• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest Australian Studies, Cultural Studies, History, Film, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

This course examines the ways in which Indigenous people, in Australia and elsewhere, have assumed the right to tell their own histories of imperialism, colonialism and dispossession through diverse forms of memorialisation, performance, writing, art and other modes of  meaning-making. The creative labour of Indigenous intellectuals, artists, filmmakers, writers, and historians shapes contemporary public culture in Australia and other settler-colonial nations, such as Canada, southern Africa, New Zealand and in the Pacific. This course explores such creative labour, both in the past and in the present. We will examine the ways in which Indigenous people have engaged with and challenged imposed cultural and historical forms and practices in ways that have redefined concepts such as sovereignty, self and other, nation and place, and history and time. Students will gain experience working with archives, images, objects, performance, television, lyrics, film and digital forms of storytelling.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. understand the key theoretical and political debates about history and memory within colonial, cross-cultural and post-colonial contexts;
  2. critically interpret a range of memorial and historical sources, and their uses within the telling of Indigenous history;
  3. apply new and expanded understandings of historical practice and the uses of the past to their own research projects; and
  4. construct an evidence-based historical argument in a form suitable to its purpose and target audience.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Historiographical review, 1000 words (20%) Learning outcomes 1, 4 (20) [LO null]
  2. Source analysis, 1000 words (20%) Learning outcomes 1-4 (20) [LO null]
  3. Research essay, 2500 words (50%) Learning outcomes 1-4 (50) [LO null]
  4. Seminar participation (10%) Learning outcomes 1, 4 (10) [LO null]
  5. (null) [LO null]
  6. (null) [LO null]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks of seminar and seminar-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Sarah Carter and Maria Nugent (eds), Mistress of Everything: Queen Victoria in Indigenous Worlds (Manchester University Press, 2016)
Luise White, Speaking with Vampires: Rumor and History in Colonial Africa (California University Press, 2000)
Miranda Johnson, The Land is Our History: Indigeneity, Law, and the Settler State (Oxford University Press, 2016)
Dipesh Chakrabarty, Provincialising Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (Princeton University Press, 2000)


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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