Since 1977 the journal Aboriginal History has pioneered interdisciplinary historical studies of Australian Aboriginal people's and Torres Strait Islander's interactions with non-Indigenous peoples. It has promoted publication of Indigenous oral traditions, biographies, languages, archival and bibliographic guides, previously unpublished manuscript accounts, critiques of current events, and research and reviews in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, sociology, linguistics, demography, law, geography and cultural, political and economic history. The current editor of the Aboriginal History journal is Dr Liz Conor.
Aboriginal History Inc. is a publishing organisation based in the Australian Centre for Indigenous History, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University, Canberra.
For more information on Aboriginal History Inc. please visit aboriginalhistory.org.au.
The volume is made up of a mix of papers, reflecting again the rich interdisciplinary project that is Aboriginal history. What that project is and has been, how it developed and was defined (or indeed not defined), and the role the journal played in shaping it, is the subject of the final article in this volume. Depending on how you look at it, it’s either a long essay or a short history. In it, Bain Attwood details the personalities and the politics surrounding the foundation and early years of the journal and the intellectual stakes involved in the various disputes that emerged and at times erupted.
As usual the volume includes an impressive number of reviews of books across many topics and the fields. We hope you enjoy them, and thank our review editor Luise Hercus for the work she does in commissioning them.