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Anna Clark

Anna Clark

Anna Clark is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney. She has written extensively on history education, historiography, and historical consciousness, including: Teaching the Nation: Politics and pedagogy in Australian history (2006), History’s Children: History wars in the classroom (2008), Private Lives, Public History (2016), the History Wars (2003) with Stuart Macintyre, as well as two history books for children, Convicted! and Explored! She also recently wrote The Catch: The story of fishing in Australia.

Anna Clark reviews ‘Is History Fiction?’ by Ann Curthoys and John Docker

February 2006, no. 278 01 February 2006
In recent years, there has been significant public anxiety over Australia’s past, and historians have found themselves in the middle of a contest over increasingly urgent issues of historical narrative and approach. It has been a heated debate, encapsulated by a series of graphic and divisive metaphors proclaiming history’s ‘murder’, ‘fabrication’ and even the ‘killing of history’. ... (read more)

Anna Clark reviews 'Australia’s First Naturalists: Indigenous peoples’ contribution to early zoology' by Penny Olsen and Lynette Russell

August 2019, no. 413 22 July 2019
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following article contain depictions of people who have died. What does it mean to really know an ecosystem? To name all the plants and animals in a place and understand their interactions? To feel an embodied connection to Country? To see and hear in ways that confirm and extend that knowledge? Indigenous ways of knowing ... (read more)