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The new faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture (ADA) at UNSW unites world class academics from disciplines across the creative arts, humanities, design and architecture who, through creativity, collaboration and inclusion solve problems to improve life. Our community of historians in the School of Humanities & Languages are renowned for their strengths in world history, histories of war, gender and empire, and histories of Europe, Asia and our region. 

The School and ADA proudly support the 2021 AHA Conference, which aligns with our mission to listen, challenge, create and share diverse knowledge about people, place and cultures to enable lives with purpose. To learn more about Humanities & Languages and ADA please visit our website.


The AHA was founded in 1973 and is the peak national organisation of historians – academic, professional and other – working in all fields of history. We have over 750 members.  The benefits of membership include subscription to History Australia, networking opportunities, access to scholarships, awards and prizes, and information on employment opportunities, scholarships, fellowships, and events.

Organising Committee

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Lisa Ford is Professor of History at the University of New South Wales. Her work explores the interface of sovereignty, constitutional law, and jurisdiction with everyday legal practice in the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British Empire and United States.

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Johanna Perheentupa is a historian lecturing in Indigenous Studies at the University of New South Wales. Her research centres on First Nation rights and self-determination, and the engagement of settler-colonial government with Indigenous peoples in Australia.

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Dr Zora Simic is a Senior Lecturer in History and Gender Studies, and Convenor of History and Area Studies, in the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW. Her broad area of research interest is 20th century Australian cultural and social history and she has published widely on histories of feminism and migration.

Naomi Parkinson

Naomi Parkinson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales. Her work examines slavery and its aftermath in the British Empire, with a focus on its legacies in shaping legal and governmental reform. 

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Dr Ruth Balint is an Associate Professor in History at the University of New South Wales. She writes and teaches about histories of migration, refugees and the family. 

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Associate Professor Alison Holland specialises in twentieth century Australian and Indigenous History in the Department of History and Archaeology at Macquarie University.