Radical Newcastle Colloquium – 2 December 2011

Posted: 04/11/2011 in colloquiums, environmental activism, heritage activism, labour history, laman street figs, star hotel riots
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Radical Newcastle Colloquium Flyer

On Friday 2 December The University Gallery will host the Radical Newcastle colloquium.

This all day event, featuring historians, activists, public intellectuals and the wider community will examine and discuss a broad array of topics from sex and abortion to radical clergy, environmental activism and politics. And yes, the famous Laman Street Figs are also on the agenda.

Speakers include noted Australian historian Professor Ann Curthoys (University of Sydney), the first Green elected to public office in NSW, and Laman Street figs activist, John Sutton, and sociologist and linguist, Dr Jim Wafer.

‘Radical Newcastle’ is an important new project built around partnerships between the University of Newcastle and the local community. This project aims to recover the radical underbelly and often submerged dimensions of Newcastle history and to connect that past with contemporary activist movements in the Hunter region.

A number of books have been published over the past decade on the radical histories of some of Australia’s big cities: Radical Melbourne, Radical Brisbane and, last year, Radical Sydney.

Senior Lecturer at the School of Humanities and Social Science, and one of the project’s coordinators, Dr James Bennett said that “Radical Newcastle” would be the first such project on a regional Australian city, and one that would reflect a very different radical heritage from Australia’s major metropolitan centres.

“We believe that a collaborative anthology on the radical past and present of Newcastle has the potential to recover some important aspects of the city’s history, in the process developing valuable partnerships with the local community” he said.

The “Radical Newcastle” project is looking to illuminate those obscure and untold stories that have shaped the city’s character, its cultural life and institutions.

This is a free event and lunch is provided. However a donation according to your means would be greatly appreciated to assist with catering for the day.

Please RSVP to the University Gallery on (02) 4921 5255 by Monday 28 November.

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