Newsletter 2 June 2020

Members News

Oral History Australia Journal: call for submissions on the impact of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming every aspect of our lives: home, work, school, socialising and leisure. In particular, social distancing requirements and travel restrictions have affected the research plans of many historians and oral historians are no exception. Some oral historians have begun or continued trialling remote interviewing, while others have preferred to postpone interviews until they can again be conducted face-to-face. While the pandemic has interrupted some research plans, for other researchers coronavirus is inserting itself into their work, as they begin studying the human affects of pandemic life or simply find that every interview begins with a discussion of life under lockdown.

For the upcoming 2020 issue of Oral History Australia Journal, we invite brief reports from oral historians on how coronavirus has affected your work. This may be 200 words on how plans have been disrupted or it may be 1000 words on a new project that has taken off because of the pandemic. Please send your ideas, queries and/or submissions to Joint Editors Skye Krichauff [email protected] and Carla Pascoe Leahy [email protected]. Submissions are due 29 June 2020.

South Australian Heritage Council: Heritage Protection Report 2020 summary
One function of the South Australian Heritage Council is to advise the Minister on 'trends, shortcomings, and opportunities' regarding heritage protection at both State and Local levels. The Heritage Council recently presented its 2020 report. A summary is available here (PDF download).

Greek Museum of Adelaide
Established May 2019, the Greek Museum of Adelaide Inc. is a non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving and promoting Greek culture in Australia. As a new museum it is currently working on collecting exhibits and does not have a fixed location yet, but has been holding exhibitions in lending halls. Check them out on facebook here.
Further information at their website here

Museums reopening
As part of step 2 of the Australian Government's roadmap for easing restrictions, The History Trust of South Australia is preparing to open the doors of its museums to the public once again.
Further information here.

COVID-19 News

Hutt street Library and North Adelaide Community Centre and Library open for visits by appointment
As of 14 May, both libraries have reopened. There is a limitation of 10 people in each branch at a time, so bookings are encouraged. Some walk-ins are available if numbers allow. For bookings please contact Hutt Street Library on 8203 7985, and North Adelaide Community Centre and Library on 8203 7297.
Further information here

Art Gallery of South Australia to reopen
The Art Gallery is reopening its doors on Monday 8 June following its temporary closure due to COVID-19 restrictions. Adherence to physical distancing, capacity limits, and hygiene requirements will be observed as outlined by the Government's reopening strategy. The Art Gallery has altered their programming in response to the closure. The 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres exhibition season is extended until 2 August 2020.

Around the country

Australian Criminal Justice History Dataverse
A new resource for Australian social history, comprised of data drawn from Trove, police gazettes, and court archives. The Australian Criminal History Dataverse is a repository curated by The Prosecution Project. Datasets are available for all Australian states and the Northern Territory, for the period from 1788 to 1940. Access is free and can be obtained through the Australian Data Archive. For more information contact Mark Finnane at the Prosecution Project:  [email protected]
Further information here

Working Paper on Sustainable History
Those working in history across Australia have developed a Working Paper on Sustainable History. It aims to generate discussion about how those in the history profession can help address the climate crisis. Endorsements are welcome.
Further information here

Calls for Papers

'Jews as Active Citizens - Past and Present'. 28 February - 1 March 2021, National Jewish Memorial Centre, Canberra. Proposals due 30 June 2020.
Full details here.


The Two Cultures: Confrontation and Collaboration: The Arts and the Sciences in Dangerous Times. 3 July 2020 (online), Hosted by the ACHRC and James Cook University. Abstracts due 5pm, June 25 2020.
Full details here


History of Education Review Special Issue: the history of knowledge and the history of education. Abstracts due 1 October 2020.
Full details here


‘The Historical Dimension’: Association of Academic Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools Conference. 9-10 November 2020, University of Sydney. Abstracts due 12 June 2020.
Full details here


Bernadette Bean SA Records Management Service Excellence Award is for South Australian individuals, teams / groups, researchers, students, new professionals and volunteers whose outstanding service in records management deserves recognition. Applications due 8 July 2020.
Full details here.

International Australian Studies Association ECR Publication Subsidy Scheme is designed to help early-career researchers working in Australian Studies. Applications due 30 June 2020.
Full details here

Australian Historical Studies Editor(s) Expression of Interest for the positions of editors of the journal for a three-year term, 2021–2023. EOIs due 31 July 2020.
Full details here (Word docx download)