Mr Bryce Abraham

Mr Bryce Abraham

Research student

Career Summary

Biography

Bryce is a PhD candidate and Sessional Academic in History in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle. His research is focused on the shifting constructions of Australian military heroism from Sudan to Vietnam (1885–1975), with an emphasis on the associated constructs of masculinity and the award (and non-award) of the Victoria Cross. He also has longstanding research interests in the social and cultural impact of war, violence, honours and awards, and prisoners of war.

Prior to commencing his PhD, Bryce graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Class I) from the University of Newcastle. His academic achievements have been recognised by the university with the Sarah Wheeler Prize and a Faculty of Education and Arts RHD Achievement Award. Bryce was a Summer Scholar at the Australian War Memorial in 2015, and has received a number of competitive scholarships and grants from Australian and international bodies, including the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King's College London, the Royal Historical Society (UK), and the Australian Army History Unit. He is a member of the Australian Historical Association and the International Society for First World War Studies.

With Kate Ariotti and James Bennett, Bryce co-convened the Newcastle and Hunter at War Symposium at the Newcastle Museum in November 2017. He was a postgraduate representative on the organisation committee for 'Recording, Narrating and Archiving the First World War': The 10th Conference of the International Society for First World War Studies (Melbourne, July 2018), and a committee member for the 'Global War, Global Connections, Global Moments' Conference (Newcastle, July 2018).


Keywords

  • Australian history
  • British Empire
  • First World War
  • Heroism
  • Honours and awards
  • Masculinity
  • Prisoners of war
  • Second World War
  • Violence
  • War and society

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) 80
210305 British History 20

Awards

Award

Year Award
2015 Faculty of Education and Arts RHD Achievement Award
University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
2013 Sarah Wheeler Prize for 3000 Level History
University of Newcastle - School of Humanities and Social Science

Scholarship

Year Award
2015 Australian Postgraduate Award
The University of Newcastle
2015 Australian War Memorial Summer Vacation Scholarship
Australian War Memorial
2015 Australian Bicentennial Scholarship
Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King's College, London

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
HIST1051 The Australian Experience
The University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 26/02/2018 - 13/07/2018
HIST1001 Europe and the World
The University of Newcastle
Tutor 27/07/2015 - 25/11/2016
HIST1001 Europe and the World
The University of Newcastle
PASS Leader 28/07/2014 - 28/11/2014
HIST1051 The Australian Experience
The University of Newcastle
Tutor 22/02/2016 - 23/06/2017
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Review (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Abraham B, 'Lost Boys of Anzac (2017)
DOI 10.1080/14443058.2017.1278821
2015 Abraham B, 'Gary Mead. 'Victoria's Cross: The Untold Story of Britain's Highest Award for Bravery'', Wartime Magazine (2015) [O1]

Conference (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Abraham B, 'Resurrecting Heroes... or Reinventing Them? Interpretations of the Heroic in Australian First World War Centenary Commemorations', Christchurch, New Zealand (2018)
2018 Abraham B, Ariotti K, 'Scaling Heroism: Australian POWs and Military Honours during the World Wars.', Australian National University, Canberra (2018)
Co-authors Kate Ariotti
2018 Abraham B, Ariotti K, '"Not to Be Submitted for Reward": POWs, Medallic Recognition, and the Shaping of the Captivity Narrative in Australia during the First World War', Deakin University, Melbourne (2018)
Co-authors Kate Ariotti
2017 Abraham B, 'The Politics of Heroism: VC Winners, Conscription and Recruitment, 1916 1918', University of Newcastle, New South Wales (2017)
2017 Abraham B, 'Recruiting with Heroes: VC Winners, Propaganda and the Legacy of Military Celebrity in Australia', Wellington, New Zealand (2017)
2017 Abraham B, 'Moving the Hero to Australia: British Martial Heroism in the Australian Colonial Context', Flinders University, Adelaide (2017)
2016 Abraham B, 'An Affront to British Chivalry: Colonial Thought and the Cultural Clash at Surafend, 1918', Federation University, Ballarat (2016)
2015 Abraham B, 'Captivity and the Foundations of Historical Neglect: Comparisons of Australian Prisoner of War Recovery and Repatriation after the Second World War', University of Sydney (2015)
2015 Abraham B, 'Valour in the Desert: A Critical Examination of the Victoria Cross and Heroic Construct in the Palestine Campaign, 1916 1918', University of Newcastle, New South Wales (2015)
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Other (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Abraham B, 'The Sportsmen's Thousand: War Heroes and AIF Recruitment in 1917', History: Magazine of the Royal Australian Historical Society ( issue.136 pp.8-10) (2018)
2016 Abraham B, '"The biggest bastard of a job." McCann and Blackburn at Pozières Ridge: How Valour is Defined', Wartime ( issue.74 pp.60-62) (2016)

Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Abraham B, 'Bringing Them All Back Home: Prisoner of War Contact, Recovery and Reception Units, 1944 45', Australian War Memorial Summer Vacation Scholarship paper (2015)

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Abraham B, Valour in the Desert: A Critical Examination of the Victoria Cross and Heroic Construct in the Palestine Campaign, 1916-1918, University of Newcastle (2014)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 8
Total funding $22,816

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20163 grants / $8,700

Top-Up Grant$5,000

Funding body: Centre for the History of Violence, University of Newcastle

Funding body Centre for the History of Violence, University of Newcastle
Scheme Top-Up Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Australian Army History Research Grant$3,000

Funding body: Australian Army History Unit

Funding body Australian Army History Unit
Scheme Australian Army History Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

Australian Historical Association/Copyright Agency Travel and Writing Bursary$700

Funding body: Copyright Agency Limited

Funding body Copyright Agency Limited
Scheme AHA/CAL Travel and Writing Bursaries
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON N

20154 grants / $13,366

Australian War Memorial Summer Vacation Scholarship$5,000

Funding body: Australian War Memorial

Funding body Australian War Memorial
Scheme Summer Vacation Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

Top-Up Grant$5,000

Funding body: Centre for the History of Violence, University of Newcastle

Funding body Centre for the History of Violence, University of Newcastle
Scheme Top-Up Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Australian Bicentennial Scholarship$2,384

Funding body: Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King's College, London

Funding body Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King's College, London
Scheme Australian Bicentennial Scholarship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

Postgraduate Research Support Grant$982

Funding body: Royal Historical Society

Funding body Royal Historical Society
Scheme Postgraduate Research Support Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

20131 grants / $750

iLEAD Travel Grant for Exchange Studies$750

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Mr Bryce Abraham

Contact Details

Email bryce.abraham@uon.edu.au
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