Latest news and events

  • Reclaiming Turtles All the Way Down

    Collaborating Scholar, Dr Leah Lui-Chivizhe wants to let Deep History people know about an exciting project. Since April Leah has been working with Dr Lisa Onaga, from the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), on the Reclaiming Turtles All the Way Down (TAWD) Project. Over zoom meetings, Leah and Lisa have been developing the infrastructure for what is becoming a virtual collaborative project with up to a dozen scholars based in the UK, India, North America and the Pacific. Many are historians of science and they are all working with or interested in animal cosmologies and indigenous science knowledges in relation to turtles and tortoises. So far, their geographic focus draws in First Nations and Native America, India, Micronesia, Japan, Singapore, Southern Africa and Torres Strait/coastal PNG. They’re particularly keen to build links with Indigenous scholars within Australia and also SE Asia. If you have synergies with the TAWD Project, or if you might be interested in linking with the TAWD Project, contact Leah.
  • The Anthropocene Podcast

    In case you missed our recent webinar in the Deep History and Science in Conversation Series, [here’s the link to our podcast on The Anthropocene](, convened by Research Centre for Deep History PhD scholars Josh Newham and Miriana Unikowski. Speakers were Professor Alison Bashford, Professor of History and Director of the New Earth Histories Research Program at the University of New South Wales; Professor Joan Leach, Director of the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science at the ANU; Professor Will Steffen, Emeritus Professor, Fenner School of Environment & Society at the ANU; with Dr Julie Rickwood from the Research Centre for Deep History as the Discussant. 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, the Anthropocene conversation brought together the ‘two intellectual lives’ to see what insights might be gained when considering an issue in its fullest, transdisciplinary context.
  • Appointment of Deputy Director

    Dr Laura Rademaker, a Postdoctoral scholar at the Research Centre for Deep History, has been appointed as the Centre’s inaugural Deputy Director. Director Ann McGrath said, “I am delighted that Laura will be taking up this new position and I look forward to working with her to further develop our new Research Centre.” School of History Head, Professor Frank Bongiorno noted that “Laura’s appointment as Deputy Director of the Research Centre for Deep History recognises the continuing excellence of her contributions as a historian to various aspects of Deep History and Indigenous History. She will play a major role in helping Professor Ann McGrath and all members of the research group to guide the Centre through the challenging times faced by researchers and universities generally.” Laura’s contributions to the Research Centre are well recognized, including most recently the W.K. Hancock Prize for her first book. Laura commented: “I’m looking forward to building more collaborations and expanding our interdisciplinary conversations”.

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