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1 Adventures in the New Sobriety Yves Rees , 2022 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , June vol. 81 no. 2 2022; (p. 100-109) Meanjin Online 2022;
'Melbourne had just emerged from its fifth lockdown and the bar was packed. A little after six on a drizzly Saturday eve, every table was occupied by punters perusing the leatherbound drinks list and shouting questions over the din. The decor was bordello chic, all velvet sofas, gilded mirrors and midnight-blue walls. Tasselled lamps adorned the bar and bird cages swung from the ceiling. Wait staff carried trays of negronis, 18 bucks a pop. The clientele skewed young and female. Around the biggest tables clustered twentysomething white women, dressed up for a big night out to cast off the lockdown blues. They had the expensive hair, perfect makeup and slight hauteur of cool girls worldwide. As night fell, they drank round after round of drinks poured from the backlit bottles that lined the bar. It was 'Sex and the City' meets hipster Melbourne. Except in one crucial respect, it wasn't. Despite appearances, there was no alcohol in this scene. The beer, the wine, the cocktails-all devoid of grog. The bar was Brunswick Aces, Australia's first alcohol-free watering hole, and every carousing patron was sober as a judge.' (Introduction)
1 The Book That Changed Me : How Priya Satia’s Time’s Monster Landed like a Bomb in My Historian’s Brain Yves Rees , 2022 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 22 January 2022;

'I’ve always wanted to be a historian. From childhood, I was captivated by the idea of spending my days bringing the past to life. At first, I aspired to be a historical consultant on BBC period dramas. Later, I set my sights on becoming a professor.' (Introduction)

1 y separately published work icon Nothing to Hide : Voices of Trans and Gender Diverse Australia Yves Rees (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2022 24696854 2022 anthology autobiography 'Nothing to Hide is Australia's first mainstream anthology of trans and gender diverse writing. While there has been unprecedented trans visibility in Australia in the last decade, this visibility has not always been positive, shadowed at every step by transphobic misinformation and extremist rhetoric. As a counter to the harmful chorus of anti-trans voices, this collection features the work of thirty trans and gender diverse people who sit across the spectrum of age, race, geography and circumstance. The writers give voice to their communities and tell their own stories, on their own terms. Showcasing the wealth of creativity within the trans and gender diverse community and providing illuminating insights into the challenges and joys of trans experience, Nothing to Hide is a powerful contribution to Australian letters.'

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1 Australia in Three Books Yves Rees , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin Online 2021; Meanjin , Summer vol. 80 no. 4 2021;

— Review of Fairyland : A Novel Sumner Locke Elliott , 1990 single work novel ; Dancing on Coral Glenda Adams , 1987 single work novel ; Wild Abandon Emily Bitto , 2021 single work novel
1 Keeping up the Fight : Brazen Hussies Yves Rees , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Historical Studies , vol. 52 no. 4 2021; (p. 632-633)

— Review of Brazen Hussies Catherine Dwyer , 2020 single work film/TV

'On an overcast Monday in March 2021, ten thousand people flooded into Melbourne’s Treasury Gardens for the March4Justice. It was a public outpouring of rage in response to a belated #MeToo moment within Australian federal politics. After sexual assault campaigner Grace Tame was named Australian of the Year, former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins went public with allegations she had been raped in Parliament House. Mere weeks later, a historic rape allegation against Attorney-General Christian Porter hit the headlines. To all appearances, the scourge of sexual violence was running rampant within the highest offices in the country. In Treasury Gardens, the crowd voiced their disgust, joining a chorus of 110,000 at over forty events across the country. Many of those holding signs were older women, veterans of Women’s liberation, who expressed dismay that – five decades on – they were still protesting rape and gendered violence. From beneath the plane trees, march organisers led the Melbourne crowd in a rendition of Helen Reddy’s 1972 single ‘I Am Woman’. The anthem of women’s lib was back to rouse the masses once more.'  (Introduction)

1 y separately published work icon Airwave Feminism Yves Rees , Southbank : Australian Book Review, Inc. , 2021 23442855 2021 single work podcast
1 All About Yves : An Extract Yves Rees , 2021 single work extract novel
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings [Online] , September 2021;
1 What Counts Yves Rees , 2021 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , September 2021;

'On the night of Tuesday 10 August, Australia’s population came under the microscope. The 2021 Census counted the number of engineers, of Buddhists, and single person households. It recorded the number of cars and tabulated our diseases. It even counted past and present ADF personnel.' (Introduction)

1 1 Airwave Feminism : A History of Women Broadcasters Yves Rees , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 435 2021; (p. 39-40)

— Review of Sound Citizens : Australian Women Broadcasters Claim their Voice, 1923-1956 Catherine Fisher , 2021 single work biography
'In the era of perpetual Covid lockdowns, many of us can relate to the isolation of the mid-twentieth-century housewife. Like her, we’re stuck at home, orbiting our kitchens, watching the light move across the floorboards. Each day mirrors the last, a quiet existence spent mostly in the company of the immediate household. Yet whereas we can flee our domestic confines via Netflix or TikTok, last century’s housewife had fewer avenues to the wider world. There was reading, of course – books or magazines or newspapers – but this was usually reserved for the end of the day. For most waking hours, her hands and eyes were needed for cooking, cleaning, mending, childcare, and a thousand other tasks.' (Introduction)
1 3 y separately published work icon All About Yves : Notes from a Transition Yves Rees , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 22116933 2021 single work autobiography

'A timely and thought-provoking memoir about the trans experience.

'Rees provides us with their deep insights into contemporary trans and gender diverse history as it's being made . . . All About Yves is the book I wish I'd been able to give my mother when I was transitioning.' Sam Elkin, Transgender Victoria Board Member

'Was I always trans, part boy beneath my skin, or was it that I landed in a place where 'girl' was a container so small it could break your bones?

'I learn that a ready smile and sympathetic ear are the only props required to impersonate a woman. The performance becomes so familiar I almost forget that it's staged.

'What happens when, aged 30, you understand you're transgender?

'This was the question that confronted Yves Rees, a historian whose life was upended by gender transition in 2018. Then known as a woman called Anne, Yves was forced to grapple with the sudden knowledge that they were not, in fact, female at all.

'But when you've lived a lie for so long, how do you discover who you really are? And how do you re-learn to live in the world as a different gender?

'All About Yves tells their moving journey of re-becoming, at the same time laying bare the messiness of bodies, gender and identity. It shares the challenges and joys of being transgender in Australia today, and reveals how trans experiences like Yves' can teach all of us about what it means to be human.

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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)