The Inaugural Iain McCalman Lecture

Wednesday 6 February 2019,

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The Great Hall, The Quadrangle, University of Sydney


Join the Sydney Environment Institute in celebrating the career of retiring Co-Director, and distinguished historian, Professor Iain McCalman AO, as we launch ‘The Iain McCalman Lecture’.

From Charles Darwin to the Great Barrier Reef; the sciences to the humanities; Iain McCalman established himself as an internationally renowned cultural historian, an award-winning author and a highly accomplished professor of history and the humanities.

The Sydney Environment Institute will acknowledge these contributions with an annual lecture aimed at highlighting early-career researchers who, like Iain McCalman, are working across disciplinary boundaries to impact both scholarship and public discourse.

The inaugural lecture will be given by Dr Frances Flanagan, 2019 University of Sydney Fellow and research affiliate of the Sydney Environment Institute. Flanagan’s research investigates the past and future of work, environmentalism, gender and social change and her talk titled, ‘Climate change and the new work order’, will explore how the workforce can become a site of social and ecological renewal.

Professor David Schlosberg, Co-Director, Sydney Environment Institute, will open the event. The annual Iain McCalman Lecture series was created by Michelle St Anne.


Frances Flanagan is a 2019 University of Sydney Fellow in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies and an affiliate of the Sydney Environment Institute.  Between 2015 and 2018 Frances was the national research director at United Voice, one of Australia’s largest unions. Frances trained as a historian at the University of Western Australia and Oxford, and has been a senior scholar at Hertford College Oxford, a Royal Historical Society Marshall Fellow at the London Institute of Historical Research, and a researcher at Birkbeck. She is the author of the book Remembering the Revolution: dissent, culture and nationalism in the Irish Free State (Oxford University Press, 2015), and numerous articles on the subject of work, technology, gender and social change.

David Schlosberg (Chair) is Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and Co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute. His work focuses on contemporary environmental and environmental justice movements, environment and everyday life, and climate adaptation planning and policy.

Iain McCalman is Research Professor at the University of Sydney, Co-director of the Sydney Environment Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was awarded the Inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Teaching Excellence at the Australian National University in 1994, and an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to history and the humanities. Iain has written numerous articles in British, American and European History and Literature journals on Modern British, European and Imperial cultural history and written and edited number of books, including the acclaimed The Romantic Age: An Oxford Companion to British Culture, 1776-1832, (2001), Darwin’s Armada: how four voyagers to Australasia won the battle for evolution and changed the world (2009) and The Reef: a Passionate History (2014).