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Professor Sarah Maddison

Professor and Co-Director of the Indigenous-Settler Relations Collaboration

The University of Melbourne

School of Social and Political Sciences

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Sarah Maddison is Professor of Politics in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and also Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts. With Sana Nakata she co-founded and co-directs the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration, a research unit in the Faculty of Arts.

Sarah is a well-known Australian author and public intellectual. Her areas of research expertise include Indigenous-settler relations, reconciliation and conflict transformation, Indigenous political culture, and social movements. In 2019 she published a new monograph, The Colonial Fantasy: Why white Australia can’t solve black problems (Allen & Unwin) and co-edited the first volume in the Springer series Indigenous-Settler Relations in Australia and the World (with Sana Nakata). In 2016, she published the collection (co-edited with Tom Clark and Ravi de Costa) The Limits of Settler Colonial Reconciliation (Springer), arising from an ARC-funded research project exploring non-Indigenous peoples’ attitudes to reconciliation and Australia’s colonial history. Previously she has published the book Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation (Routledge) based on research in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Australia, and Guatemala, and her other books include Black Politics (2009), Beyond White Guilt (2011), Unsettling the Settler State (co-edited with Morgan Brigg, 2011), and The Women’s Movement in Protest, Institutions and the Internet, (co-edited with Marian Sawer 2014).

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