Xena: Warrior Princess franchises to important artists such as Sidney Nolan and local authors whose work offers opportunities for cross-cultural and interdisciplinary analysis with well-known Western authors and artists.


Research Seminar Series

The dates for HCCI’s semester one public research seminar series have been announced below. All seminars are held in the Auchmuty Library’s Cultural Collections on Fridays at 10am followed by morning tea at 11am. All are welcome.

  • 8 March, History, Violence, and the Steven Pinker Controversy, Philip Dwyer—University of Newcastle

  • 22 March, Jack Lindsay, Communism and the Classics, Henry Stead—The Open University

  • 5 April, The Making of ‘Ablaze’ and ASIO surveillance of Indigenous Activists in 1950s and 1960s, Alec Morgan—Macquarie University

  • 3 May, Printing Religion After the Enlightenment, Timothy Stanley—University of Newcastle

  • 17 May, The Historicity of Sexuality: Knowledge of the Past in the Emergence of Modern Sexual Science, Alison Moore―Western Sydney University

  • 31 May, Metropolis in Egypt before Septimius Severus: the Evidence of Papyri and Ostraca, Agnieszka Wojciechowska—University of Wrocław

For more information of any questions about the seminars please contact the series coordinators Hugh Lindsay ( and Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen (

On Studying History

A major study, the Collegiate Learning Assessment, recently tested college students nationwide at the start of their freshman year and then again after two years of study to gauge how well they were learning. It asked students to read a series of documents on a political or business problem and then write a memo about how to respond to it. Liberal arts majors consistently outperformed their peers in business, communications, and other newer ‘practical’ majors. Studying liberal arts teaches you critical thinking as well as imagination, empathy, and resourcefulness. It teaches you to research, evaluate evidence, communicate, and problem solve. Rather than train you narrowly for today’s job world (which will be obsolete twenty years from now), it teaches you how to learn for a lifetime. It teaches you not what to think (which will one day be outdated) but rather how to think.

“So, You Think You Want to Study History? - Boston University has produced this helpful list of advice for those interested in studying history. This quote is taken from their myth #3, “History is just old-fashioned liberal arts. I need ‘real world’ skills. I should major in something ‘sensible’ even if it’s not what I’m really excited about.” As it happens, Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn recently commented in an interview for Wired Magazine that the greatest skills gap in the United States is “written communication, oral communication, team building, people leadership, collaboration.”

War Experience Public Lectures

This year’s War Experience Public Lecture series has now been announced for the following dates in semester one. Lectures are scheduled on Tuesdays 7-8pm at the University of Newcastle’s City Campus, room X202. All are welcome.

  • 12th March, Caroline Schneider, Children in Genocide – Experiences of Violence and the Yazidi Case

  • 26th March, Dr Sue Wareham, The Hidden Casualty of War: The Environment

  • 9th April, Elicia Taylor, ‘Just like a letter from a personal friend’: Australian Women and Wartime Communication Channels

  • 30th April, Peter Hooker, Republics at War: The United States’ Quasi-War with France, and its Repercussions on American Identity

  • 14th May, Prof. Michael. Ondaatje, The War on Blacks in American History

  • 28th May, Mr Terry Ryan, Sex and War in Antiquity

For further information about these lectures please contact the series coordinator, Dr. Jane Bellemore:, 02.492.15231

Fulbright Research Fellows

Recognized for their potential to create global impact in their fields, two HCCI researchers will receive prestigious Australian-American Fulbright Scholarships in a presentation at Parliament House this week.

The scholars, Dr Julie McIntyre and Professor Philip Dwyer, will spend up to six months in the USA sharing their knowledge, collaborating with academic colleagues and engaging broader USA communities through workshops, seminars and public lectures. The Fulbright Program is the flagship foreign exchange scholarship program of the USA, aimed at increasing binational research collaboration, cultural understanding, and the exchange of ideas.

Professor Dwyer will be based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he will develop his ideas around violence and gun violence by comparing and contrasting culture and society in Australia and the USA.Working with Professor Mark Micale at the University of Illinois, Professor Dwyer will also facilitate the establishment of further collaborative opportunities

Senior Lecturer in History with the School of Humanities and Social Science, Dr Julie McIntyre, will also receive a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to study connections between America and Australia in the grape and wine sciences since the 1950s. Dr McIntyre will travel to the Shields Library, University of California in Davis, to trace binational innovations in modernising wine production.

Further details on their award can be found at the University of Newcastle’s website:

Book Launch

We hope you can join us for the launch of Colonialism and Male Domestic Service across the Asia Pacific by Julia Martínez, Claire Lowrie, Frances Steel and Victoria Haskins (Bloomsbury 2019). The book will be launched by Professor Penny Russell at the University of Sydney on 18 February from 5 pm to 6 pm (Refectory Room H113). Light refreshments will be served. For more details and to RSVP please click here.

About the book:

Examining the role of Asian and indigenous male servants across the Asia Pacific from the late-19th century to the 1930s, this study shows how their ubiquitous presence in these purportedly 'humble' jobs gave them a degree of cultural influence that has been largely overlooked in the literature on labour mobility in the age of empire.

With case studies from British Hong Kong, Singapore, Northern Australia, Fiji and British Columbia, French Indochina, the American Philippines and the Dutch East Indies, the book delves into the intimate and often conflicted relationships between European and American colonists and their servants. It explores the lives of 'houseboys', cooks and gardeners in the colonial home, considers the bell-boys and waiters in the grand colonial hotels, and follows the stewards and cabin-boys on steamships travelling across the Indian and Pacific Oceans. This broad conception of service allows Colonialism and Male Domestic Service to illuminate trans-colonial or cross-border influences through the mobility of servants and their employers.

This path-breaking study is an important book for students and scholars of colonialism, labour history and the Asia Pacific region.