History Seminar Series – August-September

School of Humanities and Social Science


All staff, students, and members of the public are welcome.

Dr Philip Dwyer, University of Newcastle
‘The Figure under the Hat’: Some Thoughts on Writing (and Re-Writing) Napoleon
Friday, 24 August – 10am to 11am
Cultural Collections Reading Room, Auchmuty Library

Reflecting on the difficulties of writing on a subject about which so much has been written before, Dr Dwyer draws on some of the themes dwelt on in the book, and discusses historical biography and the relationship between subject and author.

Ms Lorina Barker, University of New England
Playing with Words: Converting Voice into Print
Friday, 7 September – 10am to 11am
Cultural Collections Reading Room, Auchmuty Library

Lorina Barker’s oral/family history research explores people’s connection to and memories of Weilmoringle to provide an understanding of the significance of Weilmoringle to the people who lived there. This paper considers issues arising from the transcription process, in relation to the accessibility of a transcript to the intended audience, in this case the research participants, the Aboriginal people. Ms Barker discusses the scholarly arguments and strategies, and her own personal experiences and some of the problems she has encountered with both the recorded and transcribed versions of oral histories. Ultimately, free verse is the style most suited to the purpose of re-creating in written form, the emotion and movement of the words as they are spoken and received in conversation, as well as to re-capturing the imagery of the interview, and what took place: the interaction between interviewer and participant.

One thought on “History Seminar Series – August-September

  1. Unfortunately I missed Philip Dwyer’s session however I did get to Lorina Baker’s session. Lorina’s presentation of her research was very impressive. Her new way of presenting Australian Aboriginal oral history is truly exciting. Lorina’s work is inspirational and will be a remarkable contribution to Australian cultural history. Cheryl.

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