Public Lectures

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 Room L326 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, Cultural Collections, 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, Strabo, Augustus and the Trade with India, Hugh Lindsay – University of Newcastle

  • 1 November, ‘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

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

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity Panel Discussion


The Centre for 21st Century Humanities at the University of Newcastle is hosting an exciting panel discussion on Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity.

Speakers will discuss the impact, implications and issues of AI for our future, on an open forum chaired by Rosemarie Milsom.

  • Prof Nicholas Agar (University of Victoria, Wellington)

  • Prof Marnie Hughes-Warrington (ANU)

  • Prof Duncan McDuie-Ra (UON)

  • Prof Alex Zelinsky AO (UON)

Where: Hunter Room, Newcastle City Hall

When: 19 September, 4-6pm.

Before the prospect of an intelligence explosion, we humans are like small children playing with a bomb. We have little idea when the detonation will occur, though if we hold the device to our ear we can hear a faint ticking sound.
— Nick Bostrom (Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford)

This event is free and open to all, but seating is strictly limited, so please ensure you do book to ensure your place. For any enquiries, please contact Further details on this and other events can be found at the C21CH website here.

Archaeology Public Lecture

Free Public Lecture sponsored by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens.


Ancient Greek Festivals and Temple Decoration: Mirror and Memory: Images of Ritual Actions

Presented by Clemente Marconi, Professor of Art and Archaeology at New York University and Milan University

  • Where: University of Newcastle Newspace, Room X502 (corner of Hunter and Auckland)

  • When: Monday, 19 August, 6pm

For further information and details on the event contact Dr. Hugh Lindsay.


War Experience Lectures II

Another series for this year’s War Experience Public Lecture has now been announced for the following dates in semester two. Lectures are scheduled on Wednesdays 7-8pm at the University of Newcastle’s City Campus, room X201. All are welcome.

  • 14th August, The Local Population Took Us Over, The Coloured Population’: Solidarity and Subversion in Wartime South Africa, Jean Smith, Kings College London.

  • 11th September, The Archaeology of Drayonavets Village and the Battle of Abritus (June AD 251) - The Climax of Bellum Gothicum of the Decii, Jeff Tillitzki, University of Newcastle.

  • 9th October, The Second World War, Portuguese Timor and Newcastle, Jude Conway, University of Newcastle.

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

Armenian Genocide Commemoration Public Lecture

The Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies will host a public lecture as part of its 2019 Armenian Genocide Commemorations.


“Talaat pasha, Architect of the Armenian Genocide,” presented by Associate Profesor Hans-Lukas Kieser.

  • When: Thursday, 22 August at 7.30pm (preceded by wreath laying ceremony at 7pm

  • Where: NSW Parliament Theatrette, Macquarie Street, Sydney

For further information contact

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

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

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.