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Andrew May

Professor In Australian History
Khasi Hills
Material Culture
Cities
Missionaries
Public Space
Colonialism
Intangible Heritage
Heritage Interpretation
Social History
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Prof

Andrew May

 
Division
Arts
 
Primary Interest
Urban History
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Prof

Andrew May

 

I am a social historian with expertise across Australian urban history, colonialism in north-east India, and digital techniques in the humanities, with broader critical and applied interests in cultural heritage and public history.As an urban historian I have published widely on the social experience of the Australian city, its public spaces and communal rituals, its suburban qualities, and its cosmopolitan cultures. As Director of 'The Encyclopedia of Melbourne', I guided that project's development from the mid 1990s to its publication by Cambridge University Press in 2005.

My interests in multimedia have seen me develop history in new media formats, including Melbourne Podtours (http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2008/03/28/2201932.htm), eGold (http://www.egold.net.au/), Pathways to the Past (a learning module on using images as historical evidence; https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/shaps/resources/teaching/pathways-to-the-past), and ongoing development of eMelbourne (the Encyclopedia of Melbourne in online format: http://www.emelbourne.net.au/). As Director of the Melbourne History Workshop (https://melbournehistoryworkshop.com), I oversee a studio-based research collaboratory in the History Program at the University of Melbourne which taps the pooled expertise of staff, research higher degree students and affiliates in order to provide innovative and rigorously-applied historical research, postgraduate training, industry collaboration and community-facing projects. The Workshop’s focus is the exciting synergy between urban history and cultural heritage, and builds on three decades of my teaching, research and engagement in the sector. As part of the Workshop, I produce the regular ‘My Marvellous Melbourne’ podcast (http://mymarvellousmelbourne.net.au).As a historian of imperialism, I have further and particular interest in aspects of religion, governance, identity and cultural heritage in the Khasi Hills of North-East India, a key contribution to the scholarship being "Welsh Missionaries and British Imperialism: The Empire of Clouds in North-East India" published in the Manchester University Press Studies in Imperialism Series. Here I am especially concerned with locating and understanding Indigenous agency in the colonial archive, Indigenous cultural resistance to proselytization, as well as the processes, impacts and legacies of British imperialism in a tribal and highly Christianised part of India.I am currently historian member of the Victorian Heritage Council, a board member of the History Council of Victoria, on the executive of the European Association for Urban History, and an editorial board member of Urban History and the Journal of Urban History. I have served on boards and/or advisory committees of the Australian Historical Association, Australian Historical Studies, the City of Melbourne, Heritage Victoria, Melbourne Immigration Museum, Melbourne Museum, the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), Public Record Office Victoria, Royal Historical Society of Victoria, State Library of Victoria, and the National Archives of Australia. In 2006 I was awarded the 'Individual Contribution to Profile' award in the City of Melbourne's 'Melbourne Awards'.

Projects

Displaying the 19 most recent projects by Andrew May.

19

Projects

Project Types


8

Research Contracts


6

Research Grant


5

Internal Research Grant


Scholarly Works

Displaying the 78 most recent scholarly works by Andrew May.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2006

City of Melbourne - Melbourne Award for Individual Contribution to City Profile

2004

Arts Faculty - Dean's Teaching Award

1999

Victorian Government - Victorian Community and Local History Award

1996

Australian Historical Association - Prize for Australian History

1996

Urban History Association (USA) - Best Dissertation in Urban History

1995

Urban History (UK) - H.J.Dyos Prize for best article

2018

FASSA - Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia


2013

NOTINLIST - Not in List


8

Awards

Credentials

Positions


Professor In Australian History

Historical And Philosophical Studies

Historian Member

Victorian Heritage Council

International Board Member

Urban History

International Committee Member

European Association for Urban History

Board Member

H-URBAN

Member

ANZDEG

Executive Member And Treasurer

Australian Historical Association

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne