International seminar honour for Emeritus Professor

Pre-eminent migration historian and long-time Flinders academic Emeritus Professor Eric Richards has been honoured with an international seminar.

Around 80 people attended the seminar on June 12 held in honour of the former Chair of History who remains very active in research and PhD supervision in the School of International Studies.

His reputation as an expert in the history of migration to Australia from Britain, with a special focus on Scotland, has led to many accolades and awards, most recently, in 2014, as the Carnegie Trust Centenary Professor in Scotland.

International scholars Professor David Fitzpatrick from Trinity College, Dublin, and Professor Marjory Harper from Aberdeen University in Scotland joined Australian historians to present at the seminar at Flinders University Victoria Square.

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Presenters & organisers – L–R: Convener & Chair of History, Professor Melanie Oppenheimer; Emeritus Scholar Dr Jim Hammerton (La Trobe University); Emeritus Professor Wilf Prest (Adelaide University);Professor Doug Munro (University of Queensland); Professor Marjory Harper (University of Aberdeen); Emeritus Professor Eric Richards; Dr Andrekos Varnarva (Flinders); Professor David Fitzpatrick (Trinity College, Dublin) and Professor Philip Payton (Flinders).
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With the Royal Caledonian Society – L–R Rosemary McKay (Royal Caledonian Society); Emeritus Professor Eric Richards; Professor Marjory Harper (Aberdeen University); Professor Melanie Oppenheimer; Ron Layton (Royal Caledonian Society).

The event was organised by the current Chair of History, Professor Melanie Oppenheimer and Dr Margrette Kleinig, a former PhD student of Professor Richards, and was sponsored by the School of International Studies, History SA and the Royal Caledonian Society.

A festschrift in the form of an edited collection or special thematic in an academic journal will be forthcoming.

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