Conference season part 3: UHPH 2020

Finishing up the summer conference season, I’ll be presenting two papers at this year’s Australian Urban History and Planning History Group conference, which will be held in February at the University of Tasmania campus in Launceston. My first paper is co-authored with Professor Hannah Lewi and is entitled “Canberra on Film, 1913-1964.” This paper explores … More Conference season part 3: UHPH 2020

Conference season, part 2: ANU Humanities Centre and Historical Materialism Melbourne

This week continues a busy conference season, as I’ll be presenting at two conferences (in two states!) With the support of the School of Culture and Communication Sessional Researcher Support Grant, I will be back in Canberra on 5 December to present at the ANU Humanities Research Centre conference titled “What We Talk About When … More Conference season, part 2: ANU Humanities Centre and Historical Materialism Melbourne

Conference season, part 1: Romantic Studies Association of Australasia

This semester has been quite a whirlwind, but it was great to commence the end of year conference season with a visit to Canberra for the 2019 Romantic Studies Association of Australasia Conference at UNSW’s Canberra campus, from 20-23 November. The programme was diverse but cohesive, and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to … More Conference season, part 1: Romantic Studies Association of Australasia

Balancing Victoria: Prospects for Decentralisation

In November 2019 I commenced work on a policy briefing report with Prof. Ralph Horne and Dr. Elizabeth J. Taylor, exploring some of the historical factors which would need to be considered in developing any future decentralisation policy for the state of Victoria. This report, prepared for the bipartisan policy forum Balance Victoria, has just … More Balancing Victoria: Prospects for Decentralisation

Deakin Cultural Heritage seminar, 31 July 2019

I’m pleased to be presenting on my book and current works in progress at the first Deakin Cultural Heritage seminar of the semester on 31 July 2019. The seminar title is “Ideal landscapes, planning and heritage in postwar British culture”, and the abstract as follows: While Britain’s postwar planned landscapes, including modernist urban redevelopments and … More Deakin Cultural Heritage seminar, 31 July 2019

Review published: Urban histories of the nation and beyond in Australia and New Zealand

I reviewed two excellent books for History Australia journal this summer and the review has just gone to print in the latest issue. Seamus O’Hanlon‘s City Life: The New Urban Australia (NewSouth, 2018) and Ben Schrader’s The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities, 1840–1920 (Bridget Williams Books, 2016) were interesting to read in dialogue with each … More Review published: Urban histories of the nation and beyond in Australia and New Zealand

New book: Milton Keynes in British Culture

I’m excited to announce that my first book, Milton Keynes in British Culture: Imagining England, has been published by Routledge as part of their series Routledge Studies in Modern British History. The publisher page can be found here, and a free preview is available via Google Books. The publisher’s description can be found here: The … More New book: Milton Keynes in British Culture

Historical Materialism Sydney 2018

After being stuck in Sydney Airport for an extra day courtesy of bizarre weather, I’ve finally returned from the 2018 Historical Materialism Sydney conference. It was a fantastically invigorating conference, and a very refreshing opportunity to think through important questions with a diverse audience. My paper was entitled “Wars on Brutalism: concrete modernism and imperialist heritage … More Historical Materialism Sydney 2018