News from the Laureate Research Centre

The Laureate Research Program in International History welcomes its latest Postdocs: Dr. Ben Huf, who graduated with his PhD from the ANU this year, and works on Imperial and Economic History; and Emma Kluge will join us as a JRF, working with us on a Geneva collaboration looking at the significance of 1919 and the creation of the League of Nations in Australia. Emma is a PhD student in the Department of History, working on the History of West Papua.
The Laureate Research Program in International History has been awarded a Partnership Collaboration working with SEI at Usyd, and colleagues at Utrecht University’s Strategic Programmes ‘Pathways to Sustainability’ and ‘Institutions for Open Societies’. Utrecht will visit Sydney in April 2019, to continue to discuss collaborations focused on the concept of ‘Planetary Thinking’ which is currently being developed at the Laureate program under the leadership of Dr. Sabine Selchow.
The Laureate Program in International History is a partner in a successful German Cluster of Excellence bid, “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS) based at the Berlin Centre for European Studies at the Free University Berlin, and the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre.
Harvard PhD student Ben Goossen was a visitor at the Laureate Research Program in International History and presented a paper on his doctoral thesis on The Year of the Earth (1957-1958).
In 2018, Laureate Research Program in International JRF Alumna Dr Catherine Bishop won an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) to work on the history of small businesswomen in Australia, which she will take up at Macquarie university’s School of Management.
In December, Professor Glenda Sluga co-convened the inaugural MENTOR workshop with the Director, Culture Strategy at The University of Sydney. The workshop, which was co-organised by Hollie Pich and Marama Whyte, offered women and gender diverse ECRs in the humanities and social sciences concrete advice on how best to forge a career in academia. MENTOR ran from December 5 – 7, and was attended by a group of ECRs selected from The University of Sydney and universities around Australia. For full details, see
Prof Glenda Sluga with Prof Madeleine Herren from Basel University published an op-ed in the Washington Post, The Trump administration deals another blow to international cooperation—
In December, Glenda Sluga working with JRF Emma Kluge , and Laureate Research Program in International History Alumnus, Aden Knapp (now at Harvard studying for his PhD), worked with the HistoryLab Podcast to produce an episode marking the forthcoming centenary of the origins of the League of Nations. The podcast ‘Skeletons of Empire’ can be listened to here:
In December Glenda Sluga, Anne Rees (a former Laureate JRF, now at La Trobe) and Ben Huf organised and co-hosted a inter-disciplinary workshop, Capitalism in Australia: New Histories for a Re-imagined Future in Melbourne, November 2018. Hosted by La Trobe University, in conjunction with the University of Sydney, the workshop congregated some of the country’s leading social scientists and historians to discuss how Australian historians might more actively research and respond to our present moment of economic transformation. The follow up to this event will be the launching of an annual Economic History Winterschool in 2019. The first will be at Usyd, in July next year, working with LaTrobe and ANU. Stay tuned.
In November, Professor Glenda Sluga also presented keynotes at the University of Göttingen and University of Ljubljana on Human Rights in the Shaping of International Orders, 1814-1974.
Finally, Laureate Postdoc Dr. Ben Huf has won with Dr. Anne Rees an ASSA award to host a follow up workshop next year as well.