A new generation of Australian historians is emerging with a fresh perspective on our past. Two authors at the vanguard of this shift, Nick Brodie and Billy Griffiths, team up for a fascinating discussion about researching Indigenous history, national identity and historical myths. Nick’s The Vandemonian War is the never-before-told story of the war between the British Empire and the Aboriginal peoples of Tasmania. Billy’s Deep Time Dreaming explores questions of ownership and identity in an ancient land. They are in conversation with Lisa Ford.
Nick Brodie (Australian)
Nick Brodie is a professional history nerd. Having worked as a history lecturer and field archaeologist, he has brought fresh angles to old tales in 1787: The Lost Chapters of Australia’s Beginnings, Kin: A Real People’s History of Our Nation and The Vandemonian War.
Billy Griffiths (Australian)
Billy Griffiths is a writer, historian and research fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. His latest book, Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia, explores the extraordinary deep history of the Australian continent. He is also the author of The China Breakthrough and co-editor with Mike Smith of The Australian Archaeologist’s Book of Quotations.
Lisa Ford (Australian)
Lisa Ford is Associate Professor in History at UNSW. Her work has explored the legal history of settler colonialism (Settler Sovereignty and Between Indigenous and Settler Governance); and the relationship of legal reform within the British Empire with the development of the nineteenth-century global legal order.