Murdoch hosts major international history conference

June 27, 2011

Leading international and local historians will be gathering at Murdoch University on Wednesday, July 13, to discuss, argue and share research on the contradictory nature of European history.

The theme of the day will be International Relations in a European Context. Historians will be presenting on a range of topics including international politics before World War I, the development of immigration detention in the UK, depictions of the soldier in Italian cinema and second generation German shame about the 20th century wars.

Co-organiser Dr James Crossland from Murdoch’s School of Social Sciences and Humanities said the event was part of Murdoch’s on-going commitment to excellence in history, politics and international relations.

“I would urge anyone with an interest in the modern history of Europe to attend,” said Dr Crossland.

“This is a continent that has immense cultural, artistic and social heritage and yet has unleashed horrendous destruction on itself and many other parts of the world. As such it is endlessly fascinating.

“There are an infinite number of questions arising from the study of European history and many will be posed by historians from a variety of perspectives at this event.”

The Murdoch event is part of the four-day Australasian Association for European History conference being held in Perth from July 11-14.

The conference has been organised by the School of Humanities at the University of Western Australia, in collaboration with the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies and the Faculty of Arts at Murdoch University.

The Murdoch event is taking place in the Worship Centre Room 1 and in Education and Humanities Room 2 at the South Street Campus from 9am until 4pm. Registration is from 8-9am in the Worship Centre.

Presentations will last approximately 20 minutes, at the end of which there will be a question and answer session.

For further details please see the AAEH website or email James Crossland.

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