The Ethics of History: Discussion to be built upon Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington’s Lecture

Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington to speak on THE ETHICS of HISTORY and thus promote a Live Discussion, 14 April 2021, courtesy of Merton College, Oxford

Since the pandemic began, we have adapted our events programme to move online, and we are pleased to announce that our next 40 Years Series online lecture, a part of our Merton Women: 40 Years celebrations, will be airing live at a time more suitable for our alumni in Asia, Australasia and the Pacific.

Hughes-Warrington & Irene Tracey

Merton College, Oxford University. Postcard 1900s (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)

Furthermore, we are extremely grateful to Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington (1992) for agreeing to give this talk. An Australian herself, and Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at the University of South Australia, Professor Hughes-Warrington is an eminent philosopher and historian whose theories are taught around the world. She has published eight books, selling over 27,000 copies, with more signed and on the way. She will be speaking on ‘The Ethics of History’, whilst interweaving a bit about herself and her journey to her current role.

‘No two histories are the same size. This is largely a matter of ethics, and it is a good thing. Take a journey into the global world of histories in this talk, and be part of a conversation about how the past might be connected with the worlds we wish to make.’

The talk will take place on Wednesday 14 April at 7.30pm Australian Central Standard Time – if you are joining us from other time zones, see this list. It will be followed by a live Q&A, moderated by the Warden, Professor Irene Tracey. For those unable to watch the lecture live, it will be recorded and made available after the event. We do hope you will be able to join us for what is sure to be a fascinating online lecture.

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Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington is the strategic and operational leader across research activities at the University of South Australia. Her role is to design and deliver approaches that help staff and research students alike to engage with industry, government and community to deliver novel and transformational solutions to problems, and to change the ways that we think about the world.

A graduate of the Universities of Tasmania and Oxford, Marnie has a strong global profile as a philosopher and as an historian who seeks to explain why histories and historical thinking play an important role in making a good, fair and just world. The impact of her work has been broad: her writing has been translated into five languages, over 26,000 copies of her books have been sold, and her theories are taught across the world. She has led or been an investigator on a total of $18 million in grants. Her most recent book is History as Wonder (2018), and her current research investigates the connections between the scales of history and ethics, and the logic at play in machine-made histories. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Global History, which is published by Cambridge University Press.

Prior to taking up the role, she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Professor of History at the Australian National University (2012–19), where her duties ranged from admissions, academic standards and chairing the revenue committee for edX, through to academic school reviews and promotions. Her achievements included the development of a more diverse researcher workforce through systemic changes to promotion and recruitment; the $260 million Kambri campus redevelopment; and the $106 million Tuckwell gift.

In addition to these contributions, she was the first woman to be National Secretary for the Rhodes Scholarships Australia and she currently serves on the Rhodes Trust Scholarships Committee, which looks after over 100 scholarships worldwide. She is also a member of the National Selection Panel for the Westpac Scholars Trust.

A SEGMENT from the WIKIPEDIA NOTE on the Professor ….

Hughes-Warrington was born in Victoria in 1970 and grew up in Tasmania. She studied Philosophy and History at the University of Tasmania from 1988 to 1991, and graduated with a Bachelor of Education with First Class Honours with majors in history and philosophy in 1992.

She was chosen as a Rhodes Scholar in 1992, and completed her DPhil at Merton College, Oxford, where she served as President of the Middle Common Room. Her thesis, completed in 1995, is entitled Historical imagination and education, and focuses on the philosophy of history and education of R. G. Collingwood.

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