Do globalisation studies have a future?


Globalisation envelops the world - and historians too. The 'g' word is now mandatory in titles of books and articles; PhD students follow their leaders in dedicating their dissertations to the subject. Yet, not so long ago postmodern approaches to the past were equally compelling: if you could not tell your trope from your alterity and your Spivak from your Bhaba, your chances of landing a job were minimal. Wise investors buy at the bottom of the market and get out at the top. So, it is worth asking whether shares in globalisation have further to run or whether full value is already in the market. One way of answering the question is by considering the reasons why historiographical phases, like empires, rise, flourish and decline. This approach provides pointers to the current state of globalisation studies and offers an estimate of the current value of the shares. The advice comes with a wealth warning; past performance has limited predictive power. As a famous trumpeter remarked when asked which way jazz was going: 'Man, if I knew which way jazz was going, I would be there already!'

Professor A.G. Hopkins is Emeritus Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History at the University of Cambridge (where he held the Smuts Chair from 1994-2001) and an Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College. Between 1977 and 1988 he was Professor of Economic History at the University of Birmingham and from 1988 until 1994 Professor of History at the University of Geneva. From 2002 to 2013 he held the Walter Prescott Webb Chair of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Hopkins is best known for his extensive work on the history of Africa, empires, and globalization.

His principal works include An Economic History of West Africa (1973), Globalization in World History (2002), Global History: Interactions Between the Universal and the Global (2006), and, with Peter Cain, British Imperialism, 1688-2000 (1993), which won the Forkosch Prize awarded by the American Historical Association in 1995. His contribution to the field was recognised in 2011 with Africa, Empire and Globalization: Essays in Honour of A.G.Hopkins,edited by Toyin Falola and Emily Brownell. He is currently completing a study of the United States written as imperial history.

‘Australia in the World’ is a lecture and seminar series that presents international and transnational perspectives on the past. The series highlights the interconnectedness of past worlds and future challenges with speakers from around the country and across the globe.

Supported by the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies.

Monday, 3 November 2014, 6:00 pm

Theatre C, Old Arts Building

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A message from the Dean of Arts – October 2014

It has been an eventful few months in the Faculty of Arts and this edition highlights some of the key achievements and events that have taken place.

Since June we have seen the University move up again in global esteem according to the Times Higher Education World Rankings. The University is now 33rd in the World, with our Arts and Humanities and our Social Sciences equal 19th, highlighting the depth and breadth of our experts and the quality of their research.

A particular highlight of the research calendar this year has been the award of the Australian Research Council’s Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship to Professor Joy Damousi from our School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. The award recognises Joy’s celebrated career as an Historian and her impact on the discipline. The five year fellowship will enable her to examine a very topical new project on the history of child refugees in Australia, providing both researchers and the broader community with new insights into the impact and experiences of child refugees in Australia throughout the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

In other highlights, saw the Faculty host one of our most celebrated alumni, Professor Germaine Greer, for a very special session of the 10 Great Books series. Professor Greer delighted audiences with a masterful reading of the fragments of the ancient Greek lyric poet, Sappho. Participants enjoyed lively discussion and debate, with topics ranging from biography to history, gender and love, and the many readings and re-readings of the fragments across time.

Thanks to the generosity of one of our esteemed alumni, the Art History program in the Faculty will establish a new Chair in Art History dedicated to Australian art. The Ramsay Chair will honour and celebrate one of Australia’s most notable artists, Hugh Ramsay who lived and worked in Melbourne, Paris and London. The Chair highlights the Faculty’s rich tradition of Art Historical scholarship, and a renewed focus on Australian Art.

And finally, this month we welcome a new space of though-provoking commentary and opinion with the launch of the Melbourne School of Government’s G20 Watch initiative, providing information and analysis on the premier forum for international economic cooperation and decision-making, hosted by Australia in 2014. I encourage you all to take a look.

I hope you enjoy this edition and I look forward to bringing you more news from the Faculty with the next instalment of Articulation.

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Dr Gary Foley untangles a unique story of black education and history

Foley 01Tangled Up in Black’ was the title of alumnus Dr Gary Foley’s Public Lecture delivered to a packed Public Lecture Theatre in Old Arts on Wednesday 15 October.  Presented by the Research Unit in Public Cultures, and based on his Chancellor’s Medal winning doctoral dissertation, Dr Foley’s lecture provided an extraordinary journey through black history and education, combining personal reflection with a broader history of social injustice but also remarkable individual and community achievement across five decades.

Well known as one of Australia’s most prominent activists and intellectuals, Dr Foley was involved in the foundation of the Aboriginal self-help organizations such as the Aboriginal Legal Service in Redfern and the Aboriginal Health Service in Melbourne.  Centrally involved also in major political activism such as the Springbok tour protests ( 1971), the Tent Embassy in Canberra (1972), and the Bicentennial (1988), he has produced work that has been the subject of an SBS TV documentary, a one-man theatre show, numerous journal and newspaper articles, and has also been the senior curator for southeastern at Museum Victoria from 2005 to 2008, a lecturer at a number of universities and the originator of the Koori History Website.  He is currently completing an autobiographical account of the Black Power Movement and the 1972 Tent Embassy, due for publication next year.

GF Macksville High School

Dr Foley commenced the lecture with tales from his childhood.

Following an introduction by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis, Dr Foley outlined the challenges facing a young Aboriginal man growing up in Nambucca Heads in 1960s Australia – the homelands of his Gumbaynggirr grandmother – particularly of a young man who aspired to a university education.  Highlighting a striking history of Australian prejudice that meant that many other indigenous peoples around the world would receive university degrees over a century prior to the first Aboriginal people – with Margot Weir (Diploma of Physical Education, University of Melbourne,1959) and Charles Perkins (Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney,1966) the first Aboriginal people to receive university qualifications in Australia – Dr Foley traced his refusal to accept the racial slurs and insults that marked his initial schooling, resulting in his expulsion from high school in 1966 at the age of 16. It would be over 30 years before he enrolled at a university.  When he did so, he received a first class honours degree in History from Melbourne and completed a PhD in History in 2012.

Dr Foley captivated the packed-out Public Lecture Theatre.

The history of what Dr Foley describes as the ‘self-determination era’, in particular, was a focus of the lecture.  It is a history that he outlined as important because of the way it challenges versions of the past that ‘consign Aboriginal people to the status of powerless victims with no agency in the historical proceedings occurring around them’.  Dr Foley left nobody in doubt that Aboriginal political activists have fought to have Aboriginal issues placed at the heart of the national agenda over many decades. Challenging and delivered with a his characteristic wit and humour, the lecture also contained a number of ‘recommendations’ to the Vice Chancellor regarding the University’s own mixed history of dealings with Aboriginal peoples.  Dr Foley’s lecture received a standing ovation.

The most striking note of the evening was the generosity of the speaker, and also of University of Melbourne academic and alumnus Dr Tony Birch, who provided a response to Dr Foley’s address.  Another Aboriginal academic to win the Chancellor’s Medal for a thesis in History, Dr Birch outlined in particular the contribution made by Dr Foley to the fight against the closure of the Northlands High School in 1992.  In a moving tribute, Dr Birch emphasized the ways in which Dr Foley had stood up for those, both black and white, who were often among the most disenfranchised in Australian society – and had often done so at great personal cost.  Dr Gary Foley, he emphasized, has never forgotten that ‘he is one of us’.

TUIBCopies of the lecture and response will be made available through the Faculty of Art’s Research Unit in Public Cultures.

Dr Foley was interviewed on Radio National prior to his lecture. The interview is available here.

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Prestigious Laureate Professorship for History Program at Melbourne

School of Historical and Philosophical Studies’ Professor Joy Damousi has been awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship, joining 15 other illustrious professors around the country. Awarded by the Australian Research Council, and allowing five years of full-time research, the position also brings capacity for team building and student scholarships within the Faculty’s History Program.  It is a remarkable achievement, capping an exceptional research career.

Specifically the award allows Professor Damousi to build on her detailed research into the history of the paidomazoma – the removal of children to Australia during the Greek Civil War.  In this project, Professor Damousi charted a painful history that saw tens of thousands of children removed from villages across Greece, often to Eastern Europe, but also to Australia.  Among many other aspects of this story, Prof Damousi’s research highlighted the role of Australian Council of International Social Service director, Aileen Fitzpatrick, who played a pivotal role in moving debates beyond Cold War politics and in promoting a global community united by humanitarian efforts and international exchange.

Prof Damousi’s new project will examine the broader history of child refugees to Australia, asking questions about how the past informs current and future approaches to immigration and refuge.  Professor Damousi hopes the project will “generate new and powerful understandings of the impact and experiences of child refugees in Australia … and enable an integrated approach to understanding the impact of child refugees in Australia in cultural, social and economic terms”.  It is important, Prof Damousi has argued, that we have both “a historical and contemporary framework for current discussions on child refugees”.

Commenting on the awarding of the laureate professorships, the University of Melbourne’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research Professor James McCluskey noted that these fellowships recognise “outstanding world-leading achievements”, but also and importantly that it is “research that informs and assists the community”.  Prof Damousi’s project will focus on diverse communities in Australia, including the groups that have the highest migration of children, such as the Vietnamese in the 1970s and the Sudanese since the 1990s.  But it will also focus on historical case studies and community attempts to assist children much earlier in the twentieth century, such as the role of Jewish communities in the 1930s.

Joy DamousiIn addition to this prestigious new role, Prof Damousi will also assist the community through her role as an ambassador for women in the humanities, arts and social sciences.  She undertakes this role as the most recent recipient of the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Award.  Named after the renowned Melbourne University historian, a key part of this role is to mentor and support female researchers to become scholars. “We have to get more women in there, and more research and awards in the humanities”, Professor Damousi has said.  “It is great to see the ARC supporting studies of migration like this – Australian communities have a lot of stories to tell, and they haven’t all been told yet.”

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Hugh Ramsay Chair in Australian Art History established following major gift

The great-niece of artist Hugh Ramsay, Patricia Fullerton, and other members of the Ramsay family have honoured the artist through a major gift to the University of Melbourne, establishing the Hugh Ramsay Chair in Australian Art History.

The gift to benefit the Faculty of Arts is especially meaningful for Fullerton, who remains a proud alumna of the Faculty since her university days in the early 1960s. Her studies in Fine Arts and French at the University of Melbourne culminated in her Masters thesis focusing on her artistic relation, entitled Hugh Ramsay: a consideration of his life and work, a precursor to the biography she would later publish in 1988, entitled Hugh Ramsay: His Life and Work.


Image of Patricia Fullerton courtesy of The Voice.

Image of Patricia Fullerton courtesy of The Voice.

Fullerton’s contribution to the preservation of Hugh Ramsay’s legacy extends beyond the written word to the visual arts, where she has previously gifted a number of Ramsay’s works to institutions around Australia
in addition to curating the first retrospective exhibition of his works at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1992, reigniting Australia’s passion for the artist.
Patricia Fullerton was recently honoured as one of the University of Melbourne’s most significant benefactors on the new donor wall located in the heart of the Parkville campus.


The Hugh Ramsay Chair in Australian Art History will provide opportunities for research into Australian art, with Indigenous art history a particular focus.

Further information about the establishment of the Hugh Ramsay Chair are featured in the latest edition of The Voice. If you would like to learn more about gifting to support the University of Melbourne or the Faculty of Arts for future generations, visit The Campaign.

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Launch of Trust Fund based on a belief in the fundamental significance of History to all spheres of learning

The University of Melbourne has recently received a gift to establish a History Trust – a gift that will allow new teaching and learning initiatives in one of the University’s oldest and most prestigious programs.

At the forefront of the study of history in Australia since 1854, the History program at Melbourne has always been one of the largest and most significant in Australia. Names like Ernest Scott, Max Crawford, Margaret Kiddle, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Manning Clark, John Poynter, Geoffrey Blainey, Greg Dening and Stuart Macintyre have kept it at the forefront of debates over many decades.

3342This is one reason why Fay and Barry Gilbert decided to support the launch of a History Trust. At a recent event to mark the establishment of the Trust, both commented that their decision was informed also by their international business careers and an appreciation of the importance that many nations place on knowledge of history as fundamental to other streams of education. As Deputy Chair of the Melbourne Humanities Foundation, and also a supporter of scholarships for history students, Fay Gilbert underlined that she hoped that ‘the establishment of the History Trust can enhance History and humanities education at Melbourne and in doing so increase its appeal to the student body in general’.

Worried that students today sometimes take a narrowly vocational view of their education, Barry Gilbert emphasised that his international career in agribusiness, food production and processing had given him ‘deep insights into the requirements of Australian businesses, executives and management to succeed in an increasingly competitive business environment’. ‘To understand the strengths and opportunities that Australian businesses have, and the consequent competitive advantages involved’, he said ‘requires more than just an understanding of contemporary issues, but also knowledge of the historical base from which these issues have developed’. ‘Other nations do this better than we do, and Fay and I hope the History Trust can elevate the relevance of history as a foundation for many fields of endeavour’.

1314Professor Trevor Burnard, Head of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, warmly welcomed the news and stated that he believed that such gifts breathe new life into teaching, learning and research in a program and potentially generate further forms of support.  Professor Kate Darian-Smith, current Head of the History Discipline, indicated that the gift would help support a new generation of historians – talented young scholars who are passionate about their field of study and eager to pass on skills to students. ‘I’m delighted by the generosity of Fay and Barry’, Prof Darian-Smith stated, ‘and I believe it sends a strong signal about community support for History, and how deeply it touches and enriches lives’.

To add your support to the History Trust Fund, please visit The Campaign.

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The Gastronomy of Catalonia: 10 Day tour

The Faculty of Arts’ Melbourne Masterclasses has teamed up with one of the best food tours in the world (Sunday Times UK) for ten glorious days of food, culture, history and scenery in spectacular Catalonia.

Cesc Castro of gourmet food tour group Aborigens, who is fast becoming known amongst foodies in Australia due to his frequent guest appearances alongside Frank Camorra of MoVida fame, will team up with University of Melbourne food scholar Dr Lara Anderson to give us an unforgettable insider’s tour.

Against some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe, from the Mediterranean to medieval farmhouses, roman vineyards, historic markets, fishing ports and mountains, the tour will explore the Catalonia’s famed cuisine and its historical and cultural origins.


Learn about the history of Catalan gastronomy through some of region’s most emblematic dishes and produce, from preserved traditions in medieval sausages and roman wine, to guarded culinary secrets and the world’s oldest cookery books, to the most progressive gastronomic experiences. You’ll discover the hidden gems of the real Catalan cuisine, relying on Cesc’s intimate, insider’s knowledge of Catalonia and Lara’s in-depth knowledge of Spanish and European food history.


“a handpicked, especially curated series of experiences that intertwine the history, art, music and culture of Catalunya using the common thread of food and wine… To say that what Cesc and the other guides show is the real Barcelona would be a cliché. It’s their Barcelona and Catalunya…And Vermouth. I can’t recommend Aborigens Food Tour enough.”
- Richard Cornish

The course will run from 15 – 24 September 2015, ending with the wonderful Barcelona La Mercè Festival, Barcelona’s largest street party.

Please join us for an information night with Cesc and Lara on Tuesday 18 November at 6.30pm. To register for the information night and for more information, including the detailed schedule, visit our website.

4-sardines     3-llonganissa

vermut  pastisseria  pastanaga

gambes  port


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New graduate programs launching in 2015

The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences is excited to announce the launch of two new Masters programs in 2015; the Master of Marketing Communications and the Master of Translation. Like the other 12 professionally oriented degrees offered by the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, these programs were developed in consultation with industry to equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to succeed in the workplace.

Master of Marketing Communications

The Master of Marketing Communications has been designed to help students integrate skills in the marketing and communications disciplines to help them adapt to the changing industry of the digital age.



The Master of Marketing Communications program will be co-taught by the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Melbourne Business School. Drawing on the expertise from both schools, graduates will emerge as adaptive and reflective practitioners who are equipped to face dynamic industry challenges with practical skills in content marketing, advertising, public relations and strategic communications.

This vocational program combines creativity with digital skills and business nous, while remaining grounded in academic engagement. To maximise industry exposure, an internship, Applied Syndicate project and Advanced Practice subjects taught by industry practitioners will be offered as part of the program.

Watch our video about the Master of Marketing Communications or visit our website for more information, course plans and entry requirements.

Master of Translation

Also new in 2015, the Master of Translation is open to Mandarin Chinese-English bilinguals* to prepare graduates for a career as a professional translator, mediating Australia’s international relations. Graduates may work in fields such as government, commerce, law, or international relations.


During the course, students will develop professional skills translating specialised topics, managing terminology, using translation technologies and negotiating the cultural and intellectual boundaries of the Chinese and English speaking worlds. An internship is a core component of the program, which develops professional translation skills in practice within industry. To enrich their studies in translation, students may undertake elective subjects in the broad fields of culture and communication, and languages and linguistics. For those interested in research or further study (such as a PhD), an Extended Master of Translation will also be available.

* Although the Master of Translation is currently only offered for Chinese (Mandarin) and English languages, the University will look to introduce other Asian and European languages in the future.

You can learn more about the Master of Translation, entry requirements and detailed course plans on our website.

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(Not Quite) A Room of One’s Own

The winner of the 2014 Affirm Press Creative Writing Prize, Suzanne Hermanoczki, reflects on the creative process and finding an opportunity to sit down and write.

(Not Quite) A Room of One’s Own

Suzanne HermanoczkiMore than six months ago, my scholarship ended. My PhD thesis submission date was looming, and I was not quite finished. In the midst of thinking how I was going to support myself and complete my thesis, which included finding the time and a place to continue writing my novel, I came across the Melbourne University collaborative prize with Affirm Press. Here was a prize in the form of editorial support and mentoring from a publisher which included the promise that someone would read my entire working manuscript. There was no cash involved. But there was to be a desk provided.

Like all good writers fighting a deadline, I managed to submit my application that day, at 5pm on the dot.

At the recent Melbourne Writer’s Festival, Hannah Kent explained how crafting literature, based on research and fact, involves turning data into something beautiful and lyrical, which is a highly difficult task. She quoted Margaret Attwood who described the act of writing as driving at night in a dark tunnel with no headlights on. As a writer, winning this prize was like catching a glimpse of light (this time from a John Medley tower window). Since receiving my room key, I have been able to dedicate a large part of my time solely to crafting. My gratitude for such a prize comes from recognising the need for writers to be given a room outside of one’s home, in order to think, research, create, and write.

One completed rough draft, several meetings, and a couple of pages of notes later; I still have eight editorial hours left, and a second draft to go. The difference is I know there are people in the industry waiting, and that the novel I am working on, might one day be read by others.


Congratulations again to Suzanne, we wish her all the best as she continues work on her manuscript.

For further information about the Affirm Press Creative Writing Prize, click here. Applications for the 2015 prize will open later in the year. To learn more about the other prizes and scholarships available to Faculty of Arts students, visit our scholarships page.


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