Uni Melbourne confronts its racist past

The university’s Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education announces a project to “examine the relationship between Indigenous Australia and the University of Melbourne from its foundation in 1853 until the present”

“In the spirit of truth-telling, it will properly articulate the contested histories of the University of Melbourne – including its eugenics history and practices of scientific racism,” the MCSHE states.

There will be a book from MUP in mid ’23 and a suite of “additional outputs” including a website, “to promote critical and scholarly engagements with this history,” a  podcast series and training programmes.

The project is Indigenous-led, with 70 contributors from the university.  Editors are Marcia Langton, Ross Jones and James Waghorne.