Reading List

A collection of key readings in the field of history, heritage and memory relevant to the topic of Contested Histories. If you have suggestions or believe some essential readings are missing, please contact us at

From the Ruins of Colonialism

History as Social Memory

By Chris Healy 1997

The book focuses on investigating social and collective memory in the framework of Australian national identity. Healy Identifies problematic instances of white and black histories through James Cook, the British navigator. In examining the ways in which memories and histories were installed during and after the nineteenth century, Healy draws on a good deal of recent research, notably the work of Tom Griffiths. Read More

Asian-Pacific Feminist Coalition Politics

The "Chŏngshindae/Jūgunianfu" ("Comfort Women") Movement

By Alice Yun Chai 1993

The article discusses the sexual violence that was perpetrated during Japan’s Pacific War, how this has since been addressed and politicized, and how discussion of this topic has spread to a global feminist movement to Eastern and Southeast Asian countries. Read More