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Call for Proposals 

Hearts and Minds - revaluing the past

6 – 8 October 2017

The History Trust of South Australia is inviting proposals for sessions at the State History Conference to be held 6-8 October, 2017, with the main conference venue being Immanuel College, Novar Gardens.

We invite proposals for sessions, papers, workshops, tours and quick-fire presentations relating aspects of history and historical practice, including, but not limited to, the themes noted below.

Closing date for proposals is Sunday 14 May

Conference themes

In our fast-paced, forward-facing world, why does the past matter? What value does history have for us? How does a study of the past and the application of historical skills bring value to our community? How can we do it better? What challenges do we face and how can we innovate?

Research and knowledge: the intrinsic value of knowing about the past

Sessions in this theme might focus on new research and understanding of the past or new interpretations. They might explore local histories and local experiences of wider events. 

Tourism and Leisure: the economic value of history

Sessions in this theme might explore possibilities and successes in heritage tourism or explore examples of innovation in interpretation or programs.

Health and Wellbeing: the social value of history

Sessions in this theme might explore research or projects which have demonstrated benefits to health and wellbeing in activities such as reminiscence and placemaking.

Sharing history: how do we meet the needs of our audiences?

Sessions in this theme might focus on different ways we can we share our history in ways that are valued by our audiences

**Please note that this is a draft proposal and session organisers may be asked to work with conference organisers to shape the final session.


The State History Conference usually attracts a wide range of delegates: professional, academic and community historians; people passionate about their place and its history; students and teachers.



We are keen to include presentations in a range of formats that encourage participation and discussion. Your proposal might be:

•A paper with question time (generally 20 mins with 10 mins questions)

•A workshop session (a facilitator provides an introduction, and participants work in small groups to share experiences and/or ideas)

•A panel debate (a facilitator moderating a discussion with two or more speakers about a controversial topic)

•An ‘in conversation’ session (two or more speakers discuss an idea or a theme)

•Spark session (a quick-fire presentation - 6 mins - on a hot topic)

•Films and performance

•Tour/field trip

•Other formats can also be accommodated

Proposals must include


•Outline of the format and content (up to 250 words) - what will people who come to this session experience/learn; who should come to this session and why?

•Brief biography of presenter/s (up to 200 words)

•Contact details: name, email address and phone number

•Session length: spark session - 6 mins, 30 mins, 90 mins or 2 hours (tours and workshops only).

Please submit proposals to:

Email: statehistoryconference@history.sa.gov.au


State History Conference

History Trust of South Australia

GPO Box 1836

Adelaide 5001

The closing date for proposals is Friday Sunday 30 April, 2017 

 ** Registrations for Hearts & Minds: Revaluing the Past will open in July 2017

Further details and enquiries: 

Allison Russell

Director, History Festival and Community Programs

arussell@history.sa.gov.au 08 8203 9891


Britt Burton

Public Programs Officer

bburton@history.sa.gov.au 08 8203 9808