Professor Iain McCalman
AO, MA ANU PhD Monash, FRHS, FASSA, FAHA
Professorial Research Fellow
A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney
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Iain McCalman was born in Nyasaland in 1947, schooled in Zimbabwe and did his higher education in Australia. His last book, Darwin’s Armada (Penguin, 2009) won three prizes and was the basis of the TV series, Darwin’s Brave New World. He is a Fellow of three Learned Academies and is a former President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was Director of the Humanities Research Centre, ANU, from 1995-2002 and won the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Prize at ANU for Teaching Excellence. He is a former Federation Fellow and currently a Research Professor in history at the University of Sydney and co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute. His new book, The Reef – A Passionate History, from Captain Cook to Climate Change, will be published by Penguin in Australia in November and by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux in the USA in May 2014. He was made Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to history and the humanities.
- Eighteenth-century and early-nineteenth British and European history
- Uses of digital media for history
- Scientific voyaging, ethnography and environmentalism
- The history of western environmental and cultural crises.
- A history of the Great Barrier Reef from Cook to Climate Change.
- A social, cultural and environmental history of the underwater world
- A history of hunting, photography, cinema and conservation in East Africa
- A personal history of colonialism in Nyasaland (Malawi) from 1947 to 1964.
Exhibitions and Documentary Films
- Co-curator, ‘Gold. Lost Treasures, Hidden Histories’ at the National Museum of Australia, March 2001
- Curatorial adviser, ‘Cook and Omai: The Cult of the South Seas’, at the National Library of Australia, March 2001
- Historical consultant and participant, ‘The Ship’, six-part BBC2 re-enactment series of Cook’s first voyage, Aug 2002 and the History Channel, USA, in Oct 2002. An abbreviated version was screened by the ABC in Australia in 2003
- Co-curator, ‘A Savage Liberty: Europe and the Exotic’, Queensland Art Gallery, National Library of Australia, Victorian Art Gallery, Oct 2001- Jan 2002
- Historical consultant, ‘Bandits’, National Museum of Australia Exhibition, 2002-3
- Historical consultant, ‘Emma Hamilton and Lord Nelson’, BBC Television, 2002-5
- Historical consultant for a BBC documentary on Omai, April 2003
- Historical consultant for the ABC for History Detectives, August 2003
- With Kim McKenzie, Jonathan Lamb and Alex Cook, ‘Scuttlebutt. A Reflection on a Maritime Re-Enactment’, short documentary, 20 mins, CRIO, 2004
- With Darran Edmundsun and Kim McKenzie, ‘The Eidophusikon, An Eighteenth-Century Movie Show’, multi-media performance at Vizlab, Australian National University and DVD, 2006
- Co-writer of scripts and presented four short historical films, ‘Norfolk Island: the Polynesians’; ‘Norfolk Island; The First Convict Settlement’; Norfolk Island: The Second Convict Settlement; Norfolk Island: The Pitcairners, Sydney: Look Films, editing still in process
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