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Dr Robert Kenny

Dr Robert Kenny

Position: Senior Research Fellow
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Email: robert.kenny@deakin.edu.au
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Research interests:

Early modern British history, History of science and religion

Awards and Prizes

2014: Short-listed, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards (non-fiction) for Gardens of Fire, UWAP 2013

2008: Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History for The Lamb Enters the Dreaming: Nathanael Pepper and the Ruptured World

2008: Victorian Premier's History Award for The Lamb Enters the Dreaming: Nathanael Pepper and the Ruptured World

2008: The Australian Historical Association's W. K. Hancock Prize for The Lamb Enters the Dreaming: Nathanael Pepper and the Ruptured World

2008: Short-listed, Adelaide Festival Literature Award (non-fiction) for The Lamb Enters the Dreaming: Nathanael Pepper and the Ruptured World

2008: Commended in the Victorian Community History Awards for The Lamb Enters the Dreaming: Nathanael Pepper and the Ruptured World

2006: Peter Blazey Fellowship, Australian Centre, University of Melbourne

Relevant employment history:

2011: Visiting Fellow, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University
2011-2012: Research Fellow, La Trobe University.
2008-2011: ARC APD Fellow, La Trobe University
2007: Church, Missions and Religions Fellow, Mitchell Library, Sydney
2006: Peter Blazey Fellow, Australian Centre, University of Melbourne

A list of the ten most significant relevant publications for the last five years:

  1. Kenny, Robert (2013/14) 'Searing Truths', The Monthly, Summer Issue 2013/14, pp. 8-10.
  2. Kenny, Robert (2013) 'Warming our toes: Forgetting the inevitability of fire', (Living with Fire, by Christine Hansen and Tom Griffiths, review) Australian Book Review, November, 2013, pp. 23-24.
  3. Kenny, Robert (2013) Gardens of Fire: an investigative memoir, monograph, University of Western Australia Publishing, Perth, August 2013.
  4. Kenny, Robert (2013) 1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia by James Boyce, review, Journal of Australian Studies, 37:2, 2013, pp. 268-269
  5. Kenny, Robert (2013) Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignties, edited by Warwick Anderson, Deborah Jenson, and Richard C. Keller, review, Australian Historical Studies, 44:1, 2013, pp. 149-150.
  6. Kenny, Robert (2012) 'Sunday 10 February, the day after', Meanjin, 71:3, 2012, pp. 174-177.
  7. Kenny, Robert (2011) 'On Freud's Totem & Taboo', forward essay, in Mark Hatala, ed., Sigmund Freud, Totem & Taboo, Classics in Psychology, Greentop Academic Press, Greentop, Missouri, pp. iv-x, 2011
  8. Kenny, Robert with Nadia Rhook (2011) Towards an Annotated Bibliography of Religious, Church and Missions Collections of the Mitchell Library, Mitchell Library, Sydney. Click to download
  9. Kenny, Robert (2010) The Lamb Enters the Dreaming: Nathanael Pepper & the Ruptured World, monograph, Second edition, Scribe Publications, Melbourne, 2010

Brief Biography

Robert's earliest publications were in the fields of poetry and literature. He also worked extensively in the publishing and graphic arts industries. He completed a PhD in History at La Trobe University in 2004. He taught in History at La Trobe, and in Politics at Victoria University, before taking up an ARC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at La Trobe in 2008. His The Lamb Enters the Dreaming won the 2008 Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History, the Victorian Premier's History prize and the Australian Historical Association's W.H.Hancock Prize. His recently published Gardens of Fire, has been shortlisted in the Victorian Premier's Prize for non-fiction. He has published widely on the history of religion and science, as well as several volumes of poetry and fiction. He is now Senior Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute. He has previously been a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, and Peter Blazey Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

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