History Transmitted: connect – consider – challenge

A Conference for Professional Historians

The historian’s job in the 21st century is richer than ever before. Technological advancements have created new audiences with diverse needs, and allowed historians to chart and chronicle the past with greater speed and depth than ever before. These developments in our profession have created new challenges and new learnings, which we seek to highlight and interrogate in the next Professional Historians Australia conference.

The current COVID-19 pandemic is a major concern internationally, with significant impacts on communities across Australia. The Professional Historians Australia 2020 Conference planning committee in conjunction with Professional Historians Australia have decided to postpone the 2020 conference until 18-19 September 2021.

We will provide an update later in the year after reviewing Federal Government travel and public gathering restrictions, and will communicate new dates for the conference to speakers, the PHA Membership, and professional partners in due course.

Professional Historians Australia looks forward to welcoming you to Brisbane, and will provide further updates on this situation as they become available.

Our conference will feature a diverse selection of papers from leading Australian professional historians addressing the following themes:

CONNECT: Professional historians connect with a variety of stakeholders, including clients, audiences, colleagues, and source material. We invite papers that discuss how these connections are established and maintained, and the nuances that these connections take across different media and social-cultural demographics.

CONSIDER: To work effectively and sensitively, professional historians consider a range of different sources, viewpoints, and methodological approaches. We invite papers that discuss what considerations historians have had to take into account on specific projects, and how they incorporate voices of minority or special interest groups into their work.

CHALLENGE: The professional historian’s job can present challenges; and historians challenge accepted views and traditional modes of delivery. We invite papers that address the challenges that historians have faced or made, including issues with access, the changing nature of technology and audience demands, the perception of historians in the community, and how historians have worked through these to advance their practice and our understanding of the world around us. Discussions considering challenges facing historians in the future are especially welcome.

The Call for Papers closed on Friday 28 February 2020, and a draft program will be available shortly.

Papers presented at the conference are eligible for peer review and publication in Circa, the Professional Historians Australia journal. For further information, please email 2020conference@qldhistorians.org.au