The Fifth Estate
Samantha Power on Influence and Idealism
Please note: this Fifth Estate conversation is taking place at lunchtime, instead of in the evening, due to guest speaker availability.
How does a person navigate the change from activist outsider to influential insider? How do you balance idealism and pragmatism under pressure?
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Samantha Power has had to navigate these questions first-hand. From a troubled childhood in…
Invasion of the Pod People
Queering the Archives
What do we know about queer lives and stories from the past? In November, we’ll delve into LGBTIQA+ histories with a special live recording of the Archive Fever podcast.
Archive Fever is an Australian history podcast of conversation with writers, artists, curators and historians about the possibilities and limitations of archival records. At this event, hosts Clare Wright and Yves…
The Fifth Estate
Past Imperfect: Writing Australian History
For this Fifth Estate discussion, Sally Warhaft brings together two prominent historians for a conversation about their careers, and how they have each navigated the changing tropes and traditions of Australian history writing. What role do contemporary historians play in shaping the way all Australians remember – and reckon with – the past?
Geoffrey Blainey is the author of more than…
A World of Difference: Decolonising Feminism
Single session tickets are now available.
Nearly 20 years ago, Aileen Moreton-Robinson’s pioneering work Talkin’ Up to the White Woman took a sledgehammer to the idea of a unified sisterhood serving the common good of all women. It was Australia’s first ever analysis of feminism from an Indigenous woman’s standpoint. So, how far have we come?
It’s a problem faced by…
William Dalrymple: Corporate Violence and the East India Company
Historian William Dalrymple believes the stunning greed and violence of the militarised East India Company is ‘history’s most terrifying warning’ about unregulated corporate power, and the insidious means by which shareholders exert dangerous influence on the state.
Dalrymple – co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, and bestselling author of books including The Last Mughal, City of Djinns and Nine…
The Wheeler Centre
Jenny Erpenbeck: European Facts and Fictions
Melinda Harvey and Jenny Erpenbeck at the Athenaeum Theatre — Photo: Sophie Quick
‘I do believe that East German authors have an experiential advantage from having lived through a period of such radical change,' Jenny Erpenbeck has said. 'I grew up constantly being reminded that I lived on the poorer side of Germany ... You can’t forget what it felt like to be on the other side of history.'
Born, bred and still based in Berlin, Jenny Erpenbeck is among Germany's most exciting and innovative voices. She's a writer of short and startling novels – often concerned with the profound upheavals of Europe's dark 20th Century – and she’s well known for her daring experiments with form.
In her acclaimed sixth novel, The End of Days, the main character dies four times, living out several different destinies, each uniquely shaped by historical events in Germany, Austria and Russia. With her latest novel, Go, Went, Gone, Erpenbeck turns her attention to one of the great moral challenges facing the European continent this century – mass human displacement and the refugee crisis.
As part of our Mayhem series, Erpenbeck joins Melinda Harvey to discuss her life and work – and the dimensions of history.
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