Friday 24 March – Seminar Series_Historical, Cultural and Critical Inquiry Group – University of Newcastle

Friday 24 March – Seminar Series_Historical, Cultural and Critical Inquiry Group – University of Newcastle

The Historical, Cultural and Critical Inquiry Group at the University of Newcastle (Australia) is pleased to announce the next paper in our 2023 seminar series, co-hosted with the Gender Research Network at UON, on Friday 24 March, 10-11am Australian Eastern Daylight Time (UTC+11). The seminar will be simultaneously held on campus and broadcast live via Zoom. (Details and Zoom link below.) Our presenter is

Paula Jane Byrne, “Women and Intellectual Life in New South Wales 2 – Rose Selwyn.”

When I considered the intellectual life of Ann Rusden I thought there to be a neat line of development from Ann’s use of reason and her ideas of strong women to the public involvements of her daughter Rose Selwyn and her granddaughter Rose Scott. In piecing together records from the Mitchell Library’s Selwyn papers I found that this was not the case at all.

This paper considers that piecing together and the kinds of ideas that went into the making of Rose Selwyn. It takes us far from reason and into the realms of the dead and dying. It picks up threads of thinking that would inform Rose’s sense of ‘suffering’. While the paper considers some of Rose’s speeches and addresses it does not concentrate on Rose as a public woman. Jude Conway’s work lies in that direction. Rather, it deals with scrapbooks, watercolours and poetry as well as some of the slippages and omissions that give a picture of Rose as a colonising woman.

Dr Paula Jane Byrne is author of Criminal Law and Colonial Subject (Cambridge 1993) and The Diaries and Letters of Ellis Bent (Desert Pea 2012). She has lectured in Australian and Aboriginal History at Macquarie University, Murdoch University, and the Australian National University, and held research positions at Sydney University, ANU and the University of New England. At present, and for a project on Women and Intellectual Life in New South Wales 1830-1880, she is a Visiting Scholar at the State Library of New South Wales.

For in-person attendance: Room W202, Behavioural Science Building, Callaghan Campus, University of Newcastle (Australia).

For online attendance:

Zoom meeting ID: 870 4036 3272 (Open from 9:45am)
Password: 783069
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This event will be recorded. Presentation recordings will be available from our YouTube channel, History@Newcastle

Previous presentation recordings:

Matthew Fitzpatrick (Flinders University), “Globalisation or Empire? Revolution and the Geopolitics of Chinese Debt, 1895-1913.” 10 March 2023

Peter Hooker (Newcastle), American sailors in the British Royal Navy during the War of 1812. 14 October 2022

Edip Gölbaşı (Leipzig University), The Origins and Dynamics of Pogrom Violence against Ottoman Armenians in the 1890s, 16 September 2022.

Garritt Van Dyk (University of Newcastle), “Commerce, Food, and Identity in Seventeenth-Century England and France”, 9 September 2022.

Jasper Ludwig (University of Newcastle): “The Architecture of the Global Moravian Network (1720–1920)”, 2 September 2022.

Jude Conway (UON): “Campaigning for access to legal and affordable pregnancy terminations in the 1970s and 1980s, again and again and again: a Newcastle case study”, 19 August 2022.

Dr. Sacha Davis

School of Humanities, Creative Industries and Social Sciences

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The University of Newcastle
University Drive, Callaghan NSW 2308 Australia