Professor Jane Lydon is the Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History at The University of Western Australia. She is interested in the ways that popular and especially visual culture have shaped ideas and debates about race, identity and culture that persist today. In particular, Jane is concerned with the history of Australia’s engagement with anti-slavery, humanitarianism, and ultimately human rights. Her recent books include The Flash of Recognition: Photography and the emergence of Indigenous rights, which won the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards’ USQ History Book Award, and Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire.
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