Manning Clark Professor of History
Australian National University
Ann Curthoys is Manning Clark Professor of History at the Australian National University and an ARC Professorial Fellow. She was educated at the University of Sydney (BA Hons, 1967), Sydney Teachers’ College (Dip. Ed., 1967), and Macquarie University, Sydney (PhD, 1973). Earlier in her career she taught Women’s Studies at ANU and History at the University of Technology, Sydney. She has written about many aspects of Australian history, including Aboriginal-European relations, racially restrictive immigration policies, Chinese in colonial Australia, journalism, television, and ‘second wave’ feminism. She also writes about historical theory and historical writing. Her books include Freedom Ride: A freedomrider remembers (2002), winner of the Stanner Prize, and, with John Docker, Is History Fiction? (2005).
She is currently completing a collaborative project with Ann Genovese, Alex Reilly, and Larissa Behrendt on ‘Historical Experts and Indigenous Litigants'; they have a contract with UNSW Press for a book with the provisional title, Law, History, and Indigenous Peoples. Her ARC Professorial Fellowship, which began in March 2007, is for a project entitled ‘Indigenous Peoples, the British Empire, and self-government for the Australian colonies’.
Dr John Docker
John Docker is a well-known literary and cultural critic, and public intellectual. He has written on contemporary theories of culture, identity, and diaspora; Orientalism and exoticism; monotheism and polytheism; and genocide in relation to both the Enlightenment and settler colonialism. His most recent books are 1492: The Poetics of Diaspora (2001) and, with Ann Curthoys, Is History Fiction? (2005).