to Sep 12

Launch into Library Research - State Library of NSW

The State Library of NSW is presenting full-day seminars in 2018 designed to provide attendees with an overview of key library collections and help to get their research underway, using a combination of demonstrations and hands on workshop sessions.
Brief information on the seminars below, for more information and to book click here:

Using Maps for Historical Research
25 July 2018 / 10 am to 3.30 pm
Maps can hold a wealth of information to enrich your history research or project. If you are a map novice, come along to hear about what they can show you, how to find them at the Library and be inspired by some of our favourites.

Family History Focus
22 August 2018 / 10 am to 3.30 pm
Family history research is where the personal and the historic collide. Join us for this National Family History Month event. Family History librarians will talk about unique collections at the Library and help you take your research to the next level.

Researching Your Bestseller
12 September 2018 / 10 am to 3.30 pm
Wanting to enrich the detail in a current manuscript or just have the beginnings of an idea for a writing project? Come along to this program of workshops and talks aimed at helping you to add in the right historical details, including looking for pictures, maps and more.

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11:00 AM11:00

Oral History NSW Annual Lecture 2018 with Dr Carla Pascoe: On the cusp of life and death


Apart from our own birth, which we do not remember, and our own death, which we cannot anticipate, no other event in our human lives brings us as close to mortality as childbirth. Both the miracle of new life and the threat of infant or maternal death loom over the event, imbuing it with unparalleled significance.

Memories of birth across the past 70 years are multi-layered and diverse, exhibiting patterns of both change and continuity. Increasingly sophisticated medical technologies have resulted in births with higher levels of medical intervention and lower levels of risk for mother and infant. 

Expectant mothers now receive far greater information and their labours are more highly monitored. Yet across this period women report that their experiences of birth commonly do not reflect their expectations. Despite medical advances, childbirth remains an intense ordeal, with women pushed to the limits of what they can endure.

Memories of childbirth exhibit interesting narrative patterns. As events which are associated with peak emotional experiences and physical sensations, narrators use different strategies to try to communicate the primal, visceral and corporeal nature of their labour. And yet women often muse that they are aware that they cannot fully recall and convey the reality of their childbirth. At some level the intensity and profundity of this event escapes language. Memory cannot quite contain the ferocity of this experience.

Dr Carla Pascoe is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and an Honorary Associate at Museums Victoria.  Her research illuminates the history and heritage of women and children in twentieth-century Australia, particularly motherhood, childhood and menstruation. Carla has published in leading international and Australian journals and is the author of Spaces Imagined, Places Remembered: Childhood in 1950s Australia (2011) and a co-editor of Children, Childhood and Cultural Heritage (2013). She is currently undertaking a project funded by the Australian Research Council on the history of Australian motherhood since 1945. 

11am, Saturday 8th September

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Oral History NSW Annual General Meeting will follow at 11:45am

History House
133 Macquarie Street, Sydney

$20 entry

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10:00 AM10:00

Oral History Victoria Annual Symposium — Oral History and the Emotions

Emotions have played a key role in the theory and practice of oral history. In recent years, the emotional and ‘affective’ turn in social sciences and humanities has also seen the emergence of the history of emotions as a burgeoning field of studies.  Oral History Victoria is showcasing approaches to emotions in oral history at its 2018 symposium, and invites proposals for relevant presentations.

Submission deadline: 11 May 2018.
More information and details.
Symposium location: Museo Italiano, Carlton, Melbourne.

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10:15 AM10:15

Family history in Australia and the World

Join us at the Mitchell Library's Gallery Room for a workshop for family, local, public historians and others interested in the practice and meanings of family history around the world.

This family history session is presented by the Centre for Applied History with support from Ancestry.com.au and Macquarie University's Faculty of Arts, with in-kind support from the State Library of NSW.

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to Jun 30

Call for papers: 2018 Annual ASRA Conference

2018 Australasian Sound Recordings Association (ASRA) call for papers, until 30 June.

This year's conference theme is 'Music, History and Technology'.
The conference will be held in Sydney at Studios 301 on 7-8 November. The committee are seeking paper proposals that explore stories from our sound recording heritage and which explain how recorded music, sound and speech inform and enrich our sense of place and time, our personal and community history, cultural identity, and professional or personal

We seek to include papers by experts and practitioners across the relevant disciplines including sound recordists, musicians, researchers, archivists, preservation specialists, collectors, oral historians, academics, broadcast professionals and creative practitioners.

For more information about ASRA and the conference including how to submit a proposal, please visit the conference page on the ASRA website

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