This collection grew out of several years of discussions during conference lunch breaks as we met and reported on the progress of our various projects with their shared focus on settler colonialism, white women and Aboriginal history. One day, we said, we must work on a book together. We had all contributed in one way or another to the debate concerning the ethics of historical research, and were challenged by the question of privilege and perspective, the importance of memory and reading against the grain of the official archives, and the moral issues surrounding the kinds of history we chose to write. We were conscious of an Indigenous argument that white historians’ incorporation of Aboriginal subjects in historical work was yet another form of neo-colonialism. In putting together a collection primarily on ‘white’ women involved in the Aboriginal domain we have sought to respond positively to such criticism.
Uncommon Ground: White women in Aboriginal history p. xiii-xxxi