2023 Annual Lecture

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 05:30 PM


Melbourne, VIC
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Alicia Cerreto

0422 519 322

HCV's Annual Lecture

Each year, the History Council of Victoria presents a public lecture that shares fresh thinking and new evidence on an historical topic. This year, Professor Susie Protschky will present on Colonial Pasts and 'Image Wars'.


This is a free event and will be presented online.

Politics has always been visual. In countries with colonial histories, including Australia, a wide range of public actors and stakeholders wield images in their historical arguments. This lecture will examine what happens with visual archives when – as contemporary global politics demonstrates – everybody has opinions about a hotly contested colonial past. 


Professor Susie Protschky

Susie Protschky is Professor of Global Political History at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She specialises in modern Dutch colonialism, Indonesian history, and the history of photography. Her research ranges across visual cultures of war and violence, environment and natural disaster, gender, race and citizenship.

 Susie previously worked at Deakin University (2021–23) and Monash University (2010–21) in Melbourne, and the University of Western Australia in Perth (2008-10). She gained her doctorate at the University of New South Wales (Sydney) in 2007. Her research has been funded by major grants and fellowships from the Australian Research Council, and the Research Centre for Material Culture (Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen), Scaliger Institute (Leiden University Library), and the KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies).

Susie is currently writing a history of colonial war photography from the Aceh War to the Indonesian National Revolution (1873–1950). Contracted to Cornell University Press, the book is tentatively titled Seeing Like a Soldier: Photography and Colonial Violence in Dutch Indonesia.

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The History Council of Victoria acknowledges the State Library of Victoria and the Public Record Office Victoria for supply of the archival images that appear on this website.

We acknowledge the National Film and Sound Archive for the right to use of the video footage on the home page, titled "Melbourne: Life in Australia (1966)".

Image credits

  • Italian sailors on ship at Port Melbourne 1938, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese procession in Collins near Elizabeth Street 1901, Harvie & Sutcliffe, photographers, State Library of Victoria
  • People’s homes, Aboriginal station Coranderrk 1878, Fred Kruger Photographer, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese nurses at Children’s Hospital under scholarship 1947, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Ladies physical culture class VRI Melbourne c1931, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001, 011/02
  • Melbourne Cup, Derby and Oaks Day, Flemington Racecourse 1936, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001/4802, 372/30
  • Flinders Street viaduct at foot of Market Street with advertisement for McRobertson’s Chocolate on bridge, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12800/P0003, ADV 1342