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 – March 2021

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

Canberra Times

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/

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

  1. March Research Activities: Railways and Chinese Indentured Labourers Leave a reply
  2. CASS in 2021 Leave a reply
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  4. CASS 2020 Update Leave a reply
  5. Ayahs and Amahs: Transcolonial Servants in Australia and Britain 1780-1945 Leave a reply
  6. Food and Colonialism Workshop Leave a reply
  7. Program and Abstracts: Indigenous Sovereignties, Identities, Histories Leave a reply
  8. Treaty Talk by Dave Kampers and Evan Te Ahu Poata-Smith Leave a reply
  9. Decolonizing Traditions: Native Hawaiian Women and the Question of Feminism Leave a reply