VALE TRACEY BANIVANUA-MAR (1974-2017)

It is with deep sorrow and an overwhelming sense of loss that we record the death of our highly-esteemed  and much loved colleague Tracey Banivanua-Mar. Tracey will be known to many members of ANZLHS. She first attended our Law and History conference Empires/Colonies/Legal Cultures in 1998 as a PhD student at the University of Melbourne, under the supervision of Patricia Grimshaw and Patrick Wolfe. That work was published as Violence and Colonial Dialogue (University of Hawai’i Press 2007) to much acclaim. She joined the La Trobe History Program in 2007, was awarded an ARC Discovery Grant and then a Future Fellowship  and produced a second monograph Decolonisation in the Pacific (2016). You can read a review of it in law&history (v.3 2016). She was destined for a brilliant, and highly productive career, and a Fellowship to Cambridge beckoned. Her insight, compassion and great imagination gave her scholarship unusual depth. She demonstrated new ways of seeing. Her article in the first issue of law&history (2014) exemplified her great skill in recreating the lives of people who otherwise have had no voice. She inspired us, she inflamed her students’ passion for knowing and doing, and she showed us how to live a loving and joyful  life bravely even as the cruelty of her cancer diagnosis and its treatment took its inevitable toll. She leaves a remarkable body of work and a considerable legacy for a career cut all-too short. It was a privilege to have shared some of her journey. She will be sadly missed.

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The Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society was formed in 1993. It is an interdisciplinary group of scholars who share an interest in the connections between law and history. The society grew out of the annual Law in History Conferences, which have been running since 1982. Members of the society include historians, lawyers, academics and others interested in the area. Most of the members live in Australia or New Zealand, but their areas of interest are not confined to the law in those places.
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