Call for Papers

We invite postgraduate researchers exploring topics related to urban and planning history in Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific nations to participate in a one-day online PhD Symposium to present and discuss their work. The symposium will provide a supportive and collegiate environment for students to receive thesis feedback and advice from academics working in the general field. We aim to foster connections, constructively critical discourse and build relationships among scholars working on city pasts in our region.


Urban / Planning History is to be broadly understood, covering any time period, and could include a diverse range of topics, approaches and scales including:

  • social, cultural, and Indigenous histories of city spaces and places
  • studies of planning and the built and natural environments
  • architecture and design 
  • institutions, governance, and participation
  • urban representation
  • urban biography
  • public history and interpretation
  • digital and virtual history
  • critical heritage and conservation studies
  • regional urbanism and small cities

PhD (and also MPhil and Masters by Research) students are invited to submit an abstract for a proposed presentation at the symposium. Please don’t hesitate to contact the symposium organisers if you are unsure if your proposed topic suits the aims. We encourage the submission of work from students at all stages of their candidature.

Symposium Format

Accepted presentations will be placed into small group sessions. Depending on actual numbers, these are likely to include 20 minutes to present with 10 minutes of discussion and feedback from invited scholars and your peers. In keeping with the aims of the AUHPH Group, registration and participation is free. The symposium will also have a keynote speaker.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  1. Submit your 300-word abstract to symposium2023 [at] antipodes.city by 17 July 2023. You should include your full name, institutional and departmental affiliations, current topic, and year of candidature.
  2. Notifications of acceptance will be advised from 11 August 2023.
  3. An extended final abstract of 600 words is required by 11 September 2023.

Symposium organisers: James Lesh (Deakin University), Anna Temby (University of Queensland), Cameron Logan (University of Sydney) and Robert Freestone (UNSW)

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