Amanda Nettelbeck

Professor Amanda Nettelbeck

Professor

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


My research covers several strands of colonial history: the intersections between settler colonial state-building, violence and humanitarianism; the relationship of Indigenous people to colonial law; and the legacies of settler colonialism in historical memory.

My most recent work explores two related themes:
• How the humanitarian initiatives to reduce colonial violence were paired with forceful measures to build the terms of colonial governance in the British Empire. This is the subject of my new book: Indigenous Rights and Colonial Subjecthood: Protection and Reform in the Nineteenth Century British Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

• How violence was embedded in different colonial practices and relationships. This is the subject of two recent co-edited books: Intimacies of Violence in the Settler Colony (Palgrave, 2018, co-edited with Penelope Edmonds) and Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern World (Palgrave, 2017, co-edited with Philip Dwyer).

I welcome inquiries from Masters and PhD candidates interested in: British colonial and imperial history, Australian history, Indigenous history, histories of violence, histories of humanitarianism, histories of policing, historical memory, memorialization and museum culture.

Current projects include:

Intimacy and Violence in Anglo Pacific Rim Settler Colonial Societies

Violence and intimacy were both fundamental to the formation of settler colonial societies, yet we know surprisingly little of how they were connected. This project produces the first transnational analysis of intimacy and violence as intertwined vectors in the development of settler societies across the colonial Anglophone Pacific Rim. Drawing out connections between the broad-scale dynamics of colonial rule and the intimate violence of its implementations, the project aims to generate new comparative insight into the development of colonial settler cultures and enhanced understanding of their legacies for western settler democracies.
 

Indigenous Rights and Colonial Subjecthood

The nineteenth-century concept of ‘Aboriginal protection’ has usually been seen as a fleeting initiative of imperial humanitarianism, yet it sat within a larger set of legally empowered policies for regulating new or newly-mobile colonised peoples. This project explores how ‘humanitarian’ policies designed to protect the civil rights of indigenous peoples in the British Empire worked within a larger field of policies to extend the authority of law, manage colonial labour needs and control mobility. Policies of protection sought to mitigate the problems of unregulated colonization, but they also arose from a need to manage colonised peoples in an Empire where the demands of humane governance jostled with colonial growth.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Keith Cameron Chair in Australian History University College Dublin
    2007 Professor University of Adelaide
    1998 - 2007 Lecturer University of Adelaide
    1995 - 1995 Visiting Lecturer University of Missouri–St. Louis
    1993 - 1998 Lecturer Flinders University
    1991 - 1993 Associate Lecturer University of Western Australia
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Fellowship Tom Stannage Fellowship University of Western Australia Australia
    2018 Award Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Publication Prize for outstanding contribution to law and society Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Australia
    2018 Nomination Australian Historical Studies Patricia Grimshaw Prize for significant contribution to Australian history Australian Historical Studies Australia
    2008 Distinction Shortlisted, Chief Minister's Northern Territory History Book Award for In the Name of the Law (Wakefield Press, 2007)
    2008 Distinction Honourable Mention, John Barrett Awards for Australian Studies, 'Practices of Violence/Myths of Creation', Journal of Australian Studies vol 32
    2005 Teaching Award Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences' Award for Teaching Excellence
    2002 Distinction High Commendation, Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in Teaching
    2002 Award Winner, John Tragenza National Community History Award for Fatal Collisions (Wakefield Press, 2001)
    2002 Distinction Shortlisted, NSW Premier's Award for Fatal Collisions (Wakefield Press, 2001)
  • Research Interests

Date Project Number Investigators Funding Body Amount
2015 - 2018 DP150100914 Lyndall Ryan, Amanda Nettelbeck, Anna Johnston, Penelope Edmonds, Victoria Haskins, PI Angela Wanhalla ARC $500,137
2015 LE150100051 G.Greenleaf; M.Finnane; J. Nielsen; W Swain; AWells; AGenovese; T Josev; R.Reynolds; S. Dorsett; S.Ailwood; M. Sainsbury; A.Mowbray; C Bond; A Stuhmcke ; L. Ford; M.Stuckey; L Certoma; J Williams; G Appleby; B Kercher; C Kelly; P.Handford; M. Lunney; A.Twomey; M. Adams; J.Jones;A.Nettelbeck; SPetrow; W.Prest ARC $410,000
2014 - 2016 DP140103049 Amanda Nettelbeck ARC $164,130
2012 LE150100051

A.Mowbray, G.Greenleaf, L.Ford, A. Nettelbeck, R. Grantham, A.Twomey, M.Finnane, J.Williams, A.Buck, B.Kercher, M. Adams, R.Foster, S. Petrow, C.Bond, S. Dorsett, M.Lunney, P McDermott, W.Prest, J. Jones, H.Irving, M. Otlowski, N.Peterson

ARC $330,000
2010 - 2012 DP1095363 Amanda Nettelbeck & Robert Foster, PIs Russell Smandych and Louis Knafla ARC $195,000

2005 - 2007

LP0560550 Robert Foster & Amanda Nettelbeck ARC $210,00

 

Date Course Title Course Level / Code
2020 Protecting the Peace Level 3 HIST3055
2019 Violence in the Modern Western World Level 2 HIST2090

 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Henrician Fashion Diplomacy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Grace Samantha Hickey
    2019 Co-Supervisor Early Modern Protestant Perceptions of Catholic Missions to Non-Christian Peoples Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Alexander Timothy Pring
    2019 Co-Supervisor The History of Space Exploration in South Australia 1945 - 1970 Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mr Nathan George Hogg
    2013 Co-Supervisor Comparative Study of Australian and Canadian Womens Literature Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Jacqueline Sloan Morgan
    2013 Co-Supervisor Contempory Australian Gothic/Grotesque: Noel and Exegesis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Annabel Edwina Evitts
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Volume 1: Belly of the Beast
    Volume 2: The Road to Nowhere: Myths of Homeland and Expulsion in Australian Road Stories
    Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Liz Allan
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor The Administration of Justice in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands: A Front Line in Tensions between Traditional Aboriginal Culture and the Criminal Law Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Peter Gilbert Whellum
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Volume 1: 'Irrelevant Bodies'. Volume 2: 'Violent, Antagonistic, Morally Ambiguous: Anti-Heroines and the Female Gothic' Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Michelle Caroline Jager
    2013 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Representations of Belonging in Asian Australian Writing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Wan Nur Madiha Ramlan
    2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor The Life and Work of George Isaacs Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Anne Elizabeth Black
    2013 - 2015 Co-Supervisor The interplay of trauma and the sublime in four fictions by Ian McEwan Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Steven Thomas James Havis
    2012 - 2018 Co-Supervisor For The Sentiment: Emotions as Practice in the Development of Eighteenth-Century British Abolitionism Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Stefania Chiro
    2012 - 2018 Principal Supervisor More than Just a Roof over Their Heads: Migrant Accommodation Centres and the Assimilation of "New Australians" 1947-1960 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Karen Agutter
    2011 - 2014 Co-Supervisor The Writer as Mapmaker - Volume One: The Journeyman Years - Volume Two: Mapping a Postmodern World Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Benjamin Alexander Crisp
    2011 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Self-Writing in the Age of the Internet: A Novel and Exegesis Vol 1 & Vol 2 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Connor Tomas O'Brien
    2010 - 2015 Principal Supervisor The Many Lives of Douglas Mawson & Negotiating Biographical Boundaries Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Emma Louise McEwin
    2009 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Unintelligible: A Memoir of Unassumable Inheritance
    Volume 1 Creative work
    Volume 2 Exegesis After-words: Postmemory and writing perpetration
    Master of Arts Master Part Time Dr Anna Szorenyi
    2007 - 2008 Co-Supervisor 'The White Distance', a Novel and Reframing the Past for the Present: Writing 'The White Distance' Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Susan Errington
    2003 - 2006 Co-Supervisor Gifts from Catherine Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Kaye Cleave
    2002 - 2007 Co-Supervisor Critical Fictions/Fictional Critiques: Angela Carter and Decadent Iconographies of Woman Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Maggie Tonkin
    2000 - 2005 Principal Supervisor A Critical Edition Of William Cawthorne's The Kangaroo Islanders Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Richard Hosking
    1999 - 2004 Principal Supervisor SIGNIFICANT SHADOWS Ethics and Affect in Australian Cross-Cultural Research Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Robyn Dunlop
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Vice-President Australian & New Zealand Law and History Society - Australia
    2015 - 2017 Chair School of Humanities research committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Barbara Kidman Women’s Fellowship selection committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 - 2017 Representative Faculty of Arts Research Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Research Centre for the History of Violence University of Newcastle Australia
    2014 - ongoing Board Member International Association of Australian Studies - Australia
    2013 - 2015 Member School of Humanities Executive Committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2010 - 2012 Co-Founder Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Coursework committee University of Adelaide Australia
    2006 - 2012 Member Executive Dean’s Advisory Committee and Faculty Board (Faculty of Arts) University of Adelaide Australia
    2006 - 2009 Co-Founder Faculty of Arts Internationalisation Committee University of Adelaide Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Board Member Australian History Series Anthens Press United Kingdom
    2014 - ongoing Board Member Law and History - Australia

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