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Book Launch and Forum
Readings are excited to introduce a new event series in 2017. The State of Being Equal is a forum intended to make sure we trump Trump politics by exploring how society can be more equitable and just, rather than divisive and bellicose. Each event in the series will examine a new title that is relevant to global and sexual politics.
In Who’s Afraid of International Law? noted authorities explore ways in which international law constitutes a certain way of talking and being – one that might have both ameliorative and malign effects. Editors Raimond Gaita and Gerry Simpson will discuss the ideas raised in the book with feminist international law scholar Hilary Charlesworth.
This is a free event, but please book here.
Campaign aims to give Monash highest army rank a century later
Monash's Our author Tim Fischer, whose book Maestro John Monash has put the case for the posthumous promotion of Monash to the rank of Field Marshal, is continuing this campaign with the help of the Honourable Josh Frydenberg MP.
Digital Divas wins national prize
Our new title about changing the attitudes of school girls towards IT has won the 2016 Leonie Warne Prize. The book, Digital Divas: Putting the Wow into Computing for Girls, is based on a successful Australian project which changed girls’ perceptions of IT careers using specifically designed classroom materials that were delivered in all-girl classes.
The Digital Divas project also improved the confidence of the girls who participated when it came to using computers. The project was conceived as a response to a downturn in girls studying IT at secondary school. Recent figures suggest that women only make up around 28% of the IT workforce in Australia.
Lead author, Adjunct Professor Julie Fisher, said that she and her colleagues were pleased to receive the award.
“It’s really important to recognise that there are ways to get more girls interested in IT. After all, it looks like more and more jobs will be technology-based in the future and we need to move towards gender equality in this area,” she said.
“There are so many fascinating avenues open to people who have good IT skills, from designing systems to improve healthcare, to social welfare and education - it’s not just about hardware and software, it’s about people too,” she added. Professor Fisher conducted the research with her colleagues Professor Helen Forgasz and Dr Amber McLeod from Monash University, along with Associate Professor Catherine Lang from La Trobe University and Associate Professor Annemieke Craig from Deakin University.
The Leonie Warne Prize for an Outstanding Publication in the Area of Women and IT was announced at this year's Australasian Conference on Information Systems. The prize is worth $1500 and recognises the best article published during the year in any outlet (book, book chapter, conference or journal). The electronic version of Digital Divas is currently available to download for free.
The Conscription Conflict and the Great War launch speeches by Bill Shorten and Luke Foley MP
The Conscription Conflict and the Great War by was successfully launched in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra at the end of November with the help of official launchers the Hon Bill Shorten MP and Luke Foley MP.
Speaking in Melbourne, Bill Shorten said:
The Conscription Conflict tells a forgotten story, it fills a void in Australian history. And – as the best writers of history do – the authors of this collection allow the protagonists to speak for themselves. The sound and fury of those times, the words that bounced off these very walls, still ring loudly in this book.
Read his full speech here.
At the Sydney launch, Luke Foley said:
For Australians, a complete understanding of the Great War will only be gained by reading and thinking about the conscription debates, their outcomes and their meaning.
Read his full speech here.
How to Vote Progressive in Australia debate and launch photos
Photographs by Les Thomas
Nathan Hollier, Ellen Sandell (Greens), Sean Scalmer (ed), Andrew Giles MP (Labor), Dennis Altman (ed) and host Tracee Hutchison.
Sean Scalmer (ed), Ellen Sandell (Greens) and Andrew Giles MP (Labor).
Dennis Altman and Tracee Hutchison.
Sean Scalmer and Ellen Sandell.
Andrew Giles MP, Dennis Altman and Tracee Hutchison.
Nathan Hollier and Sean Scalmer.
Monash University Publishing featured in Bookseller+Publisher
Director Nathan Hollier spoke to Books+Publishing for their ‘small publisher spotlight’ series.
Ann Wigglesworth, author of Activism and Aid on On Line Opinion
An estimated ten thousand Timorese protesters besieged the Australian embassy in Dili on 22 March 2016 to protest Australia's refusal to negotiate with East Timor on a permanent sea boundary in the oil- and gas-rich Timor Sea.
The fledgling half-island nation asserts the vast majority of oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea – worth about US$40 billion in royalties and tax alone – would lie in its territory if sea borders reflected the norms of the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea, a contention Australia rejects. Read more
How healthy is the bookselling and publishing industry in Australia? And what are the key reasons for this state of wellbeing (or illness)?
Monash University Publishing Director Nathan Hollier writes on the state of publishing in Australia on The Conversation.
Meredith Fletcher wins major book prize at Victorian Community History Awards 2015
Meredith Fletcher's Jean Galbraith: Writer in the Valley has just won the main prize at the Victorian Community History Awards 2015 . The $5000 award recognises the most outstanding community history project submitted in any category.
Jean Galbraith: Writer in the Valley tells the story of one of Australia’s most influential botanists and writers on nature, plants and gardens. Meredith Fletcher (pictured above with Monash University Publishing manager Nathan Hollier at the awards ceremony) is a historian specialising in environmental, local and community history.
Dr Zareh Ghazarian of the School of Social Sciences and author of The Making of a Party System has been awarded the Australian Prime Minister's Centre Fellowship for 2015-16.
The fellowship, established by the Commonwealth government, was awarded by the Australian Prime Ministers Centre within the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. It aims to raise awareness of Australia’s prime ministers and to provide a national focus for research and scholarship in the field of prime ministerial studies.
As part of the fellowship, Dr Ghazarian will undertake a project that analyses the approaches of prime ministers in advancing their party’s policy agenda in parliament. The project will also examine the leadership of prime ministers in negotiating the passage of bills through the Senate since 1949.
Alexandra Roginski's The Hanged Man and the Body Thief was launched to a full house at Readings Bookshop, Carlton on Monday, 29 June. Read Tom Griffiths' full launch speech below with photos by Dr Libby Robin.
Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and their elders past and present, on whose lands we meet, and I especially thank the traditional owners of the Wonnarua nation who have travelled here to be with us – Tom Millar and James Wilson Millar – and also Brad Welsh from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. Your presence here is so special and important, and we thank you profoundly.
The quest that is the origin of this book began in a museum cabinet. That is where much wonderful research starts – for museums are dynamic, they are sites of renewal and discovery, they are not just an end-point, not just a final repository. Museum collections are full of lives and stories – and they can surprise us. That is one of the messages of this wonderful book. Alex Roginski begins this story sitting in the research room of the Humanities Department of Museum Victoria with a manila folder in her hands. It is a file with some scraps of information about a human skull in the museum’s collection, a skull with a barely legible label that appeared to read: ‘Jim Crow, Aboriginal … executed … land … capital offences.’ Alex has respectfully held that skull in her hands too, searching for signs of its identity. It was her responsibility, her appointed task, to read the skull – and her assignment led her to people in earlier times who also read skulls, but for different purposes. It was her burden to share that peculiar role with them. For the skull in the museum could only be repatriated if the origins and cultural affiliation of the remains could be discovered. That was Alex’s task; that was her quest. A skull is an object that is so intensely and intimately personal that it is not an object. Yet a skull is also bare bone, a material relic so stripped of individuality that it represents our physical humanity at its most basic and universal. The skull seems to be the repository of who we are; it is the site of our being and personality: the head, the face, the brain. Yet bone is ultimately just bone. How do we read a skull for its cultural history, and how do we find the people and country it came from? What life had lived within the skull? Who was Jim Crow? How do you, as Alex puts it, ‘breathe life into the skull to try to make him into a human being again’?
Searching for Jim Crow is what this book is about, and along the way we are introduced to three compelling people. The first, of course, is Jim Crow himself. His death and protracted earthly afterlife were more public than his brief existence. Like many Aboriginal people on the pastoral frontier, he inhabited the margins of documented life and perhaps he intended it that way. He is only caught in the settler record by the institutions of prosecution and punishment. He was a slight Aboriginal man of about 25 years who came from the district of Maitland in New South Wales. We don’t know his real Aboriginal name, and only a few of his utterances were recorded, all under the stress of prosecution. On 24 January 1860 at about 11 am, Jim Crow visited a farmhouse in a township near Dungog and asked for water. Jane Delanthy was at home, and she did not have water, but offered him coffee instead. She was pregnant and she was at home alone with a young child while her husband was away working at the threshing machine for the day. While Jim Crow sat on a stool and drank coffee, she made conversation. What then happened was contested at trial and ended with them both running away in different directions. Jane Delanthy accused Jim Crow of rape; Crow pleaded not guilty. The jury found Jim Crow guilty but recommended him for mercy. However Justice John Dickinson sentenced him to death. In the book, Alex sifts the evidence and asks the fundamental question: Would Jim Crow have been convicted and executed were he not Aboriginal? She finds that he would not have been.
The second compelling person to whom we are introduced in the book is a man named Alexander Hamilton, a morally ambiguous character. We meet him in his early forties, six years after his arrival in the Australian colonies from Scotland, making a living as a phrenologist. Phrenology was a popular nineteenth-century science that consisted of reading the shape of people’s heads to discern their moral and intellectual character. Phrenologists were obsessed by race and criminality. Alexander Hamilton was in the Maitland area giving public lectures that featured real human skulls, and he had been among the onlookers at Jim Crow’s execution within the sandstone walls of the Maitland Gaol. Four months later, on a moonlit night, Hamilton attempted to have Crow’s head exhumed from its grave in St Peter’s Church of England Cemetery in East Maitland. This immediately led to the prosecution of Hamilton for inciting grave-robbing, and thus the book’s second courtroom trial begins…. Alex, our author, issues a warning to her readers: ‘The challenge of dealing with loud historical figures such as Hamilton is that, no matter how gruesome their behavior, we start to warm to the very humanity of their voice.’ So we are introduced to a man who was bombastic, self-important, melodramatic, probably violent, sometimes charming, a showman. Hamilton, as well as being a body thief, was an ardent campaigner for the abolition of capital punishment, and in 1880 pleaded for a reprieve for Ned Kelly. In his 1860 trial for inciting grave-robbing, Hamilton, probably relishing the opportunity for performance, chose to defend himself in the court, and the jury took just 15 minutes to acquit him. At some time in the next two years he returned to St Peter’s Church of England Cemetery, dug up Jim Crow’s body and removed the skull. It then joined his collection of more than 50 skulls of known people and became a prop in his popular phrenological lectures.
The third enigmatic person to whom Alex introduces us in this book is Agnes Hamilton, Alexander’s third wife and, from 1884, his widow. She was 34 years younger than him, a ‘soft beauty’ who was his amanuensis and secretary and, after Alexander’s death, possibly had a relationship and a child with the future Australian Prime Minister, George Reid. In her final years Agnes also wrote biographies of the poet Henry Kendall. In 1889, five years after Alexander’s death, she gave his collection of skulls and yellowed labels, together with some papers, to the National Museum of Victoria. The donation, which Agnes hoped would memorialise the work of her late husband, was accepted by the museum and travelled by steamship from Sydney to Melbourne. When the collection entered the museum, it continued to have a history of course, as Alex carefully explains – a contested history of custody, neglect, research and rediscovery that has led to us being here today.
I said that the book introduces us to three compelling people. But there is a fourth. There is a fourth figure whom we encounter in these pages and who becomes our guide. It is Alex Roginski herself. Her presence is quiet, subtle and respectful, but it is compelling too. The extent to which an author declares herself in a work of history is always a delicate matter, and here it is beautifully done. We meet her in the museum at the beginning of her research, she is our questing companion, thinking aloud, asking questions, inviting us to look over her shoulder as she reverently handles crania, examines labels, sifts data, walks in a cemetery, sits at her desk, and even as she googles. Trove comes out of this book very well! For the uninitiated, Trove is the digital marvel that, in response to a few key words, can dredge a century of newspaper reports and retrieve a forgotten fragment just for you – it replaces the days and weeks we historians used to spend spooling through newspaper microfilm. It delivers power and responsibility into our hands with bewildering speed. But the intellectual hard work remains to be done and still takes the same painstaking time. Nothing can short-cut deep thinking; nothing can replace careful contextual analysis; nothing can supplant detailed cross-examination of evidence. All of this is on show here too. Alex is a master at extracting meaning from the tiniest detail and she writes with mischievous wit and literary flair. We see Alex’s legal training employed in her sharp focus on the two trials at the heart of the book; we see her forensic eye scrutinising evidence, written and material; we come to share her heartfelt engagement with the moral challenges this research raises. This is one of the benefits of readers meeting this fourth person. Through her delicate presence in the book and her dialogue with the reader, Alex is able to negotiate the cultural sensitivities openly. It is a way of dealing with the grisly and the macabre without sensationalising them. She writes that ‘The cumulative impact of the Hamilton remains is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes chilling.’ We are enabled to feel that impact too, and thus to share in the responsibility for what happens next.
What happens next is ultimately what this book is about. Alex finishes the book with the words: ‘I hope it will allow Jim Crow to return home.’ Tomorrow that historic opportunity will eventuate. There will be a solemn handover ceremony at Melbourne Museum, and Jim Crow will travel again, this time with friends back to country. There is justice to be done and there are reconnections to be made: of skull to person, of bone to life, of man to country.
Jim Crow’s story enables us to step back and consider how museums have been dealing with their colonial legacy and to reflect upon the vital, creative role of museums in our culture. Over the last thirty years we have lived through a challenging and significant change in the relationship between museums and Indigenous peoples. From the 1980s museums increasingly turned their attentions from past objects to present peoples, and Aboriginal studies resolutely crossed the great divide from science into the humanities. Lindy Allen is a distinguished scholar from Museum Victoria who is here tonight, and she has observed that returning materials can sometimes be one of the most important things a museum does. It’s true. Our large museums now devote care and attention to the serious process of repatriation. In her book, Alex acknowledges the inspiration of an essay called ‘Where are the stories?’, written by the National Museum of Australia curator and repatriation expert, Mike Pickering. In that essay, Mike urges us to document and tell the stories of these grim museum collections, for it is the stories that ‘compel us to look at, and respect, the object on the table, the remains, as an individual.’ This is the large task to which Alex’s book contributes so thoughtfully: a revolution we are living through in our understanding of the Indigenous peoples of this country and their rights to history, heritage and land, a revolution in which historical research and museum collections are playing a vital role.
Over twenty years ago I was lucky enough to work for a while, as a guest researcher, in the same department of Museum Victoria where Alex began work on this book, and some of the same wonderful scholars and curators who helped me then have helped Alex now. How lucky we all are that they are there still, such is their dedication to their museum and its collections. They bring an immensely valuable continuity to this important work at a time of rapid change; they curate not only collections but also crucial institutional memory. We all owe them a great debt for their sustained, sensitive work.
Congratulations, Alex, on this powerful and important book, which is beautifully written, and that sparkles with intelligence and flair. It is truly a gripping read, suffused with hauntings but also with hope, and one feels the power of the past in the present on every page. It is my great pleasure to declare the book launched!
Events coming in 2015
Not just book launches, but a range of engaging, critical discussions are always being programmed by Monash University Publishing. Don't forget to check in on our Events page regularly.
Monash University Publishing would like to invite you to
In Conversation with Professor Richard Larkins
Tuesday 31 March 2015 at the Monash University Club
Events – December 2014
Monash University Publishing would like to invite you to the following forthcoming events:
In Conversation with Author Andrew Scott
Wednesday 03 December 2014 (Sydney)
Events – October and November 2014
Monash University Publishing would like to invite you to the following forthcoming events:
Book Launch: Trendyville by Renate Howe, David Nichols and Graeme Davison
Thursday 16 October 2014 (Melbourne)
In Conversation with Author John Rickard
Friday 24 October 2014 (Melbourne)
In Conversation with Author Trevor Grant
Saturday 25 October 2014 (Sydney)
Book Launch: Maestro John Monash by Tim Fischer
Monday 10 November 2014 (Melbourne)
Book Launch: Northern Lights by Andrew Scott
Tuesday 25 November 2014 (Melbourne)
We hope you'll be able to join us at these events.
Book launch for David Syme: Man of The Age
Last night Emeritus Professor Graeme Davison launched Elizabeth Morrison's David Syme: Man of the Age at the State Library of Victoria.
An Imperial Affair: Portrait of an Australian Marriage
7 August at the National Library of Australia, Canberra
John Rickard and Frank Bongiorno will discuss the complexities of families and history.
For more information, see the NLA's event page.
David Syme: Man of the Age
12 August at the State Library of Victoria
To be launched by Graeme Davison.
Sri Lanka's Secrets: How the Rajapaksa Regime Gets Away with Murder
14 August at Readings Bookshop, Carlton
Author Trevor Grant in conversation with Julian Burnside AO, QC.
Jean Galbraith: Writer in a Valley launch events
Jean Galbraith: Writer in a Valley was launched by Peter Cuffley at the opening of the Exhibition 'Jean Galbraith and Friends: A Shared Passion for Nature" at the Latrobe Regional Gallery on 26 July 2014. The exhibition, which is open until 21 September, explores Jean Galbraith's achievements and connection with her beloved valley and features the work of friends who shared her passion for nature: the botanical art of Betty Conabere and a collaboration with Edna Walling that has been hidden away in Jean Galbraith's papers until now.
Jean Galbraith: Writer in a Valley had a second launch event at Hill of Content Bookshop on 31 July 2014, with Jane Edmanson OAM as its launcher.
See the book's events page for more photos from this event.
Dare Me! The Life and Work of Gerald Glaskin was launched by Graham Willett, with Trisha Kotai-Ewers as MC and with special guest Rae Kean, on Monday 24 February at the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA Inc. (FAWWA) in Perth.
On Thursday 27 February, the book had a second launch event at Hares & Hyenas in Melbourne. A panel discussion featured author John Burbidge, historian and author Graham Willett, and lecturer and author Jeremy Fisher. The discussion focused on Glaskin's work, his legacies, and the Australian cultural landscape of his time.
The Market in Babies: Stories of Australian Adoption was launched by Professor The Honourable Nahum Mushin on 28 November 2013 at RMIT University.
Mei-fen Kuo's Making Chinese Australia: Urban Elites, Newspapers and the Formation of Chinese-Australian Identity, 1892–1912 was launched on Tuesday 26 November 2013 at the University of Melbourne, by Professor John Fitzgerald. During his launch speech, Professor Fitzgerald described Making Chinese Australia as:
‘A landmark work marking the arrival of this field … The best book ever written on the history of Chinese Australia.’
It is a great privilege to launch Al’s book, Anzac Memories. It is a wonderful book. I want to try to describe the effect it has had on me: what I have learnt from it, how it has helped me make sense of episodes of my own life, how it has made me think about the professional and ethical obligations on anyone who seeks to tell other people’s stories, and finally, what the book tells us about the impact of great public or private events on people’s lives, and how these effects are handed down through the generations…
…The book works on so many levels. The stories of Percy Bird, Bill Langham and Fred Farrell – three old diggers from the western suburbs of Melbourne whom Al interviewed near the end of their lives and who form the backbone of the book – are powerfully told. I like the way Al’s interviewing and reporting style is both meticulous and loose: meticulous with the facts and the careful, accurate reporting of their stories, loose in the way Al allows us to read our way into the characters and form our own impressions, without the author telling us what he thinks we should think of them. The men’s war and postwar stories are forceful responses to simplistic or jingoistic versions of the Anzac legend – they do not debunk the legend but they make us see the many ways in which it has been harnessed to political purposes, the ways in which it fails to tell the truth.…
But the most powerful thing I take from Anzac Memories is the story that is told for the first time in this new edition: the story of Al’s grandfather, Hector Thomson, of Al’s father David, and, in the background, of Al himself. Hector fought in Palestine as a member of the Light Horse, but contracted malarial encephalitis, which wrecked his health and spirit for the rest of his life. Al could not tell the story of Hector before [now] …
Anzac Memories Launch Photos
An Imperial Affair: Portrait of an Australian Marriage, written by John Rickard,
was launched by Professor Raimond Gaita
on Wednesday 6 November 2013
at Readings in Hawthorn.
In launching the book, Professor Gaita said:
I am honoured that I was asked to launch An Imperial Affair: Portrait of An Australian Marriage. It is a fine book. Monash University Publishing is to be congratulated for choosing it for its list and for doing it justice.
When Nathan asked if I would write some words of praise for the cover, this is what I wrote:
In An Imperial Affair, John Rickard tells the story of his parents’ marriage between 1927 and 1962 when his mother died. It was, he reveals, lived with a complex integrity, faithful to a vow whose solemnity we now find hard to take seriously, but which transformed their love. This is a fine, moving book – the book of an historian, a writer, a loyal but troubled son and a wise man. The love, compassion and delicacy, evident throughout, offer its reader a deepened and more sympathetic understanding of the values that defined times to which we are now inclined to condescend.
This evening I will try to explain why I wrote that…
An Imperial Affair Launch Photos
'Leichhardt Land' has launched
Read about Leichhardt Land.
On 16 September 2013 Alan Trounson launched John Leeton's book Test Tube Revolution: An Early History of IVF at Monash University, Clayton, Victoria.
In launching the book, Alan Trounson said:
We have needed a book on the extraordinary people and events in Melbourne through the 1970s and 80’s that was a revolution in reproductive medicine. The core of these accomplishments involved the team led by Carl Wood – the founding Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Monash University. Who better to author this than Carl’s close friend and colleague – John Leeton, aided by journalist Robyn Riley. It is an easy read for one of the genuine milestones in human medicine. Dr Robert Edwards received the Nobel Prize for Medicine for IVF in 2010 for his work on initiating human IVF. Carl and his team actually created most of the technology that was, and is actually used, to produce the 5 million + IVF babies worldwide 1978-2011. John tells an incredible tale of the Melbourne group and their energy, innovation and shear bravery in the face of frequent and concerted opposition.
Circus and Stage book launch photos
On Wednesday 21s August 2013, Mimi Colligan's book Circus and Stage: The Theatrical Adventures of Rose Edouin and G. B. W. Lewis was launched to a delighted audience. The book was launched by Peter Fitzpatrick, winner of the 2013 National Biography Award for his book The Two Frank Thrings.
Author Mimi Colligan describes her long years of research for the book.
Launcher Peter Fitzpatrick with Monash University's Librarian (and MC for the event) Ms Cathrine Harboe-Ree.
Ian McArthur's biography Henry Black: On Stage in Meiji Japan was launched at Books Kinokuniya in Sydney on 1 August 2013.
At the launch, Ian wore a yukata made of material given to him by the storyteller San'yutei Enraku. Enraku, who died in 2009, was the head of the San'yuha guild of storytellers to which Henry Black belonged. The pattern on the yukata includes the Chinese characters for "Enraku". On the screen is a photo portrait of Henry Black. Photo by Shizue Hamilton.
Ian McArthur with Jim Kable and Yuri Matsui. Photo courtesy of Yuri Matsui.
Ian at launch. In foreground is Ian's wife, Mari Minami, who is operating the PowerPoint. The screen shows Henry in the kabuki role of Banjuiin Chobee. Photo by Shizue Hamilton.
Walter Hamilton (former ABC Tokyo correspondent) in conversation with Ian at the launch at Kinokuniya book store in Sydney, August 1. Photo by Shizue Hamilton.
Ian and Alison Broinowski at the August 1 launch. Photo by Shizue Hamilton.
Winner of the National Biography Award 2013
Congratulations to Peter Fitzpatrick upon receiving the National Biography Award 2013. We are very proud to have published this extraordinary biography. Read more
Eilean Giblin launched by the
Governor-General of Australia, Her Excellency The Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO
On 15 July 2013 at the National Library of Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, launched Patricia Clarke’s new book Eilean Giblin: A Feminist between the Wars.
Read Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce's full speech for the launch of Eilean Giblin.
The Two Frank Thrings shortlisted for the National Biography Award 2013
Chair of the judging panel Dr Bernadette Brennan said that “The quality of writing
and diversity of subjects and stories, including engagingly narrated stories about
what might be termed ‘ordinary’ Australian lives, demonstrate that the art of
biography and memoir is thriving in Australia.”
The Australian Book Review's Brian MacFarlane chose The Two Frank Thrings as his book of the year in 2012: 'Few books gave me more pleasure this year ... not because of any particular veneration for either Frank, but because it is a superbly executed biographical account of them. It is elegantly written, spiked with wit and insight, immaculately researched, and structured with a style and originality that enable the reader to get inside the lives of these two disparate Thrings."
The winner of the National Biography Award will be announced at 11am on Monday 5 August at a special free event at the State Library of New South Wales.
Monash University Publishing has won its first book award, with A Wild History by author Darrell Lewis being announced as the joint winner of the Northern Territory Chief Minister’s History Book Award 2013.
The prize was shared with Jennifer Isaacs for her book Tiwi: Art, History, Culture
At the award presentation the book was described as: “The history of the colonisation of the Northern Territory told in microcosm. An impressively-researched and richly detailed history of the Victoria River region, the reader gains an in depth understanding of adventure on the Territory frontier on the cusp of the twentieth century. We need more micro-histories like A Wild History to truly understand the history of colonisation in the Territory.”
Since its launch last year, A Wild History has also received a number of accolades including its nomination as his Book of the Year by The Australian journalist and author Nicolas Rothwell who describes it as:“a triumph of publishing: the recuperation of a well-buried past.”
Dr Nathan Hollier, Director of Monash University Publishing, says particularly given 2012 was Monash University Publishing’s first full year of operation, it is pleasing to have one of the press’s 2012 works be recognised in this way as one of the best Australian books of the year, as well as to see due recognition going to Lewis.
“A Wild History is a wonderful example of what the press aims to achieve, combining scholarly expertise with inspired writing. And it is a genuinely ‘popular’ history, both in terms of its popularity with readers since the book’s launch, and in its accessibility, colour, humanity, and drama.”
A second book by Darrell Lewis, Where is Dr Leichhardt?, is one of Monash University Publishing’s latest releases which is also being exceptionally well received.
Where is Dr Leichhardt?
On Thursday 21st February 2013, Bruce Bennett and Anne Pender's book From a Distant Shore: Australian Writers in Britain 1820–2012 was launched by Adam Shoemaker, Monash University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education). Read Professor Shoemaker's launch speech.
Monash Nominations now open for the Warwick Prize for Writing
An innovative writing prize with global competition, across all disciplines.
Staff members and students of Monash University are invited to nominate a work for the coveted Warwick Prize for Writing. Launched in 2008, this innovative award is open to excellent and substantial pieces of writing in any genre or form, from any part of the globe.
Naomi Klein was awarded the inaugural prize in 2008 for The Shock Doctrine; and Peter Forbes, the 2011 Prize for Dazzled and Deceived: Mimicry and Camouflage. Managed by The University of Warwick, the £25,000 biennial prize has now been extended to include nominations from Monash students and staff as part of the alliance between the two universities.
For more information, or to nominate please view the Website at: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/prizeforwriting/.
Twitter: @Warwickprize #warwickprize
You are invited to celebrate the launch of:
From a Distant Shore:
Australian Writers in Britain 1820–2012
by Bruce Bennett and Anne Pender
To be launched by Professor Adam Shoemaker,
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Monash University
5.15pm, Thursday 21st February, 2013
Monash University, Caulfield Campus
Building H room B12
Caulfield campus map - PDF
RSVP: email email@example.com
or phone 9905 0526
by February 15
On 22 December 2012, The Australian published an article on 2012 "Books of the year" as nominated by a selection of Australia's leading authors and critcs. In choosing A Wild History as his book of the year, Nicolas Rothwell said the following:
A Loose convention once required reviewers to select their books of the year from the titles they had themselves reviewed in the preceding 12 months. It is a convention I find easy to honour this year, in choosing A Wild History: Life and Death on the Victoria River Frontier, a sweeping record of the frontier region between the Kimberley and Top End in contact times. Its author, Darrell Lewis, is at once historian and investigator, archeologist and collector of unconsidered trifles. He has tramped the Victoria River region for decades, discovering its secrets. His tale is one of eccentrics, reprobates and maniacs; his characters are rebels, fantasists and murderers. The book is full of intriguing pictures and strange conversations. Laughter and tears are on every page. The narrative hovers on the edge of the unbelievable: the archival references prove the tale. Bushmen, bagmen, cattle-duffers, cattle-spearers - here they are. A Wild History is a triumph of publishing: the recuperation of a well-buried past.
Journalist and author
To read the full article in The Australian go to http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/books-of-the-year/story-fn9n8gph-1226541203228
On 13 December 2012, Tom Griffiths reviewed A Wild History in Inside Story: Current Affairs and Culture from Australia and Beyond:
If Ned Kelly had been gentler and more learned but just as much a bushman he might have written A Wild History: Life and Death on the Victoria River Frontier (Monash University Publishing, $29.95). Darrell Lewis’s book is a distillation of bush wisdom and scholarly tenacity, of courageous fieldwork and equally adventurous archival sleuthing, of forty years of learning the country and of a lifetime of listening to history. Lewis has walked the Victoria River District in Australia’s northwest, swum its crocodile-infested rivers, got to know its plants, animals and people, slept under its stars, inspected its caves, recorded its inscriptions on rock and tree, and then pursued its material diaspora wherever it may have migrated. I am reminded of a great landmark work in Australian history, A Million Wild Acres, a book about the Pillaga Scrub by another bush scholar, Eric Rolls. Lewis’s book is full of frontier stories, superbly researched and skilfully told...
— Tom Griffiths
To read the full article Inside Story go to http://inside.org.au/best-overlooked-books-2012/
Closedown for the Christmas / New Year period
Monash University Publishing will close at 1pm on Friday 21st December 2012 and will reopen on Monday 7th January 2013.
We wish you a very safe and happy Christmas, and all the best for 2013!
The China Breakthrough launched at Glee Books by James Curran
James Curran from The University of Sydney launched Billy Griffiths' new book on Gough Whitlam in China 40 years ago: The China Breakthrough: Whitlam in the Middle Kingdom, 1971. Billy was also interviewed by Phillip Adams on Late Night Live on 29 November.
See the full photo gallery from the launch on our Facebook page.
Peter Fitzpatrick in conversation – Tuesday 20 November
Australian Book Review – for its first event at City Library – presents Peter Fitzpatrick , author of a new and highly praised dual biography, The Two Frank Thrings. Peter Fitzpatrick will be joined by noted film historian Brian McFarlane, co-editor of The Oxford Companion to Australian Film. Readers and theatre-goers will relish this conversation about the flamboyant and often deceptive lives of these two giants of the Australian entertainment industry.
Tuesday, 20 November at 6 p.m. for prompt 6.15 p.m. start
The library is located in the CAE building on the corner of Degraves Street and Flinders Lane,
between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets (Melway reference: Map 1B, M9).
This is a free event, but bookings are essential:
(03) 9699 8822 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In Conversation with Clinton Fernandes
(a Gleebooks event)
Editor Clinton Fernandes will discuss his new book Peace with Justice: Noam Chomsky in Australia with Peter Slezak, UNSW's Professor of Philosophy, on 19 November 2012 at Gleebooks.
This is a free event. For further information and to RSVP please see Fernandes in Conversation at Gleebooks.
More than 150 people gathered at the Arts Centre Melbourne on 23 August to celebrate Peter Fitzpatrick's new biography The Two Frank Thrings.
Launched by actor, director and writer Graeme Blundell and held in the superb ANZ Pavilion room overlooking Southbank, the crowd enjoyed listening to tales of Frank Thring junior - the actor and King of Moomba - and his flamboyant lifestyle. His relationship with his father, Frank Thring senior, was complex and difficult but inevitably shaped him profoundly. The senior Frank had created Efftee Films - Australia's first 'talkies' studio - and had built a fortune and what he hoped would be the beginning of a dynasty. His son squandered the fortune and derailed the dynasty in the process of creating his own flamboyant legend.
Monash University Publishing Director Nathan Hollier commented on the importance of this work to the press, stating: ‘This is a very scholarly work but also a very entertaining story that called for a hardback publication and a big marketing push’. He noted that this is a work of prize-winning quality.
The Arts Centre Melbourne Collections team delved deep into the archives and were able to display a collection of memorabilia from both Frank Thrings, including the famous 'golden dressing gown' worn by Frank junior.
Editor Clinton Fernandes in conversation with Scott Burchill, 05/09/2012
The New International Bookshop presents Clinton Fernandes, author of Peace With Justice: Noam Chomsky in Australia, in conversation with Scott Burchill (Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Deakin University). The evening will be MC'd by Nathan Hollier, director of Monash University Publishing.
6:30pm, Wednesday 5 September
Meeting Room 1, Trades Hall
54 Victoria St, Carlton, Victoria
This is a free event.
Please RSVP to Sarah Cannon:
Phone: 03 9905 0526
Monash University Publishing is delighted to announce the launch of Asia Pacific Education: Diversity, Challenges and Change, edited by Philip Wing Keung Chan, on Thursday 30 August 2012.
The launch will be held at 1pm in the TLS Seminar Room:
Room 110, 1/F Building 6 at Monash University's Clayton Campus.
The event will be MC'd by Mr. Mayur Katariya (Manager, Research Degrees of Office, Faculty of Education). Professor John Loughran will launch the book, followed by speeches from Professor Ilana Snyder (Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Education) and Dr. Nathan Hollier (Director, Monash University Publishing).
For Further information please contact our marketing coordinator, Sarah Cannon:
Ph: +61 3 9905 0526
(Please note that Sarah is part time; she works all day on Mondays and Thursdays; and in the morning on Tuesdays.)
Monash University Publishing is
delighted to announce that Australian
actor Graeme Blundell will launch
Peter Fitzpatrick’s The Two Frank Thrings
on 23 August 2012 at the
Arts Centre Melbourne.
Launch photos will be available here soon.
Professor Tom Griffiths launched Monash University Publishing's new title A Wild History, by Darrell Lewis, at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, on 15 March 2012. Tom has kindly given permission for his launch speech to be reproduced here:
A Wild History - Professor Tom Griffiths' launch speech
This impressive book is a distillation of bush wisdom and scholarly tenacity, of courageous fieldwork and equally adventurous archival sleuthing, of 40 years of learning the country and a lifetime of listening to history. This is a book that makes me proud to be a historian because Darrell shows us what sensible magic great historians can conjure.
Darrell is about as secular and direct and true and no-nonsense as one can be, so he will be amused or possibly scornful at this mention of ‘magic’ in association with his work. But I’m fair dinkum. Something entrancing and mysterious does happen when sensitive and thoughtful historians steep themselves in the past. The essence of good history is a balance between empathy and perspective, between intimacy and distance – or, as W K Hancock put it, between attachment and span. Historians immerse themselves in context; they give themselves wholly and sensually to the mysterious, alchemical power of archives, testimony and environment. As well as gathering and weighing evidence piece by piece with forensic intensity, they sensitise themselves to nuance and meaning, to the whole tenor of an era, the full character of a person, the ineffable power of a place. And if they are like Darrell, they will also have walked that land, swum its crocodile-infested rivers, got to know its plants and animals and people, slept under its stars, inspected its caves, recorded its inscriptions on rock and tree, and then pursued its material diaspora wherever it may have migrated. What results is not just a work of scholarship but a work of art: a gift to the region and the nation from someone who is neither insider nor outsider but something remarkable in-between.
Every region of Australia – indeed, of the world – deserves its own Darrell. But you can’t plan for such a book to happen. You can’t write a grant application for forty years investment. You can’t get a corporate sponsor to back an enquiry so exhaustive and so discomforting. You certainly can’t get a Human Ethics Committee to approve such an open-ended and enduring investigation. You can’t design or contrive wisdom. It grows from personal commitment, original vision, a hunger to understand, a lifelong sense of responsibility to the people one talks to and writes about, a knowledge and love of the land, a willingness to be frugal, a capacity to be humble. These are some of the wellsprings of wisdom, and one of the virtues of history as a craft is that it accommodates and even encourages many of these wild sources of creativity.
Darrell has written ‘a wild history’ but he is not a wild man. He makes a fabulous blackberry jam. He carefully stitched my daughter’s goal umpiring flags with the result that, for years, AFL Canberra was governed by Darrell’s craftsmanship. He knows how to find the perfect campsite, out of the wind, free of mosquitoes and catching the morning sun. He writes with clarity, delicacy and precision and with a delightful natural rhythm to his words. Darrell is at home in the wild but he is a gentleman, and a gentle man. Ned Kelly’s ghost – in full rattling armour – has sometimes put in an appearance at Canberra gatherings but never, you may have noted, when Darrell Lewis is around. It is as if Kelly knows that you don’t mess with Lewis.
In this unique book, Darrell seeks ‘to replace current wild imaginings with a more soundly based “wild history”’. Although his knowledge and research is cross-cultural, and Aboriginal people are key players in this book, he has chosen to tell a white man’s history – and, as he says, literally a white man’s history because for much of the settler period white men outnumbered white women by as much as 50 or 100 to one. His account explores two themes especially – the nature of contact and encounter between Aborigines and whites, and the formation of a local settler society. His detailed ethnographic attention to cultural encounter and to the various phases of a violent frontier are compelling and utterly convincing. And he is also attentive to what was an environmental frontier, a physical assault on the land by the cattle themselves. The book draws on important methodologies such as Darrell’s renowned use of repeat photography to document environmental change, and it offers significant findings such as his observation of increasing tree numbers in riverine areas especially in the post-war period. The book is thus an environmental history in the best sense – the land, vast and harsh and majestic, is always present, not just as scenery, but as an everyday force and context that itself changes as it interacts with economy and society. And this is not a side-story but carries one of the central themes of the book, which is, to quote Darrell, that ‘Ultimately both sides lost – the coming of the cattle began the destruction of the paradise for both’ [Aborigines and settlers]. Darrell always weighs evidence carefully, resists any simple conclusions and leads us towards more complex, deeper understandings.
He is therefore a myth-buster extraordinaire. So, over the years we have learned from Darrell that Robert O’Hara Burke was possibly shot dead by John King and that Ludwig Leichhardt may have ended up in the Great Sandy Desert. And so here he delves beneath myth to reveal the hidden history of Jasper Gorge or he explodes the popular belief that Alexander Forrest’s report of his 1879 traverse of the Victoria River country caused a land rush. As Darrell puts it with characteristic directness: ‘The facts are otherwise’. He relishes demolishing other frontier illusions, showing how they were ‘nothing more than a pipedream, or perhaps a “pub-dream”.
You can see that Darrell is not only interested in understanding, as far as one is able, what happened, but also in how knowledge is transmitted across generations, or not. Thus a crucial insight of his work concerns the absence of family dynasties among the white people of the Victoria River country. There was, he observes, a weak transmission of local knowledge from generation to generation among local whites. ‘By contrast’, writes Darrell, ‘Aborigines don’t come from somewhere else, stay for a period and then leave. Instead, their family dynasties extend back to the Dreaming. … They are in fact the ‘keepers’ of much ‘European’ history.’ So Darrell’s history of the white people of this district is traced partly through the memories of the black people. This is an extraordinary inversion of the Australian frontier with which we think we are familiar – and another brilliant piece of mythbusting.
Let me share with you another inversion of the frontier that Darrell discerns. Here he is describing (p. 22) the impressions of John Lort Stokes in 1839:
Professor Henry Reynolds has written a superb Foreword to this book where he comments that Darrell ‘came to the historical records with a rich treasury of life experience – and it shows – he really does know what he is talking about.’ And Reynolds also observes that Darrell has the trust of the families of the district, both Aboriginal and European. ‘He is one of them’, declares Reynolds, ‘and not a blow-in busy-body from down south’. And in another of Henry Reynolds’ appraisals of this work, he rightly lauded Darrell’s ‘complete mastery of the sources’. I’m proud that this book grew out of a PhD thesis completed in the Centre for Environmental History in the ANU School of History.
I want to say a word about the Centre for Historical Research here at the National Museum of Australia, Darrell’s institutional home during the final stages of writing this book. I am very impressed by the books emerging from this Centre – there are many fine recently published examples by staff here, and some extraordinary manuscripts from Darrell’s colleagues are circulating at this very moment. It makes you think about what constitutes a productive environment for research and writing. Many universities have completely lost the plot (although I am lucky to work in an enlightened corner of a good one) and many institutions multiply the bureaucratic obstacles to deep, intensive thinking. But there is something going on here that is good, very good. The Centre is collegial, welcoming, generous-hearted, interdisciplinary and conversational. It fosters an enabling chemistry. Its director and staff believe in the importance of the book as a scholarly and public product. And the Centre no doubt benefits greatly from its place in a museum, for a museum guarantees a meaningful and lively public interface, and it also supplies the steadying ballast of a collection. Those of us interested in how to generate productive intellectual ferment might well benefit from looking at what is going on here under our very eyes.
I would also like to pay tribute to Darrell’s publisher, Nathan Hollier, and to Monash University Publishing. They quickly recognised a great book when they saw it. And they have made a beautiful production of it. Monash University Publishing has bestowed a rare honour on Darrell and one that will make him the envy of his professional colleagues – they have given him pages of text with footnotes at the base of them. In doing that, the publisher has judged the audience well. Darrell weaves a rich story of evidence and memory, of myth and truth, and the footnotes are part of it. People will love reading both above and below that line.
Finally, of course, we want to thank Darrell – for his organic, vernacular telling of true stories, for his years of fieldwork in the clear air of the Dry and in the floods of the monsoons, in the majestic ranges and across the great Mitchell grass downs, for his meticulous, archaeological attention to the surviving material evidence of the history of this region, for recording all those etched messages in the skins of boabs, for capturing the stories of people, black and white. I am reminded of a great landmark work in Australian history, a book by another bush scholar, Eric Rolls, about the Pillaga Scrub and called A Million Wild Acres. Like Eric, Darrell knows his land inside out. Like Eric, he gives the dignity of a name to his people, wherever possible. And like Eric, Darrell is a skilled storyteller – have a look at how he carefully unpacks one story of an Aboriginal attack in 1895 on two white teamsters, John Mulligan and George Ligar. It is a story told in compelling slow-motion over 27 pages in the middle of the book so that, as the drama unfolds, there is also revealed the full cross-cultural complexity, biographical depth and topographical beauty of the Victoria River country. In A Wild History, the fields of Indigenous history, settler history and environmental history – the three themes, incidentally, at the heart of the National Museum of Australia – are seamlessly and impressively entwined.
Thank you, Darrell, and congratulations! It gives me great pleasure to launch A Wild History.
—— Tom Griffiths
Helene van Klinken's Making Them Indonesians: Child Transfers Out of East Timor received an enthusiastic response at its official launch on 16 February 2012 at Monash University's Caulfield campus, and was attended by academics and others from southeast Asia and Australia. The book was launched by human rights worker and head of the International Center for Transitional Justice program, Galuh Wandita. Photographs from the launch are below:
A Lively Launch for a Life of SYN
Ellie Rennie’s Life of SYN: A Story of the Digital Generation was launched on Thursday 8 December at Loop Bar in Melbourne. The event was emceed by the irreverent (except where Rennie is concerned) Bryce Ives, President of SYN, and Rennie’s book was launched by Andrew Crook, of crikey.com.
Monash University Publishing Manager Nathan Hollier said, "The book, the first in a digital cultures series, relates the kinds of creative responses to the contemporary media environment that Monash University Publishing also seeks to initiate. The launch was a lively and festive occasion and it's great to see such a high level of interest in an important work like Ellie's."
Dr Ian Britain launched the book with aplomb. Ian is a well known and distinguished essayist and cultural conversationalist of great urbanity, and is a past editor of the journal Meanjin. He was a contributor to Australians in Italy and is currently writing a biography of Australian artist Donald Friend.
A Site of Convergence was also launched by Professor Ed Byrne, Monash University's Vice-Chancellor, at Prato.
Nathan Hollier: Let's invest in developing our culture
Monash University Publishing's manager Nathan Hollier makes the case for investing in the humanities in The Australian's Higher Education supplement.
Monash University Publishing – journals in 2011
Dear Subscription Agents,
Thank you for your patience with us in letting you know the details of our journals for 2011 and onwards.
Following the transition of Monash University ePress to Monash University Publishing in September 2010, we aim to concentrate on book publishing – both online and in print – and will continue to publish a small list of academic journals.
As of 2011, we no longer publish the following journals:
The Australian Review of Applied Linguistics
The Bible and Critical Theory
The Telecommunications Journal of Australia
For further information about these journals, which all have new publishers, please follow the links above.
Please do NOT send any payments for 2011, as we will have to return these to you. If you have orders or enquiries for 2011 subscriptions please contact Sarah Cannon.
Thank you for your support, and please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah with any queries.
Launch of Andrew Reeves'
Up from the Underworld: Coalminers and Community in Wonthaggi 1909–1968
For book publishers, launch events occasion much excitement and trepidation. Will it just be you, the author, the bookseller and a slice of cake eaten in embarrassed silence? Or will the masses descend, hungry for the words of your author and your invited launcher, struggling to form an orderly queue in their eagerness to get a signed copy? Tired already after a restless night's sleep, you reassure yourself, in the preceding moments, that you’ve done all the preparation you could have: you’re in the hands of the gods now.
On 3 June 2011 the gods smiled on Monash University Publishing. Over 200 people turned up to the State Coal Mine Visitor’s Centre in Wonthaggi to hear Senator the Honourable Kim Carr launch Professor Andrew Reeves’ coalmining history with passion, impressive knowledge and a rich awareness of the book's contemporary relevance. Boxes of books lost in transit to the mine were located and available. Professor Bruce Scates, as MC, was entertaining and thought-provoking. The author was gracious, personal and moving, speaking of the strength of a community that, looking around the room, was unmistakable. Wine flowed. Hands were shaken. Smiles and stories were exchanged. Good will abounded. A sense of history hung in the air. Flashes and clicks of cameras added to the atmosphere, while recording it all.
A tour of the mine followed, and was safely negotiated, while the publishers retreated to a local pub to tell themselves how well it all went and how relieved they were it was over ...
An exploration of Wonthaggi's rich history
Historian Andrew Reeves unearths the rich mining history of Wonthaggi, located on Victoria's southeast coast, in his first book Up from the Underworld:Coalminers and Community in Wonthaggi 1909–1968.
The publication, to be launched next month the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Senator Kim Carr, explores how the town's workers came to exert a disproportionate amount of influence on the coal mining Industry for more than 60 years.
"The history of Wonthaggi is enigmatic: despite having only thin and broken seams of coal, the town was able to build a successful living that went against the profit predictions of many mine owners," Reeves says.
Read the full media release for Up From the Underworld.
Up from the Underworld
Coalminers and Community in Wonthaggi 1909–1968
By Andrew Reeves
On Friday, 3 June, Monash University Publishing and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), Mining and Energy Division, Victorian Branch will formally launch Up from the Underworld: Coalminers and Community in Wonthaggi 1909–1968 by Andrew Reeves.
To be launched by Senator The Honorable Kim Carr. All welcome.
Date: Friday 3 June 2011
Time: 3 for 3.30pm
Venue: State Coal Mine, Wonthaggi, Visitor Centre
Garden Street, Wonthaggi (Melways REF X912 R 12 /
Vicroads Country Street Directory of Victoria REF 358 H 12)
RSVP: by 27 May 2011
Telephone: 03 9905 0526
We will also be holding an underground tour of the mine after the book launch at 4.30pm sharp. RSVPs are essential (to email@example.com or 03 9905 0526).
Please note this is a walking tour and will take one hour to complete. We recommend sturdy shoes and warm clothing.
For details of the book please go to www.publishing.monash.edu/books/ufu.html.
VCA Art Forum Series #9: JANINE BURKE
Janine Burke will take a walk down memory lane, recalling what the Australian art scene, including the VCA, was like in the 1980s.
When: Thursday 19 May, 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Venue: Art Auditorium, School of Art, Gate 4, Dodds Street, Southbank
Further enquiries: 03 9685 9400 or email Scott Miles
Free admission and all welcome
Janine Burke is the award-winning author of sixteen books of art history, biography and fiction, including an acclaimed series about the Heide circle that includes biographies of Sunday Reed, Albert Tucker and Joy Hester. Her book, The Gods of Freud: Sigmund Freud's Art Collection, was shortlisted for 2007 NSW Premier's award for non-fiction.
This talk coincides with Janine's exhibition at Margaret Lawrence Gallery and her book titled Personal View: Photographs 1978-1986.
Image Credits: (Left) Elizabeth Gower and Jenny Watson, From Janine Burke: Personal View, Janine Burke.
(Right) Janine Burke. Photograph: David Sheehy.
Announcing our newest imprint: The Monash Asia Institute
The Monash Asia Institute and Monash University Publishing are proud to announce that Monash Asia Institute Press has become an imprint of Monash University Publishing.
Through this initiative, the Monash Asia Institute Press will gain access to new markets and production systems and attain greater visibility within global education and publishing sectors, while Monash University Publishing will be greatly strengthened by association with such a well established and prestigious scholarly publisher.
Production and distribution of Monash Asia Institute Press titles will now be handled by Monash University Publishing, while the Monash Asia Institute will retain full control of editorial decisions and procedures.
The Monash Asia Institute and Monash University Publishing are planning a launch event, to mark this new arrangement, in the near future.
Our new distributor and agent: Footprint Books!
Monash University Publishing and Footprint Books are delighted to announce that effective immediately, Footprint Books is the exclusive agent and distributor in Australia and New Zealand. All orders and enquiries should now be directed to Footprint Books:
phone: (02) 9997 3973.
Footprint Books will only accept returns of Monash University Publishing books if they were supplied by Footprint Books. For enquiries to Monash University Publishing please contact Sarah Cannon:
phone: (03) 9905 0526.
Announcement to all subscription agents
Monash University Publishing – journals in 2011
Dear Subscription Agents
We do appreciate your patience with us in letting you know the details of our journals in 2011 and onwards.
Monash University ePress became Monash University Publishing in September 2010 (please refer to our new website at www.publishing.monash.edu). We aim to concentrate on book publishing – both online and in print – as well as continue to publish a small list of academic journals.
We will publish the following journals in 2010:
Monash Bioethics Review
We will not publish the following journals in 2010:
The Australian Review of Applied Linguistics
The Telecommunications Journal of Australia
At this stage we cannot yet confirm who will publish:
The Bible and Critical Theory
For all of these journals we aim to send an announcement about how to renew your customers’ subscriptions shortly (editors are currently confirming new urls etc).
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Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand launched
The first book from Monash University Publishing, A Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand, was launched by Professor Tony Coady of the University of Melbourne before a crowd of philosophy enthusiasts on 14 September at Readings Carlton.
The Companion, an encyclopaedic collection that addresses a diverse range of the theories, philosophers, publications and associations that make Australasian philosophy distinct, is a highly original work in its field.
Professor Coady, one of Australia’s best known philosophers, declared it a ‘genuine pleasure to initiate the debates and conversations that this book will inevitably generate’.
Dr Nick Trakakis, who coedited the Companion with Professor Graham Oppy from Philosophy at Monash University, cited articles that tell ‘fascinating and relatively unknown stories’ about local philosophy as being of notable interest, and singled out those that evoke the vibrancy and distinctiveness of the Melbourne philosophy scene as amongst his personal favourites.
The volume suggests some of the more broadly distinguishing characteristics of Australia and New Zealand philosophy that have inspired respect and some surprise from international philosophers and academics. ‘I suspect that part of the surprise comes from the image of our nations as backwaters in which sport and booze are dominant preoccupations,’ said Professor Coady. ‘How can Ockers do metaphysics?’
Dr Nathan Hollier, Manager of Monash University Publishing, said it was no coincidence that the Companion was launched alongside Monash University Publishing itself. ‘It embodies many of the qualities of serious scholarship that we are aspiring to become known for,’ he said.
Monash University Publishing officially launched
After many months of preparation, Monash University Publishing was launched on September 8, 2010. The launch was held in the foyer of the Robert Blackwood Hall, Clayton, below Leonard French’s great Alpha and Omega stained-glass window (a detail of which is used in the banner of this web site).
University Librarian Cathrine Harboe-Ree officiated at the ceremony, giving a warm welcome to over 100 guests including authors, editors, scholars, readers and fellow publishers.
Monash University Vice Chancellor Professor Ed Byrne praised the high standards of its first three titles, Australians in Italy, Closing the Gap in Education?, and A Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand, and spoke enthusiastically about the role that Monash Univerity Publishing will play within the university:
“Today is about boosting, in a very major way, the university’s capacity to communicate our scholarly works to communities of scholars around the world that we interact with and also the people in the regions where we have campuses”, he said.
The Hon Dr Barry Jones officially launched Monash University Publishing, having previously launched its earlier incarnation, Monash University ePress, in March 2005. Dr Jones, chair of the government’s Book Industry Strategy Group, stated that electronic publishing will “challenge the existing industry, much of which is very conservative, to rethink what they’re doing and where they’re going."
“The opportunites are tremendous and exciting and I’m looking forward to Monash University Publishing making its submission to our group.”
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) Adam Shoemaker expressed a passionate commitment to open access publishing on behalf of the university. “Scholarly writing matters and accessibility to that work matters, and the transformation of that work into education in the broadest sense also matters” he said, emphasising that Monash University Publishing will make the majority of its publications available online for free.
He also gave tribute to the work of recently deceased colleague, editor and author Bill Kent, whose life was honoured in a memorial service the previous day. He said that together with Ros Pesman and Cythia Troup, Bill had produced an exceptional book in Australians In Italy.
Manager Dr Nathan Hollier gave thanks to the many people involved in making Monash Univerity Publishing a reality. “It’s been clear to me as a publisher that the reputation of Monash University is so strong and so established that if it has a major publishing arm it will almost certainly become a significant player within scholarly publishing in Australia and beyond.”
Staff at Monash University Publishing look forward to making that a reality.
Photos of the launch can be viewed on our Facebook page.
On 8 September Monash University ePress will be relaunched as Monash University Publishing, following nearly two years of work to establish a new platform and operating environment.
Monash University ePress was set up in 2003 by the inaugural manager, Michele Sabto, who had a brief to develop an economically sustainable electronic publishing model that used information technology to capture, publish, retrieve, read and present scholarly material.
The ePress was launched on 15 March 2005 by the Hon Barry Jones, who has accepted our invitation to relaunch the press.
The ePress has sold online access to books and journals, as well as printed versions of books. Its journals include History Australia, Monash BioEthics Review and Telecommunications Journal of Australia, and since coming into being it has published fifteen books.
A major review of the ePress in 2008–2009 resulted in the envisioning of a radical new future for this publishing operation.
Monash University Publishing will concentrate on open access publishing, particularly but not exclusively of scholarly monographs, and will become the single ‘shopfront’ for Monash-based publishing operations.
That is, site visitors will be able to access other Monash-based publications through the new Monash University Publishing website.
Everything published by Monash University Publishing will be available as print-on-demand, and selected books will be promoted and made available through bookshops.
An important feature of the new operation is the closer engagement of researchers. Three faculty based editorial boards have been established (Arts, Art & Design and Education), and discussions are underway with other faculties and research centres.
Special thanks are due to the ANU E Press of the Australian National University, which agreed to Monash becoming a collaborator in developing the software needed to get the new press up and running.
Monash University Publishing has also drawn on the ANU E Press example in developing its business model and systems.
We hope readers and authors now and in the future will find much of interest and value in the work of Monash University Publishing.