Past ANZLHS president made a member of the Royal Society Te Apārangi

Congratulations to Professor David Williams of Auckland University who has been elected to the Academy of the New Zealand Royal Society:  ‘Election to the society is an honour that recognises true international distinction in research, scholarship and the advancement of knowledge.’

This society has benefited from David’s active engagement for many years including filling the role of president 2010-2012.  We are delighted to see this public acknowledgement of his international scholarship.

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Political Interference in research

The executive of this society expresses its grave concern over political interference in the awarding of ARC grants.  In Senate Estimates on 25 October it was revealed that more than $AU4 million were denied to Humanities projects in 2017 and 2018.

The minister’s response was poor, indicating that he does not understand the importance of independent humanities research and of the peer review process; his response implied that research should be funded on the basis of its popularity with the public.

This action harms the international reputation of the Australian university sector and risks collaborations between Australian and international researchers.

On behalf of the society we affirm our support for the long standing traditions of academic freedom and critical inquiry inherent in both our disciplines.

Links to an article co-authored by an ANZLHS member, to media releases from the Australian Academy of Humanities and Council of Australian Law Deans are available on our news page where a copy of a statement by the Australian Historical Association has also been shared.

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CPF: ISHTIP 2019 (International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property), 4-6 July at UTS:Law

We have a call for papers for ISHTIP 2019, to be held July at UTS: Law Sydney, 4-6 July.

The theme is Intellectual Property and the Visual.

Date for submission of proposals: 15 October 2018

Expected date for notification of acceptance:  15 December 2018

Date for submission of full papers: 1 June 2019

Proposals for papers should be no more than one page and accompanied by a 2 page CV. Submissions should be sent by email to Isabella.Alexander@uts.edu.au.

This year’s theme, Intellectual Property and the Visual, draws inspiration from its striking host city. The ‘visual turn’ in law has received growing attention in recent years from scholars exploring effects of the proliferation of images in social and legal spaces on the legal imagination. The 2019 workshop will explore aspects of the visual turn in the context of intellectual property law. Proposals for papers are invited to consider different ways in which the visual and the legal interact in relation to different fields of intellectual property law. These might include considering how intellectual property law treats visual subject matters, how subjects of intellectual property law or the law itself are represented or perceived, relationships between legal texts and images, the use of visual metaphors and images in the development of intellectual property law and interdisciplinary interactions with fields such as art history, visual studies, aesthetics, socio-legal and cultural studies.

Papers that address this call from an historical or theoretical perspective are welcomed from scholars working across the disciplines. Established and junior scholars are encouraged to submit papers and there will be a session devoted to presentations from doctoral students.  Proposers should be aware that authors (except for PhD students) do not present their own papers at ISHTIP workshops. Rather, a discussant presents a brief summary and critique of papers to facilitate a more general discussion. To allow this, complete papers must be submitted by 1 June 2019.

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Call for applications: Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History

Our sister society, the American Society for Legal History, and the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School are inviting applications for the tenth biennial Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History, to be held 9-22 June 2019 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.  For more details see our News page.

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Juridical Encounters wins NZ history prize

Congratulations to our past president  Shaunnagh Dorsett (UTS) for her book Juridical Encounters: Maori and the Colonial Courts 1840-1852 (Auckland UP) and Jane McCabe (Otago) for her book Race, Tea and Colonial Settlement (Bloomsbury) who have been jointly awarded New Zealand’s prestigious Ian Wards Prize for 2018. This prize recognises an outstanding piece of published NZ historical writing that demonstrates either ‘innovative’ or ‘exemplary’ use of primary sources. It is awarded annually by the Archives and Records Association of New Zealand.

Nominations for our own society’s annual prize in legal history close Monday 24 September. See the Prizes page for details.

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Call for applications from postgraduate students for Kercher Scholarships to attend our 2018 conference.

Kercher scholarships are open to any postgraduate student currently enrolled in an Australian or New Zealand university wishing to attend the annual Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society Conference, and are awarded on the basis of merit through a process of application to the conference organisers.

For details about how to apply see the advice on the Prizes and Scholarships page.  Applications should be emailed to uow.cass@gmail.com by Friday 31 August.

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Australian constitutional news

In Australia this past week the Garma Festival has put the Uluru Statement back in the national news.  The Statement from the Heart composed by Australia’s Indigenous communities in May 2017 had the potential to move Australia’s constitutional relations with Indigenous peoples closer to New Zealand’s treaty model.  Its dismissal by the government has caused dismay and led the Australian Historical Association [AHA] to write an open letter to the PM.  We are an affiliate of the AHA and so in the interests of our members, the letter is now available on our News page.  You can read about the process of constitutional reform that resulted in the Statement on the Referendum Council website.

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