Bernie Taft and 1968: Tanks in Prague, Turmoil in Australian Universities
The Forum Theatre 153, Level 1
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In August 1968, the Soviet Union sent troops into Czechoslovakia to end the liberalising regime of Alexander Dubcek; the incident and its aftermath became known as the Prague Spring. The events in the Soviet bloc were part of an international wave of uprisings and movements throughout 1968 that would have a profound impact on the Australian Left. The Communist Party of Australia was one of the few in the international movement to publicly condemn the Soviet action. CPA leader Bernie Taft knew Dubcek personally and was instrumental in convincing the Party to take such a stand.
On the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring, the University of Melbourne Archives is pleased to announce the opening of the Bernie Taft collection. The collection contains over 100 boxes ranging from the 1950s-1990s, comprising correspondence, personal notes, movement documents and much more. It will be one of the most significant collections on the history of the Australian Left to become available for research in recent years.
To mark these events, the University of Melbourne Archives and the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies will be hosting a free public symposium looking at the legacy of 1968, Bernie Taft and other political collections held in the Archives.
The symposium coincides with the Melbourne launch of the Routledge Studies in Radical History and Politics edition, The Far Left in Australia Since 1945 edited by Jon Piccini, Evan Smith and Matthew Worley. The launch will be held at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, which will be showing the State of the Union exhibition.
Ms Katie Wood, Archivist - Access and Outreach Team
Ms Katie Wood
Archivist - Access and Outreach Team
University of Melbourne Archives
Katie Wood works as an Archivist at the University of Melbourne Archives, as part of the Access and Outreach Team. She is a PhD student at La Trobe University, investigating the history of women in the metal trades as part of an ARCHfunded project "Breaking Down Tradition: Women in maledominated work, 18402000".
Mr Max Ogden
A lifelong labour movement activist and union official, including at the ACTU, Max Ogden spent 25 years in the Communist Party, much of that time in the state and national leadership.
Mr Ken Mansell, Historian
Mr Ken Mansell
Victorian Historian Ken Mansell has an MA in History from the University of Melbourne.
Ms Jane Beattie, Assistant Archivist - Access and Outreach Team
Ms Jane Beattie
Assistant Archivist - Access and Outreach Team
University of Melbourne Archives
Jane Beattie works as an Assistant Archivist at the University of Melbourne Archives, as part of the Access and Outreach Team and has a background in secondary school teaching.
Professor Andrew Reeves, Senior Research Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor
Professor Andrew Reeves
Senior Research Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor
Andrew Reeves is Professorial Fellow and Senior Research Adviser at Deakin University where he works on collaborative research and cultural projects. A historian by training, he worked for many years in Australian museums and more recently as a senior adviser to Senator Kim Carr, then Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. He has published widely in the fields of labour and industrial history and material culture studies. Coauthor, with Anne Stephen, of *Badges of Labour, Banner of Pride*, a pioneering study of the place of banners and celebration in the Australian labour movement, his most recent book is a history of the mineworkers in Victoria’s black coal industry, *Up from the Underworld: Mineworkers and Community in Wonthaggi, 19091968*.
Professor Mark Edele, Hansen Chair in History
Professor Mark Edele
Hansen Chair in History
School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne
Mark Edele is a historian of the Soviet Union and its successor states, in particular Russia. He is the inaugural Hansen Chair in History as well as an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. He was trained as a historian at the Universities of Erlangen, Tübingen, Moscow and Chicago. He is the author of *Soviet Veterans of the Second World War* (Oxford University Press 2008), *Stalinist Society* (Oxford University Press, 2011), *Stalin’s Defectors* (Oxford University Press, 2017), and *The Soviet Union. A Short History* (WileyBlackwell, 2018). He has edited several collections of essays and he is currently working on three books: a historiography of Stalinism, a history of Stalinism at war, and, with Martin Crotty and Neil Diamant, a global history of veterans.
Dr Kate Murphy, Senior Lecturer, History
Dr Kate Murphy
Senior Lecturer, History
Kate Murphy is a graduate of the University of Tasmania (where she was a University medallist) and Monash University. Her PhD, which addressed the meanings attached to the city and the country in early twentiethcentury public life in Australia, won a 2007 Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal. Her first book, *Fears and Fantasies: Modernity, Gender, and the RuralUrban Divide* (Peter Lang, 2010) explored the powerful influence of rurality in shaping Australian culture and modernity more broadly. Kate is the author (with Professor Graeme Davison) of a history of Monash University entitled *University Unlimited: The Monash Story* (Allen and Unwin, 2012). The history spans the founding of Monash in the full flush of postwar prosperity, the baby boom and the growing demand for higher education; the student experience and 'troubles' of the late 1960s and early 1970s, when it became a symbolic centre for student radicalism in Australia; and the reforms and expansion from the late 1980s that have transformed Monash into Australia's largest and most international university. Kate's current research is on the Australian student movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Dr Jon Piccini, University of Queensland Fellow in History
Dr Jon Piccini
University of Queensland Fellow in History
University of Queensland
Jon Piccini is a Postdoctoral teaching/research fellow at The University of Queensland, where he is writing a history of the uses of human rights language by Australian political movements of the postwar era, provisionally titled: "Human Rights: An Australian History" He has previously taught at the University of Southern Queensland and Macquarie University, and completed his PhD thesis at the University of Queensland, entitled "A whole new world: Global revolution and Australian social movements in the long Sixties" in December 2013. He has recently written a 50 year commemorative history of International House, a multicultural residential college at University of Queensland, and his second book, 'Global Radicals: Transnational Activism and the 1960s in Australia' is contracted with Palgrave Macmillan for 2016.
Professor Emeritus Phillip Deery, Emeritus Professor of History
Professor Emeritus Phillip Deery
Emeritus Professor of History
Phillip Deery is an historian of the Cold War with a special interest in the impact of communism, anticommunism and espionage on the politics and culture of Australia and the United States. He is a review editor of *Labour History*, a guest editor of *American Communist History*, a research associate with LSE’s Ideas Cold War Studies Program, and recipient of two fellowships from NYU to undertake research into the Cold War. His recent books are *Red Apple: Communism and McCarthyism in Cold War New York* (2014) and (with Ellen Schrecker) *The Age of McCarthyism: A Brief History with Documents*, Third Edition (2016).
Laureate Professor Stuart Macintyre, Emeritus Laureate Professor (Honorary)
Laureate Professor Stuart Macintyre
Emeritus Laureate Professor (Honorary)
School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne
Stuart Macintyre is Emeritus Laureate Professor of the University and and a Professorial Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. He was president of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia from 2007 to 2009 and is a life member of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. With Alison Ashford, he edited the *Cambridge History of Australia* (2013); his most recent book is *Australia's Boldest Experiment: War and Reconstruction in the 1940s* (2015).