Prof Iain McCalman awarded a 2011 ARC Linkage Project

Cultures of Coast and Sea: maritime environmental, cultural and ethnographic histories of north-east Australia, 1770-2010

Prof Iain McCalman, Research Professor in SOPHI’s Department of History, has just been awarded an ARC Linkage Project for 2011.  The author of Darwin’s Armada: How Four Voyagers to Australasia Won the Battle for Evolution and Changed the World and winner of a 2009 NSW Premier’s History Award, Iain McCalman will hold the role of Chief Investigator. The total amount awarded by the ARC is $690,236, excluding partner contributions.

The grant includes an Australian Postdoctoral Industry fellowship (APDI) awarded to Dr Michael Davis, a consultant historian and policy specialist who has also taught Aboriginal studies at UTS. He is author of Writing Heritage: the Depiction of Indigenous Heritage in European-Australian Writings. Dr Davis will be hosted by the Department of History, and will join the University in the second half of 2011.

The project summary for Cultures of Coast and Sea states:

Using new cross-disciplinary approaches and methods, this collaboration between university scholars, museum curators and a philanthropic foundation will study the impact of maritime and marine environmental and cultural change on the peoples and habitats of the Great Barrier Reef and the Torres Strait from the eighteenth century to the present.

Partner organisations in the project are:

The University of Sydney had 19 successful Linkage Projects, however this is one of only two to come to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Staff at SOPHI would like to extend congratulations to Professor McCalman, and welcome Dr Davis to the University.

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1 Response to “Prof Iain McCalman awarded a 2011 ARC Linkage Project”


  1. 1 Nikki Whipps June 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Exceedingly interesting information SOPHIstry.


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