Publications

Bodies complexioned: Human variation and racism in early modern English culture, c. 1600-1750

Author/editor: Mark S. Dawson

Year published: 2019

Bodily contrasts - from the colour of hair, eyes and skin to the shape of faces and skeletons - allowed the English of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries to discriminate systematically among themselves and against non-Anglophone groups. Making use of an array of sources, this book...

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Elections Matter

Author/editor: Ben Jones, Frank Bongiorno

Year published: 2019

In a world of fake news and populist politics, elections can seem like theatre. With growing rates of informal votes and a perceived narrowing of differences between the major parties, do Australian elections really matter? Taking ten examples, this book argues that elections do matter (even when...

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Found in Translation: Many Meanings on a North Australian Mission

Author/editor: Laura Rademaker

Year published: 2019

Found in Translation is a rich account of language and shifting cross-cultural relations on a Christian mission in northern Australia during the mid-twentieth century. It explores how translation shaped interactions between missionaries and the Anindilyakwa-speaking people of the Groote Eylandt...

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Expeditionary Anthropology : Teamwork, Travel and the 'Science of Man'

Author/editor: Martin Thomas

Year published: 2018

The origins of anthropology lie in expeditionary journeys. But since the rise of immersive fieldwork, usually by a sole investigator, the older tradition of team-based social research has been largely eclipsed. Expeditionary Anthropology argues that expeditions have much to tell us about...

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Governing Natives: Indirect rule and settler colonialism in Australia's north

Author/editor: Ben Silverstein

Year published: 2018

In the 1930s, a series of crises transformed relationships between settlers and Aboriginal people in Australia’s Northern Territory. By the late 1930s, Australian settlers were coming to understand the Northern Territory as a colonial formation requiring a new form of government. Responding to...

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This Time: Australia's Republican Past and Future

Author/editor: Ben Jones

Year published: 2018

To propose an Australian should be our head of state doesn’t seem revolutionary. ‘Isn’t that already the case?” some may even ask. Flip a coin and you’ll have your answer. In This Time , Benjamin T. Jones charts a path to an independent future. He reveals the fascinating early history of the...

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Women and Work in Premodern Europe - Experiences, Relationships and Cultural Representation, c.1100-1800

Author/editor: Merridee L. Bailey, Tania M. Colwell and Julie Hotchin

Year published: 2018

This book re-evaluates and extends understandings about how work was conceived and what it could entail for women in the premodern period in Europe from c.1100 to c.1800. It does this by building on the impressive growth in literature on women's working experiences, and by adopting new interpretive...

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Flatness

Author/editor: Barry Higman

Year published: 2017

The modern world is dominated by flat surfaces. We write, print and project on flat paper or flat screens, which we stare at all day. We inhabit spaces constructed from flat materials. We play sport on level fields. Engineered planar surfaces have become so pervasive and fundamental to behaviour...

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Slow Catastrophes Living with Drought in Australia

Author/editor: Rebecca Jones

Year published: 2017

Living with drought is one of the biggest issues of our times. Climate change scenarios suggest that in the next fifty years global warming will increase both the frequency and severity of these phenomena. Stories of drought are familiar to us, accompanied by images of dead sheep, dry dams, cracked...

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Tears, Laughter, Champagne: a Story Forged through Fire & Food

Author/editor: Karen Downing

Year published: 2017

On Saturday 18 January 2003, four people lost their lives and 500 homes were destroyed when out-of-control bushfires combined and descended on Canberra’s south-western suburbs in a day that gave new and painful meaning to the ‘Bush Capital’. Have you ever wondered what happened to the people behind...

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