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Heroines of Vichy France: Rescuing Jewish Children during the Holocaust 
Lecture by Paul R. Bartrop, Professor of History, Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies, Florida Gulf Coast University

In the Haute-Savoie region of southeastern France during World War II, young Jewish resisters—mostly women in their early 20s who either knew or knew of each other—risked their lives to save Jewish children from the Holocaust. In 1943 they were given the mission of smuggling Jewish children to Switzerland, and collectively they would save hundreds of children. In this lecture, Professor Paul Bartrop will discuss the actions of these rescuers. From their base in the foothills of the French Alps, working beneath the noses of German officers and Vichy French police and helped by righteous Catholics and Protestants, they dodged German patrols and got the children past barbed wire barriers erected to keep them out. Focusing on just these few young women, Professor Bartrop shows how the Holocaust’s impact could be mitigated through smuggling children across the border, with rescue serving as a form of resistance in which the saving of lives was as much a priority as the defeat of the Nazis.

Tuesday 28 May 2019
5:30 pm for a 6 pm start (approx. 1 hour)
Lecture Theatre 102, Napier Building, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide.

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A cellar full of artefacts’: deepening understandings of settler descendants’ consciousness of the colonial past

Drawing on interviews and site visits conducted with people who have generational ties to the mid-north of South Australia, this paper demonstrates how and why information about the historical presence of Aboriginal people lies dormant—unrecognised and unexplored —in many settler descendants’ historical consciousness. It recognises how people compose their memories and narratives in accordance with the values and norms of the society in which they live and evaluates the different ways and degrees by which the past is known and made sense of. By providing a deeper understanding of the concrete workings of memory, this paper sheds light on factors that hinder the process of (re)conciliation.

Speaker: Skye Krichauff is a historian and anthropologist who is interested in colonial cross-cultural relations, the relationship between history and memory, and how societies live with historical injustices (in particular how Australians live with the enduring legacies of colonialism). Her first book, A journey through Narungga History, examines cross-cultural relations on nineteenth-century Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. Her second book, Memory, Place and Aboriginal‒Settler History, investigates the absence of Aboriginal people in the historical consciousness of settler descendants. Skye is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide.

Thursday 23 May 2019 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm ACST
G03, Napier Building, The University of Adelaide
North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5005

Using Photography for Family History: History Harvest

Photographs have been popular within families since the outset of the technology. They can provide useful insights into past families, both for genealogists and for those wishing to understand more about family life in the past. This History Harvest event invites you to bring along your family photographs to share and discuss with family history expert Assoc-Prof Katie Barclay and fashion expert Dr Madeleine Seys. The session will involve short introductions to family photographs, how to date them, and the role they play in family history, followed by an opportunity to share and explore your own family photographs.

Thursday 9th May 1030-1230, Jervois Room State Library of South Australia

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Immersive Emotions: Using Virtual Reality to Teach History

The Vault is a gaming experience designed to teach students the history of emotions. It offers a journey into history, an immersion into the experiences and emotions of those whose lives were very different from our own. There, we discover uncanny characters who are like us and yet unlike. In this session, Dr Carly Osborn from the University of Adelaide will share the lessons she learned in developing The Vault, and present her five key principles for designing interactive learning experiences with new technology. All welcome, but particularly suitable for teachers and those interested in communicating knowledge to the public.

Monday 6 May 4 pm (approx. one hour), Napier G03

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Britain after Brexit: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Provocations
Seminar Series 2019

Brexit – whether it happens or not – has opened up a set of questions about Britain’s place in the world. This seminar series invites scholars of Britain from any discipline to consider the theme of ‘Britain after Brexit’. For the future-minded, this may involve reflections on the cultural, economic, legal and political implications of Brexit. But equally, contributions may reflect on how British history, culture, law and so forth have been utilised in the imagining of what Britain is or could be (both today or historically), or indeed how perspectives from British studies scholarship can help us understand current events. ‘Outsider’ perspectives on Britain after Brexit, e.g. as seen from the perspective of Australia or India, are equally welcomed.
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A total of eight seminars are planned across 2019. Proposals should be sent to Katie Barclay and/or Wilfrid Prest.

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