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Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers for the 2017 State History Conference:

Dr Stuart Candy

Stuart Candy is an experiential futurist, educator, artist and designer whose practice aims to increase collective foresight capacity using diverse media, games and live interventions. His work has appeared in museums, festivals, conferences, and city streets, on the Discovery Channel, and in the pages of The Economist and Wired. He has spent over a decade leading the development of new thinking and methods in foresight, and bringing them to organisations, learners, and audiences around the world. Recent partners include the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, UNESCO, Oxford University, IDEO, Interface, the Sydney Opera House, and the National Film Board of Canada. Dr Candy is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a Fellow of The Long Now Foundation in San Francisco, and the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro. 


Lainie Anderson

Lainie Anderson is a columnist with Adelaide’s Sunday Mail and has more than 25 years’ experience in journalism, public relations and website editing. She’s a former state political reporter for Melbourne’s Herald Sun and also spent a couple of years at The Times in London. She’s a mum to twin boys, a freelance writer and also runs her own business. In early 2017 she travelled overseas on a Churchill Fellowship, visiting nine countries in seven weeks to research the 1919 Air Race from England to Australia.


Ali Gumillya Baker

Ali Baker is the Associate Dean for Yunggorendi Student Engagement at Flinders University. She is also a current Flinders University PhD candidate in Australian Studies.


Dr David Faber

Dr David Faber is Vice-President of the Adelaide Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Flinders University. Last year the website Honest History published a paper by David on related themes entitled `An Activist Sense of History – Indications for Users’. He has collaborated with the RSLSA Virtual War Memorial on the history of the Commonwealth’s first Anzac Cenotaph, Adelaide’s Dardanelles’ Cenotaph. David is currently working on the critical biography of Francesco Fantin, the Italian Anarchist assassinated on 16 November 1942 at the Loveday Internment Group Compound 14A, to which he has dedicated many years of research, reported in last year’s Journal of the Historical Society of SA. 


Greg Mackie OAM

Greg Mackie OAM is the Chief Executive Officer of the History Trust of South Australia. Cutting his teeth as a cabaret musician and department store executive, Greg co-founded and was managing director of Adelaide’s iconic Imprints Booksellers (1984—2007). With a wealth of governance experience, including a term as an Elected a Member of the Adelaide City Council (2000—03) and on the boards of many community benefit, arts and cultural organisations, Greg went on to head up Arts SA, becoming Deputy Chief Executive in the SA Premier’s Department, where his stewardship included the Adelaide Thinkers in Residence Program, Capital City Directorate, and The Integrated Design Commission SA. He was founder and is now Chairman of The Adelaide Festival of Ideas. In 2012 Greg moved to SA Health to head up Office for the Ageing, and interim Director at the Botanic Gardens. Greg joined the History Trust of South Australia in April 2016.


Catherine Forge

Catherine Forge is a curator and photographer in the Humanities Department at Museums Victoria working specifically on the Invisible Farmer Project. The Invisible Farmer Project is the largest ever study of Australian women on the land and involves a nation-wide partnership between rural communities, academics, government and cultural organisations. Catherine’s curatorial role on the project is to interview and photograph farm women, document rural and farming stories, maintain the project’s website and social media presence and work on community engagement and exhibition development. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts (hons) and Master of Public History. She began working at Museums Victoria in 2007 and has since been involved on a number of projects including the Victorian Women on Farms Gathering Collection, the Victorian Bushfires Collection and more recently the Invisible Farmer Project. To follow the Invisible Farmer Project on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, please search for @invisfarmer. To follow Catherine’s photographic work, you can find her on Instagram, @catherineforgephoto.


Amanda James

Amanda James is a Senior Community History Officer with the History Trust of South Australia. Amanda works with South Australia’s community history network to develop and manage projects and programs that enable the community history and museums sector to tell the stories of their communities; manage historical collections and make their history and collections accessible.