Melbourne Historical Journal  44 (2016)

Intersections & Disconnections


History has long been understood as more than a series of linear events and might be represented as intersections and disconnections of time and space. The writings of anthropologist Clifford Geertz and historian Greg Dening, in particular, have influenced scholars to consider history as a complex web of spatial and temporal meaning. Mapping history as a web, and thereby problematising received notions of time and space, lends itself to this year’s theme for the Melbourne Historical Journal: Intersections & Disconnections.

Our contributors have addressed this theme in diverse ways. Their histories consider the intersections, disconnections and dislocations of networks, nodes and flows. Our graduate authors explore the intersections and disconnections of migration, campaign politics, transnational activism, and revolutionary space.



Feature Articles

Ron Adams, Talking with the Dead (Greg Dening Lecture 2015)

Yasmin Saikia, Nations, Neighbours, and Humanity: Destroyed and Recovered in War and Violence

Stephanie Trigg, Bluestone and the City: Writing an Emotional History

Graduate Articles

Melanie Burkett, Clashing Goals: Government and Personal Objectives for Assisted Emigration to Early Nineteenth-Century New South Wales

Alex Burston-Chorowicz, A House on the Hill: Labor’s New Australia and the 1946 Federal Election

Katelyn Smith, Anglicising a Feminist Classic: the UK Edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves (1978)

Toby Nash, The Colonial Waterfront as Borderlands: A Spatial Investigation into Boston’s Docks, 1700–1775

Plus: Book & Exhibition Reviews

In 2017, the Collective consolidated its efforts around how we publish and manage the journal. We are continuing our journey towards becoming a delayed open-access publication; with our full digital back catalogue from 1961 onwards becoming available through our Open Journal System. Our full digital and print back catalogue will also be deposited at the University of Melbourne Archives. 2017 also marks the final MHJ Amphora (Issue 44.2, 2016) — as the Amphora Collective seek to carve out their own identity. All these endeavours are part of our ongoing efforts to provide MHJ with longevity as it heads towards its sixtieth anniversary and fiftieth volume.

The new issue is available in print or digital form through our website.

We look forward to our readers discovering these articles, as the 2016 collective say farewell …

and welcome the new collective of 2017, who are currently beginning production of Volume 45.

Written by mhj