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Dr Adrian Jones OAM

Associate Professor
La Trobe University
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Humanities
DMB E105, Melbourne (Bundoora)
T: +61 3 9479 2461
F: +61 3 9479 1942
E: [email protected]

BA (Melbourne), MA (La Trobe), MA (Harvard), PhD (Harvard).

Brief Profile
Dr Adrian Jones OAM is Associate Professor in the School of Historical and European Studies at La Trobe University. Adrian first acquired an interest in Ottoman history while undertaking his PhD at Harvard University where he specialised in Russian history. His Ottoman interests have moved to the forefront in recent years with particular focus on the Battles of Çanakkale/Gallipoli, and he is currently researching Russian-Ottoman relations in the early-eighteenth-century era of Ahmet III and Peter the Great. Adrian has travelled to Turkey on a number of occasions for research and to study Turkish in Istanbul. Adrian has previously led this study tour in January 2008 and December 2009, 2011, 2013 & 2015.

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Membership of professional associations
  • History Council of Victoria.
  • Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
  • National Centre for History Education, History Teachers’ Association of Victoria.

On Historiography

  • ‘Alain Badiou and Authentic Revolutions: Methods of Intellectual Inquiry’, Thesis Eleven, 106 (2011) 39-55.
  • ‘Reporting in Prose: Reconsidering Ways of Writing History’, The European Legacy, 12 (2007) 311-36.
  • ‘Word and Deed: Why A Post-Poststructural History Is Needed and How It Might Look’, The Historical Journal, 43: 2 (2000) 517-41.

On Historical Theory

  • ‘Vivid History: Existentialist Phenomenology as a New Way to Understand an Old Way of Writing History, and as a Source of Renewal for the Writing of History’, Storia della Storiografia, 54 (2008) 21-55.
  • ‘What Lies About There and Then: Phenomenologies for History’, Historically Speaking, 7:2 (2005) 32-34.
  • ‘History’s “So it seems”: Heideggerian Phenomenologies and History’, Journal of the Philosophy of History, 5 (2011) 5-35.

On Russian and Ottoman History

  • ‘Peripheral Vision: A Russian Bourgeois’ Arctic Enlightenment’, The Historical Journal, 48 (2005) 623-40.
  • ‘A Note on Atatürk’s Words about Gallipoli’, History Australia, 2 (2004) 10: 1-10.
  • ‘An Empress and a Grand Vizier: Catherine, Baltacı Mehmed and the Battle of the Prut, 1711’ in Omeljan Pritsak Armağanı / A Tribute to Omeljan Pritsak, eds Mehmet Alpargu and Yücel Öztürk, Adapazarı, Sakarya Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2007, 651-80.

On History Teaching

  • ‘History Teaching in Australia: Stories are needed as well as analysis’, Australian Historical Association Bulletin, 96 (June 2003) 27-42.
  • ‘Philosophical and Socio-Cognitive Foundations for Teaching in Higher Education through Collaborative Approaches to Student Learning’, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 43 (2011) 997-1011.
  • ‘Teaching History at University through Communities of Inquiry’, Australian Historical Studies, 42 (2011) 168-93.

Research projects

Adrian is an Europeanist with wide interests.  He reads Russian, French and Turkish.  His current research interests focus on Russian and Ottoman history, especially the eighteenth century, and on historiography (methods and philosophies of history), especially possibilities of relating phenomenology to history to re-validate narratives and the evocative in history.  Adrian is writing a cultural history of a Russian-Ottoman encounter in the era of Peter the Great and Ahmed III: the Battle of the Prut, 1711.