1. Melissa Afentoulis

    ‘Migration from Limnos to Australia: Re-discovering Identity, Belonging and “Home”‘ (PhD in History, 2019). This doctoral dissertation is a case study of migrants coming to Australia in the period 1950s–1970s, from Limnos (otherwise known as Lemnos), an Aegean island of Greece. The thesis explores intergenerational migration experiences by interrogating emerging themes that arise in the […]

  2. Rustam Alexander

    ‘Homosexuality in the USSR, 1956–82’ (PhD in History, 2018). This thesis investigates the history of debates on homosexuality in the Soviet Union under Khrushchev and Brezhnev. Drawing on a range of hitherto unexplored archival and other sources I demonstrate that there was a lively discussion on the subject among various Soviet experts during this period. […]

  3. Ross Barham

    ‘Davidson’s Objective — Language and The Concept of Objectivity’ (PhD in Philosophy, 2018). This thesis critically examines Donald Davidson’s claim that language plays a non-trivial role in explaining possession of the concept of objectivity. After showing that a priori arguments do not establish this claim, different versions of Davidson’s triangulation argument are developed and found […]

  4. Nicholas Barthel De Weydenthal

    ‘Risk and Organisation in Emergency and Environmental Management: A Philosophical and Ethnographic Investigation’ (PhD in History & Philosophy of Science, 2019). This thesis presents a novel analytic to studying the organisation of emergency and environmental management, namely by way of risk and its practices. It critically examines, situates, and problematises the concept of risk. Diagnosing […]

  5. Jennifer Bowen

    ‘A Clamour of Voices: Negotiations of Power and Purpose in Australian Spoken-word Radio from 1924 to 1942′ (PhD in History, 2019). This thesis views the history of early radio in Australia through the prism of its spoken-word output to argue that broadcasting was shaped not just by commercial interests and government bodies but also by […]

  6. Shane Cahill

    ‘Visions of a Mutual Pacific Destiny: The Japan-Australia Society, 1896–1942’ (PhD in History, 2019). This thesis examined the Japan-Australia Society from its 1928 founding until 1941. Uncovering the role of the leading citizens in business, academia, and conservative politics who formed its membership, the thesis showed that a significant segment of Australians accommodated Japan’s militarism […]

  7. Bren Carlill

    ‘An Impossible Peace?: A Re-Examination of the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute’ (PhD in History, 2019). This work argues that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute consists of multiple conflicts, and that each of these conflicts are one of two distinct types of conflict, either ‘territorial’ or ‘existential’. It discusses why many parties to and observers of the dispute are unaware […]

  8. Andrea Cleland

    ‘The Pear Tree: Family Narratives of Post-War Greek Macedonian Migration to Australia’ (PhD in History, 2019). This thesis examined how migrants who left Florina, Greece, in the 1950s–1960s remember, narrate and transmit experiences of migration, and how complex ideas of home and identity have been mediated across three generations. Drawing on oral history interviews, it […]

  9. Sarah Craze

    ‘Somali Piracy as a Manifestation of State Failure: A Historical Context for Somali Piracy and its Suppression‘ (PhD in History, 2019). This thesis establishes the Somali piracy epidemic of 2008–2012 as a conflict between how Somalis perceived their own sovereign authority and the rules of centralised state norms established by the international community. I argue […]

  10. Alex Elliott

    ‘The Later Roman Naval Forces of the Northern Frontier, 3rd–5th Centuries CE’ (MA in Classics & Archaeology, 2019). This MA thesis provides an overview of the existence, distribution, and function of naval forces operating along the Northern Frontier of the Roman Empire from the third to fifth centuries CE. Despite the vast amount of research […]

  11. Emily Fitzgerald

    ‘”That Great Country to Which We Must Constantly Look”: Australia and the United States in the Development of Australian Federation’ (PhD in History, 2018). This thesis examined Australian federation in the context of Australian-United States relations, particularly the influence of the US on the development of the Australian Constitution in the 1890s, and placed Australian […]

  12. Xavier Fowler

    ‘Sport and the Australian War Effort during the First World War: Concord and Conflict’ (PhD in History, 2018). With concerns surrounding national security emerging from 1900 onward ideas surrounding the playing of sport as a preparation for warfare became common. The outbreak of war in 1914 oversaw the variable explosion of this connection between playing […]

  13. David Henry

    ‘Creating Space to Listen: Museums, Participation and Intercultural Dialogue’ (PhD in History, 2019). This thesis examined the emergence, practice, and social meaning of intercultural dialogue as participatory practice in museums. I based my research on a project I worked on at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum called Talking Difference, which invited participants to record video questions and […]

  14. Mike Jones

    ‘Documenting Artefacts and Archives in the Relational Museum’ (PhD in History, 2019). This cross-disciplinary thesis explores the history of archives and collections description in contemporary museums, with a particular focus on the mid-1960s to the present. Looking at changing technologies through case studies including Museums Victoria and comparative Australian, American and British institutions, it examines […]

  15. Max Kaiser

    ‘Between Nationalism and Assimilation: Jewish Antifascism in Australia in the Late 1940s and Early 1950s‘ (PhD in History, 2019). This thesis argues that Jewish antifascism was a major political and cultural force in Australian Jewish communities in the 1940s and early 1950s. It charts the emergence of a non-nationalist and anti-assimilationist Australian Jewish antifascist political […]

  16. Niro Kandasamy

    ‘The Craft of Belonging: Exploring the Resettlement Experiences of Young Tamil Survivors of Sri Lanka’s Civil War‘ (PhD in History, 2019). Belonging and memory, shaped by social and political conditions of civil war and forced migration, are the central themes of this thesis, which explores the life stories of 36 young Tamil people who arrived […]

  17. Jean McBain

    ‘Liberty, Licentiousness and Libel: The London Newspaper 1695–1742’ (PhD in History, 2019). Press freedom is a principle that has been contested throughout its history. Western democracies hold the liberty of expression dear, and valorise the press as an essential check upon government. But, in the contemporary era, ‘free speech’ and ‘the free press’ are often […]

  18. Tessa Leach

    ‘Anthropomorphic Machines: Alien Sensation and Experience in Nonhumans Created to Be Like Us’ (PhD in History & Philosophy of Science, 2018). This thesis is positioned at the intersection of technology studies and the nonhuman turn in the humanities. It argues that typical approaches to the study of technology omit any consideration of the alien nature […]

  19. Xavier Ma

    ‘Ground for Knowing: Minerals, Mining Science and the Making of Modern China’s Territory (1860–1937)’ (PhD in History, 2018). The thesis uses mining science (kuangxue) to examine the relationship between science and socio-cultural change in late Qing and early Republican China (1860–1937). It explores the ways in which the theoretical and applied knowledge of minerals and […]

  20. Mia Martin Hobbs

    ‘Nostalgia and the Warzone Home: American and Australian Veterans Return to Việt Nam, 1981–2016′ (PhD in History, 2018). From 1981 to 2016, thousands of Australian and American veterans returned to Việt Nam. In this comparative oral history investigation, I examine why veterans returned and how they reacted to the people and places of Việt Nam—their former enemies, allies, […]

  21. Iain McIntyre

    ‘Tree-sits, Barricades and Lock-ons: Obstructive Direct Action and the History of the Environmental Movement, 1979–1990′ (PhD in History, 2018). During the 1980s the protection of bio-diverse places became a major global issue. In part this resulted from efforts by Indigenous people in a variety of countries to protect and reclaim territories. Challenges to dominant practices […]

  22. Fallon Mody

    ‘Doctors Down Under: European Medical Migrants in Victoria (Australia), 1930–60′ (PhD in History & Philosophy of Science, 2019). The middle of the twentieth-century saw an unprecedented mass relocation of medical practitioners – through forced migration, military service, and as economic migrants. Between 1930 and 1960, over three thousand medical migrants – that is, overseas-trained medical […]

  23. Toby Nash

    ‘At Water’s Edge: Empire, Disorder, and Commerce on the Docks in British America, 1714–1774’ (MA in History, 2018). Early modern British imperial commerce focused its trading operations upon the orderly extraction of wealth from its colonies. This thesis argues that a key area of this process was the urban waterfront sector in its Atlantic port […]

  24. Daniel Nellor

    ‘The Mattering of Others and the Possibility of Politics’ (PhD in Philosophy, 2019). This thesis asks how our thinking about politics might be informed by a particular approach to thinking about morality. I begin by arguing that the moral mattering of others is something that is encountered in the world, and not the conclusion of […]

  25. Salman Panahy

    ‘A Justification for Deduction and Its Puzzling Corollary’ (PhD in Philosophy, 2019). This thesis examines how deduction is analytic and, at the same time, informative. The first two chapters are dedicated to the justification of deduction. This justification is circular, but not trivially circular as not every rule can be justified circularly. Moreover, deductive rules […]

  26. Michael Plater

    ‘Jack the Ripper: The Divided Self and the Alien Other in Late-Victorian Culture and Society’ (PhD in History & Philosophy of Science, 2019). This thesis examines late nineteenth-century public and media representations of the infamous ‘Jack the Ripper’ murders of 1888. Focusing on two of the most popular theories of the day – Jack as […]

  27. Emily Poelina-Hunter

    ‘Cycladic Sculptures Decorated with Abstract Painted Motifs: Representations of Tattooing in the Prehistoric Aegean’ (PhD in Classics & Archaeology, 2019). In historical literature pertaining to Cycladic sculptures, several writers suggest that some of the painted motifs on the surface of these marble sculptures may represent tattoos. This thesis seeks to undertake the first systematic research […]

  28. Sonia Randhawa

    ‘Writing Women: The Women’s Pages of the Malay-Language Press, 1987–1998′ (PhD in History, 2019). This thesis investigates depictions of Malay-Muslim women in two Malay-language newspapers, contrasting the portrayals on the women’s pages with how women were depicted on the ‘malestream’ leader and religion pages. The period examined falls between two political storms, the Operasi Lallang […]

  29. Henry Reese

    ‘Colonial Soundscapes: A Cultural History of Sound Recording in Australia, 1880–1930‘ (PhD in History, 2019). ‘Colonial Soundscapes’ is the first cultural history of the early phonograph and gramophone in Australian settler society. Drawing on recent work in sound studies and the history of sound, Henry Reese conceives of the ‘talking machine’ as part of the […]

  30. Kate Rivington

    ‘“Our own worst enemy”: Southern Anti-Slavery Networks and Rhetoric in Early Republic and Antebellum America’ (MA in History, 2019). This thesis examines Southern-born anti-slavery activists. By analysing one hundred anti-slavery Southerners, this thesis illuminates a deeply interconnected network of anti-slavery that was not just limited to the South, but one that intersected with Northern anti-slavery […]

  31. Emma Shortis

    ‘Saving the Last Continent: Environmentalists, Celebrities and States in the Campaign for a World Park Antarctica, 1978–1991’ (PhD in History, 2019). Between 1978 and 1991, the global environmental movement achieved an unparalleled success: overturning a decision to introduce mining in Antarctica and instead securing a comprehensive environmental protection agreement for the entire continent. This study […]

  32. Eden Smith

    ‘The Structured Uses of Concepts as Tools: Comparing fMRI Experiments that Investigate either Mental Imagery or Hallucinations’ (PhD in History & Philosophy of Science, 2019). Sensations can occur in the absence of perception and yet be experienced ‘as if’ seen, heard, tasted, or otherwise perceived. Two concepts used to investigate types of these sensory-like mental […]

  33. Chad Stevenson

    ‘Playing the Hand You’re Dealt: Well-being and the Poker-Hand Account’ (MA in Philosophy, 2018). This thesis advances a novel theory of wellbeing called the poker-hand account. On this account, welfare is not one-dimensional (as is traditionally supposed) but two-dimensional. This bipartite model of welfare draws a distinction between how a person is ‘going’ (what states-of-affairs […]

  34. Shane Tas

    ‘Soma-Masculinities: Centring the Body within Studies of Masculinities’ (PhD in History, 2019). This thesis draws attention to a key blind spot in studies of masculinities and argue that bodies and embodiment must be brought into the frame in a more significant manner. In particular it considers the body through a number of case studies, including […]

  35. Sayad Sadra Zekrgoo

    ‘Persian Inks: A study on traditional writing matters used in Persia (15th–18th CE) through collection of recipes, historical reconstruction and non-invasive analysis of University of Melbourne’s Middle-Eastern manuscript collection’ (PhD in Cultural Materials Conservation, 2018). This thesis investigated optimum methods for the identification of different black inks used in Persia, mainly during the Safavid period […]

  36. Dan Zhao

    ‘Foreigners and Propaganda: War and Peace in the Imperial Images of Augustus and Qin Shi Huangdi’ (MA in Classics, 2018). This thesis explores the relationship between the portrayals of foreign peoples and concepts of ‘moral’ or ‘just’ warfare during the reigns of Augustus (r. 27 BCE–14 CE) and the first emperor of the Qin dynasty […]