Latest news and events

  • Monumental discovery narratives and deep history

    The Research Centre Director, Ann McGrath, has written a new article on deep history. Published in the latest edition of the Humanities Australia Journal, it contrasts the destruction of the Indigenous heritage site of Juukan Gorge with the police protection awarded the statue of James Cook in Hyde Park. She argues that the nationalist narratives of discovery obstruct a clear view of the deep past. In order to advance the study of deep time
  • Aboriginal Workers: a 1995 special issue of Labour History revisited in 2020

    The 1995 Aboriginal Workers Special Issue of Labour History edited by Ann McGrath, Kay Saunders, and Jackie Huggins was recently relaunched, with a new introduction, and a blog interview from Liverpool University Press (LUP) which you can [read at their website](https://liverpooluniversitypress.blog/2020/11/26/aboriginal-workers-a-1995-special-issue-of-labour-history-revisited-in-2020/).
  • Reviewing Song Spirals

    The Deep History team have been inspired by the recent publication Song Spirals: Sharing Women’s Wisdom of Country through Songlines, written by the Gay’wu Group of Women, and were pleased to see it win the non-fiction category in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. The ANU’s Stories Reading Group hosted a lively discussion about the book and Ann McGrath and Julie Rickwood each wrote reviews of the book, now published on-line and which you can read here: Ann McGrath's review: [https://aboriginalhistory.org.au/book-reviews-pre-publication/songspirals/](https://aboriginalhistory.org.au/book-reviews-pre-publication/songspirals/) Julie Rickwood's review: [https://openjournals.library.sydney.edu.au/index.php/JASAL/article/view/14836](https://openjournals.library.sydney.edu.au/index.php/JASAL/article/view/14836) Ann suggested that it is “a poetic exploration of Indigenous women’s ontologies” while Julie stated that it is “a unique invitation into Aboriginal women’s traditional cultural practices”. Both were captivated by Song Spirals and highly recommend it.

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