Inga Clendinnen

Inga Vivienne Clendinnen AO (born August 17, 1934) is an Australian author and historian, anthropologist and academic.

Born in Geelong, Victoria, Clendinnen graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1955 with a BA (Hons). She sporadically held the post of Senior Tutor of History there from 1955 to 1968, was a Lecturer at La Trobe University from 1969 to 1982, and was then a Senior Lecturer in History until 1989. Forced to curtail her academic activities due to contracting hepatitis, Clendinnen retained an association with La Trobe University while working on her memoir, Tiger's Eye.

In 1999, she was invited to present the 40th annual Boyer Lectures. Her lectures were published in 2000 as True Stories.

In the Australia Day 2006 Honours List, Clendinnen was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), with a citation that read:

For service to scholarship as a writer and historian addressing issues of fundamental concern to Australian society and for contributing to shaping public debate on conflicting contemporary issues.
Clendinnen's AO award was noted and a motion paying tribute to her contributions was passed, in the proceedings of the New South Wales State Government's Upper House.

Published works

  • Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570 (1987)
  • Aztecs: An Interpretation (1991)
  • Reading the Holocaust (1998)
  • Tiger's Eye - a Memoir (2000)
  • True Stories (2000)
  • Dancing with Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First Contact (2004)
  • Agamemnon's kiss: selected essays (2006)

Awards and Nominations


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