Saturday, 2 August 2008

RHSV Lecture – New Historians Lecture

When: Tuesday12 August
Speakers: Dr Nick Dyrenfurth and Peter Burke
Where: RHSV, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
Time: 5.15 pm (tea and coffee) Lecture 5.45 pm
Cost: Members Free: Non Members $5.50

Two new historians share what promises to be an informative and entertaining evening. Not to be missed!

“All the world over”: the transnational world of Australian radical and labour cartoonists, 1880s to 1920
Speaker: Dr Nick Dyrenfurth
This talk considers the transnational world of early Australian radical and labour cartoonists, focussing upon the work of well-known artists Phil May, Livingstone Hopkins, Montague Scott, Claude Marquet, Jim Case and, most prominently, the Victorian Will Dyson. Political cartooning
constituted a vitally important element of the cultural politics of the early Australian labour movement. However, most historians have assumed that the visual evidence of this period was merely confirmation of an existing or latent working-class consciousness, rather than understanding the role of iconic representation in the making and re-making of class.

This talk has two main concerns. Firstly it will show how Australian cartoonists drew on their Anglo-American backgrounds and the parallel overseas activities of the day. Secondly, in this context, it will explore the nature and purpose of their collective project, which created a
populist narrative of ‘heroes and villains’ for political Labor: villainous capitalistic ‘Fat Men’ battled it out against heroic male ‘workers’ and a more collective vision of ‘the People’.
Nick Dyrenfurth is a political historian who lectures in the School of Historical Studies at Monash University.

The social history of workplace Australian football 1860-1939
Speaker: Peter Burke
This presentation is based upon doctorate research into the social history of workplace football. The doctorate examines the social context and development of workplace Australian football from the period in the early 1860s, when the game emerged as a distinct code, to the outbreak of the Second World War. The presentation will explain the main findings of the research. Although discussion is restricted mainly to the state of Victoria and, in particular, the metropolitan area of Melbourne, developments in other states and regions of Australia are considered where they are
important in tracing the evolution of workplace football.

Peter Burke is enrolled in doctorate program at RMIT University and works also at the research office in RMIT. In recent years he has published a number of articles on the social history of Australian football and is currently editing a book based on papers presented to the 2007
Footy Fever conference. He is also the convenor for the Victorian chapter of the Australian Society for Sports History.

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