Gillian Cowlishaw Among the Historians

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In 1986, Gillian Cowlishaw lamented that what passed for social anthropology in Australia had been really ‘social archaeology’.[1] Social anthropologists, she argued, tended to reify Aboriginal ‘culture’, treating it as somehow immune from… Continue reading

Brain eating, prion science, and latest chapter in the story of kuru

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Originally posted on Johns Hopkins University Press Blog:
Guest post by Warwick Anderson We invited Warwick Anderson, author of  The Collectors of Lost Souls: Turning Kuru Scientists into Whitemen, to comment on a study…

Australia is a big blank map: Warwick Anderson on the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia

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Australia is a big blank map, and the whole people is constantly sitting over it like a committee, trying to work out the ways to fill it in. Written as long ago as… Continue reading

Sebastian Gil-Riano, Sarah Walsh and Ricardo Roque at the History of Science Society meeting

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A panel comprising several of our fellows and associates has been accepted at the History of Science Society annual meeting for 2015. The meeting will be held in San Francisco, California, 19-22 November… Continue reading

Hot And Dry in the Global South: Vanessa Heggie

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Dr. Vanessa Heggie of the University of Birmingham, offers her reflections at the end of her visiting fellowship: I’m currently writing a book provisionally titled Higher and Colder about extreme physiology, and the… Continue reading

Janet Golden: I read, I wrote, I learned and I talked

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Professor Janet Golden, who finishes her visiting fellowship with the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science and REGS at the end of this month, reflects on her time here: As a Visiting… Continue reading

Mapping Connections

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Sarah Walsh will be convening a seminar with Dr Fernanda Peñaloza of the Spanish and Latin American Studies Department on 16-17 July 2015. Mapping Connections: Australia and Latin America will investigate affinities, connections, and tensions in… Continue reading

Book Launches at A Southern War Symposium

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By Christine Winter. There were two book launches during the symposium that added to the spirit of intellectual rigor and scholarly generosity, exploring the histories and legacies of WWI and the Pacific. Frank Bongiorno… Continue reading

ICRC Behind Bars

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Christine Winter will be presenting at a special event in Canberra on 11 December 2014: ICRC Behind Bars: 100 years of humanitarian action in detention. She will speak on ‘Reflecting on impartial humanitarianism in… Continue reading

Science, Race and Identity in the Global South

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In October Christine Winter conducted a workshop for graduate students at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Workshop participants tracked and interrogated nineteenth-century ideas of race and science across different geographies: from race-mixing in… Continue reading