History’s Terrain: Locating Memory, Understanding Landscape

Hosted by Macquarie University

Keynote Speaker: Professor Heather Goodall, UTS 

This half-day symposium will explore how place and memory shape the way we think about landscapes, the past and the present. Drawing together scholars and practitioners, the symposium showcases new research into encounters with place, collecting cultures, natural history and nature writing, and sites of memory. Speakers will examine what it means to locate memory in landscapes and consider the role of history in a time of environmental crisis. How does a focus on place shape the way we write history? How are connections to place sustained and invigorated through memory work? Are there tensions between the public engagement with historical sites and the academic study of space, place and the past? How should historians draw on material culture and museum collections? What do humanists bring to our understanding of the Anthropocene and how can we use this concept to build more effective stories about our world

When: Thursday, 5 September 2019, 9.00am-3.30pm

Where: Dixson Room, State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Cost: General admission ($20+ booking fee), free for MQ students and staff. Includes morning tea, lunch available at additional cost.

Contact: [email protected]    

Convenors: Dr Jarrod Hore & Dr Isobelle Barrett Meyering

Bookings: https://historysterrain.eventbrite.com.au