Join Dr Rachel Stevens on Thursday 1 November as she shares her research investigating Australian humanitarian relief for Bangladeshi refugees following the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, and why particular Australians advocated for revolution and decolonisation in Bangladesh, especially at a time when Cold War considerations dominated international politics. This research will offer new insights into Australian refugee history, its engagement with Asia and prominent role in international crises.

This is the first of several Fellowships lectures/performances for November, and I encourage you to enjoy as many as you can!

To register, please follow the link in the flyer below. You can also assist us to publicise these presentations by forwarding the flyer to interested contacts and lists.

I hope to see you there!


Lisa Smith

A/Fellowships Program Manager

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The Fellowship program has some fascinating presentations coming up this November. See full details below and book your spot today!

Refugees, Relief and Revolution:
Australians in the Bangladesh Liberation War

The 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War triggered an exodus of 10 million refugees and widespread violence and destruction. Through the efforts of individuals, organisations and government, Australia emerged as a major provider of humanitarian relief and was one of the first western countries to recognise Bangladeshi independence. Join Dr Rachel Stevens as she examines how and why Australians supported Bangladeshi refugees and their fight for freedom.

Dr Stevens is a graduate of Monash University and a specialist in Australian immigration and political history.

Thursday 1 November | 5.15 for 5.30pm
Conference Room | free
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Refugees, Relief and Revolution 

Dr Rachel Stevens is the 2018 National Library Fellow supported by Past and Present Members of the National Library Council


Wageless Life in the Great Depression
It is frequently contended that present-day working conditions and wagelessness are analogous to those experienced during the severe economic downturn of the 1930s. Using methods of historical sociology, Professor Lisa Adkins will explore oral and manuscript testimonies of those who lived through the period to test the claim that the conditions of the present, and especially those associated with work, are comparable to those of the Great Depression.

Professor Adkins is Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at The University of Sydney, and an Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor (2015–2019). She specialises in the sociology of economic life (especially the sociology of work and labour), economic sociology, social theory, feminist theory and the sociology of gender.

Wednesday 21 November | 5.15 for 5.30pm
Conference Room | free

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Professor Lisa Adkins is the 2018 National Library Fellow supported by Library Patrons and Supporters


2018 National Folk Fellow Presentation
Sonu: Italian Songs from the National Library

2018 National Folk Fellow Salvatore Rossano presents ‘Sonu’, a project that explores themes of migration using field recordings taken from the National Library’s Oral History collection. Join us as Salvatore and his band, Santa Taranta, present this research and original compositions inspired by these recordings.

Thursday 29 November | 6pm
Theatre | free

Book for Sonu

In association with the National Folk Festival



Left to right: Rachel Stevens, Lisa Adkins,
Salvatore Rossano






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