Save La Trobe Art History

Letter | Art History at La Trobe – Barry Humphries

Barry Humphries has added his voice to those protesting the loss of art history at La Trobe and has kindly allowed us to publish his letter to the Vice Chancellor. Dear Vice Chancellor, I am at present in Australia presenting a series of one-man plays which is rumoured to be my last.  While in Melbourne, my home town, I have heard disturbing rumours from La Trobe University that the art history programme may be closed down. I was astonished to hear this, as were a number of distinguished friends of…

News | Art history helps us understand our society and identity, so why is it under threat?

An article published today by Anthony White (Lecturer in Art history at The University of Melbourne and head of the Victorian chapter of AAANZ) in The Age addresses why it makes no sense for La Trobe to cut a department with healthy enrolments, strong postgrads and dedicated, high-achieving staff. THE recent proposal by La Trobe University to cut its humanities subjects has provoked vigorous criticism in Australia and internationally. Among the proposals to close disciplines (including linguistics, Indonesian, gender and religion studies), the plan to discontinue art history has drawn…

News | Why La Trobe needs to support cultural life in Australia

Joanna Mendelsshon (Program Director, Art Administration, School of Art History and Art Education at University of New South Wales) has written a fantastic article for The Conversation in which she succinctly lays out the reasons why universities, like La Trobe, need to teach art history. La Trobe university’s art history department is set to be abolished, with a consultation period over the changes to the university’s humanities program to end this month. While one art history department might not seem like much, the repercussions will be felt throughout academia and the art world.…

Opinion | Mark McDonald: From La Trobe University to the British Museum, and the slashing of Art History and the Humanities in Australia

From La Trobe University to the British Museum, and the slashing of Art History and the Humanities in Australia Mark McDonald Over the past months I have closely followed news of the proposed closure of the Art History programme at La Trobe University. It has given me cause to reflect on the history of the department—now a major associated with History, following an earlier downsizing—the scholars who have taught there, past and present, the many students who have passed though its doors and the many contributions they have made. These…

AAANZ Letter | Save Art History at La Trobe

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The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand have also allowed their letter concerning the slashing of art history at La Trobe to be published. The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand expresses great concern at the possible closure of art history at La Trobe University. This is particularly to be deplored because the program has healthy numbers with strong retention rates, is cost-effective in its current placement within the School of Historical and Cultural Studies and is being taught by staff with exceptionally high research outputs. Since the 1970s…

Letter | Save Art History at La Trobe

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Patrick McCaughey, former director of the National Gallery of Victoria and the Yale Centre for British Art, has kindly allowed his letter protesting the slashing of art history from La Trobe to the Vice Chancellor of La Trobe university to be published. Dear Vice-Chancellor, Some colleagues  have contacted me recently about the possible closing of the art history program at La Trobe University. If this is the case, I write now to urge you to re-consider the matter. Everybody would recognize that times are tough for Australian universities in general and…

Save Art History at La Trobe! Sign the petition.

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AAANZ has set up a petition to save the Art History department at La Trobe, which is threatened under a round of cuts being imposed on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. For more detail on the cuts and the art history department see our previous post. Please take a moment to sign the petition and forward it on to your friends and colleagues. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/art_history_la_trobe/ Save Art History! Disclaimer: Lisa Beaven is one of the directors of the Melbourne Art Network and also a lecturer in the Art History…

News | La Trobe University Cuts Art History Program

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La Trobe University Cuts Art History Program Katrina Grant It is a sad day for the discipline of art history in Australia with the news that art history is to be cut from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University along with gender, sexuality and diversity studies, Indonesian, linguistics and religion and spirituality. The restructure was released to staff yesterday. In addition to slashing the number of subjects and disciplines available the Faculty will also cut forty-five jobs. It is one thing to see disciplines shrink in terms…