Professor Amanda Nettelbeck

Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Amanda Nettelbeck

Areas of expertise: Australian history; Indigenous history; British imperialism and comparative settler colonialism; colonial law and policing; colonial violence and its afterlives; humanitarian governance; historical memory and memorialization.

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-7099-6075


Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

Amanda Nettelbeck is a Professor in the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Australian Catholic University. Her research centres on the history and memory of colonial violence, Indigenous/settler relations, and the legal governance of Indigenous peoples. She is author, co-author or co-editor of numerous books, including most recently Indigenous Rights and Colonial Subjecthood (Cambridge 2019), Intimacies of Violence in the Settler Colony (co-edited with Penelope Edmonds, Palgrave 2018), Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern World (co-edited with Philip Dwyer, Palgrave 2017), and Fragile Settlements (co-authored with Russell Smandych et al, UBC Press 2016). She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and an Executive Committee member of the Australian Historical Association, International Australian Studies Association, and Australian & New Zealand Law and History Society.

Books and edited books

Selected book chapters and refereed journal articles of the last 10 years

ARC Projects

  • ARC Discovery Project, 'Envisaging Australian Citizenship’, 2020-2023 (DP200100088), $501,000. Co-CI.
  • ARC Linkage Project, 'Reconciling with the Frontier', 2020-2023 (LP190100561), $353,000. Co-CI.
  • ARC Discovery Project, 'Intimacy and Violence in Anglo Pacific Rim Settler Colonial Societies, 1830-1930', 2015-2018 (DP150100914), $500,137. Co-CI.
  • ARC LIEF Project, ‘Australasian Legal History Library II’, 2015 (LE150100051), $410,000. Co-CI.
  • ARC Discovery Project, 'Protection & Punishment: the Legal Reform of Indigenous People, Australia 1837-1911'. 2014-2016 (DP140103049), $164, 130. Sole CI.
  • ARC LIEF Project, ‘Australian Legal History Library’, 2012 (LE150100051), $330,000. Co-CI.
  • ARC Discovery Project, 'The Rule of Law in History and Memory: Australian and Canadian Settler Frontiers', 2010-2012 (DP 1095363), $195,000. Co-CI.
  • ARC Linkage Project, 'Frontier Conflict in History and Memory’, 2005-2007 (LP0560550), $210,000. Co-CI.

Accolades and awards

  • 2018, Winner, Australia & New Zealand Law and Society Association Prize for 'Creating the Aboriginal Vagrant', Pacific Historical Review 1 (2018)
  • 2018, Shortlisted, Australian Historical Studies Patricia Grimshaw Prize for 'Proximate Strangers and Familiar Antagonists', Australian Historical Studies 2 (2016)
  • 2008, Honourable Mention, John Barrett Awards for Australian Studies for 'Practices of Violence/Myths of Creation', Journal of Australian Studies 1 (2008)
  • 2008, Shortlisted, Chief Minister's Northern Territory History Book Award for In the Name of the Law (Wakefield, 2007)
  • 2002, Winner, John Tragenza National Community History Award for Fatal Collisions (Wakefield, 2001)
  • 2002, Shortlisted, NSW Premier's Award (non-fiction) for Fatal Collisions (Wakefield, 2001)

Appointments and affiliations

  • Keith Cameron Chair in Australian History, University College Dublin (2018)
  • Vice-President and Executive Committee, Australian & New Zealand Law and History Society
  • Executive Committee, Australian Historical Association
  • Executive Committee, International Association of Australian Studies
  • Adjunct member, Purai Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research Centre, University of Newcastle
  • Adjunct member, Research Centre for the Study of Violence, University of Newcastle
  • Member, Public Law and Policy Research Unit, University of Adelaide
  • Board member, Libraries Board of South Australia
  • ARC College of Experts (2020-2023)

Editorial roles

  • Editorial board, Australian Historical Studies
  • Editorial board, law & history
  • Editorial board, Australian History series, Anthem Press

Public Engagement

  • 2020 Roundtable on ‘Reconciling with Contested Histories’, hosted by the Australian Embassy to Ireland, Dublin
  • 2019 Annual Norman Tindale Memorial Lecture, hosted by the Royal Anthropological Society of SA
  • 2019 Tom Stannage Memorial Lecture and Masterclass, hosted by the Australian Studies Institute, WA
  • 2018 ANZAC Day Dawn Service Address, Grangegorman Military Cemetery, hosted by the Australian Embassy to Ireland, Dublin
  • 2018 ‘Oxford Talks’ series speaker, hosted by All Souls College, Oxford
  • 2017 Australian & New Zealand Law & History Society Keynote Address (theme ‘Legal and Social Change’), Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • 2017 Plenary panel on ‘Violence and Persecution, Australian Academy of the Humanities 48th annual symposium.
  • 2016 ‘Research Tuesdays’ Public Lecture (theme: ‘Colonial violence and the limits of the law’), hosted by the University of Adelaide.
  • 2016 ‘Talking History’ Public Lecture, hosted by History Trust SA
  • Adelaide Festival Writers’ Week panel chair (1996-2017)
  • Judging panel, Voss Literary Awards (2014-2016)
  • Judging panel, South Australian Premier’s Awards (2001-2012)

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