La Trobe University mourns the death of Inga Clendinnen, internationally-acclaimed historian and valued colleague. Inga became a towering figure of La Trobe History after joining the department in 1969. She was passionate about bringing history to life, and her work included studies of Aztec and Mayan culture and society, the Holocaust, and first contact between Indigenous Australians and European settlers.
Inga was a celebrated author and recipient of many national and international accolades, including most recently the prestigious Dan David prize for outstanding contribution to her field.
Inga’s published work includes Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570; Reading the Holocaust; and Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at first contact.
She will be sorely missed.