Dr Effie Karageorgos

Dr Effie Karageorgos

Education Focused Academic

School of Humanities and Social Science

Career Summary

Biography

Effie Karageorgos is an early career historian working on the social history of war, specifically Australian experiences of conflict. She has a PhD from Flinders University, and her monograph, Australian Soldiers in South Africa and Vietnam: Words from the Battlefield, was published in 2016 by Bloomsbury Academic. Her work has explored the motivations of Australian combatants involved in the South African War of 1899-1902 and the Vietnam War from enlistment to discharge, particularly focusing on the influence of the home front on soldiers' attitudes and behaviours.

Effie has taught History and Academic Skills at Flinders University, The University of Melbourne, Deakin University and Swinburne Online. Her specialty is the study and teaching of Australian history.

She has since expanded on her past work on soldiering to focus on identity, masculinity and war trauma, publishing on this topic in History Australia, Journal of Australian Studies and Health & History. More specifically, she has explored the idea of the late nineteenth century Australian male, their role as representatives of federated Australia from 1901 and how these constructions determined treatment of war trauma emerging from the South African War.

Her current research moves into the twentieth century, considering Australian archetypal masculinity in conjunction with public, medical, military and political perceptions of combat breakdown from the Second World War till the Gulf War so as to determine the relationship between gendered interpretations of the soldier and the changing consideration of war-related trauma.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Flinders University

Keywords

  • Conflict
  • Masculinity
  • Trauma

Languages

  • Greek (Working)
  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
169901 Gender Specific Studies 20
210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) 50
220205 History and Philosophy of Medicine 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/7/2019 - 30/11/2019 Teaching Academic Deakin University
Australia
1/2/2012 - 31/12/2019 Online Unit Coordinator Swinburne Online
Australia
1/2/2012 - 30/11/2019 Teaching Academic The University of Melbourne
Australia
1/2/2006 - 30/11/2011 Teaching Academic Flinders University
Australia

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
HIST1051 The Australian Experience
School of Humanities and Social Science - Faculty of Education and Arts - The University of Newcastle
Course Convenor 3/2/2020 - 30/6/2020
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Publications

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


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Karageorgos E, Australian Soldiers in South Africa and Vietnam Words from the Battlefield, Bloomsbury Publishing, 256 (2016)

Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Karageorgos E, 'Boer War', The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives, SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks (2016)
2016 Karageorgos E, 'Australians in the South African War 1899-1902', Encyclopedia of African Colonial Conflicts [2 volumes], ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara (2016)

Journal article (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Karageorgos E, 'The Bushman at War: Gendered Medical Responses to Combat Breakdown in South Africa, 1899 1902', Journal of Australian Studies, 44 18-32 (2020) [C1]

© 2020, © 2020 International Australian Studies Association. The Australians who enlisted in the South African War were representatives of the bushman ideal popularised in the lat... [more]

© 2020, © 2020 International Australian Studies Association. The Australians who enlisted in the South African War were representatives of the bushman ideal popularised in the late 19th century, and were thus associated with the masculine model connected to this ideal. Most men were literal bushmen, rural labourers unemployed due to widespread drought in the decade preceding the conflict. However, this model of masculinity created difficulties for soldiers who developed psychiatric disorders during their military service, as society¿s feminisation of mental illness meant that it was deemed a loss of manhood. This article examines the application of the masculine bushman ideal to Australians who developed war trauma during the South African War (1899¿1902), initially arguing that the conflict served as a testing ground for the larger-scale militarisation of the ideal from the First World War. It explores the role of military doctors in shaping diagnoses of combat breakdown while operating within limited psychological understanding and their attempts to avoid the demasculinisation¿and thus stigmatisation¿of the traumatised soldier.

DOI 10.1080/14443058.2020.1717581
2018 Karageorgos E, 'Mental Illness, Masculinity, and the Australian Soldier: Military Psychiatry from South Africa to the First World War', HEALTH AND HISTORY, 20 10-29 (2018)
2018 Karageorgos E, 'War in a White man s country : Australian perceptions of blackness on the South African battlefield, 1899-1902', History Australia, 15 323-338 (2018)

© 2018 Australian Historical Association. Australians volunteered to fight in the South African War at a time when transnational constructions of whiteness determined policy withi... [more]

© 2018 Australian Historical Association. Australians volunteered to fight in the South African War at a time when transnational constructions of whiteness determined policy within the British Empire and its colonies towards nonwhites. However, the commencement of war in 1899 necessitated a shift in the definition of ¿other¿ to justify combat against the white Boer enemy. This article analyses late nineteenth-century settler colonialism in Australia alongside the letters and diaries of Australian South African War soldiers to demonstrate the effect of both affinities with the Boers as inhabitants of a ¿white man¿s country¿ and conventional perceptions of blackness on their reactions to the South African ¿other¿.

DOI 10.1080/14490854.2018.1452155
2014 Karageorgos E, ''Educated, Tolerant and Kindly: Australian attitudes towards British and Boer in South Africa, 1899-1902', Historia, 59 120-135 (2014)
2006 Karageorgos E, ''Never again my boy, never again': Australian Soldiers' Reactions to the South African War 1899-1902', The Flinders Journal of History and Politics, 23 100-117 (2006)
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Review (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Karageorgos E, 'Eugenics at the Edges of Empire: New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa (2020)
2018 Karageorgos E, 'The experiences of Australian LGBT military personnel (2018)
2016 Karageorgos E, 'The Vietnam War in the twenty-first century (2016)
2007 Karageorgos E, 'Well Done, Those Men: Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran by Barry Heard (2007)
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Conference (13 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Karageorgos E, ' Australian military psychiatry from South Africa to the First World War ', Australian military psychiatry from South Africa to the First World War , Canberra, Australia (2018)
2018 Karageorgos E, ' Psychiatric care after the First World War and the forgotten South African War veterans ', Psychiatric care after the First World War and the forgotten South African War veterans , Leeds, United Kingdom (2018)
2017 Karageorgos E, ' War trauma and colonial perceptions of insanity in Australia during the South African War, 1899-1902 ', War trauma and colonial perceptions of insanity in Australia during the South African War, 1899-1902 , Melbourne, Australia (2017)
2017 Karageorgos E, ' I regret to state my husband Henry Hughes has lost his reason : war trauma on the South African battlefield and beyond ', I regret to state my husband Henry Hughes has lost his reason : war trauma on the South African battlefield and beyond , Adelaide, Australia (2017)
2016 Karageorgos E, 'War in a white man s country : Australian perceptions of blackness on the South African battlefield, 1899-1902 ', War in a white man s country : Australian perceptions of blackness on the South African battlefield, 1899- 1902 , Ballarat, Australia (2016)
2015 Karageorgos E, ' Australian soldiers and the other in South Africa, 1899-1902 ', Australian soldiers and the other in South Africa, 1899-1902 , Stellenbosch, South Africa (2015)
2015 Karageorgos E, ' Bad behaviour: morale and diversions on the South African battlefield, 1899-1902 ', Bad behaviour: morale and diversions on the South African battlefield, 1899-1902 , Sydney, Australia (2015)
2015 Karageorgos E, ' Hard, healthy and hot : Australian Soldiers on the South African Battlefield, 1899-1902 ', Hard, healthy and hot : Australian Soldiers on the South African Battlefield, 1899-1902 , Newcastle, Australia (2015)
2014 Karageorgos E, ' Self-censorship, self-defence and morale: the shifting ties between the Australian home front and fighting men in the Second Boer War and Vietnam War ', Self-censorship, self-defence and morale: the shifting ties between the Australian home front and fighting men in the Second Boer War and Vietnam War , Brisbane, Queensland (2014)
2014 Karageorgos E, ''"Agreeable, active and attractive : Australians attitudes towards combat in South Africa, 1899-1902 ', Agreeable, active and attractive : Australians attitudes towards combat in South Africa, 1899-1902 , London, United Kingdom (2014)
2014 Karageorgos E, ' Educated, tolerant and kindly : Australian attitudes towards British and Boer on the South African battlefield, 1899-1902 ,', Educated, tolerant and kindly : Australian attitudes towards British and Boer on the South African battlefield, 1899-1902 ,, Durban, South Africa (2014)
2013 Karageorgos E, ''"Wild Boers and dignified Africans: Australian soldiers perceptions of the other in South Africa, 1899-1902 ', Wild Boers and dignified Africans: Australian soldiers perceptions of the other in South Africa, 1899- 1902 , Fremantle, Western Australia (2013)
2010 Karageorgos E, ' Loyal to the Empire? An alternative view of Australian soldiers in the South African War, 1899-1902 ', Loyal to the Empire? An alternative view of Australian soldiers in the South African War, 1899-1902 , Bristol, United Kingdom (2010)
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Other (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Karageorgos E, 'An urgent rethink is needed on the idealised image of the ANZAC digger', The Conversation (2018)
2017 Karageorgos E, 'Words from the Battlefield, Public Lecture at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne.', (2017) [O1]
2013 Karageorgos E, 'Birth of a Nation: A History of Greece's Independence', Neos Kosmos: Neos Kosmos (2013)
2012 Karageorgos E, ''Operation Domestic' - An Unexplored Avenue of Greek Migration', Neos Kosmos (2012)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $73,760

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20203 grants / $73,760

Gender-Based Violence Program (GBVP)$70,000

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle, Australia

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle, Australia
Project Team

A/Prof Patricia Pender (Lead); Dr Kath McPhillips; Dr Marie-Laure Vuaille-Barcan; Dr Jessica Ford; Dr Effie Karageorgos; Dr Kcasey McLoughlin.

Scheme Research Programs Pilot Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2021
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

2020 Faculty of Education and Arts Strategic Application Support Scheme$2,500

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Effie Karageorgos

Scheme 2020 FEDUA Strategic Application Support Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

2020 Faculty of Education and Arts Strategic Early Advice and Feedback Scheme$1,260

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Effie Karageorgos

Scheme 2020 FEDUA Strategic Early Advice and Feedback Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Dr Effie Karageorgos

Position

Education Focused Academic
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email effie.karageorgos@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4055 3390
Links Personal Blogs
Twitter

Office

Room MCG32
Building McMullin Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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