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RAHS Day Lecture – The Little Barbershop of History: A Social History of Australian Men’s Hair
December 4, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree
Curled, queued, slicked and over the collar, men’s hair has assumed many different styles in Australian history – so much so that it offers rich insights into social and ethnic distinctions, changing consumer practices, intimate moments and shifting approaches to masculinity over time. In this lecture, Melissa Bellanta uses men’s hair and grooming customs to explore Australia’s social history, drawing on her past research on larrikin street gangs and goldfields dress, and her more recent work on Australian menswear in the twentieth century.
About the speaker:
Dr Melissa Bellanta is a social and cultural historian based at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney. Bellanta publishes widely on masculinities, emotion, fashion, popular culture and urban history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her book Larrikins: A History won the Ernest Scott Prize in 2013 for the best recent work on Australian, New Zealand or colonial history. Bellanta is currently conducting an Australian Research Council-funded project on the social history of menswear in twentieth-century Australia.RESERVE TICKETS