Penelope Edmonds (2013)

Penelope Edmonds is an Associate Investigator (2013), an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Associate Professor in the School of Humanities, University of Tasmania. She has qualifications in history and heritage studies, and teaches in the Australian, Pacific, imperial and (post)colonial, and public history areas. Penny has broad professional experience in the fields of history and cultural heritage, and has worked in museums both nationally and internationally. Penny was an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, University of Melbourne (2008–2011) and Lecturer, Department of History, University of Melbourne (2006–2008). She was Senior Conservator, and later a curator, at Museum Victoria 1994–2003, and was awarded an Andrew Mellon Fellowship in Heritage Conservation, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC for three years (1991–1994). Penny's research is supported by grants from the Australian Research Council.

Contact

Penny.Edmonds@utas.edu.au

Research

Conciliation, Trust and Violence: Empire's Humanitarian Handshake and the Anatomy of a Transcolonial Idea, 1788–1901

Selected Publications

Books

Edmonds, P. Settler Colonialism and (Re)conciliation: Frontier Violence, Affective Performances, and Imaginative Refoundings. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2016.

Darian-Smith, K. and P. Edmonds, eds. Conciliation on Colonial Frontiers: Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim, (edited collection), Routledge Series in Cultural History, 2015.

Edmonds, P. Urbanizing Frontiers: Indigenous Peoples and Settlers in 19th-Century Pacific Rim Cities. Vancouver: University of British Columbia, 2010.

Edmonds, P. and T. Banivanua-Mar, eds. Making Settler Colonial Space: Perspectives on Race, Place and Identity. Basingstoke: Palgrave UK, 2010.

Web

'Friday Essay: On the Trail of the London Thylacines'. The Conversation, 6 April 2018.

'A Breastplate Reveals the Story of an Australian Frontier Massacre'. The Conversation, 28 October 2014.

Articles

Edmonds, P. 'Failing in every endeavour to conciliate': Governor Arthur's Proclamation Boards to the Aborigines, Australian Conciliation Narratives and their Transnational Connections'. Journal of Australian Studies, special issue on Visual Culture, 35.2 (June 2011): 208–18.

Edmonds, P. 'The Proclamation Cup: Tasmanian Potter Violet Mace and Colonial Quotations'. ReCollections, National Museum of Australia's online journal 5.2 (Nov. 2010).

Edmonds, P. 'The Le Souef Box: Reflections on Imperial Nostalgia, Material Culture, and Exhibitionary Practice in Colonial Victoria'. Australian Historical Studies 127 (April 2006): 117–39.

Book Chapters

Edmonds, P. 'Sovereignty Performances, Sovereignty Testings: The Queen's currency and imperial pedagogies on Australia's south-eastern settler frontiers'. In Mistress of Everything: Queen Victoria in Indigenous Worlds, edited by Maria Nugent and Sarah Carter, pp. 187–209. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016.

Edmonds, P. 'Honourable colonisation? Australia'. In Honourable Intentions? Violence and Virtue in Australian and Cape Colonies, c.1750‒1850, edited by P. Russell and N. Worden, pp. 46‒63.  London: Routledge, 2016.  ISBN 9781138850385 [Research Book Chapter].

Darian-Smith, K. and P. Edmonds. 'Conciliation and Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Colonial Australia and the Pacific Rim'.  In Conciliation on Colonial Frontiers: Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim, edited by K. Darian-Smith and P. Edmonds, pp. 1‒12.  London: Routledge, 2015.  ISBN 9780415744300 [Research Book Chapter].

Edmonds, P. 'Tame Iti at the Confiscation Line:  Contesting the Consensus Politics of the Waitangi Treaty in Aotearoa New Zealand'.  In Conciliation on Colonial Frontiers: Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim, edited by Penelope Edmonds and Kate Darian-Smith, pp. 171–92. New York and London: Routledge Series in Cultural History, 2015.

Blog Posts

Edmonds, P. and A. Marchant. '“Say Sorry you Bastard!” Postcolonial Shame, Reconciliation and National Sorry Day'. Histories of Emotion, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions Blog, Australia, 25 May 2015. https://historiesofemotion.com/2015/05/25/say-sorry-you-bastard-postcolonial-shame-reconciliation-and-national-sorry-day/

Marchant, A. and P. Edmonds. 'The Aesthetic of Dark Mofo: Emotion, Darkness and the Tasmanian Gothic', Histories of Emotion, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions Blog, Australia, 24 July 2015. https://historiesofemotion.com/2015/07/26/the-aesthetic-of-dark-mofo-emotion-darkness-and-the-tasmanian-gothic/

Presentations

'"Black Jack" Speaks: The Strange Afterlife of Governor Arthur's proclamation boards to the Aborigines in the historical imaginary'

Panel: 'Disturbing Locations: Heritage and the Mapping of Minority and Indigenous Traces', ANU, Association of Critical Heritage Studies conference, Canberra, 2–4 December 2014

Invited seminar speaker, 'Conciliation, Trust and Violence: Empire's Humanitarian Handshake and the Anatomy of a Transcolonial Idea', ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions seminar series, The University of Adelaide, 24 October 2011.

Public lecture with Dr Julie Evans, 'Captain Cook's "Resolution and Adventure" Medals: Possession and Sovereignty Narratives in British Settler Societies of the Pacific Rim', Museum Victoria, Indigenous Cultures History and Culture seminar series, 22 September 2011.

Respondent, 'Thinking About Aboriginal Stones: On Antiquity, Collecting and Metonymic Displacement', 'Hearts and Stones': A Collaboratory on Emotion, Stone and Temporality, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, The University of Melbourne, 28–30 July 2011.