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Amanda Laugesen

Dr Amanda Laugesen

ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: +61 2 6125 0474

Dr Amanda Laugesen is Director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre, ANU. She completed her PhD in the History Program at the ANU in 2000, and subsequently worked as a research editor at the Australian National Dictionary Centre, ANU, as well as undertaking teaching in the History Department. She produced two lexical monographs for Oxford University Press (Convict Words: the Language of the Australian Convict Era and Diggerspeak: the Language of Australians at War) while working at the ANDC, as well as working on a number of other projects relating to the history of Australian English. She also worked as an Editorial Assistant on the Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary. Amanda was appointed as a Lecturer in History at the University of Southern Queensland in 2004, and Lecturer in History and American Studies at Flinders University in 2006. She returned to Canberra at the end of 2008. She has extensive teaching experience in US, Australian, and World History, and has experience in the development of postgraduate and online course design and delivery.

Amanda's research includes publications in the areas of historical memory, the history of reading, libraries and publishing, cultural history (with a particular interest in the cultural history of war), the history of Australian English, and lexicography. Her most recent books are Furphies and Whizzbangs: Anzac Slang from the Great War (2015) and Boredom is the Enemy: the Intellectual and Imaginative Worlds of Australian Soldiers in the Great War and Beyond (2012). The latter is a study of Australian soldiers’ experiences of education and entertainment during wartime. Her current research areas include: cultural history of Australian English and slang; language, sound and war; Australian literary culture in the early 20th century; and the global history of publishing, libraries and literacy.

Publications - books

The Australian National Dictionary 2nd edn (Managing Editor), Oxford University Press, 2016

Furphies and Whizzbangs: Anzac Slang from the Great War Oxford University Press, 2015

Australian Primary Oxford Dictionary 4th edn, Oxford University Press, 2015

The Australian Pocket Oxford Dictionary 7th edn, Oxford University Press, 2013

Boredom is the Enemy: the Intellectual and Imaginative Worlds of Australian Soldiers in the Great War and Beyond Ashgate, 2012

The Making of Public Historical Culture in the American West, 1880-1910: the Role of Historical Societies Edwin Mellen, 2006

Diggerspeak: The Language of Australians at War Oxford University Press, 2005

Convict Words: The Language of the Australian Convict Era Oxford University Press, 2002

Publications – chapters in books/anthologies

'Models, medals, and the use of military emblems in fashion' in D. Rall (ed.) Fashion and War in Popular Culture Intellect Books 2014

‘Books for the World: the United States and Book and Library Programs in the Developing World, 1946-68’ in Catherine Turner and Greg Barnhisel (eds) Pressing the Fight: Print, Propaganda and the Cold War University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 2010, pp. 126-144

‘Australian Soldiers and the World of Print during the Great War’ in M.E. Hammond and S. Towheed (eds.) Publishing in the First World War: Essays in Book History Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2007, pp. 93-109

‘Historical Organizations’ in M. Spongberg, A. Curthoys and B. Caine (eds.) Companion to Women’s Historical Writing Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, 2005, pp. 249-252

‘The United States of America’ in M. Spongberg, A. Curthoys and B. Caine (eds.) Companion to Women’s Historical Writing Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, 2005, pp. 259-271

Publications – refereed articles

‘Australia and the Globalization of the Public Library’, Australian Library Journal, forthcoming November 2015.

‘Forgetting their troubles for a while: Australian Soldiers’ Experiences of Cinema during the First World War’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, forthcoming October 2015.

‘UNESCO and the Globalization of the Public Library Idea’ Library and Information History Volume 30, No. 1, 2014, pp. 1-19.

'Journeys in reading in wartime: Some Australian Soldiers' reading experiences in the First World War' Revealing the Reader special edition, Australian Humanities Review, Issue 56, May 2014

'Dictionaries for a nation: the making of the Macquarie Dictionary (1981) and the Australian National Dictionary (1988)', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 38, no. 1, (2014) pp. 52-67.

‘UNESCO and the Globalization of the Public Library Idea’ Library and Information History, vol. 30, no. 1. (Feb. 2014) pp. 1-19

'More than a luxury: Australian soldiers as entertainers and audiences in the First World War', Journal of War and Culture Studies, vol. 6, no. 3, (2013) pp. 226-238.

‘Writing the North-West, Past and Present: the 1930s fiction and drama of Henrietta Drake-Brockman’ History Australia Vol. 8, No. 1 (2011) pp. 109-126

‘The Creation of a Global Modern Publishing Culture in the Cold War: Franklin Book Programs, Translation, and Modernization in the Developing World, 1952-1968’ Princeton University Library Chronicle Vol. 71, No. 2 (Winter 2010) pp. 168-186

with Adele Nye, Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Jill Roe, Penny Russell, Mark Peel, Desley Deacon and Paul Kiem, ‘Historical thinking in Higher Education: Staff and student perceptions of the nature of historical thinking’ History Australia Vol. 6, No. 3 (December 2009)

‘‘An Inalienable Right to Read’: Unesco’s Promotion of a Universal Culture of Reading and Public Libraries, and Its Involvement in Africa 1948-1968’ English in Africa 35 No. 1. (May 2008) pp. 67-88

‘Finding “Another Great World”: Australian Soldiers and Wartime Libraries’ Library Quarterly Vol. 76, No. 4, October 2006, (special edition ‘Retrieving Readers: the Library Experience’) pp. 420-437

‘Australian Slang and the Experience of War’ Eucalypt 3 (2004) pp. 76-86

‘Keeper of Histories: The State Historical Society of Wisconsin Library and Its Cultural Work, 1860-1910’ Libraries and the Cultural Record [formerly Libraries and Culture] (Winter 2004) pp. 13-35

‘The Politics of Language in Convict Australia’ Journal of Australian Colonial History (July 2003) pp. 17-40

‘“Aussie Slanguage”: Language and the Australian Soldiers in the Great War’ Journal of the Australian War Memorial No. 38, April 2003

‘Patriotism and the Past: The Cultural Work of the Wisconsin Semi-centennial Celebrations, 1898’ Australasian Journal of American Studies Vol. 20, No. 1 (July 2001) pp. 41-54

‘Empowering African-American Manhood, Empowering African-American Politics: The Quest of W.E.B. Du Bois, 1890-1920’ Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, Volume 6 (2000) pp. 12-24 

‘George Himes, F.G. Young and the Early Years of the Oregon Historical Society’ Oregon Historical Quarterly Vol. 101, No.1 (Spring 2000) pp.18-39

‘Making a Unique Heritage: Historical Celebrations in Kansas, 1900-1920’ Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains Vol. 23, No.3 (Autumn 2000) pp. 172-185

Publications – other articles, entries, multimedia projects and reviews

‘Straight to the Poolroom with these Australian Idioms’ Ozwords (April 2016)

‘Rediscovering Words from the Great War’ Ozwords (April 2015)

‘Cars and Aussie English’ Ozwords (October 2014)

‘25 Years of the Australian’ Ozwords (October 2013)

‘Ozwords, Tweeting and OMG: The ANDC on Social Media’ Ozwords (October 2012)

‘The Wartime Correspondence of a Mother and Daughter: Roberta Jull and Henrietta Drake-Brockman’, The National Library Magazine (forthcoming, September 2012)

'Publishing, Print Culture, and Australian English' Ozwords (April 2012)

Review of Keith Adkins Reading in Colonial Tasmania: the Early Years of the Evandale Subscription Library in SHARP News Vol. 21, No 1 (Winter 2011)

Review of ‘In Every Home: The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933-1982)’ National Library of Australia exhibition in SHARP News Vol. 21, No 1 (Winter 2011)

Review of Chris Wormersley Bereft in Reviews in Australian Studies Vol. 5, No 4 (2011).

Review of John B. Hench Books as Weapons: Propaganda, Publishing, and the Battle for Global Markets in the Era of World War II in SHARP News (2011)

Review of Wallace G. Lewis In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark: Early Commemorations and the Origins of the National Historic Trail in Kansas History Vol. 34, No 2 (Summer 2011)

‘American Indian Movement’ and ‘Trail of Broken Treaties’ in Donald L. Fixico (ed.) Treaties with American Indians: an Encyclopedia of Rights, Conflicts and Sovereignty ABC-Clio, 2008

Review of Deloria and Salisbury (eds.) A Companion to American Indian History in Australasian Journal of American Studies Vol. 25, No 2 (December 2006)

Review of Graham Seal Inventing Anzac: the Digger and National Mythology in Coppertales: A Journal of the Rural Arts No. 10 (2006)

‘Glossary’ and several entries in J. Ciment (ed.) Postwar America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural and Economic History M.E. Sharpe, 2006

‘Aussie Magazine and the Making of Digger Culture during the Great War’ National Library of Australia News (November 2003)

‘“This Utopian Land of the Pacific” A Glimpse into the National Library of Australia’s Canadiana Collection’ National Library of Australia News (July 2003)

‘War Words on the Web’ Ozwords (May 2003)

‘The Language of Botany Bay’ Footsteps: Port Macquarie and Districts Family History Society Newsletter February 2003

‘An Annotated Edition of A.G. Pretty’s “Glossary of Slang and Peculiar Terms in Use in the A.I.F.”’ < First%20page.html> Put online November 2002

‘Botany Bay Argot’ Ozwords (November 2002)

‘Lags and Lashes: The Vocabulary of Convict Australia, 1788-1850’ National Library of Australia News (July 2002)

‘Race and Manliness’ in Gerald Horne and Mary Young (eds.) WEB Du Bois: An Encyclopedia, Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut, 2001

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