University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba

22-23 November, 2017

This Conference is timed to mark developments in Australia’s migrant and minority printed press since 1967. It has been fifty years since Miriam Gilson and Jerzy Zubrzycki’s ground-breaking study on the foreign-language press in Australia. Australia’s cultural landscape has transformed significantly as a result of increasing understanding of, and services in support of, the diverse multilingual and multicultural communities across Australian society. Analysis of the printed press of such communities has also advanced through multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research from several substantial historiographical influences, including discourses of postcolonialism and methodological developments in cultural history and world history approaches.

The Conference brings together the latest research on Australia’s migrant and minority press from the colonial era to the present day, with an emphasis on themes of belonging, community and conflict. The convenors welcome papers exploring any aspects concerning Indigenous, migrant and/or minority community newspapers (print or digitised) in Australia, as well as their intercultural, transnational and diasporic contexts. Papers speaking to multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches are also of interest.

Prof. Simon Potter

Professor of Modern History

University of Bristol

Simon J. Potter is Reader in Modern History in the Department of History at the University of Bristol, UK. His interests in British imperial history and media history have resulted in three books and three edited publications, with another monograph forthcoming. His research specialises in the global reach of newspapers and the periodical press, radio broadcasting, and television, including in Australia’s history. He is a recipient of a Leverhulme Trust International Network grant (2016-2019) and a former Harold White Fellow at the National Library of Australia.

Twitter: @simonjpotter



Assoc. Prof. Richard Scully

Associate Professor of Modern European History

University of New England

Richard Scully is Associate Professor of Modern European History at the University of New England, Armidale. In 2012, he was awarded a DECRA by the Australian Research Council to explore the global history of political cartoons (2013-2015). In 2014, he was Visiting Scholar at the Flinders University of South Australia, and also accepted as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge. His main areas of research interest are the cultural history of Anglo-German relations, the Great War, and the political cartoon. He has published two books, one reissued, with another forthcoming.

Anticipated streams

  • Colonial and early Federation newspapers
  • Interwar migrant newspapers
  • Displaced Persons and post-war migrant newspapers
  • More recent refugees and asylum seekers’ newspapers
  • Newspapers of other minority groups (Indigenous, religious, commercial associations, gender, trade union, etc.)
  • National Library of Australia’s current and future digitisation of newspapers (Trove)

Conference Program

To be announced.

Conference Contacts

Dr Catherine Dewhirst:

Dr Jayne Persian:

Dr Mark Emmerson:

Call for Abstracts

Submission Information

  • Abstract (250 words)
  • Short Biography (100 words)

Final Due Date

  • Monday, 24th July 2017


We invite abstracts for individual papers and panel sessions.

Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present, followed by 10 minutes’ discussion time.

The convenors intend to publish a selection of the best papers from the Conference as a special edition of a high quality, peer-reviewed journal.

Conference Information

Date: 22 – 23 November 2017

Location: USQ Toowoomba Campus

Registration: open in mid-August 2017.

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With Thanks

Images generously provided by the National Archives of Australia (NAA).
The Ian Potter Foundation is one of Australia’s major philanthropic foundations. The Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors including the Arts, environment, science, medical research, education and community wellbeing. The Ian Potter Foundation aims to support and promote a healthy, vibrant and fair community for the benefit of all Australians.