Events & Opportunities

Upcoming Events

Thursday, 1 December 2021, 5.00-6.15pm AEDT/Sydney

AHA Keynote: Alison Bashford, ‘How do we think about population in the Anthropocene?’ Online: Register here

This lecture expores first how modern (post c. 1780) population changes have entered discussion on the Anthropocene. Secondly, it asks how historians specifically, might (not should) begin to answer this question, with attention both to accelerating global net population growth and local population decline, caused amongst other dynamics by the fertility, mortality, and migration impacts of colonisation… Read more

Wednesday, 8 December 2021, 6-7pm AEDT/Sydney

Laureate Centre Seminar: Aprajita Sarcar (Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi), ‘The Family Within a Triangle: The creation, circulation and afterlife of a family planning campaign’ Online: Register here

This paper explores the visual artefact that represented the national family planning programme in India: Hum Do Hamare Do (We are Two, will have Two Children). The campaign was created in 1967. It consisted of a couple with two children: a boy and a girl in an inverted triangle. The inverted red triangle, simultaneous to the campaign, became the symbol of the international family planning movement. Read more.

External Events

Silhouette of four people standing in a highrise building, one person appears to be taking a selfie with their child. You can see a city below.

Friday, 26 November 2021, 5-6.30am AEDT/Sydney (Thursday 25 Nov, 3-4.30pm Victoria, Canada)

Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives: ‘The Politics of Population in East Asia’ Online: Register here

Throughout the twentieth century, East Asian countries witnessed the growth of population sciences and reproductive technologies, and increased state interference with the quantity and quality of population. This virtual roundtable discussion brings together scholars whose research interests cover the history of population discourses, population policies, governmentality, and reproductive sciences and technologies across East Asia… Read more.

Current Opportunities

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Laureate Centre PhD Stipends, 2022

The Laureate Centre for History & Population at UNSW, Sydney, invites applications for two (2) PhD scholarships. PhD students will join the Laureate research team, under the supervision of Professor Alison Bashford, and within the School of Humanities and Languages, Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture, UNSW. Two scholarships will be awarded to graduates with honours or masters qualifications in history, for research into Australian, Pacific, or international history related to population. Full details available here

Applications will continue to be received until the stipends are filled. Positions will commence by 26/06/2022. Value: $28,854 per annum, for a maximum of 4 years.

Past Events

Wednesday, 3 November 2021, 6-7pm AEDT/Sydney (7-8am London)

Laureate Seminar: Andrew Moeller (Oxford), ‘Be Fruitful and Multiply? Anglican Justifications for Fertility-Manipulation Schemes in Interwar EnglandOnline: Register here

In 1930, the Church of England became the first major Christian denomination in Europe or North America to formally condone the use of birth control. The Bishop of Winchester, Theodore Woods, led the reform campaign, and he did so for the expressed purpose of encouraging an increase in the birthrate amongst the English middle and upper classes… Read more

Poster image of a woman raising a child, with Chinese characters at the top. The text translates to: "Practicing birth control is beneficial for the protection of the health of mother and child"

6 October 2021, 11am-12pm AEDT/Sydney

Tina Johnson (Saint Vincent College, PA), ‘100 Years of China’s Population Strategies: From Sanger to the Three-Child Policy’

2022 marks the 100th anniversary of Margaret Sanger’s first visit to China. Her visit prompted public discussions of birth control in the service of improving China’s population that continue to the present day… Read more. Image translation: “Practicing birth control is beneficial for the protection of the health of mother and child.” Early 1960s, artist unknown. Stefan R. Landsberger collection.

Black and white portrait of Thomas Robert Malthus, 1834

30 Sept 2021, 5pm-6.30pm AEST (Online)

External seminar (Humanities Research Centre, ANU): Alison Bashford, ‘Works that Shaped the World: Malthus and the Modern World

Why does a controversial text from the classical political economy canon, and from a pre-industrial time, endure as a touchstone? Professor Alison Bashford discusses the impact and legacy of Robert Thomas Malthus and his Essay on the Principle of Population. Her lecture formed part of the ‘Works that Shaped the World Series’ run by the Humanities Research Centre, ANU. Read more

4 August 2021, 6.30pm (Online)

Open Lecture, ‘The Intimate History of Evolution: The Huxleys, 1825-1975’

Watch here:

At Life Magazine’s 1947 photoshoot, Julian Huxley self-consciously arranged himself in front of a portrait of his grandfather, Thomas Henry Huxley. In the foreground, a well-known mid-twentieth century science writer, zoologist, conservationist—that generation’s David Attenborough. In the background, a mid-nineteenth century natural scientist – Darwin’s most outspoken spokesman. Read more.

A grey spiral

27 July 2021, 3pm-4.30pm (Online)

HoPF Seminar: David Christian, ‘Should Historians Spend More Time Thinking about the Future

This paper makes the general case for more inter-disciplinary scholarship, on the grounds that disciplinary borders can blinker us. It does so by focusing on a particular scholarly border: the border between past thinking (what historians do) and future thinking. (what futurists do).

Part of the Historians on Planetary Futures Series, co-hosted by the Laureate Centre for History and Population and New Earth Histories at UNSW Sydney.

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9 May 2021, 6pm BST (Online)

2021 Dan David Prize Award Ceremony

Professor Alison Bashford, Director of the Laureate Centre for History & Population, will be officially recognised for her wide-ranging work on public health, medicine, disease control, borders, and quarantine on Sunday the 9th of May. Professor Bashford will accept her award alongside Prof. Katherine Park, Prof. Keith Wailoo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Prof. Zelig Eshhar, Dr. Carl June, and Dr. Steven Rosenberg. The broadcast of the award ceremony will begin at 6pm BST (London), 1pm EST (New York), and 10am PST (Los Angeles). For those in Asia the ceremony will begin at 10.30pm IST (New Delhi), 1am CST (Beijing and Hong Kong), and 3am AEST (Sydney).

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