Conference 2018


Professional Historians Association National Conference
Sydney 30 – 31 August 2018
at the State Library of New South Wales

Professional historians record the history of places with direct connections to the public: in parks, on monuments, at exhibitions, in archives and publications. 2018 is the culmination of the four-year long commemoration of World War I and therefore a fitting time to reflect on the challenges we face as professional historians interpreting sites, places and events that become surrounded by myth and emotion.

The conference will explore the changing ways we mark time and interpret events through traditional and new media in the 21st century.

Key note speaker: Bruce Scates  

Bruce Scates is an Associate Professor in the School of History, University of New South Wales and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. His publications include Return to Gallipoli, A New Australia, the Cambridge History of the Shrine of Remembrance and Women and the Great War (co authored with Raelene Frances). The last of these won the NSW Premier’s History Award.

To see the final program, click on Conference Program.

On Friday evening, the NSW Premier’s History Awards are being held at the State Library of NSW. Tickets to attend this event will need to be purchased separately.

Click here to register for the PHA National Conference

Registration fees include morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, as well as food and a limited bar tab at the ArtHouse Hotel on Thursday night.

Full registration PHA member     $150
One day only PHA member          $80
Full registration Public – Non members   $210
One day only Public – Non members        $110

Special registration fees for Undergraduate students available – limited release of 10 tickets – Be quick and get in email us.

Special student full registration  $80
Special student one day only       $40

Accommodation tip:

Castlereagh Boutique Hotel

Presenter information:

All speakers will be required to cover the cost of the conference registration.
Presenter registration deadline is Monday 2 July 2018.

Papers may be eligible for the Professional Historians Association’s refereed journal Circa.


For any enquiries, please email