60,000 Years of Australian History: A Plea for Interdisciplinarity

On Thursday 19 October 2017, 6:00 to 7.30pm, Lynette Russell, President of the AHA and Director, Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, Monash University will present the 2nd Bicentennial Australian History Lecture (hosted by the Department of History, the University of Sydney) in the General Lecture Theatre, The Quadrangle, University of Sydney. As commonly presented, Australia’s past seems to consist of 230 years of European colonisation and over 50,000 years of Aboriginal culture, the former the purview of historians and the latter of archaeologists. Yet it presents striking opportunities for a truly integrated and seamless deep continental history, combining disciplines and methodologies. This lecture argues for mixing epistemologies to create historical narratives of the deep past that may be taught in schools and universities, presented in museums and popular culture, and proudly shared by all Australians.

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