Humanities Research Workshop with Professor Joanna Bourke

When:4 Dec 2013, 9:30am - 12pm
Venue:Room 310, Morven Brown Building, Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney
Who:Professor Joanna Bourke, Professor of History in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, The University of London

Professor Joanna Bourke leads a Humanities Research Workshop with Professor Sean Brawley, from the School of Humanities and Languages, and Dr Gemma Clark from the Global Irish Studies Centre.

Joanna Bourke (Birkbeck, University of London) is a world-renowned historian who has shaped profoundly our understanding of subjects—violence, the body, the emotions—central to human experience. She has published prolifically on British, Irish, American and Australian societies from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries, including histories of rape, fear, face-to-face killing and other vital, and previously taboo, topics.

In this one-off research workshop, Bourke will speak to her recent oeuvre, setting up interdisciplinary discussion around motivation, method and approach. How do we research in a scholarly way the most intimate aspects of being a human? What sources do we use to access the subjective, the hidden—to study fear, pain, pleasure?

The workshop is open to all staff, students and members of the research community, from UNSW and universities around Sydney. Postgraduate students are particularly encouraged to attend and should get in touch for details of a student-run reading group to be held in preparation for the workshop, on 12 November 2013.


9.30am Morning tea

10.00 - 12.00 Workshop

12.00 Lunch

Bookings essential | Contact & RSVP: Dr Gemma Clark | Email:

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