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Experimental Histories and Alternative Archives

Project Member(s): Hurley, A.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN-DAAD - Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme)

Start year: 2015

Summary: This project will explore the nexus between an experimental historiographical method and the opening up of alternative possibilities via an analysis of experimental representations of and engagements with the past in the form of multimedia texts, literature, objects, letters and the environment. In particular, we are interested in interrogating the role that the creation of alternative archives can play in both redeeming marginalised aspects of the past and opening up spaces within which the possibilities of the past and the future can be re-imagined and re-explored. In drawing together leading scholars from Australia and Germany within the field of Cultural Studies, this project will forge new thinking about modes of writing and representing history that are both inclusive and acutely aware of the inventive nature of what it means to know the past in the present.


Hurley, A 2022, 'Son of Kraut and an old Herero? The Politics of German pop musical memory around 1990' in Donovan, S & Euchner, M (eds), Music in German Politics / Politics in German Music, Camden House (NY), USA, pp. 71-90.

Hurley, A 2021, 'Electronic Music from East Switzerland (via Germany)?Intermediality in Peter Weber’s Novel Die melodielosenJahre (2007)' in Schuette, U (ed), German Pop Music in Literary and Transmedial Perspectives, Peter Lang, UK, pp. 203-222.

Eckstein, L & Hurley, A 2020, 'German-Australian Entanglements: on German settler colonialism, the wavering interests of exploration, science, mission and migration, and the contestations of travelling memory' in Eckstein, L & Hurley, AW (eds), Remembering German-Australian Colonial Entanglements, Routledge, Abingdon and New York, pp. 1-21.

Hurley, AW 2020, 'Reports, silences and repercussion: wondering about the ballistic biography of the Leichhardt gunplate', Rethinking History, vol. 24, no. 3-4, pp. 543-560.
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Hurley, AW 2019, 'Disappearing Act:' in Anxious Journeys, Boydell & Brewer, New York, USA, pp. 127-142.
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Hurley, AW 2019, 'Whistling the Death March? Listening in to the Acoustics of Ludwig Leichhardt's Australian Exploration', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 50, no. 2, pp. 155-170.
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Hurley, A 1970, 'Alles wieder offen. Einstuerzende Neubauten zwischen Klang, Wort, Ritus: Lament und Erinnerungsdiskurs', Alles wieder offen. Einstuerzende Neubauten zwischen Klang, Wort, Ritus, Alles wieder offen. Einstuerzende Neubauten zwischen Klang, Wort, Ritus, Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus, Berlin.

Hurley, AW 1970, 'Landscapes of Leichhardt Commemoration', History's Terrain: Locating Memory, Understanding Landscape, History's Terrain: Locating Memory, Understanding Landscape, State Library of New South Wales.

Eckstein, L & Hurley, AW 2019, 'Remembering German-Australian Colonial Entanglements', Routledge, Abingdon and New York.

Hurley, A & Robinson, M 2019, 'After Leichhardt Went Missing', Time to eat the Dogs (

Hurley, A, Wenitong, J & Hoolihan, T 2019, 'The Vanishing of Ludwig Leichhardt. History Talk'.

Hurley, AW 2018, Ludwig Leichhardt's Ghosts The Strange Career of a Traveling Myth, Camden House, Rochester, New York.

Schlunke, K 2015, 'A blak woman walks through a blakened landscape' in Foley, F, Martin-Chew, L & Nicoll, F (eds), Courting Blaknes; Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Brisbane, pp. 50-59.

Hurley, A 2014, 'No Fixed Address, but currently in East Berlin', Perfect Beat, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 129-148.
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FOR Codes: Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology, Expanding knowledge in Indigenous studies