Dr Robert Austin

Grad Cert IV (RMIT), BA (Hons) & Grad Dip Ed (Sydney), M.Ed (UNE), PhD (La Trobe)

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

After a 15-year career as a high school and adult migrant educator in History and Languages, Robert gained a PhD in History & Latin American Studies (La Trobe 1998). His research areas are the post-colonial history of Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Political Economy of Latin American culture (both 1810-present); and the Pedagogy of Languages and Social Sciences, especially in relation to Latin American Studies in the Global North. He has over one hundred publications in the field.

Robert’s books include The State, Literacy and Popular Education in Chile, 1964-1990 (2003; see here); (Ed.), Diálogos sobre Estado y Educación Popular en Chile: de Frei a Frei, 1964-1993 (2004); (Ed. & co-author), Intelectuales y Educación Superior en Chile: de la Independencia a la Democracia Transicional, 1810-2001 (2004, 2nd edition 2005; CopyLeft here); and (Ed. & co-author), Imperialismo Cultural en América Latina: Historiografia y Praxis (2007); CopyLeft here; the first in the 4-volume series Historia y Cultura en Nuestra América (U. de Matanzas, Cuba).

His forthcoming books include Vols. 2, 3 & 4 of the Historia y Cultura en Nuestra América series; Perverse Pedagogy: The School of the Americas & the Rise of Terrorist States, and Reconstruyendo la Escuela Nacional Unificada: Mito e Historia (1927-1973), a 2-volume study of Salvador Allende's unique cultural project, co-written with emeritus professor Lautaro Videla, one of its two key architects. He is also developing a history of Australian-based solidarity movements with Latin America since the 1970s, as a participant researcher.

From 1992 to 2006 Robert taught and researched in Humanities and Social Science faculties in Latin American and Australian universities, and has since been an honorary fellow in History at the universities of Melbourne and Queensland. He has been a professor at two Chilean universities; and visiting professor in Chile, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela.

Awards and honours

Since 1998 has been a participating editor of the journal Latin American Perspectives (USA); and has also been an editorial board member with Cronos and Tensões Mundiais (Brazil), and Encuentro XXI (Chile). Robert is a foundation member of the NTEU.

Selected Publications

Books

Ed., Imperialismo Cultural en América Latina: Historiografía y Praxis, Santiago de Chile, Ediciones
CECATP, 2006; updated versión at http://www.rebelion.org/docs/210698.pdf, 2016. Vol. 1 of 4 in series
Austin & Rodríguez (eds), Historia y Cultura de Nuestra América; reviewed in Le Monde Diplomatique
(Chile), Año VII, N1 73 (2007) and Tensões Mundiais (Brazil), Vol. 3, N1 5 (2007)

Ed., Intelectuales y Educación Superior en Chile: de la Independencia a la Democracia Transicional,
1810-2001
(2nd edition), Santiago de Chile, Centro de Estudios Sociales, 2005; reviewed in Revista de Sociología (Universidad de Chile), N1 19, 2005; CopyLeft at http://www.rebelion.org/docs/135836.pdf

Ed., Intelectuales y Educación Superior en Chile: de la Independencia a la Democracia Transicional,
1810-2001
(1st edition), Santiago de Chile, Centro de Estudios Sociales (CESOC), 2004

Ed., Diálogos sobre Estado y Educación Popular en Chile: de Frei a Frei, Santiago de Chile, CECATP, 2004; reviewed in Cronos, Vol. 7, N1 2 (2006), and Latin American Perspectives, Vol. 39 N1 6 (2012)

The State, Literacy and Popular Education in Chile, 1964-1990, Lanham, MD., Lexington, 2003; see
https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739102886; reviewed in Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, Vol.v11, N1 1 (2005) and Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. 86, N1 3 (2006)

Co-author, History: Years 7-10 Support Document (Part 2: Latin American options), Sydney, New South Wales (NSW) Board of Studies (BOS)/Ministry of Education MINED), 1994

Co-author, Modern History Syllabus: Preliminary and HSC Courses, Sydney, NSW BOS/MINED, 1993

Co-editor, Ancient History Syllabus: Preliminary and HSC Courses, Sydney, NSW BOS/MINED, 1993

Co-author, History Syllabus: Years 7-10, Sydney, NSW BOS/MINED, 1992

Co-author, History: Years 7-10 Preliminary Support Document (Part 1: Mandatory Australian History), Sydney, New South Wales Board of Studies/Ministry of Education, 1992

In progress: Reconstruyendo la Escuela Nacional Unificada: Mito e Historia (1927-1973) (with Lautaro
Videla); and Perverse Pedagogy: The School of the Americas & the Rise of Terrorist States



Chapters & Articles

‘Pink Tide, Muddy Waters: Whither 21st Century Socialism?’, in Tensões Mundiais, N1 23 (2016)

Co-author, ‘Petition to support the Boycott of Israel and Oppose Israel’s Oppression of the Palestinian People’, Latin American Perspectives, Vol 43, Nº 1 (2016)

‘Australia y Bretaña: )Subordinados del Imperio?’, in Esteban Morales Domínguez & Elier Ramírez (eds.), ElImperialismo Americano: Pasado, Presente y Futuro, Havana, Editorial RUTH, 2014

‘40th anniversaries with Latin American perspectives’, Latin American Perspectives, Vol. 40, N1 6 (2013)

‘Reflexiones en torno al Exilio: mito y realidad’ (anonymously co-authored with Viviana Ramírez), in TensõesMundiais, Vol. 4, N1 7 (2008): see here

‘Was there a Chilean Holocaust? Concentration Camps, Political Genocide & the Pinochet Dictatorship’ (with Graham Holton), in Tensões Mundiais, Vol. 3, N1 4 (2007)

‘Houve um holocausto chileno? Campos de concentração, genocídio político e a ditadura Pinochet’, inTensões Mundiais, Vol. 3, N1 4 (2007)

El Buen Vecino Global: Intervención Estadounidense en Culturas Nacionales, 1945-2000=, in R. Austin (ed.), Imperialismo Cultural en América Latina: Historiografía y Praxis, Santiago de Chile, CECATP, 2006

Ed. & trans., Carolina Kaufmann, ‘Educación y Dictadura: Argentina, 1976-1983’, in (ed.), ImperialismoCultural en América Latina: Historiografía y Praxis, Santiago de Chile, CECATP, 2006

Ed. & trans., Anne Hudson, ‘La Universidad Cubana y la Extensión Educacional: La Contribución Cubana al Desarrollo Post Colonial’, in (ed.), Imperialismo Cultural en América Latina: Historiografía y Praxis, Santiago de Chile, Ediciones CECATP, 2006,

Trans., Eliz. Burgos, The Story of a Testimonio, Latin American Perspectives, Vol. 26, no. 6 (1999)

Freire, Frei and Literacy Texts in Chile, 1964-1970, in Carlos Torres and Adriana Puiggrós (eds.), LatinAmerican Education: Comparative Perspectives, Westview, Boulder, 1997

Investigando Educación en América Latina(with Beatriz Calvo), in Magaldy Téllez (ed), Educación,Cultura y Política: Ensayos para la Comprensión de la Historia de la Educación en América Latina, Caracas, Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1997

Armed Forces, Market Forces: Intellectuals and Higher Education in Chile, 1973-1993, Latin AmericanPerspectives, Vol. 24, No. 5 (1997)

Imagined dictatorship? Neoliberalism, Renovated Socialism and Higher Education in Chile, 1989-1997, in F. Williams (ed.), Education, Equity and Transformation in a Postcolonial World, Melbourne, ANZCIES, 1997

La enseñanza de Historia en la escuela australiana, 1980-94(1st draft), Básica: Revista de la Escuela y delMaestro, (Fundación SNTE para la Cultura del Maestro Mexicano), No. 13 (1997)

Popular Ed. in Latin America: Towards a New Pedagogy, Education & Society, Vol.14, No. 2 (1996)

Reconsideraciones sobre la Tercera Fase de la Educación Popular: Hacia una Nueva Pedagogía Popular,Revista Interamericana de Educación de Adultos, Vol. 4, No. 1 (1996)

‘Investigando Historias de Educación en América Latina: una re-evaluación desde las colonias(with Calvo), in J. Scott et al. (eds.), Childhood, Citizenship, Culture, Vol. 1, ANZHES/QUT, Brisbane, 1996

‘Investigando Historias de Educación en América Latina: Hacia Nuevas Paradigmas=‘(+ Calvo) in M. Téllez (ed.), Libro de Actas, III Congreso Iberoamericano de Hist. de Educación Latinoamericana, Caracas, 1996

Reconsideraciones sobre la Tercera Fase de la Educación Popular: Hacia una Nueva Pedagogía Popular(V2) in Téllez (ed.), Libro de Actas, III Cong. Iberoamericano de Hist. de Ed. Latinoamericana, Caracas, 1996

Influencia Cultural o Imperialismo Cultural?, (2nd draft) in M. Téllez (ed.), Libro de Actas, III Congreso Iberoamericano de Historia de la Educación Latinoamericana, Caracas, 1996

Historia Popular y Educación Popular: El Consejo de Educación de Adultos de América Latina, in CREFAL (eds.), La Educación de Adultos Frente a los Desafíos de la Modernización, Pátzcuaro, CREFAL, 1996

Freire, Frei and Literacy Texts in Chile, 1964-70, Melbourne Studies in Education, Vol. 29, No. 1 (1995)

Freire, Frei and literacy texts in Chile, 1964-1970(2nd draft), Revista de Historia de la Educación (Sociedad Chilena de Historia de la Educación), Vol. 1 (1995)

Freire, Frei and literacy texts in Chile, 1964-1970(1st draft), in Craig Campbell (ed.), Orthodoxies andDiversity, Sydney, ANZHES proceedings - University of Sydney, 1995

Literacy Programs in Chile, 1964 - 1993, Anales, Vol. 3, No. 2 (1994)

Neoliberalism, intellectuals & higher education in Chile, 1973-1993, in B. Hall (ed.), Education for CulturalDemocracy (conference papers), Adelaide, International Assoc. for Intercultural Ed., 1994

Early Mesoamerican Civilizations, in History Syllabus Committee (eds.), History: Years 7-10 SupportDocument (Part 2), Sydney, NSW Board of Studies/Ministry of Education, 1994

Aztecs - The Méxica, in History Syllabus Committee (eds), History: Years 7-10 Support Document (Part 2), Sydney, New South Wales Board of Studies/Ministry of Education, 1994

Editor, revisions to Current and Comparative Issues in Technical and Further Education, Faculty of Education, University of Newcastle, Australia (course text, Year IV, Bachelor of Education), 1994

Cultural Imperialism in the Banana Republic, Teaching History (Journal of the History TeachersAssociation of New South Wales), Vol. 27, No. 4 (1993)

Armed Forces, Market Forces: Intellectuals & Higher Education in Chile 1973-1993, in C.Fox (ed.), Culture,Dominance & Control: Indigenous Peoples, Minorities & Education, ANCIES/U. Wollongong, 1993

Co-author, Secondary Intensive Language Centre Syllabus, Sydney, NSW Ministry of Education, 1980

Testimonial interview on politics and teacherswork, Anti-Discrimination Board (eds), Discrimination and

Political Conviction, Sydney, Anti-Discrimination Board, 1980

Freedom Dissolved, Radical Education Dossier, No. 4 (1977); co-editor, 1976-1977

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