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 recent research projects explore the following 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 a recent 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 am currently working on two collaborative projects funded by ARC grants, 'Envisaging Australian Citizenship' (with Jane Lydon, Melissa Miles and Fay Anderson) and 'Reconciling with the Frontier' (with Robert Foster, John Carty, Skye Krichauff and industry partners).
I invite 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. However because I'm employed 0.2FTE, availability to supervise new students will depend upon current supervision load.
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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.
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) — — —
|Date||Project Number||Investigators||Funding Body||Amount|
|2020 - 2023||DP200100088||
Jane Lydon, Amanda Nettelbeck, Melissa Miles & Fay Anderson, 'Envisioning Australian Citizenship: Australian Histories & Global Connections'
|2020 - 2023||LP190100561||
Robert Foster, Amanda Nettelbeck, John Carty, SA Museum, History Trust SA, State Library of South Australia, State Records SA, Reconciliation SA, 'Reconciling with the Frontier'
|2015 - 2018||DP150100914||
Lyndall Ryan, Amanda Nettelbeck, Anna Johnston, Penelope Edmonds, Victoria Haskins, PI Angela Wanhalla, 'Intimacy and Violence in Anglo Pacific Rim Settler Colonial Societies'
|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, 'Australasian Legal History Library'||ARC||$410,000|
|2014 - 2016||DP140103049||Amanda Nettelbeck, 'Protection & Punishment: the Legal Reform of Indigenous People, Australia 1837-1911'||ARC||$164,130|
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, 'Australasian Legal History Library'
|2010 - 2012||DP1095363||Amanda Nettelbeck & Robert Foster, PIs Russell Smandych & Louis Knafla, 'The Rule of Law in History and Memory: Australian and Canadian Settler Frontiers'||ARC||$195,000|
2005 - 2007
|LP0560550||Robert Foster, Amanda Nettelbeck, SA Museum, State Records SA, 'Frontier Conflict in History and Memory'||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|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2020 Co-Supervisor Professor John Cleland and the 'Ultimate Absorption' of Aboriginal people during 20th Century South Australia. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Timothy James Wilkey 2020 Co-Supervisor ‘A Floating Home’: The emotional lives of nineteenth-century emigrants voyaging to Australia Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Emma Laurel Mary Grimes 2020 Principal Supervisor Conflicting Histories: The Memorialisation of Frontier Violence Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr David Charles Milazzo 2020 Co-Supervisor Interpreting History in Interactive Media, with Particular Focus on Video Games Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Tamika Glouftsis 2020 Principal Supervisor Civic Identity in Education: A Comparative History of Australia and New Zealand Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Julian Rawiri Kusabs 2019 Co-Supervisor Henrician Fashion Diplomacy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Grace Samantha Hickey Waye-Harris 2019 Co-Supervisor Roman Catholic Missions in the Americas and East Asia in English Anti-Catholic Discourse, 1558-1660 Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Alexander Timothy Pring 2019 Co-Supervisor Encountering Online Hate: Exploring the interactional factors associated with youth participation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Sarah Marie Fox
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 Co-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 APrf 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
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2020 - ongoing Member Australian Historical Association Executive Committee University of Adelaide Australia 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
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2019 - ongoing Board Member Australian Historical Studies University of Adelaide Australia 2015 - ongoing Board Member Australian History Series Anthens Press United Kingdom 2014 - ongoing Board Member Law and History - Australia
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