Steven Farram

PhD in History

Senior Lecturer in History

I completed my PhD at Charles Darwin University in 2004 on the topic of the political history of West Timor, 1901-1967

My research interests include the politics and history of northern Australia and Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia and Timor-Leste. I also have a strong interest in the 1960s popular culture of the region, especially music. I have published extensively in these areas and am also a regular contributor of book and exhibition reviews to various journals

Research Interests

North Australia

I am interested in the history of the Northern Territory from the earliest days up to the granting of self-government in 1978. I am also interested in the historical interactions of north Australia and Southeast Asia

Indonesia

I am interested in all aspects of colonial period Indonesia, especially Timor and other parts of eastern Indonesia. I have a strong interest in Soekarno-era politics, including Australian attempts to influence events during this period. The manifestation of Soekarno-era policies in popular culture is also of interest. Ex-pats who lived and worked in eastern Indonesia is another area of interest

Timor-Leste

I am interested in the interactions of the Timorese people with the foreign powers which have sought to exercise political control in their territory, that is, the Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese and Indonesians. Australian attempts to influence events in Timor-Leste are also of interest. Ex-pats who lived and worked in Timor-Leste is another area of interest

Southeast Asia

For Southeast Asia in general, I am interested in all aspects of the colonial period and the reverberations of Indonesia’s Confrontation policy of 1963-1966. I also have a strong interest in the 1960s popular culture of the region

Supervision

I am interested in supervising students for degrees in honours, master’s and PhD in all the fields I have listed under ‘interests’, above. The topics of students for whom I have been primary or associate supervisor include:

  • ‘Identity, Community and Place. The Post-World War II Eurasian Exodus from Malaysia and Singapore to Australia’
  • ‘Respect and understanding versus arrogance. A study of how the approach of nineteenth century British military commander in the Northern Territory, Collet Barker, offers a positive path towards cultural interaction in Australia’
  • ‘The Last Voyage: Indonesian Fishing Boats in Australian Museums’
  • ‘Radar Countermeasures Development in Australia: Multi-national Co-operation in World War II’
  • ‘Ruled by Remote Control: The Commonwealth’s Role in the History of Darwin, 1911-1978’

Teaching

I am currently responsible for teaching in the following units:

  • HIS246 Colonial North Australia
  • HIS231 Colonial Southeast Asia
  • HIS347 North Australia in the 20th Century
  • HUM220 Themes in Global History

I also present one lecture for the unit PHI210 Culture, Arts and Ideas (I) and supervise students in the units CAH301/302 Independent Studies

Associations and Affiliations

I am an active member of the history community through organisations such as the Professional Historians Association and the Historical Society of the Northern Territory. I am a regular participant at international and local conferences and main coordinator of the History Colloquium held in Darwin each year

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Publications

Books

2017. Charles James Kirkland: The Life and Times of a Pioneer Newspaperman in the Top End of Australia, Historical Society of the Northern Territory, Darwin.

2014. A History Written in Metal: Commemorative Plaques at Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina Campus, 1972-2013, Historical Society of the Northern Territory, Darwin.

2010. A Short-Lived Enthusiasm: The Australian Consulate in Portuguese Timor, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin.

2010. Steven Farram (ed.), Locating Democracy: Representation, Elections and Governance in Timor-Leste, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin.

2009. A Political History of West Timor, 1901-1967, Lambert Academic Publishing, Köln.

2009. Mud-punchers, Racehorses and a Roadhouse: Bob and Mavis Lindon in North Australia, 1950s-1980s, Historical Society of the Northern Territory, Darwin.

2008. David Mearns (ed.) and Steven Farram (assistant ed.), Democratic Governance in Timor-Leste: Reconciling the Local and the National, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin.

2007. Charles ‘Moth’ Eaton: Pioneer Aviator of the Northern Territory, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin.

2006. Sylvia Kleinert (ed.) and Steven Farram (assistant ed.), Crossing Cultures: Art, Politics and Identity, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin, 

Book Chapters

2010. Introduction. Decentralisation and Local Government in the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, in Steven Farram (ed.), Locating Democracy: Representation, Elections and Governance in Timor-Leste, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin.

2007. Australian Interest in Timor: a Historical Overview, in Dennis Shoesmith (ed.), The Crisis in East Timor: Understanding the Past, Imagining the Future, Charles Darwin University Press.

2006. The Enduring Influence of Timor’s Traditional Rulers: Liurais and Rajas in Politics, Resistance Movements and Militias, in Sylvia Kleinert (ed.) and Steven Farram (assistant ed.), Crossing Cultures: Art, Politics and Identity, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin,

2005. (trans. Chandra Utama). Revolusi, Agama dan Magis: PKI di Timor Barat dan NTT 1924-1966, in R.A.F. Paul Webb and Steven Farram, Di-PKI-kan: Tragedi Kaum Nasrani di Indonesia Timur, Syarikat Indonesia.

Journal articles

2017. Travels in eastern Indonesia as reported in the Darwin press, 1870s-1930s, Northern Territory Historical Studies: A Journal of History, Heritage and Archaeology, Issue 28.

2017. Colonial neighbours in an era of change: Portugal and the Netherlands in Timor, 1945-1949, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 173 (1).

2014. Assessment methods appropriate for teaching history in Australian universities, Circa: The Journal of Professional Historians, Issue 4.

2014. A Queer Idea: Lord Kintore’s visit to the Northern Territory, 1891, Northern Territory Studies: A Journal of History, Heritage and Archaeology, Issue 25.

2014. Ganyang! Indonesian popular songs from the Confrontation era, 1963-1966, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 170 (1).

2010. The PKI in West Timor and Nusa Tenggara Timur, 1965 and beyond, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 166 (4).

2009. Usi Lan Ai: the raja who died by fire. The death of Raja Bil Nope in Netherlands Timor, 1910, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 165 (2-3).

2007. Jacobus Arnoldus Hazaart and the British Interregnum in Netherlands Timor, 1812-1816, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 163 (4).

2007. Wage War against Beatle Music! Music and Censorship in Soekarno’s Indonesia, RIMA, Vol. 41, No. 2.

2002. Revolution, Religion and Magic: The PKI in West Timor, 1924-1966, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 158 (1).

2000. Some Early Connections between Timor and North Australia, Journal of Northern Territory History, No. 11.

1999. Why Southport? A Short History of the Northern Territory’s Second Town, 1869-1889, Journal of Northern Territory History, No. 10.

1999. The Two Timors: The Partitioning of Timor by the Portuguese and the Dutch, Studies in Languages and Cultures of East Timor, Vol. 2.

1998. The Dutch Conquest of Bali: The Conspiracy Theory Revisited, Indonesia and the Malay World, Vol. 26, No. 76.

Conference Proceedings

2016. Portugal and the Netherlands in Timor, 1945-1949, in Sarah Smith, Antero B. da Silva, Nuno Canas Mendes, Alarico da Costa Ximenes, Clinton Fernandes and Michael Leach (eds), Timor Leste: Iha kontextu lokal, rejional no global/ O local, regional e global/ The local, the regional and the global/ Lokal, regional dan global, Vol. I, Timor-Leste Studies Association, Melbourne.

2014. Two journeys in Indonesian occupied Timor-Leste, 1991 and 1997, in Hannah Loney, Antero B. da Silva, Nuno Canas Mendes, Alarico da Costa Ximenes and Clinton Fernandes (eds), Hatene kona ba/ Compreender/ Understanding/ Mengerti Timor-Leste, 2013, Timor-Leste Studies Association, Melbourne.

2012. David Mearns and Steven Farram. Making Histories: Whose Stories Are Told? Some Considerations From Maubara, in Michael Leach, Nuno Canas Mendes, Antero B. da Silva, Bob Boughton and Alarico da Costa Ximenes (eds), Peskiza foun kona ba/ Novas investigações sobre/ New research on/ Penelitian baru mengenai Timor-Leste, Timor-Leste Studies Association, Melbourne.

2012. A preliminary investigation into the history of the old fort at Maubara, in Michael Leach, Nuno Canas Mendes, Antero B. da Silva, Bob Boughton and Alarico da Costa Ximenes (eds), Peskiza foun kona ba/ Novas investigações sobre/ New research on/ Penelitian baru mengenai Timor-Leste, Timor-Leste Studies Association, Melbourne.

2010. Eaton and White in Portuguese Timor: the first two Australian consuls, 1946-1950, in Michael Leach, Nuno Canas Mendes, Antero B. da Silva, Alarico da Costa Ximenes and Bob Boughton (eds), Hatene kona ba/ Compreender/ Understanding/ Mengerti Timor-Leste, Timor-Leste Studies Association, Melbourne.

Book Reviews

2017. Douglas Kammen, Three centuries of conflict in East Timor, in TRaNs (Trans –Regional and –National Studies of Southeast Asia) Journal, Vol. 5, Issue 1.

2017. Julia Martínez and Adrian Vickers, The Pearl Frontier: Indonesian Labor and Indigenous Encounters in Australia’s Northern Trading Network, in Northern Territory Historical Studies: A Journal of History, Heritage and Archaeology, Issue 28.

2016. Ted Ling, Blame and Martyrs: The Commonwealth Government and the Northern Territory Cattle Industry, 1911-1978, in Northern Territory Historical Studies: A Journal of History, Heritage and Archaeology, Issue 27.

2015. Sophie Cunningham, Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy, in Northern Territory Studies: A Journal of History, Heritage and Archaeology, Issue 26.

2014. Tess Lea, Darwin, in Aboriginal History.

2014. Darrell Lewis, Where is Dr Leichhardt? The Greatest Mystery in Australian History, in Northern Territory Studies: A Journal of History, Heritage and Archaeology, Issue 25.

2012. Staking out the Territory: Commonwealth Government Records about the Northern Territory, by Ted Ling, in History Australia, Vol. 9, No. 1.

2012. Jack Cross, Great Central State: The Foundation of the Northern Territory, in Journal of Northern Territory History, Issue 23.

Exhibition reviews

2014. Wallace: The rEvolutionary Man, in reCollections: A Journal of Museums and Collections, Vol. 9, No. 1.

2013. Linking Australia and the world: Lyons Cottage (British Australian Telegraph House), 74 The Esplanade, Darwin, in History Australia, Vol. 10, No. 2, August.

Steven Farram

Contacts

T: 08 8946 6865
E: steven.farram@cdu.edu.au

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