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1 What I’m Reading Yves Rees , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin Online 2020;
1 Storying the Suffragists Yves Rees , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , November 2020;

— Review of Vida : A Woman for Our Time Jacqueline Kent , 2020 single work biography
'There’s a story that keeps being told. It goes like this: it’s 1902, and the inaugural International Woman Suffrage Conference has drawn women from around the world to Washington, DC. It’s a historic meeting of nations, and the star of the show is a willowy 33-year-old from Melbourne. Her name is Vida Goldstein and she’s there to represent Australia and New Zealand, two nations riding high on their trailblazing political achievements. New Zealand gave women the vote in 1893, South Australia in 1894, Western Australia in 1899. Now, in 1902, the new Commonwealth of Australia is about to grant white women the right to vote and stand for federal parliament – a world first. The two British settler colonies are leading the world in democratic innovation and women’s rights.'
1 Training Historians in Urgent Times Yves Rees , Ben Huf , 2020 single work essay
— Appears in: History Australia , vol. 17 no. 2 2020; (p. 272-292)

'The next generation of Australian historians face daunting challenges: the imperative to craft new historical narratives that inform and redirect unfolding ecological, economic and political crises, while facing escalating academic precarity and associated anxiety and depression. Honours level and PhD pedagogy, which remains little changed from the mid-twentieth century, is arguably insufficient for these challenges. How might we, as educators, find creative and pragmatic ways to better train and nurture tomorrow’s scholars? Critically reflecting on our Histories of Capitalism Winter School piloted in 2019, this article argues for the potential of grassroots ‘micro-utopias’ structured around interdisciplinarity, collegiality, inclusivity and public mindedness.' (Publication abstract)

1 Doing History in Urgent Times : Forum Introduction Yves Rees , 2020 single work essay
— Appears in: History Australia , vol. 17 no. 2 2020; (p. 225-229)

'As we enter the 2020s, our times are daily getting more urgent. The climate and ecological emergency, catastrophic Australian bushfires, and now the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic meltdown have launched us into a new era of seemingly incessant crisis. Through it all, history remains omnipresent. In press conferences and Zoom meetings, in newspapers and Twitter feeds, history is invoked to bring sense and meaning to our disorienting present. As public commentary mythologises the past in order to manage a destabilised and unknown future, what should the response of professional historians be? What are our responsibilities in the face of cataclysmic change? In this forum on ‘History in Urgent Times’, we present three attempts to grapple with what it means to be a historian in this alarming historical moment, and ask how historians ought to respond.' (Introduction)

1 y separately published work icon Reading the Mess Backwards Yves Rees , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2020 19498808 2020 single work essay

'When I’m ten or so, my brother appears shirtless at the dinner table. Ever the eager disciple, I follow his example without a second thought. It is a sweltering January day, and our bodies are salt-crusted from the beach. Clothing seems cruel in these conditions.' (Introduction)

1 The League of Nations Was Formed 100 Years Ago Today. Meet the Australian Women Who Lobbied to Join It Yves Rees , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 10 January 2020;

'Today marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the League of Nations — the intergovernmental organisation, headquartered in Geneva, that emerged from the ashes of the first world war.' (Introduction)

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