Richard Nile is Professor of History and Head of Humanities and Creative Arts at James Cook University. Previous appointments have included Professor and Director the Humanities Research Institute Murdoch University, Professor and Director the Australia Research Institute Curtin University, Director the Australian Studies Centre University of Queensland, and Deputy and Interim Head the Menzies Centre University of London. Richard began his career as a Lecturer at the Universities of New South Wales and Western Australia. At various other times, he has been University Fellow and Senior Honorary Research Fellow University of Western Australia, Distinguished Visiting Professor Copenhagen University, Australia-India Council Visiting Professor Himachal Pradesh University, Visiting Fellow Eotvos Lorand University Budapest, and Visiting Fellow University of Debrecen. The author and co-author of books across more than thirty international editions and translations, Richard has published a further 98 edited scholarly volumes, and around a hundred peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and occasional pieces across a range of media.

  • EL2006: Banned Books: Censorship and the Regulation of Culture in Australia (Level 2; TSV)
  • HI1302: Modern World History (Level 1; TSV)
  • HI2007: Crime and Punishment in Australia (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • HI2008: Australians in War and Peace: from frontiers to foreign fields (Level 2; TSV)
  • HI2021: Modern Australian History (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • Editor: Journal of Australian Studies (1996-2008) Editor: Australian Cultural History (2007-2013) Editorial Board: Round Table Editorial Board: English and American Studies Editorial Board: Journal of European Australian Studies Editorial Board: Journal of Indian Australian Studies Editorial Board: Antipodes Editorial Board: Ariel: Journal of Post Colonial Literature Editorial Board: New Literatures in English
  • Australian Cultural History; Australian Literary Studies; History of the Novel; Authorship and Publication; Cultural Responses to War and Peace; Memoir, Biography and Life Writing. Digital Humanities
  • Australian History; History of Australian Literature; History and Heritage; Myth, Legends and Story.
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  • 2014 to 2018 - Senior Honorary Research Fellow, University of Western Australia
  • 2012 - Australia-India Council Visiting Professor, Himachal Pradesh University
  • 2007 - Distinguished Visiting Professor, Copenhagen University
  • 1990 to 1992 - Visiting Fellow and Foundation Director Australian Studies, Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest) and University of Debrecen
  • 1988 to 1989 - University Fellow, University of Western Australia

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  • Nile R (2015) Lost literatures. Studies in English and Comparative Literature. In: CISLE 2013: Centre for the International Study of Literatures in English Conference, July 2013, Innsbruck, Austria

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 29+ research outputs authored by Prof Richard Nile from 1992 onwards.


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  • Poised to change: Examining Textual and Linguistic Changeability in Contemporary Fiction using a Complexity Framework (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • The Beautiful and Damned: Searching for the Flapper in Australian Print Culture 1920's - 1930's (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Lack and Superfluity: A creative speculation on the psychosocial and gender exigencies of long-term space travel (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Topographical Texts: Connections Between Landscape, Movement, Materiality and Text in the Fiction of Patrick White, Gerald Murnane and Murray Bail (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • "The Faerie Queene": Moral Purposes, Creative Accidents (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • North Queensland’s Chinese family landscape: 1860-1920 (2019, PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)

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