New Books Network

Chris Fleming, “On Drugs” (Giramondo Publishing, 2019)
“After I’d finished my rapid-fire history of self-justification he paused and then said, deadpan and rural-Australian-slow: ‘Right. Ok. So how is that all working out for you?'” On Drugs (Giramondo Publishing, 2019) explores Australian philosopher Chris Fleming’s experience of addiction, which begins when he is a student at the University... Read More
Chelsea McCracken, “A Grammar of Belep” (Walter de Gruyter, 2019)
Chelsea McCracken talks about her new book A Grammar of Belep (Walter de Gruyter, 2019). McCracken is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at Dixie State University and Senior Research Analyst of the Coalition for Responsible Home Education. She became involved in the homeschool reform movement as a result... Read More
Jon Piccini, “Human Rights in Twentieth-Century Australia” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
After the Second World War, an Australian diplomat was one of eight people to draft the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. And in the years that followed, Australians of many different stripes—including activists fighting for Aboriginal rights and women’s rights, communists, and even anticommunists—invoked human rights in their respective political... Read More
Jeremy Yellen, “The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere: When Total Empire Met Total War” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Jeremy Yellen’s The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere: When Total Empire Met Total War (Cornell University Press, 2019) is a challenging transnational exploration of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, Japan’s ambitious, confused, and much maligned attempt to create a new bloc order in East and Southeast Asia during World... Read More
Trevor Thompson, “Playing for Australia: The First Socceroos, Asia, and World Football” (Fair Play, 2018)
Today we are joined by Trevor Thompson, a journalist who has reported on association football in Australia and around the world since the 1980s. He is also the author of Playing for Australia: The First Socceroos, Asia, and World Football (Fair Play Publishing, 2018). In our conversation, we discussed the... Read More
Ann Elias, “Coral Empire: Underwater Oceans, Colonial Tropics, Visual Modernity” (Duke UP, 2019)
With the threats of sea water warming and ocean acidification, coral reefs have become both a fire alarm and a barometer for the dangers of human induced climate change.  We now face the possibility of a world without coral.  In this cogent and timely work, Ann Elias interrogates how we... Read More
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