Mr Rohan Howitt

BA (Hons) PhD Sydney
Junior Research Fellow, Laureate Program in International History

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

I am an historian of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica, and the Southern Ocean, specialising in the history of empire building, state formation, and colonisation in this region. My research lies at the intersection of global, cultural, intellectual, and environmental histories. I completed my PhD at the University of Sydney in 2019, and since March 2019 I have been a Junior Research Fellow in the Laureate Program in International History at the University of Sydney.

My current work incorporates two projects. The first builds on my doctoral research and examines the history of Australian ideas about the Antarctic region, focusing particularly on the genealogy of the idea that Antarctica fell within a uniquely Australian sphere of influence and was destined to become an Australian dependency. The second examines attempts to colonise the subantarctic islands of the Southern Ocean.

Research interests

  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Australian History
  • History of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
  • Global History
  • History of Colonisation and Empire
  • Cultural and Intellectual History
  • Histories of Race and Racial Thought in Australia and New Zealand

Teaching and supervision

INGS2602: The End of Empire and New States

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Howitt, R. (2019). Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean (book review). Historical Records of Australian Science, 30(1), 58-59. [More Information]
  • Howitt, R. (2018). The Japanese Antarctic expedition and the idea of white Australia. Australian Historical Studies, 49(4), 510-526. [More Information]

2019

  • Howitt, R. (2019). Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean (book review). Historical Records of Australian Science, 30(1), 58-59. [More Information]

2018

  • Howitt, R. (2018). The Japanese Antarctic expedition and the idea of white Australia. Australian Historical Studies, 49(4), 510-526. [More Information]

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