Professor Jane Lydon is the Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History at the University of Western Australia. Her research centres upon Australia’s colonial past and its legacies in the present. Her books include 'Eye Contact: Photographing Indigenous Australians' (Duke, 2005), 'The Flash of Recognition: Photography and the emergence of Indigenous rights' (NewSouth, 2012), which won the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards’ History Book Award, and (ed.) 'Calling the Shots: Aboriginal Photographies' (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2014) which brings together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal scholars to explore the Indigenous meanings of the photographic archive. She currently leads the Australian Research Council-funded project ‘Globalization, Photography, and Race: the Circulation and Return of Aboriginal Photographs in Europe’, which collaborates with four European museums to historicise their collections of Australian photographs and return them to Aboriginal descendants. Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire is published by Bloomsbury in 2016.
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