Anna Clark is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney. With Stuart Macintyre, she wrote the History Wars in 2003, which was awarded the NSW Premier’s Prize for Australian History and the Queensland Premier’s Prize for Best Literary or Media Work Advancing Public Debate.
Her PhD thesis, Teaching the Nation, was published by Melbourne University Press in 2006 and examines debates about teaching Australian history in schools. Follow up research, History’s Children: History Wars in the Classroom (New South, 2008), used interviews with 250 history teachers, students and curriculum officials from around Australia to explore Australian history teaching in school. She has also written two history books for children, Convicted! and Explored!
Anna’s most recent project, Private Lives, Public History, used interviews with 100 Australians from around the country to consider and include their thoughts on history alongside public and political discussions about the past and is published by Melbourne University Press. Reflecting her love of fish and fishing, she has also recently been written a history of fishing in Australia, which will be published in 2016.
Her current project, 'Re-imagining the National Story', is a history of Australian historiography, funded by the Australian Research Council.
Anna's teaching interests range across Australian history and historiography, including contests over the past, oral history, history education, memory studies, and public history.
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The ‘History Wars’ in Australia and internationally
Allender, T, Clark, A & Parkes, R 2019, Historical Thinking for History Teachers A New Approach to Engaging Students and Developing Historical Consciousness.
An edited collection surveying the nature of Australian history teaching today at both the primary and secondary level.
Clark, A 2019, The Knowledge Solution: Australian History What place does history have in a post-truth world?, Melbourne Univ. Publishing.
Collating this anthology also involved wrestling with history to a degree, as well
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trust that The Knowledge Solution: Australian history might be a prompt to ...
Clark, A 2017, The Catch The Story of Fishing in Australia, National Library of Australia.
This book charts the history of fishing, from the first known accounts of Indigenous fishing and early European encounters with Australia's waters to the latest fishing fads; from the introduction of trout and fly fishing to the challenges ...
Elmersjö, HÅ, Clark, A & Vinterek, M 2017, International perspectives on teaching rival histories: Pedagogical responses to contested narratives and the history wars.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017. This book presents a survey of approaches to dealing with 'rival histories' in the classroom, arguing that approaching this problem requires great sensitivity to differing national, educational and narrative contexts. Contested narratives and disputed histories have long been an important issue in history-teaching all over the world, and have even been described as the 'history' or 'culture' wars. In this book, authors from across the globe ponder the question "what can teachers do (and what are they doing) to address conflicting narratives of the same past?", and puts an epistemological issue at the heart of the discussion: what does it mean for the epistemology of history, if it is possible to teach more than one narrative? Divided into three sections that deal with historical cultures, multicultural societies and multiperspectivity, the chapters of the book showcase that dealing with rival histories is very much dependent on context, and that diverse teaching traditions and societal debates mean that teachers' abilities in engaging with the teaching of rival narratives are very different. The volume will be compelling reading for students and researchers in the fields of education, history, sociology and philosophy, as well as practising teachers.
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017. Using Australian history as a case study, this collection explores the ways national identities still resonate in historical scholarship and reexamines key moments in Australian history through a transnational lens, raising important questions about the unique context of Australia's national narrative. The book examines the tension between national and transnational perspectives, attempting to internationalize the often parochial nation-based narratives that characterize national history. Moving from the local and personal to the global, encompassing comparative and international research and drawing on the experiences of researchers working across nations and communities, this collection brings together diverging national and transnational approaches and asks several critical research questions: What is transnational history? How do new transnational readings of the past challenge conventional national narratives and approaches? What are implications of transnational and international approaches on Australian history? What possibilities do they bring to the discipline? What are their limitations? And finally, how do we understand the nation in this transnational moment?
Clark, A 2016, Once Upon a Time: Australian Writers on Using the Past, 1, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne.
Clark, AH 2016, Private Lives, Public History, 1, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.
Clark, AH 2008, Explored!, Hardy Grant Egmont, Prahan, Australia.
Clark, AH 2008, History's Children: History Wars in the Classroom, 1, UNSW Press, Sydney, Australia.
Clark, AH 2006, Teaching the Nation: Politics and Pedagogy in Australian History, 1, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, VIC.
Clark, AH 2005, Convicted!, Hardy Grant Egmont, Prahan.
Macintyre, S & Clark, AH 2003, The History Wars, 1, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Australia.
© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. In 1961, English historian E. H. Carr described history as ‘an unending dialogue between the present and the past’. Nearly 60 years later, has anything changed? What does ‘doing history’ mean today? And what does it mean in Australia and other settler societies, where debates about decolonising methodologies, fictions, audiences and authorship challenge the practice and function of history? In this recent roundtable held at the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney, four historians contemplated what history is (and isn’t) and how historiographical changes have influenced their own approaches to historical research and writing.
There is an ever-greater popular attachment to the commemoration of Anzac Day in Australia, with growing commercial, popular and institutional support around the country. This resurgence has also generated significant disagreement among historians, shaping the historiography of Anzac in recent years and raising important questions about Australia’s current obsession with Anzac: is it a reflection of increasing popular historical engagement, or an ideologically driven ‘mobilisation’ of the past? While various scholars have sought to unpack and understand this potent phenomenon of national sentiment, this article, based on a series of oral interviews with ordinary Australians in selected communities, reveals an uncertainty and complexity in many vernacular responses to Anzac that need to be included if that commemorative sentiment is to be properly understood.
Clark, AH 2017, 'Trench Warfare', Sydney Review of Books.
Clark, AH 2016, 'Private Lives, Public History: Navigating Historical Consciousness in Australia', History Compass, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 1-8.
Contests over Australian history captivate governments, historians and public commentators; they grab headlines and spawn endless public commentary. The ‘history wars’, as those debates have come to be known, play out over museum exhibits, national commemorations, public apologies and the ways we teach the past to the next generation: should the Australian War Memorial commemorate the victims of the Australian frontier wars? Should Australians be sorry for historical actions in the past? Should Australian history be compulsory in school? (And so on.) But does that ‘national story’ have any meaning for Australian families and communities? This paper canvasses some recent qualitative research into historical consciousness in Australia to explore the ways those historical discourses operate beyond the public domain. It asks participants to speak in their own words about what history means: how they relate to their local and family histories, and how they engage with Australian history more broadly. Impor- tantly, the project reveals a depth and complexity to Australians’ historical engagement and demonstrates that public and personal discourses about the past do indeed intersect in everyday life around the country.
Clark, AH 2015, 'Remembering and Forgetting: Inheritance and Indigenous Historical Consciousness', Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 86-98.
Clark, AH 2014, 'An Epic Forgetting', Sydney Review of Books, vol. August.
There has been an extraordinary resurgence in the commemoration of Australians at war in recent decades. An estimated 50 000 people attended Anzac Day marches around the nation in 1984; a generation later, in 2014, more than that number attended the dawn service at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance alone. As backpackers undertake the rite of passage to Gallipoli, record numbers swell Anzac marches at home, and the news fills with emotive, resonant images of war, past and present. Yet there is a blind-spot in this clamour to commemorate, as Henry Reynolds insists in his latest book, Forgotten War. ‘Since 1994 there has been a continuous program to commemorate the men and women who have served in Australia’s overseas wars from 1885 to the present,’ he writes; and yet conflict also ‘accompanied the pioneer settlers into almost every district on the continent’. It is this war ‘between settlers and Indigenous nations’ that ‘made the nation’, Reynolds argues, ‘not the fateful invasion of Turkey’
Clark, AH 2014, 'Inheriting the past: Exploring historical consciousness across generations', Historical Encounters, vol. 1, pp. 88-102.
Despite significant research into the meaning and operation of historical consciousness, there is still much to be understood about its hereditary function. For example, what does historical inheritance look like? How does it influence our individual and collective historical consciousnesses? And, just as critically, what happens to historical consciousness when history is deliberately withheld, when that inheritance is suspended or severed? As a way into some of these questions about passing on the past, this paper draws on a qualitative research project into historical consciousness in Australia to explore how so-called `ordinary people see themselves as part of a historical narrative. It reveals that historical inheritance is critical to our historical consciousness, and it notes the profound impact of forgetting on participants, raising important questions about the role of `silence and `absence in the formation of historical consciousness.
The history wars are far from over: the question is, do they resonate beyond the limited public sphere in which they play out? What do Australians think of their history in light of these politicised historical debates? By way of answer, this article examines the enduring public contest over the past and then investigates more elusive, but no less significant, everyday conversations about Australian history around the country. By proposing a method of `oral historiography to gauge contemporary historicalunderstandings in Australia, it brings a critical new perspective to theseongoing debates. It offers ordinary people a chance to contribute to national discussions about Australian history and it challenges some of the more simplistic and troubling assumptions of the history wars.
The political potency of national history has been understood for generations. Yet there has been an unquestionable surge in history's political influence over the last twenty or thirty years, as the various history wars that have broken out around the world attest. Australia has been no exception: disputes over its national story continue to generate considerable controversy in the media, in politics and in public debate. But how has this politicisation of the past affected Australian political history in the present? This paper examines how history is practised in contemporary Australian politics and notices an increasingly strategic use of the past by politicians in recent years.
Clark, AH 2010, 'Talking About History: A Case for Oral Historiography', Public History Review, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 62-76.
So the public conjecture over Australian history is far from over as these debates among historians, politicians and public commentators remind us. The question is, does any of this resonate beyond the limited public sphere in which it plays out? What do Australians think of their history in light of the history wars? By way of answer, this paper examines the enduring public contest over the past and then investigates more elusive, but no less significant, everyday conversations about Australian history around the country. By proposing a method of `oral historiography to gauge contemporary historical understandings in Australia, it brings a critical new perspective to these ongoing debates.
Clark, AH 2009, 'Teaching the nation's story: comparing public debates and classroom perspectives on history education in Australia and Canada', Journal Of Curriculum Studies, vol. 41, no. 6, pp. 745-762.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Teaching national history in school generates significant public anxiety and political debateas the various 'history wars' around the world reveal. For many school students, however, studying their nation's past is dull and repetitive. Such lack of interest has been confirmed by surveys and research reports that reveal alarmingly low levels of national historical knowledge among young people, and there is growing popular concern that their ignorance of the past endangers the nation's future. Yet preoccupation with students' apparent national illiteracy tends to overlook how they connect with history in the first place. This paper draws on findings from a comparative Australian and Canadian research project that interviewed students and teachers about the ways they learned and taught history. It argues that any return to 'the facts' at the expense of critical historical engagement in class could turn students away from the subject.
Clark, AH 2008, 'Learning About Stuff Outside the Box', Overland, vol. 191, pp. 16-19.
Clark, AH 2008, 'Teaching National Narratives and Values', Agora, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 4-9.
© 2007 Taylor & Francis Group LLC. Concern over the state of Australian history education has generated heated debate for over a year. Yet there have been glaringly absent voices in this very public argument: namely, the students and teachers who engage with this subject every day. Despite mounting anxiety about the state of Australian history teaching, there has been little discussion of how history teachers and students do history. This paper asks how students, teachers and curriculum officials make sense of a subject that constantly arouses so much public anxiety and unease. This article has been peer-reviewed.
Clark, AH 2007, 'A decision that affects the lives of real peopleâ', The Age, vol. 8 October, pp. 13-13.
Clark, AH 2007, 'It's like, history'', The Age, vol. 21 April, pp. 13-13.
Clark, AH 2006, 'Flying the Flag for Mainstream Australia', Griffith Review, vol. Autumn, no. 11, pp. 107-112.
In June 2004, the Prime Minister, John Howard, and the Federal Minister for Education, Brendan Nelson, announced a new $31 billion federal education package in which funding would be tied to a National Values Framework. The increased government support would be contingent on the implementation of several policy initiatives "that will underpin the Australian Government's national priorities, shaping our schools over the next decade".
Clark, AH 2006, 'History's forgotten voices', The Age, vol. 15 July, pp. 9-9.
Clark, AH 2006, 'Is History Fiction?', Australian Book Review, vol. 278, pp. 21-21.
Clark, AH 2006, 'Teaching the Nation', The History Teacher, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 16-18.
Clark, AH 2006, 'Textbooks: from the Narrative of the Nation to the Narrative of Citizens', Rekishigaku Kenkyu, vol. 816, pp. 24-30.
Clark, AH 2006, 'The History Question: Correspondence', Quarterly Essay, vol. 24, pp. 54-56.
Clark, AH 2005, 'Murder at Pioneer Cemetery', The Bulletin, vol. 5, pp. 19-19.
Clark, AH 2005, 'Murder at Pioneer Cemetery', The Monthly, vol. September, pp. 19-19.
Clark, AH 2005, 'Sense and Nonsense in Australian History', The Bulletin, pp. 69-69.
Clark, AH 2005, 'The 125 moments that changed Australia', The Bulletin, pp. 52-111.
Clark, AH 2004, 'History Teaching, Historiography, and the Politics of Pedagogy in Australia', Theory and Research in Social Education, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 379-396.
This article examines debates over teaching Australian history in schools and notes a pervasive anxiety about what "our children" should know. The article sketches some of these debates, and while noting the politics of history teaching both in Australia and abroad, argues that its heavily politicized discourse has been further intensified by an increasingly pedagogical invocation. As a sense of investment and ownership in the teaching of Australian history in school becomes more widespread, the contest over the past, paradoxically, has focused increasingly upon the image of the child as a generic symbol of the future.
Clark, AH 2004, 'Oh lucky land', The Age, vol. 28 August.
Clark, AH 2004, 'The great history debate', The Age, vol. 9 February.
Clark, AH 2004, 'Who was Edmund Barton, and who cares?', EQ Australia, vol. Winter, pp. 7-8.
Clark, AH 2003, 'Teaching the Past', Australian Cultural History, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 191-201.
The I Australians and the Pase project was initiated in response to growing historical interest and awareness in Australia. This attention to the past has manifested itself in both local and personal histories, as well as in increasing tension and debate oyer Australian historY. more broadly, ' School history is intrinsically situated in these discussions. Debates over history syllabuses are inseparable from the contemporary struggles and desires to represent Australia through its heritage. Indigenous histories in particular have incited most response, although migrant, feminist and comparative post-colonial units in history syllabuses have also produced significant reaction. Teaching history, and Australian history in particular, is loaded with the political context (and contest) of articulating the national past. This article examines the lAustralians and the Past' survey in the context of school history using interviews with history teachers conducted as part of the project.
Clark, AH 2003, 'The Politics of Australian History Education: An Initial Exploration', Australian Studies, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 113-124.
Clark, AH 2002, 'Getting back to the facts', The History Teacher, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 20-25.
Clark, AH 2002, 'History in Black and White: a critical analysis of the black armband debate', JAS, Australia's Public Intellectual Forum, vol. 75, pp. 1-11.
Clark, AH 2001, 'A student of optimismâAustralian lives', The Australian, vol. 1 January, pp. 16-16.
Clark, AH 2000, 'Progress of the Past? History in New South Wales Secondary Schools, 1972-1999', Public History Review, vol. 9, pp. 106-121.
Clark, A 2019, 'Australia' in Cajani, L, Lässig, S & Repoussi, M (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Conflict and History Education in the Post-Cold War Era, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 81-88.View/Download from: Publisher's site
In this chapter, Clark examines the parallel debates over content and methodology in Australian history teaching. These pedagogical concerns have been increasingly complicated in recent decades by discussions concerning the national narrative, and representation of the ‘Australian story’ in school syllabi. The revisionist critique of Australian colonial history, underscoring Indigenous perspectives on settlement and the ‘Stolen Generations’, as well as the social histories of women, migrants and workers, was in turn criticised by conservative commentators, who saw it as too progressive and politically correct. Public debate over content became infused with concern over pedagogy. The Australian history wars continue to polarise, demonstrating the ongoing anxiety around Australia’s national narrative and the politicisation of curriculum development.
Clark, A 2019, 'Introduction' in The Knowledge Solution Australian History, Melbourne University Press, Australia, pp. vii-xvii.
Clark, A 2019, 'Private Lives, Public History: Navigating Australian Historical Consciousness' in Contemplating Historical Consciousness Notes from the Field, Berghahn Books, New York, pp. 113-125.
Australian history has generated intense political and historiographical interest in recent years, as historians, politicians and public commentators weighed into captivating and divisive contests over the nation’s past. Commemorations, museums and school syllabuses became sites of great public interest and contestation, powerful reminders of the politics of collective memory. While such discussions continue to stimulate argument and analysis in scholarly articles, opinion pieces and public commentary, little is known of their impact on the wider community. What do so-called “ordinary Australians” think about the nation’s past? Are the historical questions it raises also debated in our sports clubs, living rooms and community centre kitchenettes? Does that historical concern reach out beyond opinion pages or academic journals, and across the garden fences that Tom Griffiths wrote about in relation to historical practice?
Clark, A 2019, 'Rebuilding reefs, restoring memory: At work in the waters of history' in Hay, A (ed), Griffith Review 63 Writing the Country, Text Publishing, pp. 107-113.
AS A HISTORIAN I’m not used to this sort of archive.
It’s a freezing spring morning in Clifton Springs, near Geelong, and I’m elbow deep in shellfish in a suburban backyard. We’re measuring mussels: sixty-five millimetres long, twenty-nine millimetres wide, fifteen millimetres deep; fifty-six millimetres long, twenty millimetres wide, nine millimetres deep. On and on it goes, hundreds of times. Then we move to oysters: fifteen millimetres; fourteen millimetres, three millimetres…
Our small group of scientists and local volunteers is part of a team monitoring a shellfish reef restoration project that’s being trialled here at Wilson Spit on the western side of Port Phillip Bay. To gather the molluscs, we rise early and find ourselves dipping and rolling on a charter vessel that’s being buffeted in a squall. As the dive team jumps into impressively cold water, across the chop I can just make out the You Yangs beyond the distinctive flat landscape of the Werribee Plains. The industrial foreshore of Geelong is only a few kilometres to the west; and to the east, a long, thin strip of yellow beach can be seen in the distance, stretching out from St Kilda to Frankston.
The project is an ecological one. A coalition of local anglers, marine scientists and fisheries managers with longstanding connections to Port Phillip Bay came together to try to restore habitat for an ecosystem badly degraded by overfishing, pollution and disease. Given the often-mutual scepticism and distrust in fisheries between commercial, recreational, scientific and government sectors, their enduring marriage is impressive. Several joint papers have now been written about shellfish reef restoration, cataloguing the science of overfishing, shellfish habitat and ecosystems, along with recommendations for their repair.[i]
Clark, A 2019, 'Scholarly historical practice and disciplinary method' in Clark, A, Allender, T & Parkes, R (eds), Historical Thinking for History Teachers A New Approach to Engaging Students and Developing Historical Consciousness, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, pp. 47-59.
This chapter explores public anxiety over historical knowledge, advancing a pedagogical discussion of the discipline in its place. In particular, it challenges those calling for a stronger national narrative in schools and suggests that an approach of ‘historical thinking’—a term that incorporates the skills of scholarly historical practice and disciplinary method—not only better reflects the discipline, but is also more likely to promote historical engagement in the classroom.
Clark, A & Macintyre, S 2019, 'Words that Changed Everything' in The Knowledge Solution Australian History, Melbourne University Press, pp. 104-114.
Contemplating Historical Consciousness brings together leading historians, ethnographers, and other scholars who give illuminating reflections on the aims, methods, and conceptualization of their own research as well as the successes and ...
Clark, AH 2019, 'Teaching and Learning Difficult Histories: Australia' in Epstein, T & Peck, C (eds), Teaching and Learning Difficult Histories in International Contexts A Critical Sociocultural Approach, Routledge Research in International and Comparative Education, New York & London, pp. 81-94.
Like many settler societies, the pressing challenge facing Australian history and history education concerns the colonisation of its Indigenous people: how do we collectively remember a national “birth” that was also characterized by violent confrontation, dispossession and Indigenous dispersal? And how do we teach that troubling and contested past in school?
Such questions have spawned heated, highly politicized debates over the ways that colonisation should be recognized and collectively remembered in Australia’s national narrative in recent decades. These “History wars”, as they’ve come to be known, play out over the representation of Australia’s colonial history in museum exhibits, national anniversaries and public monuments: should “Australia Day” fall on 26 January – the day Governor Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet of convicts landed in what is now Sydney – in 1788? Should the Australian War Memorial commemorate Indigenous victims of the Frontier Wars? They are questions that go to the heart of this difficult history (Attwood, 2005; Macintyre and Clark, 2003; Manne, 2003).
School history has been a particularly heated site of dispute. Successive State and federal governments have fought significant public battles over the terminology of Australia’s colonial memory, inserting and deleting words like “settlement” and “invasion” in turn; “discover”, “pioneer”, and “genocide” have been similarly fraught—yes, disagreement over teaching Australia’s “difficult history” has literally been as a crude as that (Clark, 2006; 2008). Only recently, the federal Education Minister ordered a review of the new national history curriculum because of its supposed ideological bias. “We think that of course we should recognize the mistakes that have been made in the past,” Christopher Pyne acknowledged. “But we don’t want to beat ourselves up every day” (Kids should learn about Anzac Day: Pyne, 2013).
And yet, at a time when debates about the subject reached their crescendo,...
Clark, AH & Grever, M 2018, 'Historical Consciousness: Conceptualizations and Educational Applications' in Metzger, S & Harris, L (eds), The Wiley International Handbook of History Teaching and Learning, Wiley Blackwell, pp. 177-201.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Western historians and philosophers of history have increasingly noted the changing relationship of people to the past and the emergence of a different historical consciousness. Studies of historical consciousness reveal the ubiquity of the past in contemporary culture and society. More than simply helping us to understand how people connect to history or how well they know it, such research also reveals history as fundamental to the way people perceive themselves. Historical consciousness is both intuitive and learned. The nexus between the past and the discipline of history raises several critical educational questions, such as: How can we operationalize historical consciousness? Can it be taught and in what ways? How does it function alongside historical thinking and reasoning in classroom engagement? This chapter canvasses and historicizes multiple definitions of historical consciousness as it relates to history education and explores some classroom applications.
Clark, AH & Elmersjö, HÅ 2017, 'Introduction: Epistemology of Rival Histories' in Clark, A & Elmersjö, HÅ (eds), International Perspectives on Teaching Rival Histories: Pedagogical Responses to Contested Narratives and the History Wars, Springer, London, pp. 1-14.
Part I, “Historical cultures and national histories,” consists of three chapters. ...
hopeful, showcasing the limits, rather than the possibilities, of “teachers' in
conflict-affected societies [propensity] to engage with rival histories in integrated
Clark, AH & Evans, T 2017, 'Family History and Transnational Historical Consciousness' in Clark, A, Simmonds, A & Reese, A (eds), Transnationalism, Nationalism and Australian History, Springer, Singapore, pp. 167-178.
Family history has become one of the most widely practiced forms of vernacular history around the world over the last thirty years. While that boom in family history has sometimes been understood as a response to globalization and rapid change—a search for “something solid in a shifting world” —the sheer scale of that historical interest also points to a distinct historical paradox: the search into local and familiar pasts is a decidedly international practice. The reach of the internet has opened up archives to anyone with a computer, lines between the production and consumption of history have become increasingly blurred, as local and family historians share methods and data with researchers around the world, and popular historical programs and resources, such as Who Do You Think You Are? and Ancestry.com continue to spawn franchises around the world in response to an apparently insatiable popular historical appetite. We are just as likely to see a genealogist or family historian researching in our archives and public libraries as academic historians. In historical terms, it seems, the local is indeed global.
Like the other chapters in this collection, our own explores intersections between the national and transnational in relation to historical practice. In this case, it is the field of family history that piques our research interest: in particular, we want to examine the ways this vernacular form of historical practice reflects both a popular desire for intimate and local histories of the everyday, while at the same time representing a distinctly international moment in historical practice. A range of academic historians shares our fascination with the growth of genealogy and other forms of public, popular history across the world. However, many also choose studiously to ignore its popularity. It is scholars in other disciplines, especially sociology, human and cultural geography, as well as information studies, who have dominated scholarly discussion on ...
Simmonds, AP, Rees, A & Clark, A 2017, 'Testing the boundaries: Reflections on transnationalism in Australian history' in Clark, A, Rees, A & Simmonds, A (eds), Transnationalism, nationalism and Australian history, Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore, pp. 1-14.
Transnational history in Australia is in an ebullient mood. Ten years
after Marilyn Lake and Ann Curthoys' path-breaking work, Copy"ected
Worlds, there has been an entire generation of scholars raised on malltras
of mobility, imperial circuitry and the need to think beyond national
borders. ' "Entangled histories" are the new orthodoxy, and circulation
metaphors pepper the scholarly lexicon. ' Within a remarkably short time,
transnational history ITas nioved from the Inargins to the mainstream.
Only recently a radical critique of national 11istoriographies, it is today
among the most influential forms of history making. ' In the wake of
these developments, our conception of the Australian past - and the
work of historical research and writing - has been transformed. N0 10nger
a quarantined field of study, Australian history now appears on the
o11ter rint of Pacific and Indian Ocean studies, as a nodal point in British
imperial studies and connected, or cast in a comparative IiglTt, witli other
settler colonial nations. The transnational has not only become a type of counter-narrative to the ITation, It has also helped complicate
understandings of national ITistory
Clark, AH 2016, 'Contested Pasts: History in Politics' in Ashton, P, Clark, A & Crawford, R (eds), Once Upon a Time: Australian Writers on Using the Past, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 37-48.
Clark, AH, Ashton, P & Crawford, R 2016, 'Out of the Past: Making Histories' in Ashton, P, Clark, A & CRawford, R (eds), Once Upon a Time: Australian Writers on Using the Past, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 1-15.
Clark, AH 2013, 'Connecting to the Past: Memory and History in Australian Communities' in Hamilton, P & Ashton, P (eds), Locating Suburbia: memory, place, creativity, UTS ePRESS, Sydney, pp. 75-86.
Shortly before my grandmother Dymphna died she called me into her room. She was tired and wincing with pain. `I want to show you The Box, she said. But she looked so sick that I suggested we leave it until after she had rested. I had seen its contents maybe 10 years earlier, when I was 11 or 12. I didnt really know anything about this box, except that it was old, it came from Sweden and had been passed down the female line in our family.
A survey of Australian historiography over the last fifty years.
Clark, AH 2010, 'The 'history wars'' in Nieuwenhuysen, J & Dunstan, D (eds), Southern Worlds: South Africa and Australia Compared, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 120-129.
In this chapter I want to catalogue some of these debates over Australia's past, For those who are close to Australian historiography, I'm sorry if I seem to be traversing familiar territory. But I wanted to provide an introduction for participants here today who may not know much about contests over Australian history, And I hope this paper can be a starting point for some comparative consideration of why history raises such similar debates across countries and cultures,
Clark, AH 2008, 'The Challenge of Teaching Australian History' in John Butcher (ed), Australia Under Construction: Nation-building Past, Present and Future, ANU E Press, Canberra, pp. 33-47.
Clark, AH 2006, 'Our children-the citizens of tomorrow', History in Global Perspective: Proceedings of the 20th Congress of Historical Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, University of New South Wales.
Clark, AH 2016, 'On listening to new national storytellers', The Conversation.
Australian history is already a hotly contested discipline but is it time to broaden our definitions of the canon? Might an indigenous rock painting or a novel or a poem constitute a work of history?