|NEWSLETTER NO. 37 SPRING 2008|
|THE EDWARD A. CLARK CENTER FOR AUSTRALIAN
& NEW ZEALAND STUDIES
|THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN|
ANZSANA & AAALS MEET IN AUSTIN
The Australian and New Zealand Studies Assn. of North America, ANZSANA, and the American Assn. for Australian Literary Studies, AAALS, gathered in Austin at the end of February for their annual joint meeting. Sixty scholars, who presented some 50 papers, attended, along with four diplomats who represent Australia and New Zealand in Washington and Ottawa. The annual conference dinner was at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center and organized by Frances Cushing, the Clark Center's administrative assistant. Stuart Macintyre, the Ernst Scott Professor of History at Melbourne University and this year's holder of the Australian Studies Chair at Harvard, gave an entertaining and provocative keynote address about exposing Harvard -- and by extension other North American university students -- to Australian history. Another prominent Australian historian, Prof. Cassandra Pybus, a Fellow of the Australian Research Council from Sydney University, delivered a well-received luncheon address about her research on former American slaves' roles in the British settlement of Australia and resulting ambiguities in Aboriginal identity. On the preceding day, Andrew Needs, New Zealand's Deputy High Commissioner to Canada, gave a luncheon address assessing "ANZSANA and AAALS: A Metaphor for the Relationships Within?" During 2008-09 Rhonda Evans Case will continue as ANZSANA's president, and Ted Sheckels will be the new president of AAALS.
CALGARY CHOSEN AS CONFERENCE VENUE FOR 2009
ANZSANA and AAALS will hold their next joint conference in Calgary, Alberta, 26-28 February 2009. The conference will take place at the Olympic Volunteer Centre, which is located adjacent to the Univ. of Calgary. Andrew Banfield and his colleagues at Calgary will serve as the local organizers and they have negotiated reduced accommodation rates at Calgary's Best Western Village Park Inn and the Hampton Inn's Suites. ANZSANA will shortly issue its call for papers and post conference details on its website, www.anzsana.org. Both associations hope that their members and other interested scholars and students will make strong efforts to attend the Calgary conference. There is understandable concern that costs and difficulties in traveling to Calgary will inhibit attendance. So it is hoped that the enthusiasm with which Andrew Banfield and his colleagues are organizing the conference, together with the many delights of this dynamic Canadian city, will attract a large attendance.
Message from the Director
Announcing Roy's death on Tuesday, May 6, 2008, the president of UT-Austin, William Powers, ably summed up Roy's outstanding life and achievements: "Roy Mersky was a giant figure at our Law School and in legal education for almost half a century. He built one of the finest law libraries in the world, and helped other law schools and institutions around the world build their own. He was a scholar and teacher. He was a tenacious defender of civil rights and religious freedom. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge when he was 17. He left an enormous mark on this world, and made it a far better place. But even more than that, he was a decent man and a dear friend. I will sorely miss him. We all will."
Throughout the Clark Center's 20-year existence it was seldom that more than few weeks would pass without Roy sending the Center some tip about visitors to UT-Austin or about interesting developments in Australia's legal fraternity. He graciously took Ph.D. students like Jason Pierce and Rhonda Evans Case, who wrote dissertations about Australian legal matters, under his wing, advising them and making their research known to senior jurists in the U.S. and Australia. He was, quite simply, an irreplaceable link between the Center and the Law School and we will not see his like again.
STUDYING AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE AND FILM AT UT-AUSTIN
AUSTRALIAN AND U.S. IMMIGRATION PROJECT ADVANCES
team, led by Gary Freeman in UT-Austin's Dept. of Government and John Higley in the Clark Center, consists of Frank Bean (UC-Irvine), David Leal (UT-Austin), Stephen Trejo (UT-Austin), and Cara Wong (Univ. of Illinois). The Australian team, led by John Nieuwenhuysen at Monash and Jim Jupp at ANU, consists of Bob Birrell (Monash), Graeme Hugo (Univ. of Adelaide), Andrew Jakubowicz (Univ. of Technology Sydney), and Santina Bertone (Victoria Univ. in Melbourne). The teams will meet for a two-day workshop this coming 19-21 October at the Monash University Centre in Prato, Italy.
ACTIVITIES OF CLARK CENTER AFFILIATES
Pam Ryan, Research Associate of the Center, delivered the Graduation Address at the Univ. of South Australia in April, and her own research center in Austin, Issues Deliberation America, graciously hosted the inaugural meeting of the Austin New Zealand Australia Circle (ANZAC) in late January.
Rhonda Evans Case, Ph.D. graduate of UT-Austin and current ANZSANA president, who teaches at East Carolina Univ., is conducting research on advocacy services for refugees in Australia during May.
Tim Forest, a Ph.D. candidate in History at UT-Austin, successfully defended his dissertation examining the transport of Scots Hebrideans to Western Australia and British Columbia during the 1920s -- the WA research for which was supported by the Clark
Center -- in April. Dr. Higley served on Forest's dissertation committee.
Jane Hayman, an Austin lawyer and UT-Austin alumnus, has become an associate of the Center, ex officio, and has
played the key role in founding ANZAC.
Jason Pierce, a Ph.D. graduate of UT-Austin and former ANZSANA president, now a tenured Associate Professor at Univ. of Dayton, delivered lectures deriving from his controversial and now published dissertation about the Mason High Court at the Univ. of New South Wales and Monash University in early February.
Cassandra Pybus, visiting scholar at the Clark Center and UT-Austin's Dept. of History, has been a highly visible figure throughout the spring semester, giving a variety of papers at UT-Austin and other US universities and conferences. At May's start,
she sparked the second meeting of ANZAC with a talk about causal ties between the American Revolution and Australia's European settlement.
Recent Clark Center Visitors
Chris Dixon, Cultural History Unit, University of Queensland
John Hayton, Australian Embassy in Washington
Minyue Hou, Center for Australian Studies, East China Normal University
David Pritchard, Cultural History Unit, University of Queensland
Sarah Wolf, Education Section, Australian Embassy in Washington
Mike Woods, New Zealand Embassy in Washington
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