Masterclass with John Maynard



Honours Students, Postgraduate Students, Early Career Researchers, Academics, Professional Researchers


Due to ongoing concerns about the development of the COVID-19 virus and the importance of reducing its spread, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this masterclass. 

We apologise for any disappointment, however we believe that this is the most responsible course of action at this time, as the health and wellbeing of our community take priority. 

We hope to reschedule this event at a later date. 

Dreaming of the Past - Aboriginal history: a personal reflection

An Institute of Advanced Studies Masterclass with Professor John Maynard, Chair of Aboriginal History, University of Newcastle and Director, Purai Global Indigenous History Centre.

Professor John Maynard now looks back over twenty-five years in academia as a historian. This masterclass will examine his journey, historical methods and the driving force behind his work. He reflects:

‘I still pinch myself in this space. I never could have dreamt during my school years that I could actually undertake university studies and beyond that gain a place and career as a historian. I have never doubted my great love of the past. I was reading from a very young age and loved to read of historical figures and events. I also loved to write and was always writing up my own little books and newspapers from a very young age. I think from the jump I had a gift as a storyteller. But for me there was always an absence in the country’s past. I wanted to answer the question on the missing Aboriginal historical figures in Australia’s past.’

Professor Maynard will discuss his story and views of Australia’s history and will encourage discussion and engage with students on their own work, ideas and passion for the past.

Chaired by Dr Shino Konishi, Centre for Western Australian History, The University of Western Australia.

Professor John Maynard is a Worimi Aboriginal man from the Port Stephens region of New South Wales. He is currently Chair of Aboriginal History at the University of Newcastle and Director of the Purai Global Indigenous History Centre. He has held several major positions and served on numerous prominent organizations and committees, including Deputy Chairperson of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Executive Committee of the Australian Historical Association, New South Wales History Council, Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council (IHEAC), Australian Research Council College of Experts, National Indigenous Research and Knowledge Network (NIRAKN) and a Fulbright Ambassador. He was the recipient of the Aboriginal History (Australian National University) Stanner Fellowship 1996, the New South Wales Premiers Indigenous History Fellow 2003, Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow 2004, University of Newcastle Researcher of the Year 2008 and 2012 and Australian National University Allan Martin History Lecturer 2010. In 2014 he was elected a member of the prestigious Australian Social Sciences Academy. He gained his PhD in 2003, examining the rise of early Aboriginal political activism. He has worked with and within many Aboriginal communities, urban, rural and remote. Professor Maynard’s publications have concentrated on the intersections of Aboriginal political and social history, and the history of Australian race relations. He is the author of several books, including Aboriginal Stars of the Turf, Fight for Liberty and Freedom, The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe, Aborigines and the Sport of Kings, True Light and Shade and Living with the Locals

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