Date:  3-4pm on Wednesday October 23

Location: Victoria University – Footscray Park Campus – A413

Aboriginal intergenerational trauma in Victoria: a history of the present

This seminar draws on historical evidence and surveys of child welfare and justice in Victoria to explain present high levels of Indigenous incarceration in Victoria. It argues that governance arrangements dating from the mid-19th century continue to have effects in the management of Indigenous welfare and justice services in the present.



David McCallum researches the history of human sciences and their relation to the conduct of governing. He taught sociology at the University of Melbourne and Victoria University, and his recent book Criminalizing Children, Welfare and the State in Australia (CUP, 2018) won the ​Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Book Prize for 2019. David is presently editing a reference work on the history of human sciences for Palgrave Macmillan, and researching a project on welfare policy.