Temporal and Spatial Boundaries explores the historical discourses of nations and national identity across time and place. Researchers in this stream are interested in mapping, extending and interrogating national and transnational historiography and historical approaches.
This research stream focuses on the prominence of the nation and the ‘national story’ in public historical discourses. Researchers are passionate about studying debates over national narratives in Australia and globally, such as the ‘history wars’. They are also deeply interested in transnational histories, such as women’s history, Indigenous histories, and the historical practice itself.
Key research questions include:
- Why is history so contested?
- Why is it important to teach national narratives in school?
- How can we understand national debates about the past in an international context?
- What are the possibilities and limits of doing transnational history?
- In an age of transnational histories, is there anything uniquely national about Australia’s past?
- Who are our audiences as historians? National? Popular? Scholarly? International?