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  • About time

    On 6 March 2020, Dr Mike Jones (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) attended [GLAMSLAM 2020] (, hosted by the [Australian Centre for Public History]( at the University of Technology, Sydney. Now in its third year, GLAMSLAM brings together people working in or with galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM). Mike’s short presentation, About Time, prompted the GLAM sector to think about the different ways we mark and understand time, and to consider the scope and scale of history, particularly in Australia. He has now updated that presentation based on recent events, adapting his slides and notes to produce a graphic blog post which is [available here] (
  • Deep History and Science in Conversation: The Anthropecene

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, our topic for the previous and inaugural session in our Conversation Series was inspired by the alarming and largely unprecedented context in which the conversation occurred, the imminent threat of a highly contagious and lethal virus capturing all of our attention. Though slightly different in nature, there is nevertheless another, equally accelerating threat that we have found ourselves in, to which we turn our attention in this session. Though perhaps with less novelty than COVID-19, this topic is equally global, lethal, and imminent. As you might have guessed from its title, it considers global climate change. In this session, we are looking to unite the geological and historical perspectives of the Anthropocene into the one conversation. Much in the same way we study the natural sciences to understand our current and future worlds, equally, we study human history to contextualise our present predicaments, to understand how things have come to be as they are, and, perhaps, to recognise the need for change. With this in mind, we would like to bring together the Anthropocene’s ‘two intellectual lives’, and see what insights might be gained when considering an issue in its fullest, transdisciplinary context. Register [on eventbrite]( **Speakers** - Professor Alison Bashford, The University of New South Wales - Professor Joan Leach, The Australian National University - Professor Will Steffen, The Australian National University **Deep History Discussant** - Dr Julie Rickwood, Research Centre for Deep History The Deep History and Science in Conversation Series is an initiative of the Research Centre for Deep History.
  • Emma Kowal talks about the history of biospecimen collection among the aboriginal peoples of Australia

    In this podcast, “Why scientists collected the blood of Indigenous Peoples”, Emma talks with Michael F. Robinson, Professor of History, University of Hartford, about the history of biospecimen collection among the aboriginal peoples of Australia. Emma is the co-author, together with Joanna Radin, of [“Indigenous Biospecimen Collections and the Cryopolitics of Frozen Life,”]( published in the Journal of Sociology. Michael’s podcast series, [Time to Eat the Dogs](, explores the intersection of science, history, and exploration. Podcast: [“Why scientists collected the blood of Indigenous Peoples”]( Emma Kowal is a member of the Research Centre for Deep History’s Advisory Committee. She is Professor of Anthropology at the Alfred Deakin Institute and Convener of the Science and Society Network at Deakin University. Much of her work is at the intersection of science and technology studies, postcolonial studies and indigenous studies, important considerations for the Research Centre.

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