New Books Network

Elizabeth DeLoughrey, “Allegories of the Anthropocene” (Duke UP, 2019)
While the mainstream discourses on global warming characterize it as an unprecedented catastrophe that unites the globe in a common challenge, Elizabeth DeLoughrey argues that this apparently cosmopolitan position is in truth a provincial one limited to privileged circles in the Global North. In Allegories of the Anthropocene (Duke University... Read More
Maria Nugent, “Captain Cook Was Here” (Cambridge UP, 2009)
Maria Nugent talks about Aboriginal Australians’ first encounter with Captain Cook at Botany Bay, a violent meeting that has come to represent the origin story of Australia’s colonization by Europeans. The encounter itself has been symbolized by a bark shield – said to have been used by indigenous Australians defending... Read More
Don Kulick, “A Death in the Rainforest: How a Language and a Way of Life Came to an End in Papua New Guinea” (Algonquin Books, 2019)
Called “perhaps the finest and most profound account of ethnographic fieldwork and discovery that has ever entered the anthropological literature” by the Wall Street Journal, A Death in the Rainforest: How a Language and a Way of Life Came to an End in Papua New Guinea (Algonquin Books, 2019) is... Read More
Joy McCann, “Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean” (U New South Wales Press, 2018)
Joy McCann discusses the great circumpolar ocean that surrounds Antarctica. McCann is the author of Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean (University of New South Wales Press, 2018). She is a historian at the Centre for Environmental History at Australian National University. Flowing completely around the Earth and unimpeded... Read More
Andrew Wright Hurley, “Ludwig Leichhardt’s Ghosts: The Strange Career of a Traveling Myth” (Camden House, 2018)
Andrew Wright Hurley talks about the life and afterlife of the Prussian explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, a man whose reputation has shifted to reflect the changing cultures of Australia and Germany over the past 160 years. Hurley is an associate professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the... Read More
Roy Hay, “Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the 19th Century” (Cambridge Scholars, 2019)
Today we are joined by Roy Hay, Honorary Fellow at Deakin University, and the author of Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the 19th Century: They Did Not Come From Nowhere (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019).  In our conversation, we discussed the origins of Australian Rules Football, indigenous competition in cricket... Read More
Christina Thompson, “Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia” (Harper, 2019)
It’s rare for a book of non-fiction to catch the interest of the reading public in the United States, much less a book on the history of science in the Pacific. But Christina Thompson‘s Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia (Harper, 2019) has managed to do just that. When Europeans... Read More