Aotearoa Gender History Network seminar, 9 August 2023

The next Aotearoa Gender History Network seminar is on Wednesday Rāapa 9 August, 12 pm – 1 pm, via zoom.
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Michelle Arrow, Women and Whitlam, Fifty years on

Cybèle Locke, Gender and Communism in the Life of Rona Bailey

Michelle Arrow is professor in Modern History at Macquarie University. She is the author of three books, including Friday on Our Minds: Popular Culture in Australia Since 1945 (2009) and The Seventies: The Personal, the Political and the Making of Modern Australia (2019), which was awarded the 2020 Ernest Scott Prize for history. In 2020, she was awarded a Special Research Initiative grant from the Australian Research Council for her current project, a biography of the Australian writer and broadcaster Anne Deveson. She released the edited collection Women and Whitlam (NewSouth) this year.

Cybèle Locke is a Pākehā historian who foregrounds working-class narratives in her work. She is a senior lecturer at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington and author of Workers in the Margins: Union Radicals in Post-War New Zealand (2012) and Comrade – Bill Andersen: A Communist, Working-Class Life (2022). Her most recent publication is ‘Dancing for the Revolution: Rona Bailey, New Zealand Artist Activist (1914–2005)’ in F. de Haan (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Communist Women Activists around the World.

This is a regular, online seminar. Each session (held via zoom) features 2 x 10–12-minute research presentations on current research in Gender History with a focus on Aotearoa New Zealand, followed by discussion.

Convenors: Charlotte Greenhalgh ( and Charlotte Macdonald (