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Reading the City: Historians on Melbourne


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Across March we’ll be Reading the City; shining a light on the many ways we understand and talk about Melbourne itself. From the city as an abstract concept to the physical landscape in all its permutations, we’ll be hearing from visual artists and architects, policy makers and designers, novelists and historians. The City of Literature becomes the focus, and you’ll never read it the same way again.

Historians on Melbourne

Who better than historians to uncover the true identity of the city?

Chaired by SBS-TV’s Sam Pang, this will be a playful, surprising and utterly backward-looking dig into Melbourne’s past.

The panel will feature Robyn Annear, Peter McPhee, Jane Rhodes and LM Robinson.


Sam Pang

Sam Pang is a writer, presenter and broadcaster. His television credits include the hugely popular Santo, Sam and Ed’s Cup Fever and SBS’s coverage of The Eurovision Song Contest. 2012 sees Sam co-hosting Santo, Sam and Ed’s Sports Fever on Channel 7 and will also be seen in Agony Uncles on AB... Read more

Robyn Annear

Best known for her books Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne and A City Lost and Found: Whelan the Wrecker’s Melbourne, Robyn Annear is also the author of an unpublishable novel set in the city in 1893.

Peter McPhee

Peter McPhee is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, specialising in the social history of France since 1780. McPhee has published widely on the history of modern France, most recently A Social History of France 1789-1914 (London & New York, 2004) and Living the French Revolutio... Read more

Jane Rhodes

Jane Rhodes works as the Assistant Exhibitions Coordinator for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. She was previously the Exhibitions Coordinator at the State Library of Victoria. In 2007 she was awarded a State Library Staff Creative Fellowship and undertook research to curate the Library... Read more

LM Robinson

LM Robinson has worked as a tutor, university lecturer, freelance writer and teacher. In January 2009 she submitted the final copies of her PhD thesis. Three weeks later, and while completing the final draft of This Moral Pandemonium, she went into labour with her first child, Ruby Rose. She moved t... Read more


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