Approaching the past

Kate Darian-Smith, Penelope Edmonds

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This May 2018 issue of Australian Historical Studies brings together varied but fresh approaches to the study of Australia’s past, including from early career scholars. It also features the winning entry in the Ken Inglis Postgraduate Prize, which is for the strongest paper presented by a graduate student at the annual Australian Historical Association Conference and then submitted to AHS for review. The prize,named in honour of the late Ken Inglis who passed away in December 2017, attracted entries from an enthusiastic cohort of doctoral students, and judges Penny Edmonds and Kate Fullagar had a challenging task due to the high quality of the field. We congratulate the 2017 winner of the Ken Inglis Postgraduate Prize, Rowan Light.In his article‘Unknown Anzacs: The Politics and Performance of Bodily Repatriation in Postcolonial State Formation’, Light offers a thoughtful comparative study of the politics surrounding the repatriation of the Unknown Australian Soldier in 1993 and the Unknown New Zealand Warrior in 2004. The return of these ‘Unknown Anzacs’ is then linked to the return of Indigenous bodily remains to Australia and New Zealand. Light mobilises postcolonial and transnational frameworks to argue that such acts of repatriation serve to recognise state involvement in violence and death, and highlight the responsibilities of the nation to victims of war and their communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-149
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian Historical Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


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