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Biography

Christina Twomey is a Professor of History, and current Head of the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies. A former ARC Future Fellow, she is also Director of the Faculty of Arts Focus Program in Global Connections and Violence (2016-20). Her research focuses on histories of humanitarianism and the cultural history of war, with a particular interest in imprisonment and internment, and the photography of atrocity.

Christina is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. She is currently on the Executive Committee of the Australian Historical Association. in 2012, Christina was the Distinguished Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at the University of Copenhagen. From 2012-15, she was Co-Editor, with Professor Catharine Coleborne, of Australian Historical Studies.

Christina is a prize-winning historian of nineteenth and twentieth-century Australia. Her latest book is The Battle Within: POWs in post-war Australia (2018), She co-authored with Mark Peel A History of Australia (2011: 2nd Edition, 2017). Her book Australia's Forgotten Prisoners: Civilians Interned by the Japanese in World War Two (2007) won a 2008 NSW Premier's HIstory prize. In 2009, she was awarded the Frederick Watson Fellowship by the National Archives of Australia. Christina's first book, Deserted and Destitute: Motherhood, Wife Desertion and Colonial Welfare (2002), was the recipieint of an AHA/National Centenary of Federation prize, and published the results of her PhD research into gender and welfare in colonial Victoria. 

 

 

Keywords

  • 20th Century Australian History
  • Gender and Welfare
  • Australian Cultural and Social History
  • Humanitarianism
  • Cultural and Social History of War
  • Photography of Atrocity
  • War and Australian Society
  • Internment and Detention
  • Pacific War
  • Prisoners of War

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Projects 2004 2019

Research Output 1997 2018

A History of Australia

Twomey, C. L. & Peel, M. A., 2018, 2 ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 308 p. (Palgrave Essential Histories)

Research output: Book/ReportBookOtherpeer-review

Bring the Family: Australia's Overseas Military Communities and Regional Engagement, 1945-1988.

Twomey, C. L., Jul 2018, Beyond Combat: Australian Military Activity Away from the Battlefield. Moss, T. & Richardson, T. (eds.). Sydney NSW Australia: New South Books, p. 10-28 28 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Peace in our region: prisoners of war and Australia's relationship with Japan 1945-1960

Twomey, C. L., 2018, Civil Society and Postwar Pacific Basin Reconciliation: Wounds, Scars, and Healing. Claremont, Y. (ed.). Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 59-73 15 p. (Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Protecting slaves and aborigines: The legacies of European colonialism in the british empire

Twomey, C. L., Feb 2018, In : Pacific Historical Review. 87, 1, p. 10-29 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Protection: Global genealogies, local practices

Twomey, C. L. & Ellinghaus, K., Feb 2018, In : Pacific Historical Review. 87, 1, p. 2-9 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Prizes

Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia

Christina Twomey (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Election to learned society

Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities

Christina Twomey (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Election to learned society

Frederick Watson Fellowship

Christina Twomey (Recipient), 1 Jan 2010

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

NSW Premier's History Award

Christina Twomey (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2012 2019

The Writers' Stories

Christina Twomey (Contributor)
6 Apr 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Telling the Truth or Telling History?

Christina Twomey (Contributor)
6 Apr 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Annual Anniversary Address, Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial

Christina Twomey (Contributor)
3 Feb 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

The Battle Within

Christina Twomey (Contributor)
8 Apr 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

The legacy of captivity in postwar Australia

Christina Twomey (Contributor)
20 Apr 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Press / Media

Prisoners of War and the Battle Within

Christina Twomey

25/04/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

What is the Commonwealth of Nations?

Christina Twomey

16/04/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

What I Wish I'd Known: Academic Jobs

Christina Twomey

26/03/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The Battle Within: POWs in Postwar Australia

Christina Twomey

13/03/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

War's Long Shadow

Christina Twomey

8/03/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities