Dr Adrian Neil

Dr Adrian Neil Jones OAM

Associate Professor of History, Director of Teaching and Learning (Undergraduate), School of Humanities and Social Sciences

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Archaeology and History

Humanities 3, level 3, room 317, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BA (Melbourne), MA (La Trobe), MA (Harvard), PhD (Harvard).



Membership of professional associations

Australian Historical Association. International Society for the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching in History, Australasian Director. International Network for the Theory and Philosophy of History, Australian Ambassador.

Area of study


Brief profile

Adrian Jones joined the history program in 1985, teaching Russian, Ottoman and European histories. Interested in every aspect of history education, primary to tertiary, in 2008, Adrian's work in this field of public education was recognised by the award of an Order of Australia Medal (OAM). The award cited his 'service to history education as a lecturer and author, and for executive roles in a range of historical and teaching organisations'. Adrian’s contributions to teaching have been recognised by awards for excellence from the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria (2007), La Trobe’s Dean of Humanities (2006) and Vice-Chancellor (2008), and the Australian Learning and Teaching Committee (2008).

Research interests

European History

- Historical Theory and Historiography

- Ottoman History

- Russian and Soviet History

- The long Eighteenth Century in Europe

Teaching units

  • HIS1MLH: Myth, Legend and History
  • HIS3HOH: History of Histories
  • HIS2NGE: Nazi Germany and Europe
  • HIS3URB: Urban History
  • HIS3MHI: Making History
  • MDS3OTT: The Ottoman Empire (travel subject)

Recent publications


‘The Predicament of Writing Political History: The Challenge of the Tacit’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 62(1) 2016, 117-38

'Alain Badiou and Authentic Revolutions: Methods of Intellectual Inquiry’, Thesis Eleven, 106 (2011) 39-55.

‘Reporting in Prose: Reconsidering Ways of Writing History’, The European Legacy, 12 (2007) 311-36.

‘Word and Deed: Why A Post-Poststructural History Is Needed and How It Might Look’, The Historical Journal, 43: 2 (2000) 517-41.

Historical theory

‘Vivid History: Existentialist Phenomenology as a New Way to Understand an Old Way of Writing History, and as a Source of Renewal for the Writing of History’, Storia della Storiografia, 54 (2008) 21-55.

‘What Lies About There and Then: Phenomenologies for History’, Historically Speaking, 7:2 (2005) 32-34.

‘History’s “So it seems”: Heideggerian Phenomenologies and History’, Journal of the Philosophy of History, 5 (2011) 5-35.


Russian and Ottoman history

‘Parallel Lives and Tragic Heroisms: Ottoman, Turkish and Australasian Myths about the Dardanelles Campaigns’, ch. 2, in Reconciling Cultural and Political Identities in a Globalized World: Perspectives on Australia-Turkey Relations, ed. Michális Michael, Basingstoke, Macmillan, 2015, 19-44.

'A Petrine Day of Display, 21 December 1709', Transcultural Studies, 9 (1-2) 2013, 5-29.

‘Peripheral Vision: A Russian Bourgeois’ Arctic Enlightenment’, The Historical Journal, 48 (2005) 623-40.

‘A Note on Atatürk’s Words about Gallipoli’, History Australia, 2 (2004) 10: 1-10.

‘An Empress and a Grand Vizier: Catherine, Baltacı Mehmed and the Battle of the Prut, 1711’ in Omeljan Pritsak Armağanı / A Tribute to Omeljan Pritsak, eds Mehmet Alpargu and Yücel Öztürk, Adapazarı, Sakarya Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2007, 651-80.

On History teaching and on teaching and learning

A (Theory and Pedagogy) Essay on the (History) Essay’, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, forthcoming 2017.

‘A History of the History Essay: Heritages, Habits and Hindrances’, History Australia, forthcoming 2016.

'Curriculum Alignment and After', Journal of University Teaching Learning Practice, 9 (3) 2012, article 8.

‘History Teaching in Australia: Stories are needed as well as analysis’, Australian Historical Association Bulletin, 96 (June 2003) 27-42.

‘Philosophical and Socio-Cognitive Foundations for Teaching in Higher Education through Collaborative Approaches to Student Learning’, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 43 (2011) 997-1011.

‘Teaching History at University through Communities of Inquiry’, Australian Historical Studies, 42 (2011) 168-93.

Research projects

Adrian is an Europeanist with wide interests.  He reads Russian, French and Turkish.  His current research interests focus on Russian and Ottoman history, especially the eighteenth century, and on historiography (methods and philosophies of history), especially possibilities of relating phenomenology to history to re-validate narratives and the evocative in history.  Adrian is writing a cultural history of a Russian-Ottoman encounter in the era of Peter the Great and Ahmed III: the Battle of the Prut, 1711.