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Standing On the Outside Looking In
Code: 48  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fashion, History,
Thursday, May 17 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Stephen Gapps, Shane White, Penny Russell, Michelle Arrow (facilitator)
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Writing history is a bit like standing on the outside looking in. How does the historian’s place in the contemporary world influence their view of the past? From Harlem to Cabramatta, and the elusive world of etiquette in colonial Australia, in this session winners of the 2011 NSW Premier’s History Awards Shane White, Penny Russell and Stephen Gapps will discuss how historians recreate yesterday for the reader with judge Michelle Arrow.

Presented by the History Council of NSW.

Stephen Gapps (Australian)

Stephen Gapps is a public historian currently working as a curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum. His research and writing interests include historical commemorations and re-enactments. In 2011 Stephen won the New South Wales Premier’s History Award for Regional and Community History with his book Cabrogal to Fairfield: A history of a multicultural city.

Shane White (Australian)

Shane White is the Challis professor of history and Australian professorial fellow at the University of Sydney. He is the author or co-author of five books about African-American history and has written about, among other things, black style, theatre, dance, music and street life. Shane won the 2011 New South Wales Premier’s History Award for General History for Playing the Numbers: Gambling in Harlem between the wars, co-authored with Stephen Garton, Stephen Robertson and Graham White. His current project is entitled The Prince of Darkness: Wall Street’s first black millionaire.

Penny Russell (Australian)

Associate Professor Penny Russell teaches and writes on Australian history and gender history at the University of Sydney. She is the author or editor of nine books including, most recently, Savage or Civilised? Manners in Colonial Australia, which was shortlisted for five awards in 2011 and won the New South Wales Premier's Award for Australian History. Her current research includes a study of Jane Franklin, wife of the ill-fated Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, and a comparative project on honour in colonial societies.

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Michelle Arrow (Australian)

Dr Michelle Arrow is a senior lecturer in modern history at Macquarie University. Her second book, Friday on Our Minds: Popular culture in Australia since 1945, was shortlisted for the Australian History Prize in the 2010 New South Wales Premier’s History Awards. She is also the author of Upstaged: Australian women dramatists in the limelight at last and the co-editor of The Chamberlain Case: Nation, law, memory.