The cancelled 2020 PHA conference has been rescheduled for 18-19 September 2021, and will take place in Brisbane. For more information, please visit the PHA website.
Unfortunately, the PHA 2020 national conference was cancelled owing to the COVID-19 crisis. For more information, please visit the PHA website.
Professional Historians Association National Conference
30–31 August 2018
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 was 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 explored the changing ways we mark time and interpret events through traditional and new media in the 21st century.
Keynote 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.