Book+Author - Science and Power

Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 06:00 PM


The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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Stephanie Holt

The HCV’s Book+Author series, curated and hosted by Dr Yves Rees, showcases new books from some of Australia’s most exciting historians. On Thursday 27 June, please join us for another intimate conversation about researching and telling stories of the past. 


In the History Council of Victoria’s third Book+Author event for the year, we will be joined by Alexandra Roginski, Melbourne-based historian, writer and heritage worker and Visiting Fellow of Deakin University, who will be discussing her fascinating new book Science and Power in the Nineteenth-Century Tasman World: Popular Phrenology in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand in conversation with convenor Dr Yves Rees.

Alexandra completed her PhD at the ANU in 2018 and her work focuses on ideas and practices of the body, past and present. This is her second book.

Science and Power in the Nineteenth-Century Tasman World has just been announced as the winner of the 2023 Donna Coates Book Prize, awarded by the Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Studies Network, and has received a Special Commendation in the 2024 Ernest Scott Prize, administered by the University of Melbourne.

This is a paid event in the Friends of the HCV book club series, Book+Author.

Friends of the HCV receive discounted tickets to this event, and a priority booking period during which every Friend of the HCV can book a ticket for themselves and one friend.

To join the Friends of the HCV, click here.

Posted by on May 28, 2024

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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