Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand Studies Network (ACNZSN) Newsletter – 16/10/20

Dear All,

Please find below the latest news, opportunities, and publications in Australian, Canadian, and Aotearoa New Zealand Studies 🙂 This fortnight’s newsletter is quite a packed one, which is great to see, considering the huge, negative impact that Covid-19 has had on academia. There are especially quite a few jobs advertised at York University in Canada, in a variety of disciplines 🙂


ACNZSN would like to give a huge thank you to Professor Richard Hill for his public support of the network from its inception, on the day of his retirement from the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington. Richard’s contributions to this fortnightly newsletter in particular have been much appreciated. Although Richard is retiring, he will continue as an Honorary Research Professor at the Stout, continuing his significant research on security intelligence and colonial policing. On a personal note, I have known Richard for five years now and knew of his work before this, which certainly informed my own research. Richard is one of those rare breed of academics in my experience who have accomplished so much, but when you meet them, there is no huge ego accompanying this. Instead you find someone who is down to earth, friendly, collegial, and willing to help you. I am deeply honoured and privileged to call him a friend and look forward to raising a glass in person at The Bristol on Cuba Street in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand to toast his wonderful career, once this awful pandemic has been brought under control 🙂 You can read about Richard’s reflections on his illustrious career here.

Great public supporter of ACNZSN, Benjamin Jones will be having an online launch of his new co-edited book with Marius Gudonis, History in a Post-Truth World: Theory and Praxis (Routledge, 2020) on 5 November 2020 at 5pm (AEST). The book will be launched by Frank Bongiorno.

Another wonderful public supporter of ACNZSN, Carwyn Jones has organised a series of excellent webinars on ‘Indigenous peoples and COVID-19’, focusing on the three countries of ACNZSN as well as the United States. You can view the webinars here.

Rachel Caines recently shared a recording of a talk she gave to the Friends of the University of Adelaide Library on her research on Indigenous enlistment in the Australia Imperial Force in August 2020. You can listen to it at the following webpage.

The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation at the Australian National University (ANU) will be organising a special online panel on ‘Addressing climate change beyond the COVID-19 pandemic’ on Monday 19 October 2020 at 3-4pm (AEST). The speakers on the panel are Honourable Kevin Rudd AC, Bruce Pascoe, and Anna Skarbek.

The 2020 Henry Parkes Oration will be given by Mark Kenny of the ANU Australian Studies Institute. He will speak about ‘Why looking back is the only way forward: COVID-19, the Federation, and the chance of genuine reconciliation’ on Monday 19 October 2020 at 5.45pm (AEST) at the Museum of Australian Democracy. In person spaces (which require registration beforehand) are limited, but the event will also be live-streamed.

Rachel Brickner will be giving a Big Thinking Lecture on ‘Why COVID-19 should push American voters to pay greater attention to the care economy’ online on Tuesday 27 October 2020 at 12-1pm (ET). The event is organised by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences in Canada.

The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and the Quebec Studies Programme at McGill University are co-hosting a special webinar on ‘The Quebec Referendum: 25 Years Later’ on 29 October 20202-3.30pm (ET).

A public forum and continuing professional development seminar for teachers will be held at Brisbane City Hall on ‘The Emotional Lives of Cities: Pandemic, Protest, and Urban Life’ on Saturday 7 November 2020. It is organised by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Queensland.

The Australian Historical Association’s Allan Martin Award is now open for applications. It is a research fellowship intended to assist early-career historians further their research in Australian history. The deadline for the receipt of applications is 1 December 2020.

The latest issue of the Journal of the European Association for Australian Studies is available online.

Submissions for the Canadian Historical Association’s 2021 prizes are now open.


Call for Papers

International Political Science Association Annual Conference on ‘New Nationalisms in an Open World’, 10-14 July 2021, Lisbon, Portugal

Deadline: 20 October 2020

Inaugural issue of Legalities: The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Law and Society. The forthcoming volume is scheduled for publication in March 2021 and is thematised from the 2019 LSAANZ and LLHAA Conferences: ‘Law in End Times’ and ‘JurisApocalyse Now!’ and the crisis that has emerged with the Covid pandemic. If you have an interest in publishing in this edition of Legalities, please submit your abstract (maximum 500 words) to by 25 October 2020 or your full article (maximum 10,000 incl. footnotes) or shorter piece (maximum 2000 words incl. footnotes) by 1 December 2020. Successful submissions will be notified by the editors shortly thereafter, with further details about submission timelines to be advised at that time.


Sessional Faculty Openings in Multiple Disciplines at the University of the Fraser Valley, Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada

Deadline: 23 October 2020

Assistant/Associate Professor in Psychology (Clinical Development Psychology/Indigenous Mental Health) at York University, Toronto, Ontario (ON), Canada

Deadline: 1 November 2020

Faculty Appointments in Multiple Disciplines at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Deadline: 13 November 2020

Assistant Professor in Theatre (Theatre, Theatre History, and Dramaturgy) at York University, Toronto, Ontario (ON), Canada

Deadline: 15 November 2020

Assistant Professor in Education (Indigenous Education and Pedagogy) at York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Deadline: 30 November 2020

Assistant Professor in Philosophy (Feminist Philosophy) at Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Deadline: December 2020

Assistant/Associate Professor in Politics (Black Politics) at York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Deadline: 1 December 2020

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in Cinema and Media Arts (Film Production) at York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Deadline: 1 December 2020

Associate or Full Professor in Chinese Canadian Studies at University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Deadline: 2 December 2020

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Critical Race and Decolonization at York University (Glendon College), Toronto, ON, Canada

Deadline: 18 December 2020

Open Rank Position (Tenure Track) in Critical Race and Decolonization at York University (Glendon College), Toronto, ON, Canada

Deadline: 18 December 2020

Ph.D. Scholarships

Inaugural Directors’ PhD Scholarship for the Study of Australian Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations, ANU

Deadline: 31 October 2020


Katherine Dewhirst and Richard Scully (Editors), The Transnational Voices of Australia’s Migrant and Minority Press (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)

Please do let me know of any future news, opportunities, and recent publications via email at, which I can then include in the fortnightly newsletter. For ACNZSN to work as well as it can, it will be great to receive contributions from its supporters 🙂 I would also encourage you to subscribe to its blog, and follow/or like its social media platforms on Facebook and Twitter.

Best Wishes,

Dr. Jatinder Mann

Creator and Manager of ACNZSN

Editor-in-chief, JACANZS

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