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ANZHES/ANME Joint Conference 2017

Powerful narratives and compelling explanations:
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Joint conference of the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society (ANZHES) and the Australian National Museum of Education (ANME)

24-27 September 2017
University of Canberra, Australia

Follow this link in order to register for the conference:


You are advised to register early to take advantage of the Early Bird rate.
The Early Bird option expires 30 June 2017.
[Note: Conference registrations are being administered by the RegisterNow organisation.
Please let Craig Campbell know if there are difficulties with this.]

The time for paper proposals has now expired. If you believe you have a compelling case for a late acceptance, please get in direct touch with Craig Campbell as soon as is possible.

A new update on the conference will be posted at the end of May.

A special issue of the History of Education Review will consist of nine of the best papers that address some aspect of the theme and sub-themes of the conference. Papers will address one or more of the conference sub-themes. Editors for the special issue are Associate Professor Craig Campbell and Dr Dorothy Kass. Papers for consideration for the special issue must sent to A/Prof. Campbell (craig.campbell@sydney.edu.au) within four weeks of the conclusion of the conference, that is, by 24 November 2017. It is intended that papers will be published after refereeing in the History of Education Review, vol. 47(2), 2018.

The conference

The conference venue is the Inspire Centre, Building 25 at the University of Canberra. The conference is a joint effort of the two societies, ANZHES and ANME. The annual ANME lecture (speaker to be announced) will begin the conference in the early evening of Sunday 24 September.

This will be the first time ANZHES has met in the national capital for many decades. Canberra is rich with historically oriented national institutions. Visitors are well rewarded. They include the National Library of Australia, National Film and Sound Archive, National Archives of Australia, National Art Gallery, National Museum, the Australian Parliament, Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House) and the National Portrait Gallery. As a bonus, the Floriade, Canberra's floral spring festival occurs at this time also.

As part of the program there is an excursion, probably occurring on the afternoon of Monday 25 September. This will include visits to the Australian National University (there is a "nation building" theme in the conference) and two of the Australian Capital Territory's excellent school museums.

The conference dinner will be held during the evening of Tuesday 26 September. The venue is likely to be the Ginger Room at the Old Parliament House.

Pre-conference workshops

Dictionary (DEHANZ) workshop
Editors of the Dictionary of Educational History in Australia and New Zealand will run a workshop for conference attendees interested in writing entries for the dictionary (DEHANZ). This will take place from 11am through the early afternoon on Sunday 24 September. A light lunch will be provided by ANZHES for those who register for this session.
Postgraduate workshop
Parallel with this session will be a "master class" for postgraduate students with distinguished historians, including Professor Kay Morris Matthews and Associate Professor Helen Proctor (ARC Future Fellow), who will assist students with issues they raise, as well as providing good advice on publishing in the journals, the uses of historiography, research methodology and similar. A light lunch will be provided by ANZHES for those who register for this session.


The registration process for the conference will be available on the ANZHES and ANME websites from 8 May 2017. Early bird registrations will conclude on 30 June 2017. At a higher cost, ordinary registrations can occur until Friday 15 September 2017. Single day registrations will be available.

Conference program

This will be posted in more detail on this site on 8 May 2017, though changes will occur through to the conference meeting itself.

At this stage the following dates and times are likely:

Sunday 24 September
11am Optional DEHANZ workshop
11am Optional Postgraduate masterclass
2pm ANZHES Executive meeting
4-5pmĀ  Conference registration
4:15-5pm Optional ANME Museum tour
5-5:50pm Welcome cocktail party for ANME lecture attendees and conference registrants
6-7pm ANME annual lecture (Professor Geoffrey Riordan)

Monday 25 September
8:30-9am Registration
9-10:30am Papers, panels
11am-12pm Keynote: Ms Alex Marsden, National Director, Museums Galleries Australia
12:45pm Tour, ANU and school museums

Tuesday 26 September
9am Papers, panels
10am ANZHES Presidential address (Professor Tanya Fitzgerald)
11:30am Papers, panels
2pm Adjunct Professor Lyndsay Connors on Australian education from 1970s (in conversation)
3:30pm Papers
4:00pm ANZHES Annual General Meeting
7pm erence dinner, Old Parliament House

Wednesday 27 September
9am Papers
9:30am Panel of museum curators
11:15am Papers, panels
12:15pm Conference close and lunch
1 pm Optional visits to national institutions

Travel and accommodation

Late September is a busy time of year for Canberra tourism. There will be pressure on accommodation and airlines. Registrants are advised to book early. Air travel to Canberra can be expensive but there is promise of alleviation in 2017 as more than one airline begins flying into the national capital. It is always possible to travel less expensively by rail or bus (Murray’s, and Greyhound) from Sydney or Melbourne. It takes about three hours to drive from Sydney.

Use the usual websites to find accommodation. The conference site on the main campus of the University of Canberra is some eight kilometres north-west of the city centre, near Belconnen. Accommodation close to the campus is of limited quality and supply, though by the time of the conference there will be on-campus student accommodation available. Otherwise stay somewhere close to the city centre and catch public transport out to the conference each day if a car is not available to you. Parking instructions will be made available to registrants.

In central Canberra, the Mercure Canberra and University House on the Australian National University campus are recommended.

More advice on accommodation and travel will be given at the time registrations are processed.

Postgraduate student bursaries

These are available according to the usual conditions. Postgraduate students who are members of ANZHES are advised to apply to the Secretary of ANZHES early, as only a limited number are available.

Who is organising this conference?

Members of ANZHES and ANME are organising this conference.

Associate Professor Craig Campbell from the University of Sydney is the point of initial contact for ANZHES members and is the treasurer/registrar for the conference as a whole.

Dr Malcolm Beazley AM, the Director of ANME, with Professor Barbara Pamphilon, Chair of the ANME Board of Management, have oversight of the conference on behalf of ANME. Ms Victoria Redfern leads the committee organising the logistics of bookings, catering and visits.

Dean of the Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Maths, Professor Geoffrey Riordan of the University of Canberra is our main liaison with the University of Canberra. The organisers of the conference are grateful for his assistance in providing the venue, the impressive Inspire Centre.

The members of the academic committee for the conference are Dr Geoffrey Burkhardt (ANME) and Dr Dorothy Kass (Macquarie University). AssociateProfessor Craig Campbell (University of Sydney) is chair of the academic committee.

Email contact:
Craig Campbell (ANZHES): craig.campbell@sydney.edu.au