Macquarie historian receives prestigious NSW Premier history award

Macquarie historian receives prestigious NSW Premier history award

Public Intimacies revisits 1970s, a time of social and cultural transformation in Australia, and the events around the Royal Commission on Human Relationships. It outlines the successes and failures of the commission through a rich store of archival material and interviews with the key players. Public Intimacies brings to life the political debates behind women's and gay rights, as well as some of the weird and wonderful public responses.

According to the NSW Premier's History Awards judges, Public Intimacies "addresses a passionate debate, and, more importantly, it is well-crafted radio that reminds us of the value of this media for historians."

The NSW Premier's History Awards honours distinguished achievement in history by Australians. The awards assist in establishing values and standards in historical research and publication, and encourage everyone to appreciate and learn from the work of our historians. The winners of the 2014 NSW Premier's History Awards were announced at a presentation ceremony and cocktail reception, which also launched NSW History Week, on Friday 5 September at the State Library of NSW.

Dr Michelle Arrow commented, "For several years, I have researched and taught about the ways that historians communicate their work to broader audiences through documentary, so to win this kind of recognition for my own radio program was especially gratifying and exciting."

"The Royal Commission on Human Relationships really attempted to speak to the general public about issues that had long been hidden, so the intimate medium of radio seemed perfect to tell its story."

Dr Michelle Arrow is an Associate Professor from the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations. Her research interests include the history of popular culture in Australia, radio and histories of listening, memory, feminist history, and representations of history in the media. She is the author of Friday on Our Minds: Popular Culture in Australia Since 1945 (UNSW Press), and Upstaged: Australian Women Dramatists in the Limelight at Last (Pluto Press & Currency Press).

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