On 27 September the Centre for the Humanities and the Heritage and Public History Lab organise a Round Table discussion with Prof Keir Reeves (Federation University Australia), Visiting Fellow of the Centre for the Humanities.
Drawing on case studies from Australia and beyond, highlighting the interaction between community stakeholders, government workers, academics and heritage practitioners, this presentation will consider how history and its associated heritage applications are a key driver of regional identity and development. It will specifically highlight the role a history department can play in tackling regional challenges and opportunities.
This talk will also reflectively discuss the role of historical narratives in the cultural tourism that underpins much regional development globally. Central in this paper stands the Ballarat Gold Fields case study, a project where academic cultural historical research addressed regional challenges through local, regional, national, international collaboration.
Round Table discussion
His paper will be followed by a Round Table discussion exploring the academic and societal opportunities in collaborating with regional institutions. We will address how academic history departments can respond to local societal challenges and how academic research can be embedded regionally, and operate collaboration with local institutions, while still being of international relevance.