History Planning Forum

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The purpose of the History Planning Forum will be to:

  • Set the priorities for development of the discipline in the next three to five year period, and in particular identify those areas on which the discipline should focus to ensure its continuing research excellence and leadership, nationally and internationally;
  • Consider the areas of current and potential excellence in the teaching, higher degree research supervision and research of the discipline;
  • To determine how to position the discipline to be distinctive nationally;
  • Recommend ways by which our education programs can be further developed within the discipline, including by collaborative teaching across the College, to take advantage of our research expertise;
  • Develop proposals for postgraduate course work programs that will position the College as a leader in postgraduate education nationally;
  • Recommend strategies for further enhancing research collaboration;
  • Identify the staffing and other resources needed to achieve these goals.

Recommendations that emerge from the forums will be considered by the College Executive, with the College Dean responsible for their incorporation into our Strategic Plan.

The History Planning Forum will commence with an open discussion on Friday, 19 September. Staff are welcome to take the opportunity to put their views to the CASS Forum and external advisor either in writing or on the day of the open discussion. The venue for the event will be the McDonald Room, Menzies Library.

Written submissions should be received no later than WEDNESDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER. The submissions should be no more than 2 pages and focus on the following matters relative to the context outlined above –

  • Research excellence and critical mass
  • College collaborations
  • Planning for growth

Submissions should be sent electronically to PlanningForum.CASS@anu.edu.au


Time Topic Presenter/Chair
9:15 am Coffee on arrival  
9:30am - 10:00am Welcome by the Dean - The ANU context Professor Toni Makkai
10.05 – 10.30 am Education issues
Research imperatives
Professor Joan Beaumont, Director, Arts
Professor David Marsh, Director, RSSS
10.30 – 11.00am Research Excellence and critical mass: what is it and how do we get there?  Professor Daniel Stoljar
11.00 – 11.30 am Coffee/tea break  
11.30– 12.30 pm College collaborations: what are they and how can we effectively develop and leverage them?  
12.30 – 1.15 pm Lunch  
1.15 – 2.00 pm Planning for growth: what do we need to do?  
2.00 – 2.45 pm General discussion  
2.45 – 3.00pm Moderator's observations Professor Joy Damousi, Head of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne


RSSS Director, Prof David Marsh

Prof Alison Booth, Economics RSSS

Dr Ned Curthoys, Dr John Docker, Dr Debjani Ganguly, Ida Nursoo, RSH

Head of School, Social Sciences, Arts, Prof Jill Matthews

Dr Paul Burton, Medieval History, Arts

ANCLAS Dr John Minns

History, Arts, Dr John Knott

Prof Ann Curthoys, School of Social Sciences, Arts

Prof Joan Beaumont, Arts | Attachment: History offerings at Go8 universities

RSH Dr Paul Pickering

NCIS Prof Mick Dodson

Classics, School of Language Studies, Arts

Head of Program, History, RSSS, Prof Ann McGrath

International Relations, Arts, Dr Mike McKinley

Cross-campus collaborative initiative: Dr Tomoko Akami, Dr Tim Rowse, Dr Carolyn Strange

Background Papers

Student Data Charts 2003 - 2008

Grant Income 2001 - 2007

Publication Profile 2001 - 2007

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