2019 Conference

Revolutions & Evolutions in Intellectual History

5 – 7 June 2019, University of Queensland, Australia

Keynotes: Michael Hunter (Birkbeck), Erika Milam (Princeton), Evelleen Richards (Sydney)

The Printing Revolution, Copernican Revolution, Scientific Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Darwinian Revolution, French Revolution, Russian Revolution, Sexual Revolution, Information Revolution. The past is often viewed through the lens of revolutions, great upheavals in the way the peoples, societies and cultures of the past understood their place in history and their relation to the world around them. Contrasted to these are the evolutions, gradual processes of modernisation and secularisation, reformation and enlightenment, subjugation and liberation that erode longstanding traditions and forge new ones. Revolutions and Evolutions in Intellectual History proposes to explore not only historical, philosophical, cultural, material, social and scientific revolutions and evolutions in human thought, but to question the historiographical categories that afford the past real and imagined motions in space and time.

Within the general remit of the conference there will also be a workshop, Imagining the Darwinian Revolution: The Place of History in Science, which will be open to all conference attendees.


The final conference programme is now available to view.  Please note that it is no longer possible to request changes to the programme. The Conference Committee has made every effort to accommodate all previous requests and thank you for your understanding if changes were necessary to the placement of your paper.


Registration for #ISIH2019 is now open and can be accessed through UQPay, the payment system of The University of Queensland. The registration fees, which include all teas, lunches and receptions, are:

Full Registration – AUD $250
Student Registration – AUD $100

Cancellation policy: please note due to catering requirements, refunds will not be possible after 30 May 2019. In the event of cancellation, please contact iash@uq.edu.au as soon as practicable.

Register Here


#ISIH2019 is hosted at The University of Queensland (St Lucia Campus). UQ is a short journey from South Bank, Brisbane CBD, or the nearby suburb of Toowong. Please see some suggested accommodation options below. On campus accommodation is not available during this period.

Rydges, South Bank

Rydges is located in the heart of Southbank facing the Southbank parklands and Brisbane River. It offers hotel rooms and wheelchair accessible rooms, a gym and pool. The University is accessible by ferry, city cycle, bus or train.

Rydges is offering #ISIH2019 delegates a 10% discount if booked directly through this link.

Other recommendations for South Bank include: Mantra Hotel.

Ibis Styles, Brisbane City 

The Ibis offers hotel rooms and wheelchair accessible rooms and is located in central Brisbane City. It is close to a ferry stop with ferries that travel frequently to UQ. The University is also accessible by bus or city cycle.

The Brisbane City Ibis is offering a 10% discount for #ISIH2019delegates. Please book directly with Ibis via phone on +617 3337 9000 or by emailing h8835@accor.com and using the code: ISIH2019.

Jephson Hotel, Toowong

This hotel is located in Toowong and offers hotel or apartment suites including wheelchair accessible suites.  Public transport options like buses and city cycle bike hire are right outside, and it is close to Toowong shopping centre.

Brisbane City YHA

The YHA offers wheelchair accessible dorm and private room accommodation, a pool and bike hire. It is close to Brisbane City, Southbank, and the Caxton St shopping complex and restaurants.  Travel to UQ by bus from the nearby Roma St. Transit Centre, or by ferry or bike.

Brisbane YHA is offering ISIH delegates a 10% discount, by booking here and using the code: conf.

For alternative options please see Visit Brisbane.

Local Transport

For delegates planning on using public transport, prepaid Go Cards can be purchased for $10 online, at Brisbane Airport, or on campus at Campus News or at the UQ Lakes Station (adult only), and topped up at UQ Lakes Station. Single trip paper tickets are available to purchase on board buses (cash only), but are 30% more expensive. At the end of your stay in Brisbane, you can visit a Go Card retailer or Queensland Rail ticket office to receive a refund on any unused or leftover travel funds.

Download the free MyTransLink app from App Store or Google Play to plan your public transport journeys, or visit the Journey Planner website.

Buses depart from UQ Lakes Station to Cultural Centre Station (South Bank) and Brisbane City every 10 minutes on Route 66. Route 411 and 412 buses go directly from UQ to Brisbane City or Toowong. You can also take the CityCat Ferry to South Bank or Brisbane City for the scenic route from UQ Ferry Terminal.

There are also City Cycle stations for bicycle hire at South Bank, Toowong and UQ. Delegates can purchase casual passes ($2 for use up to 24 hours) from City Cycle stations.

For the keynote on 6 June: Customs House is a short walk from the Riverside Ferry Terminal.

Parking at UQ is regulated 24 hours a day, and paid parking applies to all sites on campus. Sites range from hourly to a daily rate. Delegates can use the CellOPark app or Pay by Plate parking machines to pay for parking. For more information, click here.

The Air Train departs the Domestic and International Airports every 15 – 30 minutes, and travels to Brisbane City, South Bank and Park Road train stations (close to UQ). Fares are approximately $20 for one way or $40 return. For more information, visit Air Train and Brisbane Airport.

For taxis, phone Yellow Cabs (ph: 13 19 24) or Black & White Cabs (ph: 133 222). Brisbane is also serviced by Uber: download the app on App Store or Google Play.

Sponsored by The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland.

Conference Committee: Ian Hesketh, Michael Hunter, James A. T. Lancaster and Michelle Pfeffer.

For general inquiries, please email James A. T. Lancaster.

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