Flinders Investigators l Professor Peter Monteath - 21 June 2017

Flinders Investigators is a free public lecture series bringing the University's world-leading research to the wider community.

On Wednesday 21 June, Professor Peter Monteath - Professor of History at Flinders University - will deliver a Flinders Investigators lecture on Red Professor: Writing the Biography of Fred Rose

Peter Monteath was born in Brisbane and educated in Queensland and in Germany. He has taught previously at The University of Queensland, Griffith University, Deakin University, The University of Western Australia and The University of Adelaide. He has also been Adjunct Professor at The University of St. Louis Missouri and the Technical University of Berlin, where he was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. At Flinders he teaches modern European history. His research interests span modern European and Australian history. Red Professor: The Cold War Life of Fred Rose, co-authored with Valerie Munt, was short-listed for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for History in 2016. Peter is currently President of the History Council of South Australia. 

In their book Red Professor: The Cold War Life of Fred Rose, Flinders historians Peter Monteath and Valerie Munt tell the extraordinary life story of Fred Rose, an anthropologist who spent much of his life studying and writing about the Indigenous people of northern Australia. As an anthropologist Rose courted a good deal of controversy, but it was his politics that got him into very deep water in Australia. A communist and alleged spy, he was implicated in the Petrov Affair and appeared twice before the Royal Commission into Espionage before departing Australia and building a career as Professor of Anthropology at the Humboldt University in East Berlin.

This public lecture reflects on the process of writing the biography of a man who had disappeared into almost total obscurity in Australia, and yet whose life conveyed so much about the history of the century in which he lived. It looks at the dilemmas posed by digging into the records of intelligence services on both sides of the Iron Curtain, and into the challenges of writing about a man whose actions were driven by an extraordinary combination of altruism, ideology, love, hate and paranoia.

Join us at Victoria Square on 21 June to hear from Professor Peter Monteath.


Further Information:



- Red Professor: Writing the Biography of Fred Rose (collapse)

Wed, 21 Jun 2017
05:30PM - 07:00PM
All day:
Flinders University Victoria Square, Level 1, Room 1, 182 Victoria Square, ADELAIDE, SA, 5000, Australia

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