Congratulations Tom Griffiths on winning the 2017 Ernest Scott Prize for History, supported by the History Program in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. This prize is among the premier awards for books in History published in Australia and New Zealand, and the citation (below) for The Art of Time Travel captures much of what there is to celebrate, admire and learn from Tom’s scholarship and wisdom. Thank you, Tom, for those gifts to our School, and to our discipline.
Tom Griffiths, The Art of Time Travel: Historians and their Craft (Black Inc., 2016)
This wonderful meditation for historians is a beautifully written homage to the craft of writing history as a discipline and a passion. We are invited to join the author as he visits a selection of his most cherished predecessors and associates, a journey that tells us much about Australian historians and their craft, a community with a vibrant past and future. This book speaks also to anyone who is engaged in history research and who seeks to better understand the interplay of familiarity and otherness that shape the historian’s craft and the mysteries of time. This is a generous and important book.