For undergraduate courses in Australian studies, history, cultural history and cultural studies.
Dispossession, Dreams and Diversity: issues in Australian studies introduces key topics and questions about Australia as a society, a culture and a nation. It engages in major debates within both the academic and public spheres of political discourse and cultural representations, and outlines both historical and theoretical approaches to these.
The text examines the social or historical contexts that influence the meanings and structures of 'Australianness', and provides both background detail and further discussion of many issues that can often be covered only briefly in the limited time allowed for lectures and seminars.
David Carter was Director of the Australian Studies Centre at the University of Queensland from 2001 to 2006 and is currently Professor of Australian Literature and Cultural History in the School of Communication and Arts. Professor Carter's research interests are in the area of Australian cultural history, and in particular: print culture studies, publishing history, literary history, Australian magazines and periodicals, media/cultural institutions, and modernity.
Professor Carter has extensive experience in teaching and developing programs in Australian Studies in Australia and internationally. He was President of the International Australian Studies Association from 1997 to 2001. He is Manager of the Australian Studies in China program of the Australia-China Council; from 1998-2004 he was a board member of the Australia-Japan Foundation and in 2007-08 he was Visiting Professor in Australian Studies at Tokyo University.