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' Tom Griffiths is the W K Hancock Professor of History in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, Canberra. His books and essays have won prizes in literature, history, science, politics and journalism, including the NSW Book of the Year Award, the Eureka Science Book Prize, the Ernest Scott Prize for History, the Alfred Deakin Prize for an Essay Advancing Public Debate and the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History. His research, writing and teaching are in the fields of Australian social, cultural and environmental history, public history, comparative global environmental history, the writing of non-fiction, and the history of Antarctica. In the summer of 2002/03 he travelled to Antarctica as a Humanities Fellow with the Australian Antarctic Division, and in 2012 he was invited by the Australian Government to join the centennial voyage to Mawson’s Huts. In 2008 he was the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at the University of Copenhagen and was then appointed by the Vice-Chancellor as Adjunct Professor of Climate Research at Copenhagen. In 2009 his Alfred Deakin prize-money funded a community historical project with the people of Steels Creek who had suffered in the Black Saturday firestorm: two collaborative books and a film were released in 2012-13. He is Chair of the Editorial Board of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, a Professorial Associate of the National Museum of Australia and Director of the Centre for Environmental History at ANU.' (Source: The Australian Academy of the Humanities website)

Awards for Works

Slicing the Silence : Voyaging to Antarctica 2007 single work prose travel 'In the summer of 2002-2003 Griffiths voyaged the Southern Ocean to Antarctica. He was with the first Australian ship to 'slice the silence' of a year, arriving at Casey Station to deliver the new team of 'winterers' and take away the old. Griffiths interweaves his own diary entries with essays that explore the human history of the mysterious continent of ice.' - back cover
2008 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
2008 joint winner The Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History Prize shared with Robert Kenny's The Lamb Enters the Dreaming.
2007 shortlisted The Age Book of the Year Award Non-Fiction Prize
2007 winner Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Non-Fiction Book
Latitude AQ : Journal of Contemporary Analysis , November-December vol. 70 no. 6 1998 single work essay Griffiths discusses the epic, ill-fated journey of Scott to the Antarctic and the diaries that Scott constructed in his own and his companions' final days. Griffiths then reflects on some of the imaginative re-writings of that expedition. He particularly focuses on Roland Huntford's Scott and Amundsen (1979) and also mentions Douglas Stewart's The Fire on the Snow. Griffiths is interested in 'the latitude for legitimate historical imagination, the speculative space'.
1998 winner AQ Essay Competition
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