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Emerging Historians Showcase

October 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

$10 – $20

Each year, the Professional Historians Association (VIC & TAS) and the RHSV partner to present this eagerly awaited event which showcases some of the fresh and exciting work being undertaken by emerging historians.

In 2022 the emerging historians we’ll be showcasing include

  • Sarah Craze: The Battle to Play Sport on Sunday in Camberwell
  • Portia Dilena: The Albury Study Centre of the RCAE and feminism in 1970s Albury-Wodonga
  • Nicola Dobinson: British-Iranian Diplomacy in the 1970s: Insights from a History of Emotions Approach

As always this event will be co-hosted by Kimberley Meagher, President of PHA and Andrew Lemon, former President of RHSV.

Sarah Craze has a PhD in History from the University of Melbourne. She researches local history around Ashburton and run the Life Stories Writers Group at the Ashburton Community Centre. Sarah is the author of  Atlantic Piracy in the early 19th century: The shocking story of the Morning Star and also runs the blog History of Somali Piracy.  She can be found on Instagram at TellYourStoryMelbourne and PiracyInPictures.

Sarah Craze

Portia Dilena is a Graduate Researcher in History at La Trobe University. She commenced a scholarship funded Ph.D. candidature at La Trobe University in 2017. Her work is on the Australian student movement from 1950 to 1975, with particular focus on the role of emotions. Her primary sources are the 20 plus interviews she has conducted across Australia with the activists themselves. In 2019, Portia was the Primary Research Officer for the project Securing the Historical Landscape at Charles Sturt University in Albury-Wodonga. She created an archive of materials related to the history of higher education in the border town, including over a dozen oral history interviews, a small touring exhibition on this history, and a soon to be published short history on Charles Sturt University in Albury-Wodonga.

 Portia Dilena

Nicola Dobinson 

British-Iranian Diplomacy in the 1970s: Insights from a History of Emotions Approach.

Nicola Dobinson has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History and a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne. Her honours thesis focused on British-Iranian diplomacy in the lead-up to the 1979 Iranian Revolution, and looked at how certain diplomatic actors developed emotional connections with the countries they were posted to and the countries they were representing. Nicola works as a freelance historian in Melbourne, and is currently contributing to a project about the history of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria and the Royal Melbourne Show.

Nicola Dobinson
Like most RHSV events we will be serving refreshments from 5:30pm until 6pm when the event will start – please note the Zoom event will open at 6pm not 5:30pm. Once you book a ticket you will be sent an automatically-generated email confirmation. If you don’t get this email please check your Spam or Junk Mail folder as auto-generated emails do sometimes fall foul of spam filters.
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Members @ RHSV venue
Members of the RHSV or PHA who intend to be at the event in person.
$ 10.00
Non-members @ RHSV venue
For those who are not currently a financial member of either RHSV or PHA and who will be attending in person at the RHSV, 239 A'Beckett St, Melbourne 3000
$ 20.00
Members via Zoom
For current financial members of either the RHSV or PHA who wish to attend this event via ZOOM
$ 10.00
Non-members via Zoom
For those who are not current financial members of either the RHSV or PHA and who wish to attend this event via ZOOM
$ 20.00


October 18
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
$10 – $20
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RHSV Gallery Downstairs
239 A'Beckett St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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