Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne
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If we are unable to eliminate COVID-19 in Victoria and in the absence of a vaccine, we will need to prepare to face subsequent waves of infection. This will throw our cities into an unprecedented period of flux - to what extent is the pandemic influencing our cities and how will they operate during this time of uncertainty?
How will such fundamental components of our urban fabric like settlement patterns and our use of different modes of transportation change? And what challenges does public policy development face in such a complex environment?
The 2020 Greg Dening Lecture
Re-reading Greg Dening’s writings provides a sharp reminder of the global significance of Pacific history in the second half of the 20th century and his centrality in it. In this talk, Professor Bronwen Douglas discusses three episodes of encounter between European voyagers and Indigenous Oceanians which show the enduring significance to her historical practice of what Greg Dening called ethnohistory or ethnographic history. An ethnohistorical method illuminates the co-formulation of ‘anthropological’ knowledge in the fertile tension between European discourses on human difference or race, travellers’ experience in Oceania, and local agency.
About the Greg Dening Memorial Lecture
Emeritus Professor Greg Dening (1931-2008) occupies an important place in the history of the History program at the University of Melbourne. As Tom Griffiths put it, ‘Greg was not only a wonderful historian but also a gifted teacher, and he believed that immersion scholarship could be transformative – of oneself, and also of the world… In his hands, history was no mere subject at university; it became a form of consciousness, a definition of humanity, a way of seeing – and changing – the world.’ (History Workshop Journal 67:1 (Spring 2009)). We remember Greg Dening through this annual memorial lecture, the text of which is published in Melbourne Historical Journal, and through an annual Greg Dening Memorial Prize, generously supported by the SHAPS Fellows and Associates Group.