Labour History Conference 15-17 September 2011


The Canberra Region’ Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, in association with the National Centre of Biography, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, presents the

twelfth biennial labour history conference
15 – 17 September 2011

Manning Clark Centre
Australian National University Canberra

The theme of the conference will be Labour History and Its People, with particular emphasis on the role of biography in the study of Australian labour history.

Labour biography has enjoyed something of a resurgence in recent years and it is intended that this will be reflected in the content and direction of the conference.

The year 2011 also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History in 1961 at the ANU. The conference venue is the ANU, thus taking advantage of a long standing connection.

The conference is being organized jointly with the National Centre for Biography, with backing from the  Noel Butlin Archives Centre and  local trade unions.

Contributions by way of papers, themed discussion panels, audio/visual presentations and performances are invited from history professionals, labour activists and others.

Papers may be submitted by 1 August 2011 for distribution at the conference. Please prepare papers in accordance with the Labour History style guide.

Presentations of 15-20 minutes will be grouped into panels and a chair/commentator assigned to each panel. It is proposed to tape all sessions and deposit them in the Noel Butlin Archives.

A set of refereed and non-refereed conference papers will be provided to registered conference participants. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the ASSLH, a book of selected conference papers will also be published in 2012.


Professor Melanie Nolan, Director National Centre of Biography
General Editor Australian Dictionary of Biography, RSSS, CASS, ANU, ACT 0200