Following on from the highly successful 2017 conference, Our Automotive Heritage, get ready for the 3rd annual conference of Automotive Historians Australia (AHA) this August!  With its combination of academic, enthusiast and social gatherings centring around Melbourne, this is one event not to be missed.

2017 was a significant year for motor vehicle manufacture in Australia with the closure of the last Holden Plant at Elizabeth. As a retrospective of the legacy of the local manufacturing industry, the third annual conference of Automotive Historians Australia considers the impact of the automobile on all aspects of urban life. While some historians point to the erosion of the public sphere by private convenience of the automobile, they have nevertheless been one of the most potent objects of everyday Australian life and a pervasive symbol of our modern experience. Therefore the theme of the 2018 Automotive Historians Australia Conference is: AUTOPIA: the car and the modern city.

Best of all, AHA members and students qualify for a range of discounts to gain access to this exciting conference. Existing AHA members who pay to attend a day or the full conference program (2 day tickets) will be renewed up until the end of the 2019 financial year. If you're not a member and you want to join AHA prior to the conference to qualify for these discounts, click below and follow the prompts prior to purchasing your conference tickets on this site. Discount codes will be emailed in your membership confirmation.

Hosted by the Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage, and Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne the exciting conference program includes:

RACV Harley Tarrant Cocktail Party: RACV City Club in Melbourne, night of the 10th August

Third Ron Tauranac Lecture: Historian Graeme Davison, author of Car Wars, 11th August

Conference dinner

Conference paper sessions, enthusiast presentations, and AHA Annual General Meeting: University of Melbourne, 11th to 12th August

The details:

Third annual conference of Automotive Historians Australia : Autopia: the car and the modern city

Conveners: Gareth Wilson and Helen Stitt

Place: University of Melbourne, Victoria

Date: 11-12 August 2018

Contact: conference@autohistoriansaustralia.org

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Here is a taste of the action in Adelaide 2017:

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Important update:  Paper acceptances will be sent to authors by June 18th; papers are due for refereeing September 3rd; referees comments will be back to authors September 17th; with final papers due October 1st.