Public Seminars

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.

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.

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

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 (

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.

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