James publishes widely and is author of the book Values in Cities: Urban Heritage in Twentieth-Century Australia (Routledge, 2022).

A comprehensive bibliography of his writing is available below. Where possible, open source links have been provided.

Visit his blog heritage.city.

Writing

Presentations

  • ‘Origins of “Moreland” History Lecture’, City of Moreland, Brunswick Town Hall, 7 April 2022.
  • ‘Our Heritage for the Future’, Panel, Australian Heritage Festival, Public Historians Association, 22 April 2021.
  • ‘The Value of Place: Authentic & Local’, Urbis Australia Panel Event, 2 September 2020.
  • ‘Burra Charter Fortieth Anniversary’, Panel, Australia ICOMOS, Melbourne School of Design, 25 June 2019.
  • ‘Historians, places and the past’, Panel, Australian Heritage Festival, History Council of Victoria, 14 May 2019.
  • ‘The Liberties and Constraints of Urban Heritage’, Public Talk, Victorian National Trust, 31 January 2019.

Academic

Books

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Conferences (refereed)

Government Reports

Reviews

Seminars and Conferences

  • “Values in Cities: Urban Heritage in Twentieth-Century Australia”, People, Place and Community Seminar Series, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 26 October 2022; Contemporary Histories Seminar Series, Deakin University, 21 September 2022; Archaeology Seminar Series, University of Sydney, 15 September 2022.
  • “Heritage Conservation, Urban Modernism and Public History in Interwar Melbourne”, 15th Conference on Urban History, European Association for Urban History (EAUH). Antwerp, September 2022.
  • “Saving heritage policy: The past and future of conservation in the Australian city”, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Urban Policy Workshop, RMIT, August 2021.
  • “Heritage as pseudo-public space – Melbourne’s Rotten Apple: Federation Square, Public Space, and the Future of Urban Heritage”, Association of Critical Heritage Studies, 5th Biannual Conference. London, August 2020.
  • “Questioning the Consensus? Heritage Conservation in 1990s Sydney and Melbourne”, UK Urban History Group, Summer Virtual Seminars. August 2020.
  • “Heritage fundamentalists and the past and future of urban conservation in 1980s and 1990s Australia”, Australasian Urban History & Planning History Conference (AUHPH), University of Tasmania, February 2020.
  • “The city from the air: skylines, skyscrapers, and sights of urban heritage”, Australia ICOMOS Conference, University of Canberra, November 2019.
  • “Melbourne’s twelve best historic buildings, 1958”, SAHANZ Conference, University of Sydney, July 2019.
  • “‘What makes a building historic?’ The role of historians in shaping Melbourne’s urban heritage in the 1980s and 1990s”, UK Urban History Group Conference. Queen’s University Belfast, April 2019.
  • “Changeable urban heritage at Melbourne’s iconic bluestone penitentiaries”, Stones of Melbourne Symposium, University of Melbourne, March 2019.
  • “To adopt the Australian Burra Charter or an ‘Aotearoa Charter’ in New Zealand?: historical reflections on trans-Tasman urban heritage practice, ca. 1970s–90s”, Association of Critical Heritage Studies, 4th Biannual Conference. Hangzhou, September 2018.
  • “From the picturesque to the present: Australian heritage regime prototypes, 1888–1968”, 14th International Conference on Urban History, European Association for Urban History. Rome, August 2018.
  • “Two steps forward: pounding the pavement in the digital city”, 14th International Conference on Urban History, European Association for Urban History. Rome, August 2018. With Andrew May, Helen Morgan and Mitchell Harrop.
  • “The Bread and Cheese Club”, Australasian Urban History & Planning History Conference, Melbourne, February 2018. With David Nichols.
  • “Melbourne’s nineteenth-century heritage arcades”, Australasian Urban History / Planning History Conference, Melbourne, February 2018. With Nicole Davis.
  • “‘A Regional Conservation Manifesto’ and the Australian re-invention of urban heritage”, Cultural Heritage Seminar Series. Deakin University, October 2017.
  • “Twitter for Academic Activism,” School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, October 2017. Panel with Lauren Pikó and Mike Jones.
  • “The limits of urban heritage in the late-twentieth-century Australian city”, UK Urban History Group Conference. Royal Holloway London, April 2017.
  • “Reconstructing urban heritage in the mid-twentieth-century Australian city”, Understanding Material Loss. University of Birmingham, February 2017.
  • “Hierarchies of attachment: regulating urban heritage in the mid-twentieth-century Australian city”, Urban Belonging Conference. Institute of Historical Research, University of London, January 2017.
  • “Locating Australia’s National Estate: a useful concept for settler cities?”, 13th International Conference on Urban History, European Association for Urban History. University of Helsinki, August 2016.
  • “The Australian city and its heritage mythologies”, 13th International Conference on Urban History, European Association for Urban History. University of Helsinki, August 2016.
  • “Challenging Modernity: Skyscrapers, Heritage and the late Twentieth Century Australian City”, Australian Historical Association, Federation University, Ballarat, July 2016.
  • “Locating the national in the urban: heritage and scale in the twentieth-century Australian City”, Australasian Urban History / Planning History Conference, Gold Coast, February 2016.
  • “Mapping the National Estate”, Australian Historical Association, University of Sydney, July 2015.
  • “Spatialising Australian heritage”, 12th International Conference on Urban History, European Association for Urban History. Universidade Nova de Lisboa, September 2014.
  • “Tokens of Taste or Stony Seduction? Plaster Casts in Melbourne’s Cremorne Gardens,” Victorian Tactile Imaginations. Birkbeck, University of London, July 2013. With Rebecca Kummerfeld.
  • “Cremorne Gardens in Melbourne and London,” Australian Historical Association, University of Adelaide, July 2012.

Curation

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0897-2018