ACIH historian Dr Shino Konishi's first book, The Aboriginal Male in the Enlightenment World (Pickering & Chatto) 2012 has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award for Australian History.
Konishi’s book is the first historical study of indigenous Australian masculinity, examining the reactions of eighteenth-century western explorers to encounters with Aboriginal men in depth. She looked at the ways that they described ‘savagery’, sexuality, language and conflict, and found that encounters between the two groups of men might not have been as negative as has been thought.
The Judging Panel shortlisting for the NSW Premier's History Awards of 2013 commented that:
'This persuasive and well-researched argument carries important implications for the subsequent history of contact between Europeans and Aborigines, and opens up exciting and new avenues of research.'