Event: John Curtin: Socialism, South by Southwest

Who was John Curtin? The iconic image of John Curtin is as War Prime Minister and Labor leader, Curtin mopping his brow, saviour of Australia. There are other images. Earlier in his life, Curtin was a revolutionary socialist, antimilitarist and internationalist. This is the image of Curtin on the soapbox, at the Yarra Bank and…

16th Thesis Eleven Centre Annual lecture

From the violence at the mine in Marikana to the almost daily scenes of evictions from occupied buildings in the inner city of Johannesburg, and from the protests in working class areas like Eldorado Park, to the perfect storm and raging wild fires that have surrounded the drought stricken province of the Western Cape – I shall be working with notions of how the histories of settlement and the settler state underpin the present, and how these might and might not resonate with Australian realities.