UCD Arts and Humanities and the School of History announce the appointment of Professor Amanda Nettelbeck as the 2018 Keith Cameron Professor

The UCD College of Arts and Humanities and the School of History are delighted to welcome Amanda Nettelbeck as the 2018 Keith Cameron Professor. During her year-long tenure in the UCD Australian Studies Centre at the School of History, Amanda will lecture onAustralian History and its Afterlives, and Contested Histories in Australia. She will also host the UCD Annual Lecture on Australian History in May.

Amanda Nettelbeck is a Professor at the Department of History, University of Adelaide and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Her research focuses on the history and memory of colonial race relations and the legal governance of indigenous people. She is co-author or co-editor of several books on colonial frontiers, most recently Fragile Settlements (UBC Press 2016) and Violence, Empire and Colonialism in the Modern World (Palgrave 2017).  Intimacies of Violence in the Settler Colony, co-edited with Penelope Edmonds, is forthcoming with Palgrave in 2018 and a monograph in progress, Indigenous Rights and Colonial Subject hood, is contracted by Cambridge University Press for publication in 2019. Amanda said: “I'm very happy to be here, and I'm looking forward to working with UCD colleagues and students this year in maintaining our rich Irish-Australian historical connections.”

Robert Gerwarth, Professor of Modern History and Head of the School of History welcomed Amanda, saying: “The School of History is delighted to have appointed Amanda to the Keith Cameron Chair. Her scholarship on Australian colonial and British imperial history is extremely distinguished and world renowned. Her current project on indigenous rights in empire is of immense importance in the world today and speaks to students and scholars in the field of History and beyond”.

Professor Sarah Prescott, College Arts and Humanities Principal said: “We are honoured to welcome Amanda to the College of Arts and Humanities and look forward to the many interesting contributions she will make to in History and across the wider UCD community.”

The Keith Cameron Professorship is housed in the Australian Studies Centre within the School of History at the College of Arts and Humanities. The Australian Studies Centre was established in 1996. It has a reference library, holdings in the Main College and hosts an annual programme of public seminars.

The tradition of Australian history at UCD dates more than 50 years to 1966, when Brian Sommers, lecturer in History at UCD and a graduate of Sydney and Cambridge Universities, introduced this programme. In 1985, the Keith Cameron Professorship of Australian History was endowed by the family of Dr Tony O’Reilly and the Australian Commonwealth. Keith Cameron was a distinguished mining engineer and company director, whose daughter, Susan married Tony O’Reilly. The tradition of Australian history at UCD was further strengthened in 2006 when the then Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, renewed funding for the Keith Cameron Professorship on a visit to UCD.

Since the early 1970s, the Australian Embassy in Dublin has supported the teaching of Australian history at UCD. In the past decade, more than one thousand students have benefited from the world-class scholars who have come to UCD to teach about the diversity of Australian historical experiences.

Find out more here: http://www.ucd.ie/history/austud/about/