True Stories: Writing History

Conference Program


9 am Registration

9.50 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
The Hon James J Spigelman, AC
Chair, National Library of Australia Council

10 am Kenneth Binns Lecture—Fictitious Stories: History as Background
Christopher Koch AO
Chair: Warwick Cathro

11 am Morning Tea in the Foyer

11.30am Session 2—Writing the Past
How do we share the history of first contact and European settlement?
Grace Karskens, Robert Kenny, James Boyce
Chair: Martin Thomas

12.30 pm Lunchbreak

2 pm Session 3Eyewitnesses: The Personal View
How do eyewitness accounts shape and influence the retelling of events, the making of history?
Anna Krien, Kate Darian-Smith, Michael McKernan
Chair: Matthew Ricketson

3 pm Afternoon Tea in the Foyer

3.30 pm Session 4Breaking News: History’s First Draft
Can journalism tell us the ‘whole story’?
Malcolm Knox, Christine Wallace, Fenella Souter
Chair: Ben Naparstek


9.30 am Registration

10 am Session 5 —Popular Fiction:
The opposite of Unpopular Fiction
Bryce Courtney
Chair: Kathryn Favelle

11 am Morning Tea in the Foyer

11.30 am Session 6—Behind Closed Doors: Corporate Stories
From James Hardie to ASIO, are corporate histories significant and compelling?
Gideon Haigh, Joanne Scott, David Horner
Chair: Richard Eccles

12.30 pm Lunchbreak

1.30 pm Session 7—Missing Pieces: Writing the Unwritten
How do we fill the gaps and speak the silences in the historical record?
Alistair Thomson, Kristina Olsson, Edwin Barnard
Chair: Margy Burn

2.30 pm Afternoon Tea in the Foyer

3 pm Session 8—Turning History on its Head: Re-imagining the Past
What would have happened if? Imagining other pasts and new futures.
Andrew Croome, Shirley Shackleton, Peter Stanley
Chair: Zoe Rodriguez

4 pm Closing Remarks
Anne-Marie Schwirtlich
Director-General, National Library of Australia

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