Classics and Archaeology
We maintain strong collaborative research outcomes with national and international stakeholders (currently in Belgium, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Syria, Turkey, USA).
Current research projects
James (KO) Chong-Gossard
- Transformations of Terence: Ancient Drama, New Media, and Contemporary Reception
- Public and private lies: retelling the clash of duty, power and sexual indulgence in the Roman imperial court
Louise A. Hitchcock
- The Entangled Philistines: A New Narrative of Philistine Identity at Tell es-Safi/Gath
- In the Wake of the Sea Peoples, In the Footsteps of Goliath: Excavating the Philistine Site of Tell es-Safi/Gath
- From Minos to Menelaos: Uncovering palatial society in prehistoric Greece
- One Cannot Export a Palace on Board a Ship: Aegean Influences and Affinities in Cypriot Late Bronze Age Architecture
- Australian-Syrian Archaeological & Historical Research Collaboration Project
- From the Field to the Repository: Criteria for Assessing Research Potential and Significance of Archaeological Collections
Hyun Jin Kim
- Shifting Hegemonies From the Turco-Mongol Empires of Inner Asia to Western Europe
- Ethnicity and Foreigners in Europe and Asia
- The Boundaries of Roman Ethnicity: An Examination of Elite Roman Ethno-Cultural Identity in the Late-Republican and Early Imperial Period (55 BCE-120 CE)
- An Archaeological and Historical Study of The Gallipoli Battlefield
- Archaeology in the Central Caucasus
Current ARC projects
Scripts without a stage: Roman comedy in the Early Italian Renaissance (2016-2025)
Dr Andrew Turner and Dr James (KO) Chong-Gossard
In the early Italian Renaissance at a time when theatrical infrastructure was still lacking, rapid advances in learning and technology helped scholars to show how the Latin plays, which had only survived as teaching texts, were in fact works to be performed, eventually leading to stage revivals. This project proposes to build on the successes of an Australian team working on the Roman playwright Terence, and demonstrate the importance of humanist scholars to intellectual history. It intends to utilise a range of historical resources, many only available in recent years through digitisation.
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA)
Transfer of Hegemonic Power: Geopolitical Revolutions in World History (2012-2015)
Dr Hyun Jin Kim
This project aims to contextualize the current political debates on hegemonic power transfer in the 21st century by situating those debates and speculations on the US and China within the wider context of world history. By subjecting the current geopolitical situation to comparative analysis with similar geopolitical situations in the history of Late Antiquity and medieval Eurasia, the project seeks to shed new light on both the geostrategic objectives of past empires (Roman, Hunnic, Sassanian, Mongol etc.) and also the geostrategic aims of China and the US in the 21st century.
Fore details of the Grimwade Centre research projects please see the Grimwade Centre Research Showcase web page.
Slavery in British Guiana in the Age of Abolition, 1804-1834
Professor Trevor Burnard
British Guiana became the most important slave colony in the British Empire following the abolition of the slave trade. Its history and the experience of the slaves who made up the majority of its population is the focus of this project, designed so that rich archival sources will be used to enable slaves to speak directly about their experience. This project is expected to illuminate the character of slavery and slave resistance in an especially profitable but harsh slave society in a late period of slavery. It is intended to explore the alternative kinds of colonisation that were possible in the early nineteenth-century British Empire, to deepen our understanding of slave management in plantation societies and to contribute to the historical analysis of race and slavery.
ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship and Discovery grant: An international history of Australian democracy: the impact of Australian innovation overseas and of international human rights in Australia (2011-2016)
Professor Marilyn Lake
This project will chart the international career of Australian democracy and the impact of innovations such as manhood suffrage, the Australian ballot, women's rights and industrial arbitration overseas. It will also investigate the impact of new international definitions of human rights on re-shaping Australian democracy after World War Two.
Sounds of War (2013-2016)
Professor Joy Damousi
Hell Sounds will explore how the experience of war is mediated by sound. Drawing on diaries, memoirs and contemporary accounts, this project will for the first time explore how war sounds of the battlefield and the homefront during the First and Second World War have shaped the experience and memory of these events by civilians and combatants. Through a history of the technology of modern warfare during the twentieth century such as bombings, shelling, explosives and air sirens, this project will re-conceptualise the history of the two world wars through the auditory landscape created by inflicting violence on the senses.
ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
For more information please see the Centre for the History of Emotions website.
Intersections of Religion, Emotion, Visual Culture and Print in Early Modern Europe (2011-2018)
Professor Charles Zika
This seven-year project concentrates on German-speaking Europe from the 15th to early 18th century and includes the following:
- Emotions, Community and Sacred Space - focusing on the role of emotions in shaping pilgrimage rituals and communal identity at the Austrian shrine of Mariazell, in its transformation into an instrument of Hapsburg religious ideology
- Emotions and Exclusion in Witchcraft Imagery - tracing reversals in witchcraft belief from demonization to derisive fantasy during the 17th and 18th centuries
- Natural Disasters and Apocalyptic Anxiety - exploring religious response through the prism of pamphlets and broadsheets collected by the Zurich pastor Johann Jakob Wick, 1560-1588
- Emotions and the Visual in the Transformations of Early Modern Europe - which investigates the emotional power, resonance and function of religious objects and images, linked to an exhibition to be held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2017
Feeling the Sacred: Emotions and Material Culture in Medieval Chartres
Dr Sarah Randles, Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions at The University of Melbourne
Sarah Randles is conducting a research project on emotions, materiality and sacred place, focusing on the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Chartres, a significant centre for medieval pilgrimage and an outstanding example of and gothic architecture and art. The project will investigate the emotional responses of worshippers to the built environment and visual programs of the Cathedral, to the relics and other holy material housed there and taken from the site, and to the material and performative aspects of the religious practices at this site.
Digging out some emotional roots of British anti-Catholicism: A study of the English representations of the seventeenth-century massacres of Piedmontese Waldensians
Dr Giovanni Tarantino, Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions at The University of Melbourne
Giovanni is working on a project concerned with the affective language used in English-language reports of the persecution of the Waldensians in the later seventeenth century (with Waldensianism being considered the only 'heresy' of the twelfth century to survive in unbroken continuity into the sixteenth century to link hands with the Protestant Reformation) and how the rhetoric within these reports helped shape notions of British Protestant identity and community. He is also exploring the methodological legitimacy of reading (Waldensian) geographic maps not merely in technical or geopolitical terms, but in a way that he believes can justifiably be defined as 'affective geography'.
Disasters, Emotions, and the development of Scottish National Identity, 1490-1700 (working title)
Dr Gordon David Raeburn, Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions at The University of Melbourne
Gordon is investigating the emotional responses to a series of Scottish disasters between 1490 and 1700, including massacres, plagues, and economic disasters, in order to determine the extent to which these emotions show a shift over time from localised identity, such as clan based or geographically based, towards a more national sense of identity. This project will also investigate the effects of major societal changes, such as the Reformation, upon the emotion responses to these events, as well as any differing emotional responses due to cultural or geographical influences. Gordon is also a member of the AHRC Research Network 'Crossing Over - New Narratives of Death', based at the University of Hull.
ARC Future fellowships
Dancing to Whose Tune? Indonesian Transnational Political Activism in the Shadow of the Cold War (1949-1966) (2013-2017)
Dr Kate McGregor
Since the 1990s there has been a boom in memory and in human rights activism relating to historical injustice in Indonesia. Using an innovative framework of the concept of 'regions of memory' this project examines how human rights activists located within and outside Indonesia use memory for the purposes of achieving human rights outcomes. Through national and international collaborations this project will analyse why transnational activism concerning crimes from the Japanese occupation (1942-45), the independence struggle (1945-1949) and the 1965 mass violence escalated at particular points in time and deepen our understanding of the relationship between memory and human rights.
McKenzie postdoctoral fellowships
Remembering Houses of Cloth: Workers' Histories of Textile Production in Bengal, 1590-2015 (2014-2016)
Dr Samia Khatun, McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow
This project offers a timely opportunity to produce a historical resource base about textile workers in Bengal that will inform and strengthen contemporary labour rights campaigns in the garments industry, addressing some of the most pressing social equity issues in the Asian region. Presenting a history of globalisation from the perspective of the textile worker, the analytical aim is to tackle a question of central importance to the discipline of history: How are articulations of the past actively used to fashion imagined futures? The twin objectives are to firstly piece together an episodic workers' history of textile production in Bengal from the sixteenth century to the present day, and secondly to generate insights into how workers across different epochs have actively employed narratives about the past in their struggles for the future. This project will produce outcomes 'Remembering Houses of Cloth' that explore the contested politics of memory and contribute significantly to the global visibility of textile workers.
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA)
Memory and Authoritarianism: The Struggle for the Past in Putin's Russia (2015-2017)
Dr Julie Fedor
Over the past decade, the Russian state has reasserted a role in shaping how the past is narrated and represented, both within Russia and beyond. This project critically examines this phenomenon, drawing on close readings of sources including history textbooks, monuments and mass media. The project aims to enhance understanding of how narratives about the past are being mobilised in contemporary dynamics between the Russian state and Russian civil society.
Creating the Atlantic World: transnational relationships and family ties in trading networks and voyages of discovery, 1480-1580(2014-2016)
Dr Heather Dalton
This project will investigate the part played by transnational family-based trade networks in laying the foundations of the Atlantic World. It will focus on merchants from the British Isles who cooperated with merchants from the Italian and Iberian Peninsulas in the South Atlantic from 1480 to 1580. This project will examine these merchants' trading reach and the extent to which their relationships transcended national ties and traditional boundaries relating to gender, class and religion, and it will place families and hybrid networks at the heart of this neglected area of global history. It will demonstrate their influence on locations in Europe and across the Atlantic, and on emerging ideas of trade, 'discovery', settlement, colonisation and race in Britain.
International research grants
Luxury and the Manipulation of Desire: Historical Perspectives for Contemporary Debates
Network partners: Dr Catherine Kovesi with Professor Giorgio Riello - Network Co-director, University of Warwick; Dr Rosa Salzberg - Network Co-director, University of Warwick; Mr Glenn Adamson, Museum of Art & Design, New York; Dr Marta Ajmar, Victoria & Albert Museum; Professor Peter McNeil, University of Stockholm and UTS Sydney; Professor Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli, University of Bologna.
Funded by the Leverhulme Trust
Luxury is no longer seen as the pastime of a small wealthy elite. Today's luxury industry is one of Europe's most dynamic sectors; consumers are allured by luxury brands and services; and nation states heavily tax luxuries. Yet, luxury is not just a product and outcome of the twentieth century. There is a long, complex and well documented role for luxury within history. The business, marketing and creative sectors are also keen to consider 'luxury' within its historical framing, allowing for a better understanding of the genesis, evolution and transformation of this material and psychological phenomenon.The Leverhulme International Network "Luxury & the Manipulation of Desire" aims to connect the long history of luxury with the importance that luxury has assumed in contemporary society. It does so by fostering dialogue between academics and curators based in partner institutions as well as experts, journalists and business people working in the luxury sector internationally.
History and Philosophy of Science
- High speed broadband and Australian home life
- Digital commemoration
- Digital Storytelling among young Aboriginals
- Nervous System in the Nineteenth Century
- Biography and history
- Convicts and Transportation - continuing Founders and Survivors/convicts and diggers
- History and philosophy of thought experiments in science
- The string theory debates
- Rethinking the doctrine of classical concepts
- The physicist as philosopher: The shaping of an intellectual tradition, 1880-1960
- Realism, scepticism, relativism
- Epistemology and philosophy of science
- Practical knowledge in early modern Dutch science
- Newton in Dutch natural philosophy in the 18th century
- Science and philosophy in German romantic thought
- Science and cultural memory
Current ARC projects
Online Memorials (2013-2016)
Dr Michael Arnold, Dr Martin Gibbs, Dr Tamara Kohn, Dr Bjorn Nansen, Dr Elizabeth Hallam.
This project investigates the interrelated commemorative practices, technology platforms, and social formations associated with digital commemoration. The urgency of this project arises as diverse forms of digital commemoration are increasingly used to express grief, solidarity and community, but are also a source of public and often personal disquiet. Digital commemoration is an emerging and often controversial practice with important implications for social institutions, cultural conventions and personal values. This study makes a timely evidence-based contribution to an understanding of changing commemorative practices, their digital mediation, and the interactions between them.
Current research projects
- Non-classical logics and their applications (Priest, Restall)
- Vagueness (Restall, Priest)
- Objects: identity and individuation (Goswick, Priest)
- Theories of meaning and thought content (L Schroeter, Restall, Sankey)
- Representation, conceptual & non-conceptual (Inkpin, L Schroeter)
- Language, phenomenology, cognitive science (Inkpin, L Schroeter)
- Realism, scepticism, relativism (Sankey)
- Epistemology and philosophy of science (Sankey)
- Feminist epistemology (Jones)
- Testimony and trust (Jones, Coady)
- Rationality in ethics (F Schroeter, Jones, Cordner)
- Normative concepts (L Schroeter, F Schroeter, Sankey, Halliday)
- Moral emotions and agency (Jones, F Schroeter, Cordner, Levy, Russell)
- Phenomenology, embodiment, and practical awareness (Inkpin, Cordner)
- Ancient philosophy and virtue ethics (Russell)
- History of European thought (Inkpin, Cordner)
- Egalitarianism (Halliday, Moss)
- Justice in education (Halliday)
- Taxation and Social Justice (Halliday)
- Just war theory and political violence (Coady, Alexandra, Sanyal, Halliday)
- Professional ethics (Alexandra, Minerva)
- Bioethics (Singer, Coady, Minerva, Halliday)
- Climate change and global justice (Moss, Singer)
Interdisciplinary and/or collaborative projects
- The Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Philosophy (CAPPE) links researchers at The University of Melbourne with Charles Sturt University. CAPPE has ongoing research links with Oxford and Princeton.
- The Logic Research Group at The University of Melbourne has regular links with researchers at St Andrews, Kyoto, Guangzhou, Nanjing, and Connecticut
- The Moral Rationalism project links researchers at The University of Melbourne with colleagues at Princeton, Tübingen, and Fribourg
Current ARC projects
Meaning in Action - new techniques for language, logic and information (2015-2019)
Professor Greg Restall
This project aims to bridge philosophy, linguistics, logic and computation by developing proof-theoretical semantics for a comprehensive fragment of Montague Grammar (a formal language suited to analysing natural languages). It aims to show how this can be implemented in software, exploring and evaluating the philosophical assumptions grounding inferentialism and proof-theoretical semantics. It seeks to exploit and examine the connections between logic, linguistics philosophy and computer science and to chart how information is grounded in our interaction with the world and our norms for dialogue. The result is expected to be a more realistic and comprehensive understanding of logic and language, and tools for software that communicates more flexibly and effectively.
ARC Future fellowships
ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship
Child Refugees and Australian Internationalism from 1920 to the present
This project will explore the changing nature of Australian internationalism during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries through a study of a history of child refugees and campaigns undertaken on behalf of child refugees conducted by relief agencies and humanitarian organisations
It will examine the history of Australian immigration policy and the government bureaucracy that manages it, with specific reference to child refugees, which will produce new insights into shifts in public policy over time and the factors that contribute to these shifts
It will also address the social, cultural and economic contributions of child refugees to Australia in all aspects of business, culture and society through an oral history of child refugees. It will consider the factors that have enhanced or limited the success of child refugees of recent arrivals from the 1970s onwards by examining the experience of refugee children in four specific communities - the Vietnamese (1970s and 1980s); the Sudanese, Sri Lankan and Bosnian communities (1990s and 2000s)
Finally, it will explore shifting understanding of child refugees through the various visual imagery utilised over several decades such as photography, film, newsreel and television footage to convey particular meanings about child refugees and the influence of the visual medium in mobilising support or opposition to child refugees.
For more information about the project please email KFLaureate-Fellowship@unimelb.edu.au.
- Media and resources
What comes after #LetThemStay?
Jordy Silverstein and Max Kaiser on the Overland website 23 February 2016
The focus on children leads to a perpetuation of a discourse around asylum seekers that is ultimately damaging to longer-term aims of dismantling the border regime.
Growing up Greek in Australia
Professor Joy Damousi on the Pursuit website
I am the child of Greek post-war immigrants. I grew up in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy in the 1960s and early 70s.
How do modern Jewish communities narrate the Holocaust?
Jordana Silverstein on the ABC News website
The Israeli Prime Minister's offended Palestinians and Jewish Holocaust survivors. He's left historians astonished, and in Israel inspired widespread mirth and hundreds of new internet memes.
Tackling difficult history lessons
Jordana Silverstein, RN Afternoons on the ABC Radio National website
When it comes to educating young people about their history and the history of others, parents and teachers must work out how to interpret events in order to paint the most accurate picture of what occurred.
29 July 2015
Growing Up with Morris Gleitzman
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Jordana Silverstein joins bestselling children's author Morris Gleitzman for a discussion of his work. At the Wheeler Centre.
22 May 2015
Through a Child's EyesProfessor Joy Damousi talks about the 'Child Refugees and Australian Internationalism from 1920 to the present' project.
From Refugee to Research ScholarPhD candidates Niro Kandasamy, Samuel Malak and Anh Nguyen are among the researchers working on a project with The University of Melbourne's Professor Joy Damousi, 'Child refugees and Australian Internationalism from 1920 to the present'. The three have a special link with the work - they were all child refugees themselves.
24 March 2015
Professor Joy Damousi presents, 'Child Refugees and Australian Internationalism: Past, Present, Future' as part of the Australia in the World Lecture & Seminar Series. Download the flyer (670kb pdf) or visit the event web page for more information.
9 February 2015
Professor Joy Damousi
Professor Damousi is an ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow and Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. She is the Chief Investigator of the ARC Funded Child Refugees and Australian Internationalism Laureate Fellowship.
Her publications include: The Labour of Loss: Mourning, Memory and Wartime Bereavement in Australia (Cambridge 1999; Shortlisted for the NSW Australian History Prize); Freud in the Antipodes: A Cultural History of Psychoanalysis in Australia (UNSW Press 2005; Winner of the Ernest Scott Prize); Talking and Listening in the Age of Modernity: Essays on the History of Sound (ANU Press, 2007) (ed. with Desley Deacon); Colonial Voices: A Cultural History of English in Australia, 1840-1940 (Cambridge 2010; Shortlisted for the NSW Australian History Prize); and What Did You Do in the Cold War Daddy? Personal Stories from a Troubled Time (UNSW Press, 2014), (ed. with Ann Curthoys).
In 2015, Memory and Migration in the Shadow of War: Australia's Greek Immigrants after World War II and the Greek Civil War, will be published by Cambridge University Press.
Child Refugees and Australian Internationalism: 1920 - 1970
This study aims to generate new and powerful understandings of the history of child refugees in Australia from 1920-1970. A focus on child refugees has remained an unexplored area of historical analysis in the work on the history of refugees in Australia. This project aims to explore how this history is tied to the history of Australia's international role on refugee and migration issues and how this past can inform us about current and future approaches to refugee policy. Its focus will also be on the campaigns undertaken on behalf of child refugees conducted by relief agencies and humanitarian organisations.
Dr Mary Tomsic
Mary Tomsic is a Postdoctoral Research Associate attached to the ARC Laureate Fellowship Project. Her broad teaching and research interests are in cultural history in particular visual culture, film and history; historical representations in popular culture; Australian film culture and understandings of gender & sexuality. Her most recent publication is a co-edited collection Diversity in Leadership: Australian women, past and present (with Joy Damousi and Kim Rubenstein, ANU Press 2014).
Picturing Refugee Children
My project explores shifting understandings of child refugees and displaced children depicted in visual sources since 1920. I will examine a range of representations over several decades, including photographs, film, fundraising materials, picture story books, newsreel and television footage and children's art works. Through these visual representations, I will explore how child refugees have been characterised and the role of visual depictions in mobilising support or opposition to child refugees in Australia and around the world. In drawing together a wide array of visual depictions I hope to better understand the impact of visual culture in the stories and histories that are told about displaced children in the past and today.
Dr Jordana Silverstein
Dr Jordana Silverstein is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, researching the history of Australian government policy towards child refugees from 1970 to the present. Before joining this ARC Laureate Fellowship project, Jordana lectured in History at the University of Melbourne (where she completed her PhD in 2009) and was a Senior Research Officer at Macquarie University. Her research has examined histories of modern Jewish identity, memory, sexuality and diasporism, and explored notions of belonging and racialisation, in Australia and the United States. She is the author of Anxious Histories: Narrating the Holocaust in Jewish Communities at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century (Berghahn Books, 2015) and co-editor of In the Shadows of Memory: The Holocaust and the Third Generation (Vallentine Mitchell, 2015).
A History of Australian Immigration Policy and Child Refugees: 1970 to the Present
This project investigates the ways that child refugees have been discussed and managed through Australian immigration policy since 1970. Drawing on the concept of futurity, I will explore the ways that the figure of the Child Refugee has been imagined as either promoting a good future for Australia, or existing as a 'threat' to Australian society. This project looks at which children have been accepted as refugees, and which have been excluded: how has this changed according to nationality, gender, mode of transport to Australia, or age, amongst other factors? How have different policy approaches been developed? How does this history sit alongside the history of the management of other populations in Australia? Finally, through a series of oral history interviews and explorations of archival documents, this project seeks to help to insert the lived experiences of child refugees into the history of Australian immigration policy.
Sarah Green was drawn to this project because of her background working with Forgotten Australians (care leavers) and Former Child Migrants; that is, adults who had spent some or all of their childhoods in institutions. This work taught her the importance of bearing witness to, and appreciating the bravery of, adults willing to share their memories of disrupted, fragmented and often painful childhoods. Prior to this, Sarah completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Western Australia in 2007 and set off to see the world before moving to Melbourne in 2010 to undertake a Master of Global Communications at La Trobe University. And before all that, she grew up in a little but lovely place called New Zealand.
A safe and necessary personal coherence: The experiences of Bosnian refugee children in Australia
This project will explore the experiences of Bosnian refugee children who arrived in Australia during the 1990s. There is some evidence that Bosnian refugees may have been expected to integrate easily into the Australian community given their European background. However, children removed from their origins may experience loss of identity, fragmented family narratives and confusion over memories of traumatic events. Through oral history, this project will capture the unique experiences of Bosnian refugee children in the 1990s, which will, in turn, contribute to our understanding of the needs of present and future children seeking safety in Australia
Anh Nguyen was a Vietnamese child refugee raised in Carrollton, Texas. She graduated with a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity and Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Bryn Mawr College. In 2002, she had a postgraduate fellowship from Harvard to conduct research interviews about the acculturation of Vietnamese in Australia. She then worked with Harvard School of Public Health on AIDS research and treatment in Nigeria, and became a bilingual legal aid advocate for Vietnamese immigrants in Boston. She currently works as a paralegal for Native Title Services Victoria and is pursuing her PhD on the oral history of Vietnamese Australian child refugees in Australia.
Towards a New Historical & Psychological Perspective of Acculturation and Success: Oral History of Vietnamese Australian Child Refugees as Adults
The research captures the history of Vietnamese Australian child migration, acculturation, and factors that that contributed to their success and challenges as adults. Based on the narratives of child refugees, unaccompanied minors, adoptees, and reverse migrants living and working in Vietnam, it examines what are the historical, cultural, psychological, family and self-generated narratives that have motivated and sustained them as adults? How has this contributed to their public, private, economic and social success in Australia? It also investigates the international policies and political ideologies from 1975 to 2000, how they impacted those experiences, and how they differ from our current perspective on refugees and asylum seekers.
Niro Kandasamy is currently a PhD student at the University of Melbourne. She completed her honours (Class 1) at the University of New South Wales under the supervision of Dr. Karen Soldatic. Since the completion of her undergraduate studies Niro has been working as a Social Research Officer at Western Sydney Information and Research (WESTIR Ltd) where she has been involved in numerous projects for not for profits, Local and State Government. Her wider research interests include the impacts of welfare service provisions on organisations and citizens, refugee resettlement, refugee policy and social inclusion.
Exploring the long term resettlement experiences of Sri Lankan child refugees
This PhD study seeks to advance contemporary resettlement frameworks by engaging with the oral histories of Sri Lankan child refugees that arrived to Australia in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The study engages with relevant Government policy and rhetoric that shaped the resettlement experiences of Sri Lankan child refugees. At a theoretical level the study considers discourses of memory and history that shape our understanding of the past to illustrate the complex linkages between Government policy, child refugee resettlement and reintegration.
Mr Malak holds both a BA and MA from Victoria University, Australia. Mr Malak is an active member within the Horn of African community; he has well-established social networks within his own Sudanese community, and extensive experience and knowledge of existing refugees' services across Victoria. Himself a former child-solider and refugee,
Mr Malak has worked with refugees (both adults and youth) from culturally and linguistically diverse background (CALD) in Australia, where he maintained fundamental aspects of diverse community's culture. This is subject to the Australian society's context, as well as how young Sudanese refugees are adapting to aspects of Australia's life - its values, social or environmental acclimatisation, and/or acculturation process. Additionally, Malak is bilingual in Sudanese Arabic and other Sudanese languages, are of continuing significance to this study.
Sudanese migration to Australia is a recent phenomenon, which began in 1990s. Sudan has been in protracted civil wars, which can correctly be traced back to well before the country received its formal independence from Great Britain. They uprooted Sudanese indigenous population: becoming refugees almost elsewhere, including Australia. Previous studies on Sudanese migrants in Australia focused on the adult experiences, excluding the young migrants' experiences. This study examines the latter's settlement experiences in Australia: providing insightful knowledge, understanding of their settlement needs; recommendations or informed mechanism to facilitate their successful integration, based on the narrative account of the cohort group.
Dr Alexandra Dellios
Alexandra has researched and published on child migration and belonging, popular culture and the history of post-war migrant centres (hostels), and public history and heritage making. She continues her research into heritage-making practices within migrant communities and the discursive interactions between grassroots groups and official heritage, specifically in relation to the commemoration of post-war migrant centres. She has lectured and taught in Australian Studies and migrant heritage at the University of Melbourne, where she submitted her PhD in August 2014. She is currently the administration assistant on this ARC Laureate Fellowship Project.
Receiving and Settling New Arrivals - Hostels and Holding Centres, 1947 to 1993
This project will offer a 'long' history of Commonwealth migrant hostels and holding centres in Australia, with a specific focus on the settlement services on offer to refugee arrivals. It will interrogate how these seminal spaces functioned in relation to changing political and cultural attitudes to new arrivals, and the effect of these spaces on the settlement experiences of respective DPs, assisted migrants and refugee groups since 1947.
Dr Rachel Stevens
Rachel's research focuses on twentieth century American and Australian immigration history. She has published her research in the Australian Journal of Politics and History, Immigrants & Minorities and History Australia. She is currently completing articles on intercultural marriage in Australia, urban multiculturalism and the use of role-play in the history classroom.
Rachel received her PhD in History at Monash University, where she lectured in contemporary history until 2014. She has also been a visiting fellow at New York University (2013), the University of Texas at Austin (2006) and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UCSD (2006-07).
- Damousi, Joy. "Humanitarianism in the interwar years: How Australians responded to the child refugees of the Armenian genocide and the Greek-Turkish exchange," in History Australia 12, No.1, 2015, pp. 95-115
- Damousi, Joy. Memory and Migration in the Shadow of War: Australia's Greek Immigrants after World War II and the Greek Civil War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
- Silverstein, Jordana. Anxious Histories: Narrating the Holocaust in Jewish Communities at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century. New York: Berghahn Books, 2015
- Jilovsky, Esther, Silverstein, Jordana and Slucki, David (eds.,). In the Shadows of Memory: The Holocaust and the Third Generation. London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2015
- Conference presentations
- Dellios, Alexandra. ""It was just you and your child" single mothers and generational storytelling in Australia"s migrant hostels", Intersections in History, Australian Women"s History Network Conference, 31 March - 1 April 2016
- Dellios, Alexandra. "First Homes: Child migrant" memories of Australia"s on-arrival accommodation", Horrible Histories? Children"s Lives in Historical Contexts, King's College London, 16-18 June 2016
- Dellios, Alexandra. "The Family in Childhood Memories of Settlement: Refugees in on-arrival accommodation", Global Histories of Refugees in the 20th and 21st Centuries, The University of Melbourne, 6-8 October 2016.
- Dellios, Alexandra. "Mother and child - revisiting child migrant" memories of Holding Centres", (Re)Examining Historical Childhoods Conference, Deakin University, 12-13 December 2016
- Kandasamy, Niro. "Ethnicity in child refugee resettlement", Horrible Histories? Children's Lives in Historical Contexts, King's College London: London. 16-18 June 2016
- Kandasamy, Niro. "Memories of grief through time, place and people: Exploring the long term resettlement experiences of Sri Lankan Tamil child refugees", Copenhagen Asian Dynamics Initiative, University of Copenhagen: Copenhagen, 20-22 June 2016
- Kandasamy, Niro. "Maternalising childhood memories of Sri Lankan Tamils", Global Histories of Refugees in the 20th and 21st Centuries, The University of Melbourne: Melbourne, 6-8 October 2016
- Kandasamy, Niro. "Sarees in the wind: Tracing culture in childhood histories of Sri Lankan Tamil refugee women in Australia", Gender, Mobility Regimes and Social Transformation in Asia, The University of Melbourne: Melbourne, 3-4 November 2016
- Silverstein, Jordana., "Innocence and Emotions: The figure of the Child Refugee in Australia", Horrible Histories? Children"s Lives in Historical Contexts, King's College London, 16-18 June June 2016
- Silverstein, Jordana. "Classifying and Racialising Communities: Government Record Keeping, Indigenous Peoples and Child Refugees in the Twentieth Century," with Katherine Ellinghaus, What"s Your Story? Surveys, Social Science Expertise and The State in the 20th Century, Monash University, 13-14 July 2016
- Silverstein, Jordana. "Accessing the Archives: Rethinking the Ethics of Writing Histories of Refugees", The Ethics of History, Morality in History: A Symposium, Monash University, 21-22 July 2016
- Silverstein, Jordana. ""Free the Children": Listening to the voices of detained refugee children on Nauru", with Mary Tomsic, Children's Voices in Contemporary Australia, The University of Melbourne, 9 September 2016
- Silverstein, Jordana. ""His happy go lucky attitude is infectious": Australian Government Imaginings of Child Refugees, 1970s-1980s", Global Histories of Refugees Conference, The University of Melbourne, 6-8 October 2016
- Silverstein, Jordana. ""Free the Children": (Re)Imagining the figure of the Child Refugee under a Coalition government", Reimagining Australia: Encounter, Recognition, Responsibility, InASA conference, Curtin University, 7-9 December 2016
- Tomsic, Mary. "Historical Research in Action", Australian Association for Research in Education, Research Workshop, The University of Melbourne, Thursday 11 February 2016
- Tomsic, Mary. Immigration publicity post-WWII: 'Lost children' and stories of 'courage, fortitude and enterprise'", The Commonwealth Department of Immigration: Then and Now, La Trobe University, 19 February 2016
- Tomsic, Mary. ""autobiographic pages of unkept diaries": Drawings by displaced children, history and cultural meanings", Ideas in Everyday Life History Seminar, Department of Modern History, Politics & International Relations, Macquarie University, 24 May 2016
- Tomsic, Mary. Historical Perspective, Child refugees, past and present: GRAMNet knowledge exchange workshop, with Joy Damousi and Jordy Silverstein, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, 14 June 2016
- Tomsic, Mary. "Displaying children's creations: Examining the cultural work of displaced children"s drawings", Horrible Histories? Children's Lives in Historical Contexts, King's College London, 16-18 June 2016
- Tomsic, Mary. "Histories of Gender, Sources, Meanings & Conversations" Writing Histories of Gender in Australia and the World, Australia in the World History Lecture and Seminar Series, The University of Melbourne, 28 July 2016
- Tomsic, Mary. ""Free the Children": Listening to the voices of detained refugee children on Nauru", with Jordana Silverstein, Children's Voices in Contemporary Australia, The University of Melbourne, 9 September 2016
- Tomsic, Mary. "Post-WWII displaced children - Australian photographs and publicity narratives", Global Histories of Refugees in the 20th and 21st Centuries, The University of Melbourne, 6-8 October 2016
- Tomsic, Mary. "Displaying children"s creations: Examining the cultural work of displaced children"s drawings", Researchers for Asylum Seekers Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, The University of Melbourne, 17 November 2016
- Tomsic, Mary. "Sharing a personal past: Child refugees, social media and childhood photographs", Visualising Human Rights Conference, The University of Western Australia, 5-6 December 2016
- Tomsic, Mary. ""autobiographic pages of unkept diaries": Drawings by displaced children, history and cultural meanings", (Re)Examining Historical Childhoods Conference, Deakin University, 12-13 December 2016
- Damousi, Joy, "Australian League of Nations Union and War Refugees: Internationalism and humanitarianism: 1930-1945," League of Nations: Histories, Legacies and Impact, 10th December 2015, The Univeristy of Melbourne
- Damousi, Joy. "Memories of the Greek Civil War among Children of the Diaspora," Judging the Past in a Post-Cold War World Conference, September 2015, University of Sydney
- Dellios, Alexandra. "Child DPs, single mothers and remembering the separation of families in post-war Australia". Emotions and memory: humiliation and dignity in Asian, Australian and European memories of violence, 12-13 November 2015, The University of Melbourne
- Green, Sarah. "Children as the faces of war: reflections on Bosnia". Researchers for Asylum Seekers (RAS) Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, 16 November 2015, University of Melbourne
- Green, Sarah. "The experiences of Bosnian children in Australia". Refuge(e)s in the Cities: Post-conflict Trauma, Gendered Violence and Social Inclusion, 26-27 November 2015, RMIT University Melbourne
- Green, Sarah. "Histories of childhood and psychological research: new interchanges in studies of war, memory and trauma". Foundational Histories, Australian History Association Conference 2015, 6-10 July 2015, University of Sydney
- Kandasamy, Nirosini. "Humiliation, Vengeance, and Transformations of Ethnic Identity: A Case Study of Sri Lankan Tamils in Australia". Emotions and memory: humiliation and dignity in Asian, Australian and European memories of violence, 12-13 November 2015, The University of Melbourne
- Kandasamy, Nirosini. "Long term settlement experiences of Sri Lankan Tamil child refugees: a binary of past and present". Interrogating the in-between: Humanities Postgraduate Conference, 12 June 2015, University of New South Wales
- Nguyen, Anh. "A Palimpsest Narrative of Self and Community: Engaging Social Media and Technology in Oral History". Innovative Approaches to Making Oral History, Oral History Victoria 2015 Symposium, 27 June 2015, Museo Italiano
- Silverstein, Jordana. "Temporariness in a Safe Haven: Refugees and Australian Demands of Permanent Movement". Race, Mobility and Imperial Networks: Charting the Transnational Asia-Pacific World, 1800-2015, 9-11 November 2015, RMIT University Melbourne
- Silverstein, Jordana. "Unaccompanied Child Refugees and Their Guardians: Imagining the Australian Family". Foundational Histories, Australian History Association Conference 2015, 6-10 July 2015, University of Sydney
- Stevens, Rachel. "The ambivalent position of guest workers in immigrant America". Immigrant America Conference. New Immigration Histories from 1965 to 2015, 23-24 October 2015, The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
- Tomsic, Mary. "Welcome to Australia' Photographing the arrival of child refugees". Race, Mobility and Imperial Networks: Charting the Transnational Asia-Pacific World, 1800-2015, 9-11 November 2015, RMIT University Melbourne
- Tomsic, Mary. "Refugee stories for children in picture books". Melbourne Social Equity Institute Lecture Series for Asylum Seekers: History of immigration to Australia, 26 October 2015, The University of Melbourne.
- Tomsic, Mary. "Hopeful futures: The emotional takes of displaced children in Australian picture books". Foundational Histories, Australian History Association Conference 2015, 6-10 July 2015, University of Sydney
- Public lectures
- Dr Jeff Crisp, Professor Joy Damousi, and Professor Alison Phipps. "Refugees and Responses: assessing the challenges", (Presented by the EU Centre in collaboration with the Melbourne Refugee Studies Program and the Hawke Research Institute at the University of South Australia). Download the event flyer (615kb pdf).
- Damousi, Joy, "Australian League of Nations Union and War Refugees: Internationalism and humanitarianism: 1930-1945," League of Nations: Histories, Legacies and Impact symposium, 10th December 2015 The University of Melbourne
- ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship Mentoring Scheme at The University of Melbourne
For early-career women researchers in the humanities and social sciences. 30 November to 4 December 2015.
Applications are invited for the above scheme. This scheme is fully funded by the Australian Research Council and is a part of Professor Joy Damousi's ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship. It will be offered annually for the next 5 years. The aim is to attractoutstanding early career female researchers who have completed their PhDs within the past 10 years in the humanities and the social sciences to an intensive mentoring programme. All travel and accommodation costs to Melbourne will be covered.
The focus of this programme is on research leadership and conducting best practice in research activity. It will involve workshops on all aspects of developing a research career: preparation of publications such as articles and books; writing grant applications; developing networking opportunities; honing presentation and public speaking skills; and conducting ethics in research. It will involve participants presenting their research; commenting and providing feedback on drafts; and exposing participants to a variety of speakers who would share their own experiences. In addition to these practical activities and direct mentoring of their own research projects, this programme will also offer participants an exploration of a range of skills such as developing career strategies and enhancing career progression. Over five days, the participants will gain insight into these aspects of career advancement and cover the following themes: focusing on issues confronting women researchers; identifying career opportunities; engaging in national and international research environment; managing institutional change and developing time management skills. The programme aims to reach outside of institutional boundaries to develop broad professional supportive networks that will assist those committed to fully developing their research career.
- Global Histories of Refugees in the 20th and 21st Centuries Conference
The University of Melbourne
Friday 7 October - Saturday 8 October 2016
The plight of refugees has become the global issue of our times. The United Nations has estimated that over 59 million people worldwide are displaced as a result of conflict and persecution, the highest number since the 1990s. In most recent events, an estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in 2011. Throughout the twentieth century and now into the early decades of the twenty-first century, involuntary displacement of peoples has become a defining feature of the modern era.
This international conference seeks to explore all aspects of the history of the past and present plight of refugees. It aims to address a broad range of questions relating to this history such as: What has defined different refugee crises at different times in history? What has been the magnitude of the refugee crisis and how can we explain its scale? How have governments, humanitarian aid agencies, philanthropic and other organizations responded to refugee crises in modern times? What have they learnt from past campaigns? How have refugees experienced displacement? How has the refugee experience changed over time?
The conference will focus on the following topics, among others:
- History of particular refugee groups over time
- Child refugees and their experiences
- Gender issues relating to refugees
- Violence and refugees
- Public policy relating to refugees
- Photographic and visual material of refugees
- Memory, trauma and the refugee experience
- Humanitarianism and refugees
- Digital media and refugee histories
- Government responses to refugee crises
- Economic histories of refugees
- Refugees and their narratives
- Refugee History Network
The first Refugee History Network meeting was held at the Australian Historical Association conference at the University of Sydney in July. Thank you to those who attended the meeting. The newsletter is one of the initiatives to emerge from the meeting and hope that it will be utilised for information sharing about events and publications and other activities.