School of Arts

Dan Tout

Position: Lecturer
Study area: Humanities and Social Sciences
Location: Gippsland Campus, Room 1E-125
Phone: 5327 6409


Doctor of Philosophy - Swinburne University of Technology - 2018

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Swinburne University of Technology - 2012

Bachelor of Arts - University of South Australia - 2011



  • Bachelor of Arts


  • Aboriginal Affairs and Indigenous Activism (BAXDC2107)
  • Indigenous Australian Human Rights (INDSL2/3369)
  • Modern World Events and Issues (HISOC1312)
  • Introduction to Social Inquiry (SOCIO1001)
  • Ideologies in the Modern World (BAXDC1003)
  • Victorian Aboriginal History (INDSL1004)


Dan is a lecturer in history and sociology at Federation University and an editor and managing editor of Arena Journal. He currently teaches in the university’s history, sociology and Indigenous studies programs, having previously taught at the University of Melbourne, Victoria University and Swinburne University of Technology.

Areas of expertise

Dan’s areas of interest and expertise include the history of settler–Indigenous relations in Australia, settler colonial studies, critical Indigenous studies, the sociology of nationalism and national identity, and Australian cultural and political history.

Research interests

  • Indigenous studies
  • Settler colonial studies
  • Nationalism and national identity
  • Cultural history



Hinkson, J, James, P, Cooper, S, Caddick, A, Hinkson, M & Tout, D (eds), Cold War to Hot Planet: Fifty Years of Arena, Arena Publications, Melbourne, 2016.

Book chapters

Tout, D 2016, ‘The Janus Faces of Indigenous Politics’, in Cold War to Hot Planet: Fifty Years of Arena, eds J Hinkson, P James, S Cooper, A Caddick, M Hinkson & D Tout, Arena Publications, Melbourne, 2016, pp. 211-243.

Robinson, A & Tout, D 2012, ‘Unsettling Conceptions of Wilderness and Nature’, in Stolen Lands, Broken Cultures: The Settler-colonial Present, eds J Hinkson, P James & L Veracini, Arena Publications, Melbourne, pp. 153-175.

Refereed journal articles

Cahir, F & Tout, D, ‘“All that appears possible now is to mitigate as much as possible the trials of their closing years”’: Alfred Deakin’s Attitudes to Aboriginal Affairs’, Australian Journal of Politics & History, vol. 64, no. 2, 2018, pp. 177–193.

Cahir, F, Tout, D & Horrocks, L, ‘Reconsidering the Origins of the Australian Legend’, Agora, vol. 52, no. 3, 2017, pp. 4–12.

Tout, D, ‘Encountering Indigeneity: Xavier Herbert, “Inky” Stephensen and the Problems of Settler Nationalism’, Cultural Studies Review, vol. 23, no. 2, 2017, pp. 141–161.

Tout, D, ‘Neither Nationalists nor Universalists: Rex Ingamells and the Jindyworobaks’, Australian Humanities Review, no. 61, 2017, pp. 1-26.

Tout, D, ‘Reframing “Inky” Stephensen’s Place in Australian Cultural History’, Settler Colonial Studies, vol. 7, no. 1, 2017, pp. 72-93.

Tout, D, ‘The Janus Faces of Indigenous Politics’, Arena Journal, no. 45/46, 2016, pp. 211-243.

Robinson, A & Tout, D, ‘Only Planet: Unsettling Travel, Culture and Climate Change in Settler Australia’, Australian Humanities Review, no. 52, 2012, n.p.

Tout, D, ‘Stabilise, Normalise, Eliminate: The Northern Territory Intervention as a Strategy of Settler Colonialism’, Arena Magazine, no. 118, 2012, pp. 40-43.

Other articles

Tout, D, ‘Confronting a New Leviathan’ [editorial], Arena Journal, no. 47/48, 2017, pp. 1–9.

Tout, D, 'Why Didn't We Listen?', Arena Magazine, no. 148, 2017, pp. 9-10.

Tout, D, ‘Settler Recognition?’, Arena Magazine, no. 143, 2016, pp. 12-13.

Tout, D, ‘Whose Genocide? Whose Stain? The Tasmanian Killing Fields’, Arena Magazine, no. 137, 2014, pp. 52-53.

Tout, D, ‘Settler Colonial Closures’, Arena Magazine, no. 133, 2014, pp. 12-13.


  • The Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL)
  • The Australian Historical Association (AHA)
  • The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
  • The International Australian Studies Association (InASA)