Marilyn Lake

Professor Marilyn Lake was awarded a Personal Chair in History at La Trobe University in 1994. Since that time she has also held Visiting Professorial Fellowships at Stockholm University, the University of Western Australia, The Australian National University and the University of Sydney. Between 2001 and 2002, she held the Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University. In 2004, she was awarded a five year ARC Professorial Research Fellowship and in 2008, a Research Fellowship at the Australian Prime Ministers Centre in Canberra.

She has published 12 books and numerous articles and book chapters in Australian and international anthologies, on subjects ranging from labour history to land settlement, sexuality and citizenship, gender and nationalism, feminism and the politics of anti-racism. She has a particular interest in the class, gender and racial dimensions of political history understood in both national and transnational frames of analysis. She has spoken on invitation to symposia and historical conferences in Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Professor Lake is a Fellow of both the Academies of Social Sciences and Humanities, of which she is also a member of Council and International Secretary. She is Vice-President of the Australian Historical Association, a member of the Board of the Victorian Women’s Trust and a Board member of the Sullivan’s Cove Waterfront Authority in Hobart, where she grew up.

Connected Worlds »

History in Transnational Perspective

This volume brings together historians of imperialism and race, travel and modernity, Islam and India, the Pacific and the Atlantic to show how a ‘transnational’ approach to history offers fresh insights into the past. Transnational history is a form of scholarship that has been revolutionising our understanding of history in the last decade. With a focus on interconnectedness across national borders of ideas, events, technologies and individual lives, it moves beyond the national frames of analysis that so often blinker and restrict our understanding of the past. Many of the essays also show how expertise in ‘Australian history’ can contribute to and benefit from new transnational approaches to history. Through an examination of such diverse subjects as film, modernity, immigration, politics and romance, Connected Worlds weaves an historical matrix which transports the reader beyond the local into a realm which re-defines the meaning of humanity in all its complexity. Contributors include Tony Ballantyne, Desley Deacon, John Fitzgerald, Patrick Wolfe and Angela Woollacott. At the XIII Biennial Conference of The Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand, Jill Julius Matthews was presented with an award for Best Book Chapter: ‘Modern nomads and national film history: the multi-continental career of J. D. Williams’ in Ann Curthoys and Marilyn Lake (eds), Connected Worlds: History in Transnational Perspective, Canberra: ANU E Press, 2006, pp. 157-169