Dr Ben Silverstein

BA/LLB Melbourne PhD La Trobe
ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Dr Ben Silverstein researches in colonial and Indigenous histories, with a focus on Australia, southern and eastern Africa, and the Pacific. His work engages questions of race and settler colonialism as well as contests over sovereignties and colonial government. He is currently completing a book manuscript titled ‘Governing Natives: Indirect Rule and Settler Colonialism in Australia’s North’ (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2017), which explores Australian articulations of indirect rule as a mode of governing Aboriginal people in the interwar period. He has previously taught at UNSW.

Research interests

  • Indigenous histories
  • settler colonialism
  • Australian history
  • histories of race

Teaching and supervision

Ben has taught Indigenous histories, colonial and postcolonial history, and theories of Indigenous studies.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Morality, Conscience and Early Settler Relations: Aboriginal children in European homes, 1788-1820 Gillian TURNER

Current projects

I am currently working on two projects. The first is an account of the reception of indirect rule in Australia in the interwar period. It traces the way indirect rule was crafted as a coherent project of colonial governmentality and charts its transformations as it was received in Australia as an influential mode of ‘native administration’ that could be operationalized as a mode of governin Aboriginal people in the north. This work will be published in Governing Natives: Indirect Rule in Settler Colonial Australia and the British Empire, under contract with Manchester University Press.

My other research project focuses on ideas and practices of race in colonies populated by British settlers around the turn of the twentieth century. In particular, I am exploring ways in which labour was racialised where white settlers as well as Indigenous peoples, and often alongside other migrants or indentured labourers, were engaged in work. Considering land and labour in the same frame, this research broadens the field of settler colonial studies, encompassing all territories where settlers came to stay; considering Kenya, for example, alongside Australia.

Associations

  • Member, Australian Historical Association
  • Member, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
  • Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • International Advisory Board member, settler colonial studies

Awards and honours

  • 2013 David Philips Travelling Fellowship, Australian Academy of the Humanities.
  • 2013 Rhys Isaac Prize, La Trobe University
  • 2012 AHA/CAL Bursary
  • 2009 Decolonization Fellow, National History Center (American Historical Association) and Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
  • 2009 Bruce Kercher Scholarship, Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society.
  • 2007 Lloyd Robson Memorial Award, University of Melbourne.
  • 2003 Brian Fitzpatrick Prize, University of Melbourne History Department.
  • 2003 Australian History Prize, Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Silverstein, B. (2017). Governing Natives: Indirect Rule in Settler Colonial Australia and the British Empire [Forthcoming]. United Kingdom: Manchester University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Silverstein, B., Silverstein, J. (2015). A Politics of the Third Generation: Two Siblings Converse. In Esther Jilovsky, Jordana Silverstein, and David Slucki (Eds.), In the Shadows of Memory: The Holocaust and the Third Generation, (pp. 231-244). London: Vallentine Mitchell Publishers.
  • Silverstein, B. (2013). Submerged Sovereignty: Native Title within a History of Incorporation. In Julie Evans, Ann Genovese, Alexander Reilly, and Patrick Wolfe (Eds.), Sovereignty: Frontiers of Possibility, (pp. 60-85). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
  • Silverstein, B., Wolfe, P. (2012). Ideology. In Philippa Levine and John Marriott (Eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Imperial Histories, (pp. 471-488). Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited.
  • Silverstein, B. (2011). Indirect Rule in Australia: A Case Study in Settler Colonial Difference. In Fiona Bateman and Lionel Pilkington (Eds.), Studies in Settler Colonialism: Politics, Identity and Culture, (pp. 90-105). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]

Journals

  • Silverstein, B. (2017). “Possibly they did not know themselves": The Ambivalent Government of Sex and Work in the Northern Territory Aboriginals Ordinance 1918 [forthcoming]. History Australia.
  • Silverstein, B. (2016). Patrick Wolfe (1949–2016). History Workshop Journal. [More Information]
  • Silverstein, B. (2011). From Population to Citizen: The Subjects of the 1939 Aboriginal New Deal in Australia's Northern Territory. Kontur: Culture, History, Politics, 22, 17-33.
  • Silverstein, B. (2009). The Local in the Global: The Value in Transnational History. ex PLUS ultra, 1(Sept), 96-98.
  • Silverstein, B. (2007). The Rule of Native Title: A View of Mabo in the British Empire. Griffith Law Review, 16(1), 55-82. [More Information]

2017

  • Silverstein, B. (2017). Governing Natives: Indirect Rule in Settler Colonial Australia and the British Empire [Forthcoming]. United Kingdom: Manchester University Press.
  • Silverstein, B. (2017). “Possibly they did not know themselves": The Ambivalent Government of Sex and Work in the Northern Territory Aboriginals Ordinance 1918 [forthcoming]. History Australia.

2016

  • Silverstein, B. (2016). Patrick Wolfe (1949–2016). History Workshop Journal. [More Information]

2015

  • Silverstein, B., Silverstein, J. (2015). A Politics of the Third Generation: Two Siblings Converse. In Esther Jilovsky, Jordana Silverstein, and David Slucki (Eds.), In the Shadows of Memory: The Holocaust and the Third Generation, (pp. 231-244). London: Vallentine Mitchell Publishers.

2013

  • Silverstein, B. (2013). Submerged Sovereignty: Native Title within a History of Incorporation. In Julie Evans, Ann Genovese, Alexander Reilly, and Patrick Wolfe (Eds.), Sovereignty: Frontiers of Possibility, (pp. 60-85). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

2012

  • Silverstein, B., Wolfe, P. (2012). Ideology. In Philippa Levine and John Marriott (Eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Imperial Histories, (pp. 471-488). Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited.

2011

  • Silverstein, B. (2011). From Population to Citizen: The Subjects of the 1939 Aboriginal New Deal in Australia's Northern Territory. Kontur: Culture, History, Politics, 22, 17-33.
  • Silverstein, B. (2011). Indirect Rule in Australia: A Case Study in Settler Colonial Difference. In Fiona Bateman and Lionel Pilkington (Eds.), Studies in Settler Colonialism: Politics, Identity and Culture, (pp. 90-105). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]

2009

  • Silverstein, B. (2009). The Local in the Global: The Value in Transnational History. ex PLUS ultra, 1(Sept), 96-98.

2007

  • Silverstein, B. (2007). The Rule of Native Title: A View of Mabo in the British Empire. Griffith Law Review, 16(1), 55-82. [More Information]

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