Our Singapore sojourn is over. We have packed up our stuff in Singapore and are now back in Sydney. Saturday was New Year, or Naw-Ruz, for many people in the world including the Baha'is. It was a propitious day to take the keys to our new place in the Parramatta region of Sydney. It is good to be back and close to the archives I need to consult for my writing. I am looking … [Read more...] about We’re Baaaack… in Sydney!
Everything about World War I was massive. It was industrial-scale warfare fought along frontlines that stretched for hundreds of kilometres, manned and supplied by millions of people. This too was a war which produced an unprecedented stream of words. It was not just the politicians and officers who sat down to pen their thoughts. Ordinary soldiers near the front and their … [Read more...] about Reflecting on My work, Big Data and the History Manifesto
The rebels had fled, but before they left they had destroyed a precious archive. The world gasped in dismay as the mayor of Timbuktu announced that a library recently built to hold Timbuktu’s historic manuscripts had burnt to the ground. At the time the Mayor did not know that while some historic manuscripts were now a pile of ashes, most had been saved. Yet these manuscripts … [Read more...] about The Destruction of Memory
This Sunday in Sydney a human rights champion will be talking about her lifetime of work and how she was influenced in this work by her father, a veteran from World War I. If you are in Sydney tomorrow morning I encourage you to attend. Judy Hassall is the daughter of Archie Barwick whose wartime service has recently featured on the ABC television series, The War That Changed … [Read more...] about WWI Soldier’s Daughter to Speak About Peace
Today I am presenting a paper at the Religious History Association Conference which is running as an affiliated conference to the Australian Historical Association conference in Brisbane. This post provides an abstract of the paper and supporting information about my paper. To general readers of this blog I hope that this gives you a feel for the work behind an academic paper. … [Read more...] about Beyond the Church Parade: Religious beliefs in the front line during WWI