The Centre for
THE STUDY OF VIOLENCE
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Professor Philip Dwyer

Professor Philip Dwyer (Centre Director)

Dwyer is one of the leading international scholars in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras, as well the world's pre-eminent biographer of Napoleon. His work on violence emanating from this research includes the experience of war, the massacre in history, and memory and has made a significant contribution to the field.

Christoph Antons

Professor Christoph Antons

Christoph Antons has a background in law, Southeast Asian studies and art history.

Kate Ariotti

Dr Kate Ariotti

Dr Kate Ariotti is an ARC DECRA Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Violence. Her research focuses on understanding the social and cultural impacts of war in Australia; she has worked extensively on histories of captivity and the experiences of Australian prisoners of war as well as the ways in which Australians have historically remembered and commemorated wars. Her current ARC-funded project ‘Between Death and Commemoration: An Australian History of the War Corpse’ aims to provide the first comprehensive account of the changing policies, practices and attitudes that have shaped the treatment of the physical remains of Australian war dead between the First World War and the recent wars in the Middle East (1915-2015).

Doctor Tamara Blakemore

Dr Tamara Blakemore

Dr Tamara Blakemore is a social work practitioner, researcher and educator. Tamara’s doctoral thesis, inspired by her clinical work explored the occurrence and outcomes of child sexual abuse in a large scale, longitudinal study of mothers and children. Tamara has been a conjoint research fellow with the Australian Centre for Child Protection (UniSA) since 2008. She has led research for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse as well as practice implementation projects for the Australian Govt. Dept. of Social Services as a named member of their Family and Child Expert panel. Tamara is currently leading an interdisciplinary team to establish, implement and evaluate an early intervention program for young people (10 to 17 years of age) who have perpetrated interpersonal violence.

Professor Joanne Bourke

Professor Joanna Bourke

Global innovation Chair, Professor Bourke is a world renowned historian who has shaped profoundly our understanding of subjects—violence, the body, the emotions—central to human experience. She has published prolifically on British, Irish, American and Australian societies from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries, including histories of rape, fear, face-to-face killing and other vital, and previously taboo, topics.

Kit Candlin

Dr Kit Candlin

Formerly an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, Candlin specialises in violence in the Atlantic world, slave colonies of the Atlantic, and slave rebellion.

Professor Catharine Coleborne

Professor Catharine Coleborne

Professor Coleborne is an internationally recognised historian of health and medicine with an extensive portfolio of research, teaching, administration and academic leadership. Her research and publishing in the histories of mental health, families, illness, colonial worlds and medical institutions, as well as in law and history has attracted world-wide attention.

Sacha Davis

Dr Sacha Davis

Sacha Davis' primary research interest is in German nationalism in Central/Eastern Europe (the former Habsburg lands) from in the late nineteenth century to the Second World War, with a focus on the interwar period. He has particular interests in German nationalism, transnationalism and diaspora.

Jennifer Debenham

Dr Jennifer Debenham

A Senior Research Assistant with the Centre, Debenham's expertise include the history of Indigenous Australians, in particular, how they have been represented on documentary film.

Justin Ellis

Dr Justin Ellis

Dr Justin Ellis is a lecturer in Criminology. His research examines the impact of digital technologies on trust in public institutions. His current focus is the scrutiny of public order policing through sousveillance within the LGBTIQ+ community in Sydney.

Dr Nafi Ghafournia

Dr Nafi Ghafournia

Nafi Ghafournia's research revolves around domestic violence, social policy, gender and immigration. She has published several papers on religion and domestic violence, Islamic feminism, domestic violence policy, immigration policy, culture, domestic violence and intersectionality.

Effie Karageorgos

Dr Effie Karageorgos

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.

Alycia Jacob

Alycia is a research assistant for the Joint Chair of Evidence Based Nursing working with the Mid North Coast Health District in Port Macquarie. Alycia has a background in public health and a strong research interest in rural healthcare and the responses of the healthcare workforce to incidences of patient aggression.

Associate Professor Hans-Lukas Kieser

Associate Professor Hans-Lukas Kieser

An Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow, Kieser's focus is war and revolution in the declining Ottoman Empire; the relationship between state formation, political violence, and genocide; apocalyptic violence (secular and religious) and the challenges of non-violence as they emerge in 'modern millennialism'.

Dr Alexandra Lewis

Alexandra Lewis joined the University of Newcastle in 2019. She arrived from Aberdeen, Scotland, where she was Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing, Director of the Centre for the Novel, and Undergraduate Programme Coordinator of Creative Writing. Alexandra has published widely on literature and psychology/medicine; nineteenth-century fiction; and contemporary literature.

Deborah Loxton

Associate Professor Deb Loxton

With a background in psychology, Associate Professor Deborah Loxton is an experienced quantitative and qualitative researcher in women's health, with particular interests in reproductive health and the impact of stressful life events, including the health impact of abuse, such as domestic violence.

Associate Professor Amy Maguire

Associate Professor Amy Maguire

Dr Amy Maguire is an Associate Professor and the Indigenous Student Liaison at the University of Newcastle Law School.

Associate Professor Maguire's fields of research are public international law and human rights, with particular focus on self-determination, Indigenous rights, climate change, refugees and asylum seekers, and the death penalty. Amy has ongoing research collaborations with UoN and external partners in relation to climate change, human rights and human displacement, the legal regulation of climate change mitigation strategies, the Indigenisation of curriculum, and blended/active teaching and learning.

 Dr Xanthé Mallett

Dr Xanthé Mallett

Dr Xanthé Mallett is a forensic anthropologist and criminologist. Her current criminological interests include developing our understanding of gendered criminal activity as well as societal responses to crime, and the media’s influence of the judicial process. She is also a passionate advocate for transparency and equity in the criminal justice system, as a result of which she has become involved with a number of high profile cases of filicide (murder of a child by a parent) that may be miscarriages of justice.

Professor Roger Markwick

Professor Roger Markwick

Markwick is Professor of Modern European History, with particular expertise in Soviet and Russian history and historiography. His most recent research focuses on Soviet women in the Second World War. He has additional research interests in European fascism, genocide, and colonial settler states.

Associate Professor Lynne McCormack

Associate Professor Lynne McCormack is both a psychology clinician and a researcher with over 40 publications in the field of complex trauma and posttraumatic growth. Her therapeutic work has spanned over three decades primarily working with those exposed to complex high risk environments or political and family/childhood trauma.

Dr Kathleen McPhillips

Dr Kathleen McPhillips is a sociologist of religion and gender and has recently specialised in trauma studies. She is currently leading a research project into the Catholic Church and their participation in State Inquiries into child abuse. She has attended the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and is currently publishing in this area.

Lucinda Mithen

Lucinda is a new PhD candidate and full time academic.  She has an extensive background in Emergency Nursing and Critical Care Nursing with a special interest in triage and trauma care. After working for many years as a full time RN/CNS in several Emergency Departments she has gained a profound respect and admiration for our nurses working on the front line of health care.  In her experience, nurses have an incredible but poorly defined level of resilience unlike any other profession.  This has informed her interest in the well being of our nursing workforce.

Dr Kit Messham-Muir

Dr Kit Messham-Muir

Messham-Muir is an art theorist and museologist who researches the psychological and emotional dimensions of visualising war; imagery in warfare and terror.

Associate Professor Stefania Paolini

Stefania is a senior lecturer in social, cross-cultural, and Aboriginal psychology in the School of Psychology. Her ongoing research focuses on intergroup contact, the cognitive and affective bases of intergroup friendship and diversity, the motivational and affective predictors of people's willingness to engage in intergroup contact, intergroup emotions, intergroup anxiety, and their learning mechanisms; migrants' psychology; stereotype change and the effects of meta-cognitions on social judgment.

Dr Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen

Dr Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen

Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen is an ARC DECRA Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Violence, where she is researching the impact of World War Two on the theory and practice of psychiatry. Her current ARC-funded project, ‘Unquiet Minds: Psychiatry in World War Two and its aftermaths’, aims to provide the first comprehensive account of the consequences of that conflict for psychiatric theory and practice by focusing on the ways in which the stringencies of total war forged new patient cohorts on the battlefield and the home front and thus implicated psychiatry in the social and economic projects of the post-war world.

Professor Lyndall Ryan

Professor Lyndall Ryan

With a focus on massacre studies and in particular to the development of a coherent method to interrogate the disparate sources of frontier massacre, Ryan's work has resulted in significant conceptual advances in the study of the Australian frontier and the history of massacre.

Doctor Shigeru Sato

Dr Shigeru Sato

Sato's research focuses on civilians and war in Asia under the Japanese occupation during the Second World War. Japanese expansionism and its social and economic impact on other Asian countries, particularly Indonesia and Vietnam; Forced prostitution for the Japanese armed forces during WWII.

Dr Nisha Thapliyal

Nisha is a Lecturer in the School of Education. She comes to the field of Comparative and International Education from a background in Social Work (MA) and Psychology (BA). Herinterest in critical pedagogies and education for social justice grew out of her work with institutionalised children in India including street children, orphans, and so-called juvenile delinquents.

Adjunct Members

Associate Professor Candan Badem

Associate Professor
Department of History
Tunceli University
E: candanbadem@tunceli.edu.tr

Dr. Lance R. Blyth

Research Associate
Latin American and Iberian Institute
University of New Mexico

Professor Robert Cribb

Professor, School of Culture, History & Language
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
E: robert.cribb@anu.edu.au

Professor Joy Damousi

Professor of History
The University of Melbourne
E: j.damousi@unimelb.edu.au

Associate Professor Vesna Drapac

Associate Professor, School of History and Politics
The University of Adelaide
E: vesna.drapac@adelaide.edu.au

Associate Professor Penny Edmonds

Future Fellow in History
University of Tasmania
E: Penny.Edmonds@utas.edu.au

Associate Professor Robert Foster

Associate Professor, School of History and Politics
University of Adelaide
E: robert.foster@adelaide.edu.au

Associate Professor Kevin Foster

Head, Communications and Media Studies, School of English, Communications and Performance Studies
Monash University
E: Kevin.Foster@monash.edu

Dr Lisa Featherstone

Senior Lecturer in History
School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
University of Queensland

Professor Robin Gerster

Professor, School of English, Communications and Performance Studies
Monash University
E: robin.gerster@monash.edu

Professor Hélène Jaccomard

Professor
European Languages and Studies
The University of Western Australia
E: helene.jaccomard@uwa.edu.au

Associate Professor Anna Johnston

Associate Professor in English
University of Tasmania
E: Anna.Johnston@utas.edu.au

Professor Amanda Nettelbeck

Professor of English
The University of Adelaide
E: amanda.nettelbeck@adelaide.edu.au

Associate Professor Michael Ondaatje

Associate Professor of History
Australian Catholic University
E: Michael.Ondaatje@acu.edu.au

Hollie Pich

Postgraduate in History
University of Sydney
E: hollie.pich.232@gmail.com

Professor Hans Pols

Associate Professor in History
University of Sydney
E: hans.pols@sydney.edu.au

Dr Mitchell Rolls

Senior Lecturer and Co-director (Academic)
Riawunna, Centre for Aboriginal Studies, University of Tasmania
E: Mitchell.Rolls@utas.edu.au

Professor Tony Simoes da Silva

Head of the School of Humanities
Acting Head of the School of Creative Arts

College of Arts, Law and Education
Editor, JASAL
University of Tasmania
E: Tony.SimoesdaSilva@utas.edu.au