Reviewing Books, Films, and More: Skills for New Historians Seminar

24 August 2021, 3.00-4.00pm AEST, via Zoom

One of our intentions with these seminars has been to explore and shed some light on the different tasks that working historians complete, especially when those tasks aren’t widely discussed. This next seminar really hits that nail on the head. Reading, engaging with, and reviewing other scholars’ work is a crucial part of the historian’s job, yet it’s not something we often discuss in detail. How do you write a thoughtful, thorough, and useful review of a monograph, in (usually) no more than 800 words? How do the reviews you write differ according to the publication you are targeting? How do you engage with other forms of history-making (ie, films, museum exhibitions, or something else entirely) to interrogate its meaning while honouring its form? Our expert panel will speak to these questions and more: Dr Zora Simic (UNSW): on writing book reviews for academic and non-academic publications; Dr Charlotte Greenhalgh (University of Waikato): History Australia book reviews editor; and Dr James Findlay (University of Sydney): History Australia “history off the page” reviews editor.

Registrations due 23 August 2021

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