HRC Seminar Series


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HRC Seminar Series

HRC Visiting Fellows, whilst at the Centre, participate in the Centre’s programs and meet regularly with other fellows and ANU scholars to present their research. Until further notice, however, because of COVID-19, the Humanities Research Centre will be holding its seminar series online.

Members of the University and the general public are welcome to participate in these Zoom seminars, and we encourage all undergraduate and higher degree research students to join us. Normally, the seminars would be followed by informal discussion and light refreshments, but that will have to wait until the effective uptake of the vaccine.

Each seminar is held at 4.30pm on a Tuesday (unless otherwise indicated).

Semester 1 2021




20 April

Dr Sarah Collins (University of Western Australia)

England's Green and Useful Land: Vaughan Williams, Music and the Land Question

27 April


11 May

Leigh Boucher (Macquarie University)


Assoc Prof Claire Roberts (University of Melbourne)

The Limits of Liberalism in a Nineteenth-Cenury Settler Colony


Pierre Ryckmans: Artist and Art Historian

3 June Dr Morgan Thomas (University of Cincinnati)

Noir/horror: Reconsidering the “woman question” in mid-twentieth-century American popular fiction and cinema

8 June Dr Sarah Comyn (University College Dublin) Mechanics’ Institutes as Agents of Liberalism on the Goldfields of Australia

Past events

Signs on screen: deafness and sign language in contemporary film

9 Nov 2021

The screen is a privileged site for representing sign languages, and for translating them to hearing audiences via subtitles. The auditory nature of cinema –...

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Who’s Afraid of Sigmund Freud? Musicological Responses to Psychobiography

5 Oct 2021

Psychobiography has often held an uneasy position in the writing of musical biography. Ernest Newman’s: The Man Liszt: A Study of a Tragi-comedy of a Soul...

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‘Every Station Open to All’? Mechanics’ Institutes on the Victorian Goldfields

8 Jun 2021

During his speech at the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute’s soirée in 1862, Richard Heales captured the sense of the mechanics’ institute as a symbol of home...

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Noir/horror: Reconsidering the “woman question” in mid-twentieth-century American popular fiction and cinema

3 Jun 2021

Writing in 1946, Frankfurt School critic Siegfried Kracauer expressed dismay in response to what he saw as a new vogue for ‘horror sheerly for the sake of...

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Pierre Ryckmans: Artist and Art Historian

11 May 2021

Pierre Ryckmans is best known for the writing on contemporary Chinese politics under the pen name Simon Leys in which he exposed the inhumanity of...

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Racial Difference, Political Liberalism and the Proliferation of Mechanics Institutes in Mid 19th Century Victoria

27 Apr 2021

In the nineteenth century, the Australian colonies witnessed a remarkable proliferation of Mechanics Institutes.  By the opening decade of the 20th century,...

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England’s Green & Useful Land: Vaughan Williams, music & the land question

20 Apr 2021

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ use of pastoral idioms, together with his folksong collecting, his advocacy for ‘national music’ and his interest in amateur music-...

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HRC Seminar: The Power and the Glory: The US Presidential Election 2020

10 Nov 2020

  Every US presidential election looms as decisive for the future of the nation's well being and for geopolitical stability and predictability. Why does this...

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HRC SEMINAR: Don Dunstan's Political Legacy Now

3 Nov 2020

Political leadership was a focal point of public discussion in Australia early this year, and it has resurfaced again lately. In August last year, Angela...

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HRC Seminar: Comets, Dynasts, Immensities: Thomas Hardy, Space and Time, 1880-1930

27 Oct 2020

  In this lecture, Prof Stevenson will explore ways that the bright comet of 1881, one of several Thomas Hardy might have witnessed, encouraged interests in...

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