They talkabout books just published, just completed, or still only dimly imagined, and share the strategies of plotting, shaping, crafting and polishing that turn their research into history.
Even before they set foot in an archive or scan the faded print of a digitised newspaper in search of evidence for a new project, historians will have an imagined book firmly in their sights.
History is a narrative discipline: we give meaning to our research through the craft of writing.
Though less well known than the Iroquois or Sioux, the Anishinaabeg who lived along the shores of Lakes Michigan and Huron were equally influential.
The book charts the story of the Odawa who settled at the straits between those two lakes, a key center for trade and diplomacy throughout the vast country west of Montreal known as the , doing my best to give you my sense of the book and its significance.
Then I went off to Europe, gave a number of talks to academic audiences from London to Moscow, and found out what the book is really about, or at least how it is likely to be understood as a scholarly intervention.
That revised understanding is my subject this time round.
'To Colombo – via Sydney, Paris, Taormina and Tangier: Voyages in Gay History'Professor Robert Aldrich In this, our third 'In Print or in Prospect' seminar, Robert Aldrich will discuss a trilogy that he never knew he would write: , under contract with Duke University Press.
The manuscript’s development has been long and winding, not least because the argument follows indigenous legal cases from Australia, to Canada, and finally to New Zealand, beginning in the late 1960s and ending at the turn of the twenty-first century.The book intervenes in a number of debates in indigenous and settler colonial studies, and it is to the politics of those fields that I will turn in this talk.Specifically, I discuss how my historical research redirects argumentsin critical theory; and why I think it is important for historiansto make such interventions.'How I came to be standing in the Brancacci Chapel'Dr Nicholas Eckstein Even before setting foot in an archive or scanning the faded print of a digitised newspaper in search of evidence for a new project, historians usually have an imagined book firmly in their sights.History is, above all, a narrative discipline: we give meaning to our research through the craft of writing.In this seminar series, historians from the department of History at the University of Sydney talk about the challenges and struggles, insights and triumphs that mark their writing life.