School of Humanities


Many overseas speakers will present papers at the Australasian Association for European History Conference in Perth in July.

Omer Bartov

Omer Bartov is the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History and Professor of German Studies at Brown University. He is the prize-winning author of many books, the most recent of which is Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine (Princeton University Press, 2007), and has major claims to being the best regarded authority in the world on the history of the Holocaust.

Guido Bonsaver

Guido Bonsaver is a fellow of Pembroke College and university lecturer in Italian studies at the University of Oxford. He is an authority on the cultural history of fascism. His most recent book is Censorship and Literature in Fascist Italy (Toronto University Press, 2007).

Mary Bosworth

Mary Bosworth is a fellow of St Cross College and Reader in Criminology in the law faculty of the University of Oxford. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Western Australia. She is the editor-in-chief of the journal, Theoretical Criminology. Bosworth's latest book is Explaining U.S. imprisonment (Los Angeles: Sage, 2010). Her new research is focused on understanding immigration detention in the UK and elsewhere.

Patrick Cavaliere

Patrick Cavaliere is professor of history at Laurentian University. His most recent book is Il Diritto penale politico in Italia dallo Stato liberale allo Stato totalitario: storia delle ideologie penalistiche tra istituzioni e interpretazioni (Rome: Aracne, 2008).

Patricia Clavin

Patricia Clavin is a fellow of Jesus College and university lecturer in modern history at the University of Oxford. She focuses on the history of international relations in the period between 1918 and 1960, with a special interest in the history of economic cooperation, the League of Nations and the foreign policies of Britain, the United States of America and Germany. Her most recent book is Bread and Butter Internationalism: The League of Nations and the World Economy, 1919-1946 (Oxford University Press, 2008).

Paul Corner

Paul Corner is professor of European history at the University of Siena. His research has focused on Fascist tyranny in Italy. His most recent book is his edited collection Popular Opinion in Totalitarian Regimes: Fascism, Nazism, Communism (Oxford University Press, 2009).

John Dickie

John Dickie is Professor of Italian Studies at University College London. Among his publications are the following: Darkest Italy. The nation and stereotypes of the Mezzogiorno, 1860-1900 (1999); Disastro! Disasters in Italy since 1860. Politics, culture, society, (edited with John Foot and Frank Snowden, 2002); Cosa Nostra. A History of the Sicilian Mafia (2004). Cosa Nostra has been translated into 21 languages and has sold over 750,000 copies. In June 2011 he published Blood Brotherhoods, a parallel history of the Sicilian mafia, the Neapolitan camorra, and the Calabrian 'ndrangheta from their origins until the fall of Fascism.

Frances Flanagan

Frances Flanagan did her undergraduate work at the University of Western Australia. She obtained her D.Phil. in modern Irish history from the University of Oxford in 2010. Her thesis was entitled 'Your Dream Not Mine: Nationalist Disillusionment and the Memory of Revolution in the Irish Free State'. She holds a Leverhulme post doc and is a lecturer at Birkbeck.

Jürgen Förster

Jürgen Förster worked on the crimes of the Wehrmacht long before this field of research became fashionable. The author of three books on the history of the Wehrmacht, the police, and the SS, he also co-authored the pathbreaking fourth volume of Das Deutsche Reich und der Zweite Weltkrieg (published in English as The Attack on the Soviet Union by Oxford University Press in 1998), as well as countless articles on German military history. Based at the Military History Research Institute (then in Freiburg, now in Potsdam), Förster has taught at the University of Freiburg, Free University of Berlin, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ohio State University, Arizona State University, the University of Glasgow, and the University of Melbourne.

Mia Fuller

Mia Fuller is Associate professor of Italian studies at the University of California (Berkeley). Currently, she is preparing an ethnographic, architectural, and oral-historical study of the 'New Towns' built in 1930s Italy. Her most recent book is Moderns Abroad: Architecture, Cities, and Italian Imperialism (New York: Routledge, 2006).

Dick Geary

Dick Geary has recently retired as professor of history at Nottingham University. He has published widely on modern German and working class history, with a new interest in labour and slavery in Brazil.

Robert Gerwarth

Robert Gerwarth is professor of history and director of the Centre for War Studies at University College, Dublin. He is the author of many books on modern German history, including a prize-winning study of the myth of Bismarck. His biography of Heydrich is due for publication with Yale University Press in early 2011, as is an edited collection with David Bloxham, Modernity and Destruction: Political Violence in Europe's Long Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press).

Austin Harrington

Austin Harrington is currently based at the Max-Weber-Kolleg fur kultur und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien at the University of Erfurt in Germany, and is also Reader in Sociology at Leeds University. He has published widely on religion and social theory and on German intellectual history. His most recent research focuses on ideas of Europe and Europeanism in the thought of German liberal cosmopolitan intellectuals from the years of the Weimar Republic.

Reto Hofman

Reto Hofman did his undergraduate work at the University of Western Australia. He recently earned his PhD from Columbia University where he is now Interact Postdoctoral Fellow 2010–2011 at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. Hofmann specializes in modern Japanese political and cultural history, with wider interests in twentieth-century Asia and Europe, especially fascism and dictatorship, war and occupation, and political thought.

Ken Ishida

Ken Ishida is Japan's leading historian of modern Italy and presently professor and dean in the Department of Law, Faculty of Law and Economics at Chiba University. He is the author of many books and articles. His work has focused on fascism, both Italian and comparative, and, most recently, on the post-war constitutions in the defeated states after 1945. Other research interests include the history of the League of Nations and the UN.

Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson is Reader in International History at the University of Aberystwyth. He is the co-editor of the journal, Intelligence and National Security, and works on the history of international relations, the role of intelligence in international politics and the history of French foreign and security policy. A book on Politics, Culture and the Security of France, 1914-1932 will appear in early 2011.

David Laven

David Laven was born into the purple as the son of a UWA historian who worked on the Renaissance and Middle Ages in Italy. However, David's family returned to England when he was a boy and he was educated there. He presently teaches Italian studies at Manchester University. His most recent book is Venice and Venetia under the Habsburgs 1815-1835 (Oxford University Press). His new history of Italy 1700-1870 is due to appear with the same publishers in 2011.

John Mackenzie

John Mackenzie is Emeritus Professor at the University of Lancaster. He has been at the centre the renewal of British imperial history since the 1980s. His acclaimed publications include the ground-breaking Propaganda and Empire (Manchester, 1984), The Empire of Nature (Manchester, 1988), Orientalism, History, Theory and the Arts (Manchester, 1995) and Museums and Empire (Manchester, 2009).

Patrick Major

Patrick Major is professor of history at Reading University. His research focuses on the Germanies after 1945, film and cultural history. His most recent book is The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall: A Concrete History (Oxford University Press, 2009).

David Marples

David Marples is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of History and Classics and Director of the Stasiuk Program for the Study of Contemporary Ukraine, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta. His most recent book is Heroes and Villains: Creating National History in Contemporary Ukraine (New York: Central European University Press, 2007). He continues to work on wartime memory in the successor states of the USSR.

Ben Mercer

Ben Mercer is assistant professor of European history at City University of New York, Staten Island. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Western Australia. He earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a comparative study of German, French and Italian universities in 1968.

David Ritter

David Ritter is an Australian polymath and currently Head of Biodiversity Campaigns at Greenpeace UK in London, previously having been one of Australia's leading Indigenous land rights lawyers. He is the author of numerous essays, articles and reviews in law, history, politics and current affairs. His most recent book is Contesting Native Title (Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 2009). He did his undergraduate work at the University of Western Australia and has been a visiting professor at the UWA Law School.

Ritchie Robertson

Ritchie Robertson is fellow of St. John's College and Taylor Professor of German at the University of Oxford, co-director of the Oxford Kafka Research Centre, and was the Germanic Editor of The Modern Language Review from 2000–2010. He has published extensively on the work of Franz Kafka and Heinrich Heine, Austrian literature, and the Enlightenment as an international movement. His most recent book is Mock-Epic Poetry from Pope to Heine (Oxford University Press, 2010). Current and future projects include a study of Schiller and conspiracy, and a history of the Austrian Enlightenment and the survival of its ideals down to the twentieth century.

Nathan Stoltzfus

Nathan Stoltzfus is associate professor of History at Florida State University. His first book, Resistance of the Heart: intermarriage and the Rosenstrasse protest in Nazi Germany (New York: W.W. Norton, 1993) was the co-winner of the Fraenkel prize that year. His most recent book, jointly edited with Henry Friedlander is Nazi crimes and the law (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Carlo Spagnolo

Carlo Spagnolo is Lecturer in Contemporary History at the Aldo Moro University of Bari. He is Director of the Association for the Study of the History of European integration in Southern Italy. His publications include La stabilizzazione incompiuta. Il Piano Marshall in Italia (1947-1952) (Rome, Carocci, 2001) and Sul Memoriale di Yalta. Togliatti e la crisi del movimento comunista internazionale (1956-1964) (Rome, Carocci, 2007).

Andreas Theophanous

Andreas Theophanous is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Nicosia, Director of the Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs (former Research Center – Intercollege) and Head of the Department of European Studies and International Relations, University of Nicosia. He has published numerous articles on economic and political issues, organized several international symposia / conferences, and has been in charge of a number of research projects. He is also the author and co-editor of several books on political and economic issues relating to Cyprus, the European Union and the broader Eastern Mediterranean region. His latest book (in Greek) entitled Cyprus, the EU and the Stakes Involved: Accession to the EU and the Solution (to the Cyprus Problem), was published in December 2006 (Papazisis Press, Athens). His latest co-edited book (with Y. Tirkides) entitled Reflections on the Relations between Britain and the Republic of Cyprus and the case of the British Sovereign Base Areas, was published in August 2007 (Intercollege Press, Nicosia).

Edward Timms

Edward Timms is research professor and was long director of the centre of German-Jewish studies at Sussex University. He is best known for his research on the Jewish contribution to twentieth-century Austrian culture and for a case study of Karl Kraus, while he has also researched the history and nature of psycho-analysis. His most recent book is Nationalist Myths and Modern Media (London: I B Tauris, 2006).

Nicola Tranfaglia

Nicola Tranfaglia is one of Italy's most prolific and well regarded contemporary historians, a professor at Turin and a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. Among his most recent books are Anatomia dell'Italia repubblicana (Milan: Passigli, 2010); Populismo autoritario: autobiografia di una nazione (Milan: B.C. Dalai, 2010) and Alberto Pirelli (1882-1971): la politica attraverso l'economia (Turin: Einaudi, 2010).

Joan Tumblety

Joan Tumblety is a prize-winning lecturer in history at the University of Southampton. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Western Australia. She works on many aspects of modern French social, cultural and sporting history, and is co-editor of the journal, Modern and Contemporary France.

Michael Wintle

Michael Wintle is professor of Modern European History at the University of Amsterdam where he teaches in the degree programs in European Studies. His most recent book is The Image of Europe: Visualizing Europe in Cartography and Iconography throughout the Ages (Cambridge University Press, 2009).


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