Adrian Muckle

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Senior Lecturer School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations

Courses

Teaching in 2019

Office hours

Tuesday 11.15 am to 12:15 pm (or by appointment; or drop in if the door is open).

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) University of Otago
  • PhD Australian National University

Research interests

I am an historian of the Pacific Islands/Oceania in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. My key areas of interest include colonialism, colonial societies, decolonisation, violence and race relations. While much of my research focuses on the dynamics of colonial rule in New Caledonia I have broader interests in Pacific Islands history and politics especially in Island Melanesia and the francophone Pacific.

Books

  • (with Isabelle Merle) L’indigénat. Genèses dans l’Empire français. Pratiques en Nouvelle-Calédonie, Paris: CNRS Éditions, 2019.
  • Violences réelles et violences imaginées dans un contexte colonial : Nouvelle-Calédonie, 1917, Philippe Boisserand (trans.), Nouméa: Presses universitaires de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, 2018.
  • (with Alban Bensa and Kacué Yvon Goromoedo), Les sanglots de l'aigle pêcheur. Nouvelle-Calédonie : La guerre kanak de 1917, Toulouse: Anacharsis, 2015.
  • Specters of Violence in a Colonial Context, New Caledonia, 1917. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2012.

Articles and chapters

  • ‘Les « spectres of violence » en Nouvelle-Calédonie’, in Hamid Mokaddem, Scott Robertson and Ingrid Sykes (ed.), La Nouvelle-Calédonie et l’imagination intellectuelle: repenser et reformuler les disciplines, savoirs et pratiques, Paris: l’Harmattan, 2018, pp.116-132.
  • ‘Contesting colonial violence in New Caledonia’, in Philip Dwyer and Amanda Nettelbeck (ed.), Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern World, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp.221–241.
  • (with Isabelle Merle) ‘Pour la mort d’un chef kanak. Le destin de Mohamed Ben Ahmed ou les enjeux d’une histoire coloniale des subalternes au tournant du XXe siècle’, Revue d’histoire moderne et contemporaine, vol. 64, no.3 (2017), pp.9–38.
  • ‘“Thoughtlessly savage words”: the contested legitimacy of colonial violence in New Caledonia, 1917-18’, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 18:1 (2017), https://muse.jhu.edu/article/655210
  • (with Benoît Trépied) ‘The Transformation of the “Métis Question” in New Caledonia, 1853-2009, ’ in Farida Fozdar and Kirsten McGavin (ed.), Mixed Race Identities in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, New York & London: Routledge, pp.116-132.
  • (with Benoît Trépied) ‘“Au bétail” : stockmen kanak, frontière pastorale et rapports de pouvoir coloniaux en Nouvelle-Calédonie, 1870-1998.’ Mwà Véé: revue culturelle kanak, no.87, 2015, pp.66-95.
  • ‘Putting Kanak to Work: Kanak and the colonial labor system in New Caledonia.’ Pacific Studies, vol.38, no.3, 2015, pp.345–372.
  • ‘Empire in the eyes of the beholder. New Zealand in the Pacific through French Eyes.’ In Katie Pickles and Catharine Coleborne (ed.), New Zealand’s Empire, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015, pp.163–178.
  • (with Benoît Trépied) 'Les transformations de la « question métisse » en Nouvelle-Calédonie (1853-2009)', in Denis Gagnon and Hélène Giguère (ed.), Le Métis en tant que catégorie sociale: revendications, agencéité et enjeux politiques. Special issue of Anthropologie et Sociétés, vol.38, no.2 (2014), pp.89–108.
  • 'The Presumption of Indigeneity: Colonial administration, the "community of race" and the category of indigène in New Caledonia, 1887-1946.' Journal of Pacific History, vol. 47, no. 3 (2012), pp. 309-328.
  • "Natives", "immigrants" and "libérés": the colonial regulation of mobility in New Caledonia. Law Text Culture, vol. 15 (2011), 135–161.
  • (with Benoît Trépied) In the long ‘run’: Kanak stockmen, the cattle frontier and colonial power relations in New Caledonia, 1870-1988, Oceania, vol. 80 no.2 (2010), 199–215.
  • Troublesome chiefs and disorderly subjects: the internment of Kanak under the indigénat—New Caledonia, 1887-1946’. Journal of French Colonial History, vol. 11 (2010), pp.131-160.
  • 'No more violence nor war': twenty years of nation-building in New Caledonia. Journal of Pacific History, vol. 44, no.2 (2009), pp.179-194.
  • La « Dernière Révolte » de Nouvelle-Calédonie-Kanaky: Vision de conflits passés dans un avenir commun.’ In Isabelle Merle and Else Faugère (ed.), La Nouvelle-Calédonie, vers un destin commun ?Nouveaux Enjeux, Nouveaux Terrains. Paris: Editions Karthala, 2010, pp.39-60.
  • 'La « Derniére Révolte é de Nouvelle-Calédonie-Kanaky : Vision de conflits pass's dans un avenir commun'. Mwâ ' Véé: revue culturelle kanak, no.62 (2008), pp.8-19.'
  • Kanak Experiences of WW1: New Caledonia's tirailleurs and rebels.' History Compass, 6/5 (2008), pp.1325-1345.
  • ""Neo" lands in Oceania: New Caledonia and New Zealand.' In S. Levine and F. Angleviel (ed.), New Zealand ' New Caledonia: Neighbours, Friends, Partners; La Nouvelle-Zélande et la Nouvelle-Calédonie: Voisins, amis et partenaires. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2008, pp.212-237.
  • 'Tropes of (mis)understanding-imagining shared destinies in New Caledonia, 1853-1998.' Journal de la Société des Océanistes, 124 (2007), pp.105-118.
  • 'The "Chief without Power"? Téâ Antoine Katélia and the War of 1917-18 in New Caledonia.' Journal of Pacific History, vol. 41, no.3 (2006), pp.313-334.
  • 'Killing the "Fantôme Canaque": Evoking and Invoking the Possibility of Revolt in New Caledonia (1853-1915).' Journal of Pacific History, vol. 37, no.1 (2002), pp.25-44.
  • (with Lorenzo Veracini) 'Reflections of Indigenous History inside the National Museums of Australia and New Zealand and outside of New Caledonia's Centre Culturel Jean-Marie Tjibaou. 'Electronic Journal of Australian and New Zealand History (2002).

Other selected publications

  • 'Noël de Tiamou et ses « frëres ».' Mwà Véé: revue culturelle kanak, no.62 (2008), pp.44-46.
  • ed. (with G.K. Ward) The Power of Knowledge, the Resonance of Tradition . Electronic publication of papers from the AIATSIS Indigenous Studies conference, September 2001. Canberra: AIATSIS Research Program, 2005,
  • (with David Hegarty and Darrell Tryon) 'Introduction' to the New Pacific Review - La Nouvelle Revue du Pacifique, vol. 2 (2004), pp.7-13.
  • 'The War of 1917 in New Caledonia.' RSPAS Quarterly Bulletin, March 2004, 12-13.bals_snippet_335_back-to-top-link%

Selected conference papers delivered

  • The Education of Amane: Kanak “Chiefs” and French Gendarmes in New Caledonia. French Colonial Historical Society Conference, Aix-en-Provence, 15-17 June 2017.
  • (with Benoît Trépied) Destin Social d’une « famille mixte » de part et d’autre de la frontière raciale en Nouvelle-Calédonie coloniale. French Colonial Historical Society Conference, Aix-en-Provence, 15-17 June 2017.
  • The “contested legitimacy” of colonial violence in New Caledonia. Conference on “Violence, Colonialism & Empire in the Modern and Contemporary World”, London, 29 June-2 July 2015.
  • "Cogs" of colonial rule: the gendarme and the administrative chief in New Caledonia, c.1880-1960. Conference on 'Cooperation under the Premise of Imperialism', University of Bern, Switzerland, 27-29 June 2013.
  • Colonial administration, the “community of race” and the category of indigène in New Caledonia, 1887-1946. Race in Oceania Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, 20-22 January 2010.
  • The 'special infractions': New Caledonia's indigénat regulations, 1887-1946. Pacific History Association Conference, Suva, 8-12 December 2008.
  • Neo lands in Oceania: New Caledonia and New Zealand. New Zealand History Association Conference, 23-25 November 2007.
  • Raising the Savage: repression, negotiation and the agency of violence and non-violence in New Caledonia. American Historical Association Conference, Atlanta, 4-7 January 2007.
  • Troublesome chiefs and disorderly subjects: the internment of Kanak under the indigénat' New Caledonia, 1887-1946. Pacific History Association Conference, Dunedin, 6-10 December 2006.
  • The wars at Koné, Tipindjé and Hienghéne, 1917-a reassessment. Pacific History Association Conference, Nouméa and Koné, December 2004.
  • Kanaky/New Caledonia in Oceania? Pacific Islands Political Studies Association Conference, Nouméa, 3'5 December 2004.

Edited collections

  • (with G.K. Ward) The Power of Knowledge, the Resonance of Tradition . Electronic publication of papers from the AIATSIS Indigenous Studies conference, September 2001. Canberra: AIATSIS Research Program, 2005.
  • (with Darrell Tryon) L’Etat des Etats—Pacific Island States Today. Issue of La Nouvelle Revue du Pacifique/The New Pacific Review, vol.2, no. 1 (2003). Canberra: Pandanus Books, 2004.

Selected seminars and other presentations

  • 1917-2017, Cent ans d’histoire autour d’une révolte kanak : que nous disent les historiens ? Université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, Nouméa, 23 November 2017.
  • The “Arab’s” story. Mohamed ben Ahmed, “Koniambo” and New Caledonia’s 1917 war. VUW History Programme seminar, 22 April 2016.
  • "Rouages" de l'ordre colonial: le gendarme et le chef administratif en Nouvelle-Calédonie, 1897-1958. Centre de Recherche et de Documentation sur l’Océanie, Marseille, 13 November 2015.
  • Lire les vies des pasteurs, chefs et leaders en Nouvelle-Calédonie. XIXe-XXe siècle. Centre de Recherche et de Documentation sur l’Océanie, Marseille, 6 November 2015.
  • Are métis useful to think with? Research questions for the history of the “colonial era” in New Caledonia. 4e Atelier international sur les identités et cultures métisses, Saint-Boniface University, Winnipeg, 26-29 August 2015.
  • L’internement comme pratique coloniale en Nouvelle-Calédonie/Océanie. Journées d’études sur le régime de l’indigénat et ses métamorphoses : histoire d’un dispositif impérial répressif. CNRS and EHESS, Paris, 4-5 November 2011.
  • New Caledonia’s Colonial History. AGORA II Workshop, Institute for Research and Development, Nouméa, 20-22 October 2009.
  • Les danseurs de Cèmû. Invited presentation given at the “Notre Histoire” colloquium and cultural festival, Koné, 24-27 September 2009.
  • 'No more violence nor war': politics in New Caledonia, 1999-2009. VUW History Programme Seminar, 8 May 2009.
  • The 'special infractions'. Presentation to GDRNC, Paris, 10 October 2008.
  • Neo lands in Oceania: an essay in triangulation. Invited presentation given at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate dinner in conjunction with 'Stepping Forward 2006'An Interdisciplinary Conference for Emerging Researchers', University of Waikato, 17 October 2006.
  • New Caledonia: History and recent developments. Presentation to NZ Staff College, Trentham, 31 July 2006.
  • Kanaky New Caledonia's "Last Revolt": visions of past conflict in a shared future. School of History, Philosophy and Politics Seminar, Massey University, Palmerston North, 13 April 2006.

Recent postgraduate supervision

  • Saui’a Louise Mataia-Milo,Subtle Invasions: Aspects of Samoan Women’s Wartime Experiences, Ph.D. thesis, 2017(with Charlotte Macdonald).
  • Geoffrey Brown,TheCzechoslovak Orient: Carpathian Ruthenia as an Imagined Colonial Space, Ph.D. thesis, 2016(with Alexander Maxwell).
  • Rhiannon Bertaud-Gandar, In the wake of epidemic: the impact and legacy of the 1918 influenza epidemic in Western Samoa. HIST 489 Research Essay, 2015 (co-supervised with Steve Behrendt).
  • Nicholas Hoare, New Zealand's 'critics of Empire': domestic opposition to New Zealand's Pacific Empire, 1883-1948. MA thesis, 2014.
  • Rosemary Coppell, What can a Padre do in the Trenches? Chaplains of the 2 NZEF. HIST 489 Research essay, 2014.
  • Sarah Garven, “It’s not for telling”: Political engagement in three films about the Algerian war. HIST 489 Research essay, 2014 (with Giacomo Lichtner).
  • Gillian Nelson, 'In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength': Vicesimus Lush and his Journals, 1850-1882. MA thesis, 2012 (with Jim McAloon).
  • Basil Keane (MA candidate), Kotahitanga Parliament, 1892-1902 (with Richard Hill).
  • Nicholas Hoare, 'Harry' Holland and Samoa: The Labour Leader's 'Samoan Complex'. HIST 489 Research Essay 2012 (with Jim McAloon).
  • Franchesca Walker, Te Hokowhitu a Tu: Maori, Death and the Martial Race Ideology, 1914-1919. HIST 489 Research Essay, 2010.
  • Gillian Nelson, “It is a difficult matter to write when one’s own proceedings are to be the only subject”: Octavius Hadfield’s correspondence, 1839-1844. HIST 489 Research Essay, 2010.
  • Ricky Barrow, “To restrain their natural habits of dirt and sauciness”: Discipline, Civilization and the Maori Body on the CMS Mission Stations of the Bay of Islands, 1819-1840. HIST 489 Research Essay, 2009.
  • Samuel Ritchie, “[T]he sound of the bell amidst the wilds”: Evangelical Perceptions of Northern Aotearoa/New Zealand Māori and the Aboriginal Peoples of Port Phillip Australia, c.1820s-1840s. MA thesis, 2009 (with Charlotte Macdonald).
  • Esther McGill, Flags as Power Play in Maori and Pakeha Relations. HIST 489 Research Essay, 2006.
  • Peter Carter, The Flying Minister, the War Council, and Bases: The Rise of International Commercial Aviation and US–New Zealand Relations, 1935-1945. HIST 489 Research Essay, 2005.

Other contributions

Adrian is Co-Editor of the Journal of Pacific History and Secretary/Treasurer of the Pacific History Association.

Courses

Teaching in 2019