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Dr Adrian Jones, OAM

Dr Adrian Jones OAM is a retired Associate Professor of History at La Trobe University (1985-2020). A former Chair (2003-08) of The History Council of Victoria, Adrian has also a regular History segment on ABC Radio Melbourne 774 Evening Show. Adrian’s OAM (2009) recognised his history teaching and learning roles in school and community settings. Adrian graduated with a BA Hons from the University of Melbourne, an MA from La Trobe University and an MA and PhD from Harvard University, specialising in Russian, French and Ottoman-Balkan history. Adrian’s one work of local history, Follow the Gleam (2000), won the prize for the best print publication on history published in Victoria in 2001. He has published books and articles on historiography, educational theory, comparative revolutions, and French, Russian and Turkish social and intellectual history. Adrian’s current research focusses on history and memory with respect to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and on Russian-Ottoman relations in “The Tulip Age”: the early-eighteenth-century era of Ahmet III and Peter the Great. Adrian reads and speaks Russian, French and Turkish, and has just completed his first-year studying Modern Greek at La Trobe University. A foundation Director of the [Australian] National Centre for History Education (NCHE) (2000-03), Adrian was awarded a national award for his teaching in 2008. While Adrian currently leads ASA tours to Russia, Romania and Slovenia, he also likes travelling in France, Italy, Greece and Turkey… anywhere really.

Membership of professional associations
  • International Society for the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching in History, Australasian Director.
  • International Network for the Theory and Philosophy of History, Australian Ambassador.
  • Australian Historical Association.
  • History Council of Victoria.
  • Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
  • National Centre for History Education, History Teachers’ Association of Victoria.

On Historiography

  • ‘The Predicament of Writing Political History: The Challenge of the Tacit’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 62(1) 2016, 117-38
  • ‘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

  • ‘Parallel Lives and Tragic Heroisms: Ottoman, Turkish and Australasian Myths about the Dardanelles Campaigns’, ch. 2, in Reconciling Cultural and Political Identities in a Globalized World: Perspectives on Australia-Turkey Relations, ed. Michális Michael, Basingstoke, Macmillan, 2015, 19-44.
  • ‘A Petrine Day of Display, 21 December 1709’, Transcultural Studies, 9 (1-2) 2013, 5-29.
  • ‘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

  • ‘A (Theory and Pedagogy) Essay on the (History) Essay’, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, forthcoming 2017.
  • ‘A History of the History Essay: Heritages, Habits and Hindrances’, History Australia, forthcoming 2016.
  • ‘Curriculum Alignment and After’, Journal of University Teaching Learning Practice, 9 (3) 2012, article 8.
  • ‘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.
Past Tours
  • The Ottoman Empire: Fourteenth to Twentieth Centuries (La Trobe University 2008 – 2015, 2019)
  • Romania Revealed: Saxon Villages, Transylvanian Cities and Byzantine Monasteries (2019)
  • Russia’s Romantic Soul: Moscow, Novgorod & St Petersburg (2019)