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MemberGrégoire Espesset

Current research themes: . History and epistemology of academic Sinology (19th–21st cent.) / Histoire et épistémologie de la sinologie académique (du dix-neuvième siècle à nos jours) . History, philology and textual criticism of “Weft” (wei 緯) literature / Histoire, philologie et ecdotique des écrits de “trame” (wei 緯) . Religion in Mediaeval China: history, historiography, documents, and Western representations / Les religions en Chine médiévale : histoire, historiographie, documents ; représentations occidentales

MemberMarko Demantowsky

Marko Demantowsky, PhD (*1970), is full professor for modern history and history education at at the School of Education FHNW (Departement for Social Sciences Education) and a member of the Institute for Educational Sciences at the University of Basel. Previously assistant professor for history education at the University of Bochum (07-12) and interim professor at Jena University (07-08) and Siegen University (06/07). Research assistant at the universities of Leipzig, Dortmund, Münster 1998-2007. In July 2020 appointment to a chair for Public History at the University of Vienna, accepted in May 2021. His main research interests focus on the digital transformation particularly in Public History, the (digital) cultural anthropology of public history, and the theory and history of historical education. He has created and developed, and now co-manages some multilingual infrastructures in the field of digital history. Selected List of Publications and Presentations

MemberFraser McNair

I’m currently a visiting research fellow at the University of Leeds. The overall framework of my research is that of authority: how it was negotiated between different levels of power, how it operated in practice, and how it transformed between the earlier and later Middle Ages. To that end, my current research is focused on the relationship between bishops and kings between the late ninth and late eleventh centuries. In general terms, I am particularly interested in the production and use of documentary material, and in the relationship between life histories and historical processes.

MemberImogen Wegman

Having grown up in Hobart, Imogen has a strong connection to her island home. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Tasmania, before moving to the UK to join the University of East Anglia’s Landscape History MA program. Her dissertation examined the creation of ‘isolated’ parish churches – those that stand in the middle of a field, far from their village. She returned to Tasmania to complete her PhD in History at the University of Tasmania, examining the differences between land grants given to convicts and free settlers. Her research continues to examine the practicalities of the life in the early years of a colony, using digital tools such as GIS (mapping) to understand the historic landscape and extract its stories.   Imogen is now a lecturer in history at the University of Tasmania, teaching into the Diploma of Family History and the Bachelor of Arts. She continues to nerd out about maps with her students, teaching them how to find and interpret them for their own research.   Imogen has a keen interest in public histories, and has held a range of non-academic roles that have connected her research with the public. As a tour guide she converted her thesis into a commentary designed for tourists with little to no background knowledge. She also worked behind the help desk in a public library, helping clients research their family history, find information about their house, or pursue other historical questions. She is a popular public speaker, and is regularly invited to speak to diverse audiences. In 2016 she co-founded A Pint of History – a monthly pub-based history event in Hobart, which continues to a provide a space for academics and experts to present their historical research to a large general audience.

MemberJulie Kimber

Julie Kimber teaches history and politics in the Department of Social Sciences. She is president of the Swinburne Branch of the National Tertiary Education Union. She is the federal secretary of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, which publishes Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History, and the editor of the triannual publication, Recorder, of the Melbourne Branch. From 2013 to 2020 Julie was co-editor (with A/Prof. Maggie Nolan) of the Journal of Australian Studies (journal of the International Australian Studies Association), and a book review editor of Labour History: a journal of labour and social history from 2002 to 2015 (with Prof. Phillip Deery and Prof. Stuart Macintyre). Julie has edited several book collections on Australian political and labour history. Her research interests include the Cold War, biography, and political/radical/legal history. She is currently working on a study of anti-institutional protest and prisons in New South Wales and Victoria. Before joining Swinburne, Julie taught at several universities in NSW and Victoria.

MemberRobert Heinze

I am a researcher/lecturer in African History, currently at the University of Trier. I am working on a history of urban transport in Africa, using four case studies (Bamako, Kinshasa, Lusaka, Nairobi). Before embarking on this Post-Doc research, I completed a Ph.D. on the history of radio in Namibia and Zambia, with a focus on decolonisation periods, anticolonial resistance and post-colonial nation-building. I am interested in exploring infrastructures in (post-)colonial societies through a lens of historical materialism, analysing them both as material technologies and in their interactions with political economies and urban societies.