History in a time of pandemic: nourishment, consolation and guidance

History in a time of pandemic - 3Dec2020

This event was recorded and can be viewed online at: https://vimeo.com/487068427/51fb87b0bc 

Join us for our end of year Friends gathering and to farewell our outgoing Executive Officer, Margaret Birtley AM.

Our presenters will explore history in a time of pandemic, reflecting on the themes of nourishment, consolation and guidance.

Emeritus Professor Peter McPhee AM FAHA FASSA is a historian of modern France. Peter is Chair of the HCV Board.

While the direct experience of the Covid19 pandemic has been directly experienced by me only through social isolation, indirectly it has been felt as a deep ultimatum from the earth about the interactions of its inhabitants. Books have been both a consolation and a provocation at such a time.

Dr Susie Protschky is a historian of colonialism and decolonisation in Southeast Asia. Susie is Monash University's representative on the HCV Board. 

It's a consolation to work at disasters like this pandemic knowing that historians will 'sit with' and analyse the suffering, absences and triumphs unfolding now well into the future. Nothing trains patience, humility, exactitude and empathy better than disciplined thinking in History.

Dr Yves Rees is a historian of Australia in the world, with particular interests in gender, modernity, mobility and whiteness. Yves is La Trobe University's representative on the HCV Board.

Can history provide guidance for a world in crisis? There are no simple 'lessons' to be extracted from the past. However the 'time work' done by historians is essential to disrupting the seeming inevitabilities of present and opening our minds towards the possibility of living otherwise.

This special event is for HCV Friends and the HCV Board. It will be held as a Zoom meeting (so we will see each other's faces if we enable our video cameras). Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

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December 03, 2020 at 5:30pm - 7pm
Zoom meeting - Enjoy from your home or office 
Melbourne, VIC
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Alicia Cerreto · · 0422 519 322

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