PhD and Research Masters
Why a PhD or Research Masters in the History of Violence at Newcastle?
The University of Newcastle's School of Humanities and Social Science is home to the Centre for the History of Violence (CHOV).
PhD and Research Masters students who undertake projects with CHOV will benefit from the group's critical mass of established international researchers, who explore all aspects of the history of violence from the early modern modern era to the present.
We investigate violence across geographic regions and across time periods. Our common focus is to develop critical understandings of violence across cultures. In the process we seek to redefine how people understood violence and how people engaged with it at various times in human history.
Historical studies at Newcastle was rated 'Above World Standard' in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment conducted by the Australian Research Council (ARC).
What you can research
The history discipline at University of Newcastle has identified research strengths in the history of violence, but project enquiries are welcome for all related topics outlined by the supervisor's research areas below.
CHOV members apply a range of critical approaches to research from a number of theoretical perspectives. Research includes historical, comparative, and international work.
Find a supervisor
Before you apply, contact a supervisor for discussion on possible research projects. This will allow you to frame your proposal to align with established disciplines and areas of supervisor capacity.
- Professor Philip Dwyer – modern Europe, the massacre in history, cultural history, visual cultures, the civilian in war.
- Professor Hans-Lucas Kieser – the Ottoman world, and the Armenian genocide.
- Professor Roger Markwick – Russia and Europe, revolution, fascism, genocide, colonialism, war, and gender.
- Professor Lyndall Ryan – Australian history, frontier history and the massacre in history.
- Dr Kate Ariotti – war and society, prisoners of war, First World War, Australian history.
- Dr Tamara Blakemore – Child sexual abuse, interpersonal violence in young people.
- Dr Kit Candlin – Atlantic World history, North American history, gender, race and power.
- Dr Xanthé Mallett – True crime, gendered crimes, crime and the media.
- Dr Kathleen McPhillips – Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, sociological approaches to the study of trauma, cultural trauma, trauma and violence in religious organizations.
- Dr Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen - gender and war, wartime psychiatry, war memorialisation.
- Dr Shigeru Sato – Asian studies, Japanese studies.
Current graduate studies in the history of violence
Research projects being undertaken by research students in the area of violence studies at Newcastle include:
Valour Down Under: A Study in Commonwealth "Heroism" from the Boer War to Afghanistan.
Aboriginal / Settler Relations on the Central Coast of New South Wales 1788-1878.
Markos Carelos (PhD)
“Greek Political thought and the Treaty of Lausanne. 1914-1923.”
Jane Fitzgerald (PhD)
"Wild Humours" of the Common People: Emotions During the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, 1639-1653.
Sarah Kabanoff (PhD)
Creative Survival: What We Can Learn from Women Who Have Lived with Violence and How We Can Better Listen.
Ashleigh McIntyre (PhD)
What are You Afraid of? Pretraumatic American Literature in the Anthropocene.
Thomas Schmutz (PhD)
Violence, Intervention and Reform: Armenians, Jews and Asians Christians in Western Diplomacy, 1895-1917.
Caroline Schneider (PhD)
State Conducted Forcible Child Transfer: A Study of a Global Phenomenon from 1800 to the Present.
"Unprovoked Barbarity”: Kidnapping on Queensland’s Frontier, 1859 – 1897.
Muhammad Thalal (PhD)
Memory and Violence in Aceh during the Armed Conflict 1976 - 2005.
Peter Hooker (PhD)
From Ship to Cell: American Mariners, Captivity, and the Contestations of Culture and Identity in the Era of 1812
For more information about a PhD or Research Masters degree in History, visit the Faculty of Education and Arts PhD and Research Masters.