About Professor Iain McCalman

Professor Iain McCalman’s research interests include: Eighteenth-century and early-nineteenth British and European history; Popular culture and low life and Uses of media for history.

Current projects

  • The life and work of Philippe de Loutherbourg, an eighteenth-century European artist, scientist, engineer and set-designer who pioneered revolutionary developments in the technology and culture of multimedia through the agency of 'spectacles.' - ARC Federation Fellowship, 2003-2007
  • Scientific voyages in the Antipodes: Thomas Huxley, John McGillivray and the Darwinian Revolution - ARC Discovery Grant 2007-2009
  • Seeing Change: Science, Culture and Technology in the Antipodes from the age of Darwin: a multi media research collaboration - ARC Linkage Grant 2007-2010
Professional activities
  • Officer AO, Order of Australia, for service to history and the humanities as teacher, researcher, author and through advocacy, advisory roles in academic and public sector organizations (2007)
  • Chair, RQF Assessment Panel 12, Humanities
  • Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (February 2005). Chaired an inquiry into Creativity and the Innovation Economy, presenting the report to Prime Minister and Cabinet in December 2005.
  • President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2001-2004)
  • Director of the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University from 1995 until July 2003
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Fellow of Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
For mroe details see: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/history/staff/profiles/mccalman.shtml

Selected publications

Darwin’s Armada: How four voyagers to Australasia won the battle for evolution and changed the world (Penguin, Australia; Norton, USA; Simon and Schuster, UK; 2009)

The Seven Ordeals of Count Cagliostro (HarperCollins, Random House, UK 2003); published by HarperCollins US as The Last Alchemist: Count Cagliostro, Master of Magic in the Age of ReasonOxford Companion to the Romantic Age (1999; revised paperback ed., 2001)

Radical Underworld: Prophets, Revolutionaries, and Pornographers in London, 1795-1840