CASS Newsletter April/May 2022


On 12 April CASS co-hosted a research showcase with the Future of Rights Centre (FoRC). Lisa Slater and Michael Griffiths gave presentations on their projects involving research partnerships with Indigenous scholars and communities. Leonie Tan, Lauren Samuelsson and Claire Lowrie gave papers that delved into histories of colonial governance, food and the White Australia Policy.


Congratulations to CASS affiliate, Peter Gibson, whose book Made in Chinatown has been published by Sydney University Press.

The central argument of the book is that Chinese Australian furniture manufacturers and their employees were far more adaptable, and the White Australia vision less pervasive, than most histories would suggest. Peter is currently research fellow in the School of History at Nanjing University, Jiangsu, China. His book was based on his UOW PhD thesis, supervised by Julia Martínez, Jane Carey and Claire Lowrie.

Congratulations are also due to CASS Affiliate André Brett (now of Curtin University). His book, with map maker Sam van der Weerden, was published by Otago University Press. Can’t Get There from Here: New Zealand passenger rail since 1920, traces the expansion and – more commonly – the contraction of New Zealand’s passenger rail network over the last century.


On the 28 April we held our first WIP for the year. Marie Geissler shared her chapter on ‘Indigenous Agency in the bark painting Collections at the National Museum of Australia’. Lauren Samuelsson provided the Introduction to be included with a book proposal titled A Matter of Taste: The Australian Women’s Weekly and the birth of a modern Australian food culture, 1933-1982. We will hold another WIP in the second half of the year, hopefully as a face-to-face event!


On the 21st of April, Sharon Crozier De Rosa concluded her National Library of Australia Fellowship with a public lecture on the project, titled ‘Memory Keepers: Women activists’ strategies to preserve history’


In early May, Lauren Samuelsson was officially awarded her PhD. Lauren also gave a cracking Thankyou speech on behalf of all the ASSH graduates.


If you are a CASS member or affiliate and you have news on your research that you would like to publicise, contact Claire