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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.

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Professor Christoph Antons

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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Dr Kit Candlin

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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'.

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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.

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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.

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