Dr. John Docker is one of Australia’s leading public intellectuals. He is the author of many books, including The Nervous Nineties (1991), Postmodernism and Popular Culture: A Cultural History (1994), and 1492: The Poetics of Diaspora (2001). He is the co-editor (with Gerhard Fischer) of Race, Colour and Identity in Australia and New Zealand (2000). He has explored questions of monotheism and polytheism, and most recently, questions of genocide in relation to colonialism. With Ann Curthoys, he co-edited a series of essays for the journal Aboriginal History on the theme of “‘Genocide’? Australian Aboriginal history in international perspective” (vol. 25, 2001), for which they wrote an introductory essay, “Genocide: definitions, questions, settler-colonies.” Dr. Docker is currently Visiting Professor of Autralian Studies at Georgetown University.