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 uow.cass@gmail.com.

Recent Posts

CASS Report – March 2019

CASS has had a very busy few months.

In December we undertook our major event for 2018 – hosting the 37thConference of the Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society on ‘Exclusion, Confinement, Dispossession: Uneven Citizenship and Spaces of Sovereignty’. Convened by Jane Carey, the stellar line up of international keynote speakers included Professor Audra Simpson (Columbia University), Associate Professor and Angela Wanhalla (University of Otago) and Professor Renisa Mawani (University of British Columbia). Plenary speakers included Aunty Dr Barbara Nicholson, Virginia Marshall, Penny Edmonds and Crystal McKinnon. Over 100 participants joined in the proceedings.


The conference also featured the launch of Mike Griffith’s book, The Distribution of Settlement: Appropriation and Refusal in Australian Literature and Culture (UWA, Press), by Professor Audra Simpson, who enthusiastically endorsed it as a major contribution.


Book announcements for Lisa Slater’s book Anxieties of Belonging in Settler Colonialism: Australia, Race and Place (Routledge, 2018) and Julia Martínez, Claire Lowrie and Frances Steel’s book with Victoria Haskins (University of Newcastle), Colonialism and Male Domestic Service Across the Asia Pacific (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018) also took place at the conference.

CASS also supported a workshop on ‘Chinese contributions to Asia Pacific colonial economies’ with keynote presentations by Emeritus Professor Gregor Benton (University of Cardiff) and Professor Danny Wong (University of Malaya). The workshop was part of Julia Martinez, Claire Lowrie and Gregor Benton’s ARC Discovery Project on Chinese Indentured Labour in the Colonial Asia-Pacific Region (DP180100695).

On 28 February 2019 we held a seminar to celebrate and discuss all five monographs published by CASS members since late 2017 – which also included two books by Sharon Crozier-De Rosa (one co-authored with Vera Mackie). There was a lively discussion both among the authors on the panel and the large audience in attendance. This focussed particularly on how CASS research might provide a counter to proposed new BA offerings at UOW.

2018 also saw the publication of a collection edited by Frances Steel – New Zealand and the Sea: Historical Perspectives (Bridget Williams Books) and CASS’s first special issue – an edition of History Australia on the theme of ‘Colonial Formations’ edited by Jane Carey and Frances Steel. Their co-authored introduction to this special issue, ‘On the Critical Importance of Colonial Formations’ outlines some of the exciting new direction in research that CASS is fostering.

Finally, CASS post-grad Lauren Samuelsson won the 2018 Ken Inglis Postgraduate Prize for the best paper at the annual Australian Historical Association conference. Lauren’s paper, titled ‘The Imitation Game: Mock Foods in the Australian Women’s Weekly, 1933–1982’, was described by the judges as ‘a valuable and original contribution to the historiography of Australian food.’ Congratulations Lauren!

  1. Keynote Address: Professor Audra Simpson Leave a reply
  2. Lecture: Prof Alison Bashford Leave a reply
  3. Julia Martinez wins the Patricia Grimshaw Prize! Leave a reply
  4. Connecting British Anti-Feminism & A Childhood in the Troubles to Write a Transnational History of Gender & Shame Leave a reply
  5. Regulating domestic service in colonial societies – report on the European Social Science History conference, 2018 Leave a reply
  6. The Aboriginal Memorial: ‘white people don’t know Australia … we know it from the beginning’ Leave a reply
  7. Seminar: Dr Maria Elena Indelicato Leave a reply
  8. Ruth Morgan Seminar Leave a reply
  9. Jane Haggis Seminar and Launch of ‘Shame and the Anti-Feminist Backlash’ Leave a reply