Congratulations to editor Jane Lydon for the publication of ‘Visualising Human Rights’

Congratulations to editor Jane Lydon and contributors including other AHA members for the publication of their new book Visualising Human Rights (UWA Publishing 2018). This edited collection looks at the ways that visual images have been used to define, contest, or argue on behalf of human rights. This book explores ideas of humanity, citizenship, atrocity and justice through the visual. It is Read more …

Congratulations to Marilyn Lake for the forthcoming publication of her book ‘Progressive New World’

Congratulations to Marilyn Lake for the forthcoming publication of her book Progressive New World: How Settler Colonialism and Transpacific Exchange Shaped American Reform (Harvard University Press, 2019). The book points to the significance of turn-of-the-twentieth-century exchanges between American and Australasian reformers who shared racial sensibilities, along with a commitment to forging an ideal social order. Progressive New World demonstrates that race and reform Read more …

Congratulations to Tim Causer for the publication of Jeremy Bentham’s ‘Writings on Australia’

Congratulations to Tim Causer and Philip Schofield, whose open access pre-publication version of Jeremy Bentham’s Writings on Australia, a forthcoming edited volume of their The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, is now available to download. This work consists of seven texts, several of which are made available for the first time, and include Bentham’s earliest detailed engagement with the New South Wales penal colony, his detailed Read more …

‘law&history’ latest issue

law&history, vol. 5:1 (2018) acknowledges the 180th anniversary of the Myall Creek massacre with Ann Curthoys leading a forum discussion on its significance and meaning, and Tim Rowse considering the moral position of the colonial Native Police. Articles by legal historians illuminate other issues of importance in colonial and imperial history: the ownership of mapping Read more …

‘Migrant Nation: Australian Culture, Society and Identity’

Congratulations to Paul Longley Arthur, editor of the recently published Migrant Nation: Australian Culture, Society and Identity, a collection that focuses on particular historical blind spots by telling stories of individuals and groups that did not fit the favoured identity mould. The essays in this book work within the gap between Australian image and experience Read more …

‘The Scots in Australia, 1788–1938’

Congratulations to Benjamin Wilkie on the publication of The Scots in Australia, 1788–1938, which illuminates the many experiences of Scots in Australia from the first colonists in the late-eighteenth century until the hopeful arrivals of the interwar years. It looks at reasons for migration, their new lives and roles, and their encounters with – and Read more …

‘Settlers, War, and Empire in the Press: Unsettling News in Australia and Britain, 1863–1902’

Congratulations to Sam Hutchinson on the publication of his new book, which explores how public commentary framed Australian involvement in the Waikato War (1863-64), the Sudan crisis (1885), and the South African War (1899-1902), a succession of conflicts that reverberated around the British Empire and which the newspaper press reported at length. In doing so, the Read more …

‘Truth’s Fool: Derek Freeman and the War over Cultural Anthropology’

Congratulations to Peter Hempenstall on the publication of his new book, which explores how New Zealand anthropologist Derek Freeman ignited a ferocious controversy in 1983 when he denounced the research of Margaret Mead, a world-famous public intellectual who had died five years earlier. Freeman’s claims caught the attention of popular media, converging with other vigorous cultural Read more …

‘law&history’

The most recent issue of law&history, just published, is a special issue on gender intimacy and colonial violence with articles by Penny Edmonds, Victoria Haskins, Anna Johnston, Amanda Nettelbeck, Lyndall Ryan, and Angela Wanhalla; and a tribute to Tracey Banivanua Mar by Julie Evans. Congratulations to all contributors. Further information.