Welcome to CASS

The Centre for Colonial and Settler Studies (CASS) promotes critical inquiry into the history, theoretical framing, and contemporary legacies of colonialism on a global scale.

We create work that places colonial and settler colonial formations in comparative and connected frames.

CASS reflects the research strengths of our University of Wollongong members and fosters collaboration with other leading scholars in the field in Australia and internationally.

We hold seminars, conferences and other events. We are @cass_uow on Twitter. To be included on our mailing list, email us at clowrie@uow.edu.au

Recent Posts

CASS Newsletter, May to July

It has been a memorable three months for CASS researchers. A number of our members and affiliates have completed major research projects. Their work has been recognised at public events, through the award of prestigious prizes, and via various public engagement activities.

Award Honours

On the 7th of July André Brett won the Max Crawford Medal – Australia’s most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the humanities. André won the award for his work on the environmental history of railways. He was described by his nominator, Professor Sean Scalmer, as ‘among the best of his generation of historians working in and on the history of Australia and New Zealand at present’. You can find out more about André’s award here.

André was also recognised for his work on the history of the colonial separation movements in Australasia with an invitation to present as part of the NSW Parliament ‘House Talks’ on the 27th of July. His presentation, titled ‘A Colonial Divorce: Drawing the Boundaries of New South Wales’,  can be viewed online.

Historicising Australian Foodways

Lauren Samuelsson submitted her PhD thesis, titled ‘A Matter of Taste: The Australian Women’s Weekly and the Birth of a Modern Australian Food Culture’, on the 25th of June. We were very fortunate to be able to toast her success just days before Greater Sydney went into lockdown. Lauren’s work is generating a high level of public interest. Following the submission of her thesis she was interviewed by Wendy Harmer and Robby Buck on ABC Radio Sydney and an article on her thesis was published on the ABC’s website. Lauren was also interviewed by Indira Naidoo for ABC Radio’s ‘Nightlife’ program. You can listen to the full forty-minute interview here.

New histories of Chinese Australian Women

On June 11th, CASS joined forces with the Centre for Critical Human Rights Research (CCHRR) to host a launch for three new UOW books. Professor Vera Mackie chaired the event which included new books by Adrian Robert Bazbauers and Susan Engel; Charles T. Hunt and Phil Orchard; and our own Kate Bagnall and Julia T. Martínez. Kate and Julia’s collection is the first book length history of Chinese women in Australia. Claire Lowrie launched the book. The full text of her launch presentation is up on the CASS website.

New Research Project on the Cultural Determinants of Health

In May, Lisa Slater began a new project with the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre (KALACC) and Dr Melissa Marshall (Notre Dame University, Broome). The project explores the relationship between the KALACC festival and cultural determinants of health in the Kimberly. It is funded by an Australia Council for the Arts Industry Collaboration grant (2021-2024).

CASS members review major works in colonial history and the history of Aboriginal activism

Jodie Stewart’s review of Johanna Perheentupa’s Redfern: Aboriginal Activism in the 1970s (Aboriginal Studies Press) was published online in History Australia in June. You can read it here. The same issue of History Australia included Sharon Crozier De Rosa’s review Imperial Emotions: The Politics of Empathy across the British Empire (Cambridge University Press) by Jane Lydon.

If you are a CASS member or affiliate and you have news on your research that you would like to publicise, contact Claire clowrie@uow.edu.au



  1. Book Launch Report – Kate Bagnall and Julia Martínez (eds) Locating Chinese Women: Historical Mobility between China and Australia, Hong Kong University Press, 2021 Leave a reply
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  3. Kate Bagnall and Julia Martinez in The Conversation Leave a reply
  4. Simon Ville appointed Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard Leave a reply
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  6. March Research Activities: Railways and Chinese Indentured Labourers Leave a reply
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