ARC Future Fellow
School of Humanities Research Coordinator
B.App.Sc. (Heritage Conservation) University of Canberra
Post Grad Dip. (History) University of Melbourne
PhD (History) University of Melbourne
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Penelope Edmonds is Australian Research Council Future Fellow, School of Humanities. She has qualifications in history and heritage studies, and teaches in the Australian, Pacific, (post)colonial, museum and public history areas.
Penny is the Chief Investigator of ARC funded Future Fellowship project 'Reform in the Antipodes: Quaker Humanitarians, Imperial Journeys and Early Histories of Human Rights', (2012-2015).
Penny has broad professional experience in the fields of history, public history and cultural heritage, and has worked in museums both nationally and internationally. Penny was an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, University of Melbourne (2008-2011) and Lecturer, Department of History, University of Melbourne (2006-2008). She was awarded an Andrew Mellon Fellowship in Heritage Conservation, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC for three years (1991- 1994).
Penny's research is supported by grants from the Australian Research Council. She is a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts (Creative Arts and Humanities panel), 2013-2015.
She is co-editor of Australian Historical Studies journal, with Professor Kate Darian-Smith, (2015-2018), and a founding member of the editorial board of the new journal Settler Colonial Studies.
Penny teaches in the Australian, Pacific, (post)colonial, museum and public history areas. She has over ten years of teaching experience, and has lectured in and coordinated courses in the following areas:
Australian history and political culture; Australia in the Pacific world; Australian history and human rights; settler colonialism; empire, race and human rights; comparative postcolonial and indigenous histories; gender and empire; heritage, museums and public history; visual culture; history and media; history and memory.
Please click here to link to the UTas Web Access Research portal (WARP) which lists Penny's funded projects, graduate research supervision and publication information.
Reform in the Antipodes: Quaker Humanitarians, Imperial Journeys and Early Histories of Human Rights, (2012-2015), ARC Future Fellowship funding $590,205.
Reform in the Antipodes adds an important new chapter to the history of human rights by examining Quaker humanitarian tours to the antipodean colonies of Australia, Mauritius, and the Cape Colony, which led to major imperial reforms in the treatment of slaves, indigenous peoples, convicts and indentured labourers in the British Empire.Using innovative approaches on transnational social movements and networks of empire, it will consider the antipodean colonies though the lens of Quaker humanitarianism and political reform. The project outcomes will be trans-issue and transnational: humanitarian discourses concerning the management of slaves, indigenous peoples, convicts and indentured labourers, which are usually studied in isolation will be considered as interconnected, while for the first time the antipodean colonies will be integrated into histories of trans-Atlantic Quaker reform and re-situated within internationalist debates.
Conciliation Narratives and the Historical Imagination in British Pacific Rim Settler Societies (2008-2011), ARC Linkage Grant LP0776803 with Partners Museum Victoria, National Museum of Australia, and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 2007, ARC funding $248, 509.
This multidisciplinary project, with Chief Investigators Professors Kate Darian-Smith and Dr. Julie Evans (University of Melbourne) aims to historicise and explore conciliation events between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the British settler colonies of the Pacific Rim including Van Diemen's Land, Victoria, NSW, New Zealand and British Columbia. Ideas of 'conciliation' between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Britain's Pacific settler societies, including the signing of treaties, have been the subject of much official, legal, and policy debate. However, there has been less scholarly attention paid to the ways that these settler societies have understood the role conciliation incidents have played in the evolution of their own distinctive histories, and in particular how these narratives have circulated within the popular historical imagination, where their cultural meanings have been reworked over time and expressed in forms of public history-making such as re-enactments and centenary commemorations, and in material cultural heritage.
Comparative and Transnational Colonial Histories
Urbanizing Frontiers: Settler and Indigenous Peoples in Pacific Rim Cities (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2010) is both comparative and transnational and examines the biopolitics of two Pacific and nominally white British colonies. It examines race, mixed relations, segregation and the cofashioning of racialised bodies and spaces in settler-colonial cities of Victoria, southeastern Australia and British Columbia on Canada's Northwest Pacific Coast, and envisages such places as key sites within a network of plural British colonial modernities of the 19th c. Pacific Rim.
Making Settler Colonial Space: Perspectives on Race, Place and Identity(Basingstoke: Palgrave UK, 2010) co-edited with Dr. Tracey Banivanua Mar (La Trobe University), interrogates the distinctive processes of settler colonialism in the making of racial, legal and cultural spaces, and especially considers identity, frontiers, and indigenous agency. The book looks across Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and also considers antipodean colonial space in Antarctica, Chile and Argentina.
Authorised by the Acting Head of School, Humanities
17 October, 2014