William Keith Hancock Professor of History
Professor of History and Director, Centre for Environmental History, ANU
Chair, Editorial Board, Australian Dictionary of Biography
Adjunct Professor of Climate Research,
Professorial Affiliate, Centre for Historical Research,
Fellows Rd, Australian National University
ACTON ACT 0200
Phone: 61 2 6125 3345
Fax: 61 2 6125 3969
Biography and interests
Tom Griffiths is a Professor of History in the Research School of Social Sciences at the
Tom’s current research projects include:
* Antarctic history and policy: An ARC funded investigation into fifty years of Australian engagement in
the Antarctic Treaty System
* Victorian Bushfire Research Project: A collaborative community response to Back Saturday
* Climate and Culture in
* The International IHOPE Project: The Integrated History and Future of People on Earth
* Desert Channels: The Impulse to Conserve: An exploration of the understandings of the distinctive
Desert Channels country of south-western
* Australian Environmental Historiography: Research into the distinctive character of Australian
environmental historiography and nature writing
For further details, visit <http://ceh.environmentalhistory-au-nz.org/>
Supervision of doctoral candidates in the
National Environmental History PhD Workshop
History@ANU Postgraduate Workshops
Masterclasses in Environmental History and Non-Fiction Writing
Honours courses in Environmental History and Public History
Adjunct Professor of Climate Research,
* Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica,
* Forests of Ash: An Environmental History,
* Hunters and Collectors: The Antiquarian Imagination in
* Beechworth: An
* Frontier, Race, Nation: Henry Reynolds and Australian History, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, 2009 (co-edited with Bain Attwood)
* A Change in the Weather: Climate and Culture in
* Words for Country: Landscape and Language in
* Ecology and Empire: Environmental History of Settler Societies, Keele University Press,
* Prehistory to Politics: John Mulvaney, the Humanities and the Public Intellectual, Melbourne University Press, 1996 (co-edited with Tim Bonyhady)
* The Life and Adventures of Edward Snell, Angus & Robertson,
Some recent essays and articles:
* ‘A Humanist on Thin Ice: Science and Humanities, People and Climate Change’,
* ‘“People must always be given hope’: Dedication to Eric Rolls’,
* ‘Alice Duncan-Kemp (Pinningarra) and the history of the frontier’, in Libby Robin, Chris Dickman and Mandy Martin (eds) Desert Channels: The Impusle to Conserve, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 2010, pp. 24-43.
* ‘We have still not lived long enough’, Inside Story, 16 February 2009.
* ‘“An unnatural disaster”? Remembering and forgetting bushfire’. History
* ‘History and the Creative Imagination’ [The Inaugural Greg Dening Lecture], History
* ‘The cultural challenge of
* ‘Discovering the continent of ice: The place of Antarctica in world history’, [Introductory essay], 2007 Yearbook
* ‘Truth and fiction: Judith Wright as historian’, La Trobe University Essay, Australian Book Review, no. 283, August 2006, pp. 25-30.
* (with Tim Sherratt) ‘What if the northern rivers had been turned inland to irrigate Australia’s “Dead Heart”?’, in Sean Scalmer and Stuart Macintyre (ed.) What Ifs in Australian History, Melbourne University Publishing, Melbourne 2006.
* (with Libby Robin) ‘Environmental History in
* ‘Playing the Professional Australian’, Meanjin, vol. 63, no. 3, 2004, pp. 166-174.
* ‘The Man from
* ‘The Culture of Nature and the Nature of Culture’, in Hsu-Ming Teo and Richard White (eds), Cultural History in Australia, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 67-80.
* ‘Light Green, Dark Green: Blainey’s environmentalism’, in D Gare, T Stannage, S Macintyre and G Bolton (ed.) The Fuss That Never Ended: The Life and Work of Geoffrey Blainey, Melbourne University Press, 2002, pp. 53-66.
* ‘How many trees make a forest? Cultural debates about vegetation change in Australia’, Australian Journal of Botany, CSIRO Publishing, vol. 50, no. 4, 2002, pp. 375-389.
* ‘The language of conflict’, in Bain Attwood and Stephen Foster (ed.) Frontier Conflict: The Australian Experience, National Museum of Australia, Canberra, pp. 135-149.
* ‘One hundred years of environmental crisis’, Rangeland Journal, vol 23 (1), 2001, pp. 5-14.
* ‘Cooper Clay’, in Mandy Martin, Jane Carruthers, Guy Fitzhardinge, Tom Griffiths and Peter Haynes, Inflows: The Channel Country, Mandy Martin/Goanna Print, 2001.
* ‘Deep Time and Australian History’, History Today (
* ‘Going with the flow: Flying Fox and Drifting Sand’, in Marion Halligan (ed.) Storykeepers, Duffy & Snellgrove, Sydney, 2001, pp. 145-174.
* ‘Gallery of Life’, Meanjin, November 2001, vol. 60, no. 4, pp. 85-92.
* ‘Social History and Deep Time’, Public History Review, vol. 8, 2000, pp. 8-26.
* ‘The Poetics and Practicalities of Writing’, in Ann Curthoys and Ann McGrath (eds), How to Write History, Monash Publications in History,
* ‘Discovering Hancock: The Journey to Monaro’, Journal of Australian Studies, no. 62, 1999, pp. 171-181, 257-59.