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The Sovereignty of Intermarriage: the United States and Australia in early national periods Seminar

Professor Ann McGrath's Book
16:00 - 17:00
8 November 2016
Room 65/2115, Avenue Campus, SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Dr Joan Tumblety at .

Event details

Part of the History Seminar Series.

Professor McGrath will be speaking to her recent book, Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia (University of Nebraska Press, 2015). The book is a history of love, sex, and marriage between Indigenous peoples and settler citizens at the heart of two settler colonial nations, the United States and Australia. McGrath illuminates interracial relationships from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century through stories of romance, courtship, and marriage between Indigenous peoples and colonizers in times of nation formation. She reveals how marriage itself was used by disparate parties for both empowerment and disempowerment and came to embody the contradictions of imperialism. It demonstrates vividly how interracial relationships between Indigenous and colonizing peoples were more frequent and threatening to nation-states in the Atlantic and Pacific worlds than historians have previously acknowledged.

Speaker information

Professor Ann McGrath , Australian National University. Ann McGrath is a professor of history and the director of the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at Australian National University. She is the author and editor of numerous books, including 'How to Write History That People Want to Read; Writing Histories: Imagination and Narration; and Contested Ground: A History of Australian Aborigines under the British Crown'. She is the recipient of the 2016 New South Wales Premier’s History Award for general history, and in the same year the John Douglas Kerr Medal for Australian History.

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