Flinders inclusion in new digital renaissance editions

‘Shakespeare and his contempories’ by John Faed. Thomas Dekker is seated on the far right.

Department of English, Creative Writing and Australian Studies, have been included in a new series, Digital Renaissance Editions. The series is an innovative project to ensure that editions of the plays of Shakespeare’s contemporaries are freely available via online open-access. The series was launched at the 43rd meeting of The Shakespeare Association of America, in Vancouver, Canada, on 4 April 2015.

The Honest Whore, Parts One and Two, are the two plays edited by Professor Daalder. Part One was written by Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton in 1604. Part Two, the sequel, was written by Dekker alone in 1605. Professor Daalder’s editions of the two plays boast a meticulously prepared modern-spelling text with full critical apparatus, multimedia annotations, and generous introductory essays and commentary. “This publication of the two plays is my magnum opus. The scope and thoroughness outstrip my previous scholarly editions of Renaissance works, even though they have attracted wide international acclaim,” said Professor Daalder.

For more information, see http://digitalrenaissance.uvic.ca/ Professor Daalder is no stranger to the online environment, being the very first Flinders researcher to deposit his publications in the Flinders Academic Commons (FAC). His 113 open access papers have been downloaded over 95,000 times in the last four years by visitors from all over the world.

Story from April edition, Inspiring Research


Early viewing for Flinders Academic

CAPTION: Mask from Mer, Mer, Torres Strait, Queensland, before 1855. Turtle shell, shell, fibre, Torres Strait, before 1855 © The Trustees of the British Museum

While in London in mid-April, Flinders Humanities academic, Dr Christine Nicholls was provided with a private walk-through prior to the opening of the British Museum exhibition, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation.

The opportunity arose after Dr Nicholls was contacted via email by BBC radio for an interview about the exhibition. Discovering that she was already in London, attending a conference on Cultural Memory at the University of London’s Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, a walk-through was expeditiously arranged by the BBC. This exhibition preview resulted in a live interview on BBC radio, from inside the exhibition space Other interviewees were Gaye Sculthorpe, the exhibition’s curator, and Australian National University’s Howard Morphy, who held primary responsibility for the exhibition’s catalogue. The interview can be heard on the BBC podcast site:

The viewing and interview were followed by a review of the exhibition. Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation will run until 2 August 2015 at the British Museum. The review, the first in the world to be published about the exhibition, can be viewed on The Conversation

“It was a great experience to be invited inside the exhibition space to view the artworks and artefacts away from the ‘madding crowds’ that usually attend opening night, especially in this case because Prince Charles, the Patron of the British Museum, was to open it”, said Dr Nicholls, the principal focus of whose research is on Aboriginal visual art and Aboriginal languages.

Her 2010 journal article titled Embodying Affect: The Stolen Generations, the History Wars and Poles Apart by Indigenous New Media Artist r e a is located on the Flinders Academic Commons site

Story from May edition, Inspiring Research


Book release: Prehistoric Marine life in Australia's
inland sea


Dr Danielle Clode, Senior Research Fellow at the School of Humanities and Creative Arts
and her latest book

Imagine a world where Australia’s red centre was flooded by a vast shallow ocean. Dr Danielle Clode’s forthcoming book Prehistoric Marine Life in Australia’s Inland Sea explores a time when Australia was an archipelago and giant marine reptiles ruled the Eromanga Sea.

Dr Danielle Clode is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Humanities and Creative Arts. This book, the third in Museum Victoria’s Nature series, follows Dr Clode’s best-selling Prehistoric Giants: The Megafauna of Australia. Using the work of palaeontologists from Flinders University, the SA Museum and other national and international institutions, Dr Clode reconstructs the life histories of the strange creatures of Australia’s ancient inland waterways in an accessible and richly illustrated form.

“Understanding our past is so important for dealing with many of the challenges we face in today’s world – climate change, mass extinctions, human population pressures. We need more engaging ways to communicate this research with a broader audience,” Says Dr Clode.

Prehistoric Marine will be released in mid-August with a series of events at the SA Museum and around Australia. Dr Clode is currently a senior research fellow at Flinders University funded by an Australia Council Literature Grant. She will be discussing her work, including this latest book, on Conversations with Richard Fidler (Radio National) on September 2nd. 

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