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Penelope Edmonds

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Penelope Edmonds

ARC Future Fellow
School of Humanities Research Coordinator.

Room 441, Humanities, Sandy Bay Campus

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Historian Penelope Edmonds is using her knowledge of history and heritage studies to relate the past to our present. She is uncovering previously unknown history that could change the way Australia sees its role in empire, colonialism and early histories of human rights.

Associate Professor Edmonds' award-winning research places her at the forefront of international scholarship in the field of Australian and Pacific-region colonial and transnational  histories.

'I am interested in the history of colonial contact, and postcolonial and indigenous activist histories, the cultural histories of performance and protest—the political and affective histories of both violence and reconciliation,' said Associate Professor Edmonds.

'Rediscovering our colonial histories can help us deal with the entwined themes of pressing urgency for our nominally 'post'colonial settler societies today:  reconciliation and human rights,' she explains.  

In her forthcoming book Settler Colonialism and (Re)conciliation: Frontier Violence, Affective Performances, and Imaginative Refoundings she argues that in contemporary settler societies reconciliation has emerged as a potent and alluring form of utopian politics. This book examines the performative life of reconciliation and its discontents in settler societies. It explores the affective refoundings of the settler state and reimaginings of its alternatives and, in particular, the way the past is creatively reworked and mobilized in the name of social transformation within a new global paradigm of reconciliation and the 'age of apology'. In search of a new emancipatory politics, it takes particular account of Indigenous-led refutations or reworkings of consensus politics in public culture that directly confront the ongoing structural legacy of colonial violence. Taking case studies from the USA, Australia, and Aotearoa New Zealand the book traces the prehistory of reconciliation's present in settler states, a contested political process, which is especially salient here formal decolonization cannot occur.

Associate Professor Edmonds has been awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. Her project 'Reform in the Antipodes: Quaker Humanitarians, Imperial Journeys and Early Histories of Human Rights' examines the early histories of colonialism and human rights, tracing three key Quaker journeys of investigation to Australia, South Africa and the Pacific in the early part of the nineteenth century.

'We need to put these important Australian and antipodean histories back into the big, global story of human rights,' she said.

'As 'investigators of empire' these Quakers were part of an elite political and religious network,' she said. 'Fuelled by anti-slavery sentiments and concerned with the plight of convicts and Aboriginal people in the colonies, these Quakers would send reports back to London. These reports shifted imperial policy and led to humanitarian reforms in the treatment of Aboriginal peoples, convicts, slaves and indentured labourers throughout the British Empire.

'The antipodean colonies have been overlooked in the history of human rights. In the 1830s in Australia and other antipodean colonies, some of the most urgent and crucial debates were occurring—humanitarian issues that are part of our history of 'human rights'. This is a new chapter in the 'human rights' story that needs to be told.

'Studying these early Quaker tours opens a portal on some of the most pressing and salient questions of empire: violence, dispossession, slavery and bondage, and on the early histories of human rights and rights talk.'

The breastplate given to 'U. Robert King of the Big River and Big Leather Tribes' by an unknown settler at Goonal station. Photo Dragi Markovic, National Museum of Australia

Associate Professor Edmonds' research also explores how hidden historical objects from our frontier past can offer fresh perspectives in rethinking and writing colonial history. She explains this in 'A breastplate reveals the story of an Australian frontier massacre' (The Conversation).

Associate Professor Edmonds' work has been recognised with the University of Melbourne's Dennis Wettenhall prize for research in Australian History (2006) and the Australian Women's History Network Mary Bennett Prize (2012). She is also the recent recipient of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia Paul Burke Early Career Award for panel C (History, Philosophy, Law, and Political Science (2014) for her 'multi-disciplinary approach to settler colonialism' and 'theoretical depth and originality'.

Penny Edmonds is ARC Future Fellow, and Associate Professor, School of Humanities, University of Tasmania. She has qualifications in history and heritage studies, including a PhD from the Department of History, University of Melbourne.  Her research and teaching interests include colonial histories, postcolonialism, Indigenous histories and rights, humanitarianism and human rights, Australian and Pacific-region contact and transnational histories, cultural heritage and museums.

Penny is Co-editor of Australian Historical Studies journal (Taylor and Francis) with Professor Kate Darian Smith, 2015-2018. She is a founding editorial board member of Settler Colonial Studies journal (Taylor and Francis).

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhD University of MelbourneAustralia2006
Postgraduate Diploma of Arts (History) University of MelbourneAustralia1999
B.App.Sc University of CanberraAustralia1989

Biography

Penny has 20 years of professional experience in the fields of public history and cultural heritage, and has worked in museums both nationally and internationally. She was the Andrew Mellon Fellow in Advanced Heritage Conservation, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (1991-1994). Later, Senior Conservator (1994-2001) and A/Head of Conservation (2 yrs), working with a team on the strategic preservation of Museum Victoria's extensive cultural, natural history, science and technology collections. She was a team member for the development of the first Bunjilaka Aboriginal gallery, and was later curator at Museum Victoria for the exhibition 'Indigenous Australia Now', Australia's gift to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She is an Honorary Associate of the Indigenous Cultures Department, Museum Victoria, Melbourne.

Penny has published in journals including Postcolonial Studies, Commonwealth and Imperial History, Australian Historical Studies, and Journal of Australian Studies.

Major publications include 'Rethinking colonial histories: new and alternative approaches' edited with Samuel Furphy (University of Melbourne, 2006), 'Urbanizing Frontiers: Indigenous Peoples and Settlers in 19th-Century Pacific Rim Cities', (UBC Press, 2010), and with T. Banivanua-Mar (eds), 'Making Settler Colonial Space: Perspectives on Race, Place and Identity' (Palgrave UK, 2010), and an edited collection (with K.Darian-Smith) 'Conciliation on Colonial Frontiers: Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim' , (Routledge Series in Cultural History, 2015).

Research Themes

Penny's research aligns with the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society.  It explores settler colonialism and contact relations between settlers and indigenous peoples - and how this relates to the present. She is also interested in the gendered aspects of the Australian frontier. The relationship between violence and conciliation, diplomacy, peace rituals and performances, and their commemoration in postcolonial settler nations, is another focus of Penny's research.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australian Historical Association
  • Honorary Associate of the Indigenous Cultures Department, Museum Victoria, Melbourne.
  • Member of InASA (International Australian Studies Association)
  • Member Tasmanian Historical Research Association (THRA)
  • Member Australian Women's History Network
  • Member of the Academic Advisory Board for the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Centre

Committee associations

  • Australian Research Council College of  Experts, Humanities and Creative Arts, 2013-2015.
  • Executive Member, Australia Historical Association (2012-2014)
  • Founding editorial board member for the new academic journal 'Settler Colonial Studies', hosted by Swinburne University

Research leadership and Administrative expertise

Penny was a member of the Australian College of Experts (Humanities and Creative Arts) panel (2012-2015). At the University of Tasmania she is the School of Humanities Research Coordinator and a member of the Arts Faculty Research Committee. She has also been Deputy Chair of the Humanities ERA panel (2015) and is a member of the University's Research themes committee for the theme 'Creativity and Culture'.

Convenor:

Convenor, Masterclass with Associate Professor Zoe Laidlaw, Royal Holloway, University of London, 'Network of Empire and Transnational History' Sept. 10, 2014, (18 PhD students), History/CAIA, University of Tasmania, Hobart. Zoe Laidlaw public lecture 'The Aboriginal Protection Society: Imperial and Humanitarian

Convenor,  'Empire, Humanitarianism and Non-violence in the colonies' symposium, 23 and 24th April 2014, History/CAIA, University of Tasmania, Hobart. Keynotes Professor Elizabeth Elbourne, McGill University, and Professor Tony Ballantyne, University of Otago.

Co-convenor, 2-day international symposium, 'Conflict and Conciliation Across Empires: Objects and Performances in Historical Perspective, The University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria, Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre, ARC Linkage supported conference, University of Melbourne, Nov. 17-18, 2011.

Co-convenor, Nov, 18-19th, 2010, international symposium, 'Conciliation Narratives in Settler Societies: Objects and Performances in Historical Perspective', ARC Linkage supported conference, hosted by linkage partner National Museum of Australia, Canberra. This interdisciplinary symposium brought together academics, artists and curators working around issues of conciliation and performance and included 18 speakers and almost 100 participants.

Co-convenor, Aug.- Sept., 2010,  'Performing Colonial Photography', 5-part seminar series with the Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne). Featured academics and artists working with colonial photographs.

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Penny 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, humanitarianism and human rights; comparative postcolonial and indigenous histories; gender and empire; space and race; heritage, museums and public history; visual culture; history and media; history and memory:

Teaching responsibility

Not currently teaching

Research Appointments

  • 2012-2017  Australian Research Council Future Fellow, University of Tasmania
  • 2008-2011 ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2006-2007  Lecturer / Course CoordinatorSchool of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne

Research Invitations

  • Invited speaker  'Contested Histories and the Politics of Memories', 3rd Foundation for Australian Studies in China,  Australian Studies Centre East China Normal University, Shanghai  22-25 October 2015.
  • Invited speaker  ''Collecting Looerryiminer's 'testimony': Humanitarian Anti-slavery Thought and Action in the Bass Strait Islands, Van Diemen's Land, 1832', Institute of Historical Research, University of London, Reconfiguring the British: Nation, Empire, World, 1600-1900 Seminar Series, 26 March 2015.
  • Convenor, Masterclass with Dr Zoe Laidlaw, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, 'Imperial networks and transnational histories of colonialism', History and Classic/ CAIA, University of Tasmania, 10 September 2014.
  • Convenor, 'Empire, Humanitarianism and Non-Violence' symposium, University of Tasmania, CAIA, 23-24 April 2014.
  • Invited Speaker, 'Tourist Motifs and Dark Pasts: Violet Mace and the Proclamation Cup,' MacCleay Museum, University of Sydney, 8 October 2013.
  • Invited Plenary speaker, Mobility and Mobilisations in History, Australian Historical Association Conference, University of Wollongong, July 2013.
  • Invited Paper, 'Surely this is the African slave trade in miniature': Sealers, Aboriginal Women and Humanitarian Anti-slavery Discourse in the Bass Strait Islands', Anti-slavery, Humanitarianism and Their Legacies, specialist workshop convened by Associate Professor Fiona Paisley, University of Queensland, Brisbane, December 2012.
  • Invited Paper, 'Crisis in Communication? The not so dismal story of Australian public history', Crises in Australian and Tasmanian history. Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies conference, University of Tasmania, 15 September 2012.
  • Invited Speaker, 'Conciliation, trust and violence: Empire's humanitarian handshake and the anatomy of a transcolonial idea', Emotions and Empire Workshop, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotion, University of Melbourne, 16 March 2012.

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Awards

  • 2014  Commendation Paul Burke Award. The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia Early Career Award  for Panel C (History, Philosophy, Law, and Political Science)
  • 2012  Mary Bennett Prize, Australian Womens' History Network for 'The Intimate, Urbanising Frontier: 'Native Camps', Gender Relations and Settler-Colonialism's Violent Array of Spaces Around Early Melbourne', Making Settler Colonial Space: Perspectives on Race, Place and Identity, (Palgrave UK, 2010) 
  • 2012  Highly Commended, InASA Barret Prize, Penelope Edmonds, '''Failing in every endeavour to conciliate': Governor Arthur's Proclamation Boards to the Aborigines, Australian conciliation narratives and their transnational connections'', Journal of Australian Studies, volume 35 issue no. 2, June 2011
  • 2010  'Urbanizing Frontiers' UBC Press (2010)  was 'commended' for the category 'First History Book' the by judges of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
  • 2009  Publication Support Grant, for the publication of Urbanizing Frontiers from the International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS), 2009, ($CA 12,000)
  • 2006  Dennis Wettenhall Arts Faculty Prize, University of Melbourne, for best PhD thesis in Australian History

Research Fields

  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
  • Historical Studies (210399)
  • Materials Conservation (210203)
  • North American History (210312)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History (210301)
  • Curatorial and Related Studies (210299)
  • Museum Studies (210204)
  • New Zealand History (210311)
  • British History (210305)
  • European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman) (210307)

Research Impact

  • Understanding Australia's Past (950503)
  • Understanding Past Societies (950599)
  • Conserving Collections and Movable Cultural Heritage (950303)
  • Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology (970121)
  • Understanding the Past of the Americas (950506)
  • Cultural Understanding (959999)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Understanding New Zealand's Past (950505)
  • Understanding Europe's Past (950504)

Publications

My book 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 century Pacific Rim.

In Australia, 'Urbanizing Frontiers' UBC Press (2010)  was 'commended' for the category 'First History Book' the by judges of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards (2010).

Reviewed in the new journal Settler Colonial Studies (Issue 1, 2011) Edward Cavanagh writes:  

'Edmonds argues for a redefinition of perhaps the most contested idea in settler colonial historiography:  that of the frontier...and offers a devastating indictment of the urban biopolitics of settler colonialism and their effect on Indigenous society'.

Making Settler Colonial Space: Perspectives on Race, Place and Identity (Basingstoke: Palgrave UK, 2010) co-edited with Dr Tracey Banivanua Mar. This edited collection 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.

Conciliation on Colonial Frontiers: Conflict, Performance, and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim (Routledge Studies in Cultural History, 2015) co-edited with Prof Kate Darian-Smith.  Spanning the late 18th century to the present, this volume explores new directions in imperial and postcolonial histories of conciliation, performance, and conflict between European colonisers and Indigenous peoples in Australia and the Pacific Rim, including Aotearoa New Zealand, Hawaii and the Northwest Pacific Coast.  It examines cultural 'rituals' and objects;  the re-enactments of various events and encounters of exchange, conciliation and diplomacy that occurred on colonial frontiers between non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples; commemorations of historic events; and how the histories of colonial conflict and conciliation are politicised in nation-building and national identities.

Forthcoming:

Book

Penelope Edmonds, Settler Colonialism and (Re)Conciliation: Frontier Violence, Affective Performanaces and  Imaginative Refoundings (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, due March 2016)

Chapter:

Penelope Edmonds, 'Honourable Colonisation: Australia', Honourable Intentions?' , Violence and Virtue in Australian and Cape Colonies, c 1750 to 1850, eds Penny Russell and Nigel Worden, Routledge, 2016.

Penelope Edmonds, 'Sovereignty Performances, Sovereignty testings: The Queen's currency and imperial pedagogies on Australia's south-eastern settler frontiers', Mistress of Everything: Queen Victoria in the Colonies, eds. Maria Nugent and Sarah Carter, Manchester University Press, 2016.

Published:

Chapter:

Penelope Edmonds, Canada and Australia: On Anglo-Saxon 'Oceana,' Transcolonial History, and an Interconnected Pacific World, Within and Without the Nation: Canadian History as Transnational History, eds.Karen Dubinsky, Adele Perry, and Henry Yu University of Toronto Press, 2015.

Total publications

45

Highlighted publications

(8 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2014Journal ArticleEdmonds P, 'Collecting Looerryminer's 'Testimony': Aboriginal Women, Sealers, and Quaker Humanitarian Anti-Slavery Thought and Action in the Bass Strait Islands', Australian Historical Studies, 45, (1) pp. 13-33. ISSN 1031-461X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2013.877505 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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2013Chapter in BookBanivanua Mar T, Edmonds P, 'Indigenous and settler relations', The Cambridge History of Australia: Indigenous and Colonial Australia, Cambridge University Press, A Bashford and S Macintyre (ed), Melbourne, Australia, pp. 342-366. ISBN 9781107011533 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2012Journal ArticleEdmonds P, 'Unofficial apartheid, convention and country towns: reflections on Australian history and the New South Wales Freedom Rides of 1965', Postcolonial Studies, 15, (2) pp. 167-190. ISSN 1368-8790 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13688790.2012.693043 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2012Journal ArticleEdmonds P, 'Travelling 'Under Concern': Quakers James Backhouse and George Washington Walker tour the Antipodean colonies, 1832-41', The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 40, (5) pp. 769-788. ISSN 0308-6534 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/03086534.2012.730830 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2

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2011Journal ArticleEdmonds P, ''Failing in every endeavour to conciliate': Governor Arthur's Proclamation Boards to the Aborigines, Australian conciliation narratives and their transnational connections', Journal of Australian Studies, 35, (2) pp. 201-218. ISSN 1444-3058 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14443058.2011.562227 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 3

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2010Chapter in BookEdmonds P, 'The Intimate, Urbanising Frontier: 'Native Camps', Gender Relations and Settler-Colonialism's Violent Array of Spaces Around Early Melbourne', Making Settler Colonial Space: Perspectives on Race, Place and Identity, Palgrave Macmillan, Penelope Edmonds and Tracey Banivanua-Mar (ed), Basingstoke, UK, pp. 129-154. ISBN 9780230221796 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

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2010BookEdmonds P, 'Urbanizing Frontiers: Indigenous Peoples and Settlers in 19th-Century Pacific Rim Cities', University of British Colombia, Vancouver, Canada, pp. 317. ISBN 9780774816229 (2010) [Authored Research Book]

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2010BookEdmonds P, Banivanua-Mar T, 'Making Settler Colonial Space: Perspectives on Race, Place and Identity', Palgrave, UK, Basingstoke, pp. 312. ISBN 9780230221796 (2010) [Edited Book]

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Journal Article

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Edmonds P, Maxwell-Stewart H, 'The Whip Is a Very Contagious Kind of Thing': Flogging and humanitarian reform in penal Australia', Journal of Colonialism & Colonial History, 17, (1) pp. 1-16. ISSN 1532-5768 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1353/cch.2016.0006 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Maxwell-Stewart H

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2014Edmonds P, 'Collecting Looerryminer's 'Testimony': Aboriginal Women, Sealers, and Quaker Humanitarian Anti-Slavery Thought and Action in the Bass Strait Islands', Australian Historical Studies, 45, (1) pp. 13-33. ISSN 1031-461X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2013.877505 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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2013Edmonds P, Carey J, 'A new beginning for Settler Colonial Studies', Settler Colonial Societies, 3, (1) Article 1. ISSN 1838-0743 (2013) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2012Edmonds P, 'Unofficial apartheid, convention and country towns: reflections on Australian history and the New South Wales Freedom Rides of 1965', Postcolonial Studies, 15, (2) pp. 167-190. ISSN 1368-8790 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13688790.2012.693043 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2012Edmonds P, 'Travelling 'Under Concern': Quakers James Backhouse and George Washington Walker tour the Antipodean colonies, 1832-41', The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 40, (5) pp. 769-788. ISSN 0308-6534 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/03086534.2012.730830 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2

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2011Edmonds P, ''Failing in every endeavour to conciliate': Governor Arthur's Proclamation Boards to the Aborigines, Australian conciliation narratives and their transnational connections', Journal of Australian Studies, 35, (2) pp. 201-218. ISSN 1444-3058 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14443058.2011.562227 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 3

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2011Edmonds P, 'Afterword: on recognition, apology and the 'Hidden history of the Americas'', Settler Colonial Studies, 1, (2) pp. 181-184. ISSN 1838-0743 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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2010Edmonds P, 'The Proclamation Cup: Tasmanian Potter Violet Mace and Colonial Quotations', ReCollections, 5, (2) pp. online. ISSN 1833-4946 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 2

2010Edmonds P, 'Unpacking settler colonialism's urban strategies: indigenous peoples in Victoria, British Columbia, and the transition to a settler-colonial city', Urban History Review, Special Issue 'Encounters, Contests, and Communities: New Histories of Race and Ethnicity in the Canadian City, 38, (2) pp. 4-20. ISSN 0703-0428 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

2006Edmonds P, 'The Le Souef Box: Reflections on Imperial Nostalgia, Material Culture, and Exhibitionary Practice in Colonial Victoria', Australian Historical Studies, 37, (127) pp. 117-139. ISSN 1031-461X (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10314610608601207 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 2

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Book

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2010Edmonds P, 'Urbanizing Frontiers: Indigenous Peoples and Settlers in 19th-Century Pacific Rim Cities', University of British Colombia, Vancouver, Canada, pp. 317. ISBN 9780774816229 (2010) [Authored Research Book]

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2010Edmonds P, Banivanua-Mar T, 'Making Settler Colonial Space: Perspectives on Race, Place and Identity', Palgrave, UK, Basingstoke, pp. 312. ISBN 9780230221796 (2010) [Edited Book]

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2006Edmonds P, Furphy S, 'Rethinking Colonial History: New and Alternative Approaches', Department of History, RMIT Publishing, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 231. ISBN 0975839268 (2006) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

(14 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Darian- Smith K, Edmonds P, 'Conciliation and Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Colonial Australia and the Pacific Rim', Conciliation on Colonial Frontiers: Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim, Routledge, Darian-Smith K and Edmonds P (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 1-12. ISBN 9780415744300 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2015Edmonds P, 'Canada and Australia: On Anglo-Saxon 'Oceana, Transcolonial History, and an Interconnected Pacific World', Within and Without the Nation: Canadian History as Transnational History, University of Toronto Press, K Dubinsky, A Perry, and H Yu (ed), Toronoto, pp. 115-141. ISBN 9781442646773 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2015Edmonds P, 'Tame Iti at the Confiscation Line: Contesting the Consensus Politics of the Waitangi Treaty in Aotearoa New Zealand', Conciliation on Colonial Frontiers: Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim, Routledge, Darian-Smith K and Edmonds P (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 171-192. ISBN 9780415744300 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Banivanua Mar T, Edmonds P, 'Indigenous and settler relations', The Cambridge History of Australia: Indigenous and Colonial Australia, Cambridge University Press, A Bashford and S Macintyre (ed), Melbourne, Australia, pp. 342-366. ISBN 9781107011533 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

[eCite] [Details]

2010Edmonds P, 'The Intimate, Urbanising Frontier: 'Native Camps', Gender Relations and Settler-Colonialism's Violent Array of Spaces Around Early Melbourne', Making Settler Colonial Space: Perspectives on Race, Place and Identity, Palgrave Macmillan, Penelope Edmonds and Tracey Banivanua-Mar (ed), Basingstoke, UK, pp. 129-154. ISBN 9780230221796 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

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2010Edmonds P, Banivanua-Mar T, 'Introduction: Making Space in the Settler Colony', Making Settler Colonial Space: Perspectives on Race, Place and Identity, Palgrave Macmillan, Penelope Edmonds and Tracey Banivanua-Mar (ed), Basingstoke, UK, pp. 1-24. ISBN 9780230221796 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

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2009Edmonds P, ''I followed England round the world': the Rise of Trans-imperial Anglo- Saxon Exceptionalism and the Spatial Narratives of Nineteenth-century British Settler Colonies of the Pacific Rim', Re-Orienting Whiteness, Palgrave, Macmillan, Leigh Boucher, Jane Carey and Katherine Ellinghaus (ed), UK, pp. 99-115. ISBN 9780230618855 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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2008Edmonds P, 'White Spaces?Racialised Geographies, Anglo Saxon Exceptionalism and the Location of Empire in Britain's c19th Pacific Rim Cities', Historicising Whiteness: Transnational Perspectives on the Construction of an Identity, RMIT Publishing in association with the School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne, Leigh Boucher, Jane Carey and Kat Ellinghaus (ed), Melbourne, Vic, pp. 363-374. ISBN 9781921166808 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]

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2008Edmonds P, 'We think that this subject of the native races should be thoroughly gone into at the forthcoming Exhibition: The 1866-67 Intercolonial Exhibition', Seize the Day: Exhibitions, Australia and the World, Monash University ePress, Kate Darian-Smith, Richard Gillespie, Caroline Jordan & Eizabeth Willis (ed), Melbourne, pp. 1-16. ISBN 9780980464801 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]

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2006Edmonds P, 'Imperial Objects, Truths and Fictions: Reading Nineteenth-Century Australian Colonial Objects as Historical Sources', Rethinking Colonial History: New and Alternative Approaches, Department of History, RMIT Publishing, Penelope Edmonds and Samuel Furphy (ed), Melbourne, Vic, pp. 73-87. ISBN 0975839268 (2006) [Research Book Chapter]

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2006Edmonds P, 'Dual Mandate, Double Work: Land, Labour and the Transformation of 'Native' Subjectivity in Papua 1908 - 1940', Collisions of Cultures and Identities:
Settlers and Indigenous Peoples, RMIT Publishing, Patricia Grimshaw and Russell McGregor (ed), Melbourne, Vic, pp. 123-141. ISBN 9780975839270 (2006) [Research Book Chapter]

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2004Edmonds P, 'From Bedlam to Incorporation: Whiteness and the racialisation of settler colonial urban space in Victoria, British Columbia, 1840s - 1880s', Exploring the British World: Identity - Cultural Production - Institutions, RMIT Publishing, Kate Darian-Smith, Patricia Grimshaw, Kiera Lindsay, Stuart McIntyre (ed), Melbourne, Vic, pp. 60-90. ISBN 0864593449 (2004) [Research Book Chapter]

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2001Edmonds P, 'Conserving the Things We Keep', A Museum for the People: A History of Museum Victoria and its Predecessor Institutions, Museum Victoria, Carolyn Rasmussen (ed), Melbourne, pp. on line. ISBN 0908011695 (2001) [Research Book Chapter]

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1997Edmonds P, 'A Technical Examination, Investigation, and Treatment of a Fifteenth- century Sienese Polychrome Terra-cotta Relief', Conservation Research 1996-1997, University Press of New England, Ross M Merrill (ed), National Gallery of Art: Washington, Hanover, pp. 67-91. ISBN 0894682644 (1997) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Edmonds P, 'the many Voyages of Arthur wellington Clah: A Tsimshian Man on the Pacific Northwest Coast', B C Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly, 179 pp. 225-227. ISSN 0005-2949 (2013) [Review Single Work]

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2012Edmonds P, 'Theatre of Evidence: Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country', History Australia, 9, (2) pp. 205-207. ISSN 1449-0854 (2012) [Review Single Work]

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2010Edmonds P, 'Review of Margaret Jacobs 'White Mother to a Dark Race'', Pacific Historical Review, 79, (4) pp. 648-650. ISSN 0030-8684 (2010) [Review Single Work]

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2010Edmonds P, 'Review of 'Shaking Hands on the Fringe' by Tiffany Shellam', Labour History, (98) pp. 247-249. ISSN 0023-6942 (2010) [Review Single Work]

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2004Edmonds P, 'Review of 'Land of Promise: Robert Burnaby's Letters from Colonial British Columbia 1858-1863', Anne Burnaby McLeod and Pixie McGeachie (eds), City of Burnaby, 2002', B C Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly, Winter, (144) pp. 122-124. ISSN 0005-2949 (2004) [Review Single Work]

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2002Edmonds P, 'Review of John Gascoigne 'The Enlightenment and the Origins of European Australia'', Melbourne Historical Journal, 30 pp. 20-24. ISSN 0076-6232 (2002) [Review Single Work]

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Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2000Edmonds P, 'NewObligations: Conservation Policy And Treatment Approaches For Aboriginal Collections in The Bunjilaka Aboriginal Centre, Melbourne Museum', Tradition and Innovation: Advances in Conservation, 10-14 October 2000, Melbourne, pp. 60-64. ISBN 0950052590 (2000) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Other Creative Work

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2004Edmonds P, 'Our Place: Indigenous Australia Now', Museum Victoria & Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, pp. 11-99 (2004) [Catalogue]

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Entry

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2005Edmonds P, 'Batman's Hill', The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Andrew Brown-May & Shurlee Swain (ed), Melbourne (2005) [Entry]

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2005Edmonds P, 'Founding Myths', The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Andrew Brown-May & Shurlee Swain (ed), Melbourne (2005) [Entry]

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2004Edmonds P, 'The LeSouef Box', Treasures of the Museum, Victoria, Museum Victoria (ed), Melbourne, on line, pp. on line (2004) [Entry]

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2004Edmonds P, 'The Proclamation Board', Treasures of the Museum, Victoria, Museum Victoria (ed), Melbourne, on line, pp. on line (2004) [Entry]

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Other Public Output

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Edmonds P, 'A breastplate reveals the story of an Australian frontier massacre', The Conversation, Australia, 28 October 2014 (2015) [Newspaper Article]

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2015Edmonds P, 'Indigenous Australia exhibition at the British Museum is insider activism at its best', The Conversation, Australia, 22 April 2015 (2015) [Newspaper Article]

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2015Edmonds P, Marchant A, ''Say Sorry you Bastard!' Postcolonial shame, reconciliation and National Sorry Day', ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions Blog, Australia, 25 May 2015 (2015) [Newspaper Article]

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2015Marchant A, Edmonds P, 'The Aesthetic of Dark Mofo: Emotion, Darkness and the Tasmanian Gothic', Histories of Emotion, Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Australia, 24 July 2015 (2015) [Newspaper Article]

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2013Edmonds P, 'A paean on the heart and soul of the capital of opportunity', The Canberra Times, Canberra, 13 March 2013 (2013) [Newspaper Article]

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2009Edmonds P, 'Australia's Missing Treaty', review of Bain Attwood's 'Possession: Batman's Treaty and the Matter of History', MUP, 2009', The Age, The Age, Melbourne, September 26, 2009 (2009) [Newspaper Article]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

7

Total funding

$1,558,662

Projects

Intimacy and violence on the Anglo Pacific Rim 1830-1930 (2015 - 2018)$429,022
Description
Settler colonialism was violent, and that violence of often everyday, prosaic and intimate. This project will produce a nuanced understanding of the nexus between violence and intimacy in the formation of settler colonial societies in the Pacific Rim; and analyse how this nexus was central to the formation of settlercolonial modernity.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($429,022)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Newcastle
Research Team
Ryan L; Nettlebeck A; Johnston A; Edmonds P; Haskins V; Wanhalla A
Period
2015 - 2018
Grant Reference
DP150100914
Treating Criminals from Shore to Ship: Public Health, Humanitarianism and Convict Transportation (2014 - 2017)$269,926
Funding
Australian Research Council ($150,000)
Scheme
Grant-Linkage Projects Round 1
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Maxwell-Stewart HJ; Edmonds P; Lueg C; Twidale Michael; Frost Lucy; Thomas Steve
Period
2014 - 2017
Grant Reference
LP140100623
'Conciliation, Trust and Violence: Empires humanitarian handshake and the anatomy of a transcolonial idea, 1788-1901' (2013)$3,000
Funding
Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions ($3,000)
Scheme
Associate Investigator
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Edmonds P
Year
2013
Reform in the Antipodes: Quaker Humanitarians, Imperial Journeys and Early Histories of Human Rights (2011 - 2015)$590,205
Description
This path breaking study illuminates a new chapter on human rights in the British Empire. Using innovative approaches on transnational social movements and networks of empire, it will consider the antipodean colonies of Australia, Mauritius, and the Cape Colony 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. For the first time, the antipodean colonies will be integrated into histories of trans-Atlantic Quaker reform and re-situated within internationalist debates.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($590,205)
Scheme
Fellowship-Future
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Edmonds P
Period
2011 - 2015
Grant Reference
FT110100572
'Urbanizing Frontiers: Indigenous Peoples and Settlers in 19th-Century Pacific Rim Cities', ( University of British Columbia Press, 2010) (2009)$12,000
Funding
International Council for Canadian Studies ($12,000)
Scheme
Publication Support Grant
Administered By
University of Melbourne
Research Team
Edmonds P
Year
2009
'Conciliation Narratives and the Historical Imagination (2008 - 2011)$248,509
Funding
Australian Research Council ($248,509)
Scheme
ARC Linkage Grant
Administered By
University of Melbourne
Research Team
Darian-Smith K; Evans J; Edmonds P
Period
2008 - 2011
To develop the proposal for Linkage Project 'Conciliation Narratives', (2006)$6,000
Funding
Arts Faculty, University of Melbourne ($6,000)
Scheme
Seed Grant Funding
Administered By
University of Melbourne
Research Team
Edmonds P
Year
2006

Research Supervision

In addition to the UTAS supervisions below, Penny has supervised the following HDR candidates through the University of Melbourne: 

PhD

Michael Hemingway (PhD) (co-supervision with Professor Ian Anderson) 'History and Policy of the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service', 2008-2012. University of Melbourne.

Rebecca Saunders (PhD) (Associate) 'A Cultural History of Churchill Island, Victoria', (2010-2012), University of Melbourne.

Amanda Barry (PhD) (Associate) 'Broken Promises: Aboriginal Education in South-eastern Australia, 1837-1937', (2008), University of Melbourne.

Masters

Kirsty Close (MA) (Associate) 'Labourers Unseen: Cape Bedford Mission and the Paradox of Aboriginal Labourers in World War Two', (2008) University of Melbourne.

Current

5

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDInvisible Shackles: Labour, Coercion and Ideological Constructs in the Antipodean and Indian Ocean Worlds, 1788-18992013
PhDQuaker Missions into the Antipodean Colonies, late 18th-mid 19th Centuries2013
PhDMauritius Caught in the Web of Empire: The legal system, crime punishment and labour 182518452013
PhDThe Colonial Tasmanian Landscape: A Home Recreated or a Fresh Start2014
MastersSeeking Eliza2015