A celebration of history

I spent an inspiring afternoon at the ANU today, where the School of History celebrated recent books produced by staff, students and visitors (like me). So many great books: Mark Dawson, Bodies Complexioned: Human Variation and Racism in Early Modern English Culture, c.1600-1750 (Alex Cook) Michelle Arrow and Angela Woollacott (eds), Everyday Revolutions: Remaking Gender, … More A celebration of history

Quantum Words Perth

What a great initiative – Writing WA and Writing NSW have joined forces to produce an annual writers’ festival dedicated to science. This year was Perth’s turn, and the two-day program was filled with excellent panel discussions about everything from orangutans to oceans. I participated in the ocean-themed panel with co-panellists marine scientist Paul Hardisty … More Quantum Words Perth

SCAR 2020 conference, Hobart – call for papers from humanities and social sciences

The Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) is conducting its annual Open Science Conference in Hobart, Tasmania, on 3-7 August 2020. SCAR has an active humanities and social sciences (HASS) community, and the HASS team has issued a call for abstracts as followed: Abstract submission for the upcoming SCAR Open Science Conference in Hobart, Australia (3-7 August 2020) is now … More SCAR 2020 conference, Hobart – call for papers from humanities and social sciences

‘An ocean’s embrace’ – a recent review

My thanks to Frances Steel of the University of Wollongong for her recent review of Wild Sea published in the journal History Australia. BOOK REVIEW An ocean’s embrace Frances Steel University of Wollongong, Australia HISTORY AUSTRALIA 2019, VOL. 16, NO. 2, 430–431 Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean, edited by Joy McCann, Sydney, … More ‘An ocean’s embrace’ – a recent review

Talking Southern Ocean history … in London and Dublin!

In early May I had the amazing opportunity to give some presentations in London and Dublin to coincide with the international release of Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean by the University of Chicago Press in April 2019. My first port of call, after the long-haul flight from Canberra, was the Natural History … More Talking Southern Ocean history … in London and Dublin!

‘A major player in weather, climate, and biodiversity, the waters around Antarctica take center stage in a new history’

Book and media reviews from the journal Science, edited by Valerie Thompson. By Louise Fabiani 9 April, 2019 Of the vast, largely unknown marine environment, the most mysterious section arguably lies at the bottom of the world. In Wild Sea, historian Joy McCann has written a brief but delightfully comprehensive history of the Southern Ocean, … More ‘A major player in weather, climate, and biodiversity, the waters around Antarctica take center stage in a new history’