It has been a productive month for our CASS people.
A PhD over afternoon tea
On the 12 of March we held an afternoon tea for our PhD students. Lauren Samuelsson, Renzhe Zhang and Nicholas Dickie came along. It was fantastic to see them supporting each other and sharing their experiences of the PhD journey. Even more so because they are each at a different stages of the process. Lauren will be submitting her thesis on food history and The Australian Women’s Weekly this year. Renzhe is in his second year and has just starting writing his first chapter for a thesis on New Cultural Movement and the Chinese Diaspora in Australia. and Nick is in his first month of the PhD. Nick’s thesis is on the Australian military police and prisoners of war during the second World War.
Renzhe and Lauren
Three of our researchers headed to Canberra this month. André Brett began his National Library of Australia Fellowship on a project titled “Scars in the Country: Railways in Australian and New Zealand Environments, 1850s–1915”. Claire Lowrie also spent time at the NLA, completing the final stages of research for her ARC DP on Chinese indentured labour in the colonial Asia Pacific region, 1919–1966. Sharon Crozier De Rosa gave a paper at ANU CASS on her work on the history of emotions, women and empire.
Research Outcomes and Outreach
We have also had a couple of exciting outcomes released. A preview of the new book by CASS members Kate Bagnall and Julia Martinez has been released by Hong Kong University Press. https://hkupress.hku.hk/pro/1811.php. “Locating Chinese Women” explores Chinese women, their gendered migrations, and their mobile lives between China and Australia. The book will be released formally in April.
In addition, the website for an ARC Discovery Project on Ayahs and Amahs: Transcolonial Servants in Australia and Britain was launch. https://ayahsandamahs.com/ The launch took place as part of the Inaugural Emeritus Professor John Maynard Aboriginal History Lecture on March 17.
Claire Lowrie is a member of the project, which is led by Victoria Haskins (University of Newcastle) and also includes Swapna Banerjee (City University of New York). In the lead up to the launch, Claire also wrote a blog on ‘Travelling Servants and Moving Images’ for the University of Bristol’s Visualising China site. https://visualisingchina.net/blog/2021/03/11/guest-blog-claire-lowrie-on-travelling-servants-and-moving-images-a-photographic-history-of-chinese-domestic-workers/
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