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Dr Catherine Dewhirst

Dr Catherine Dewhirst
Name Catherine Dewhirst
Position Senior Lecturer (History)
Section School of Humanities and Communication
Office Q206
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1046
Extension 1046
Email
Qualifications DipCivFr Paris-Sorbonne , BA UNSW , GDipEd UNSW , MA UNSW , PhD QUT
Languages French (non accredited translator)
Italian (non accredited translator)
Homepage https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=XJabZ2cAAAAJ
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Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Historical Studies not elsewhere classified ( 210399 )
  • European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman) ( 210307 )
  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) ( 210303 )

Research interests
Australian and Italian migration histories
Imperialism, diaspora and transnational histories
Migrant newspapers and community-building
European and world histories
Women's history / gender relations
Historiography
Family history / biography

Professional memberships
Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS)
Australian Historical Association (AHA)
Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS)
Dante Alighieri Society, Brisbane
International Australian Studies Association (InASA)

Industry affiliations
Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS) Management Committee (Queensland Representative):
http://www.acis.org.au/
Australian Historical Association (AHA) 2019 Conference Principal Convenor:
https://www.theaha.org.au/

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)
  • Centre for Heritage and Culture (CHC)

Currently teaching courses/programs
HIS1115 Legal History
HIS2103 World History since 1500 CE
HIS3004 Approaches to History
HIS3005 Europe: History of an Idea
HIS5115 Advanced Legal History
HIS8005 Duties to Rights: Women's European History

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
22 Years

Teaching experience(Other)
4 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Principal Convenor and Chair of Organising Committee, ‘Local Communities, Global Networks’, Australian Historical Association 38th Annual Conference, USQ Toowoomba (8-12 July, 2019) 2016-current.

Co-founder and Chair of panels, ‘The Jo-Anne Diggan Prize’ (Essay/Creative Work Competition), Australasian Centre for Italian Studies, 2015, 2017, 2019.

Principal Convenor, ‘Voices of the Australian Migrant and Minority Press: Intercultural, Transnational and Diasporic Contexts’ Conference, USQ Toowoomba (21-23 November, 2017), 2016-2017.

USQ Bellmaine French Appreciation Travelling Scholarship Panel member, 2016-2018.

USQ Acting Bachelor of Arts Program Joint Co-ordinator (six months), 2014, 2018.

USQ Multicultural Staff Network member, Toowoomba, 2009-2013.

USQ Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Committee member, 2008-2013.

USQ Faculty of Arts Research and Research Degrees Committee member, 2007-2013.

‘The British World’ Conference co-convenor, USQ Toowoomba (2-5 July, 2012) 2011-2012.

USQ Faculty of Arts Research Seminar Series co-ordinator, Toowoomba, 2009-2012.

USQ School of Humanities and Communication Management Committee member, 2006-2012.

Convenor (Principal), ‘150 Years of Italians in Queensland’, Symposium, Queensland Sesquicentennial Celebrations, Brisbane (17 October, 2009), 2009.

Co-convenor, USQ ‘From Augustine to Anglicanism’ Conference, USQ and St Francis’ Theological College, Brisbane (12-14 February, 2010), 2009.

USQ Library DiReCt Committee member, 2009.

USQ ‘Legacies ’09’ Conference Local Working Party member, Toowoomba (13-14 February, 2009), 2008-2009.

Local Working Party member, 4th Biennial ACIS Conference Conference, Griffith University, Brisbane (10-13 July, 2007), 2006-2007.

Research most recent
Catherine Dewhirst, Claire Kennedy and Sam Ragonesi, ‘Italian-Australian Internment Life Stories: Recapturing Salvatore Ragonesi between the Public Record and Family Memories’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 66, no. 2, 2020 [forthcoming] Status: Scimago H Index 20, Q1 (History); ISSN 0049-9522.

Catherine Dewhirst, ‘Colonising Italians: Italian Imperialism and Agricultural ‘Colonies’ in Australia, 1881-1914’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 44, no. 1, 2016, pp. 23-47. Status: Scimago H Index 23, Q1 (History); ISSN 0308-6534.

Catherine Dewhirst, ‘The ‘Southern Question’ in Australia: The 1925 Royal Commission’s Racialisation of Southern Italians’, Queensland History Journal, vol. 22, no. 4, February, 2014, pp. 316-332. Status: Refereed journal article (formerly ‘B’ ranked; official journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland); ISSN 1836-5477.

Catherine Dewhirst, ‘Letters to the Editor: The ‘awkward truths’ in Australia’s Italian Migration History, 1900-1915’, in Christian Thorsten Callisen (ed.), From Bruni to Windschuttle: Essays in Honour of Gary Ianziti, Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2014, pp. 161-177. Status: Refereed book chapter; ISBN 9781409457053.

Catherine Dewhirst, ‘The Anglo-Italian Treaty: Australia’s imperial obligations to Italian migrants, 1883-1940’, in Gianfranco Cresciani and Bruno Mascitelli (eds), Italy and Australia: An Asymmetrical Relationship, Ballarat, Vic: Connor Court Publishing, 2014, pp. 81-113. Status: Refereed book chapter; ISBN 9781925138023.

Catherine Dewhirst, ‘Lifting the Veil: Migrant Murder, a «madre italiana», and the Politics of Transnational Colonisation’, in Vincenzo Rosato (ed.), ‘150 years of our history: the pastoral care of Italians in the Americas’, Studi Emigrazione, anno XLVIII, no. 184, October-December, 2011, pp. 653-674. Status: Scimago H Index 10, Q3 (Arts & Humanities); ISSN 0039-2936.

Catherine Dewhirst, ‘Illustriousness in the Farmhouse Villa: Reading Virtue from a Flemish-Veronese Merchant Family’s History’, Parergon, vol. 28, no. 1, 2011, pp. 113-134. Status: Scimago H Index 8, Q4 (Arts & Humanities); ISSN 0313 6221.

Catherine Dewhirst, ‘Historical Turns in the Historiography of Italians in Queensland’, in Catherine Dewhirst, Claire Kennedy and Francesco Ricatti (eds), ‘150 Years of Italians in Queensland’, Spunti e Ricerche, vol. 24, 2009 (published in 2011), pp. 133-153. Status: Refereed journal article (formerly ‘B’ ranked); ISSN 0816 5432.

Catherine Dewhirst, ‘Collaborating on whiteness: representing Italians in early White Australia’, Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 32, no. 1, March, 2008, pp. 33-49. Status: Scimago H Index 10, Q1 (History); ISSN 1444-3058.


Research most notable
The Ian Potter Foundation, Conference Grant for ‘Voices of the Australian Migrant and Minority Press: Intercultural, Transnational and Diasporic Contexts’ Conference, University of Southern Queensland, 21-24 November, 2017, 8 May, 2017.

USQ Office of Research Q1 Challenge award for Organisational Units showing a 10% increase in Q1 articles over 2016, award to the School of Arts and Communication research - contributing article, ‘Colonising Italians: Italian Imperialism and Agricultural ‘Colonies’ in Australia, 1881-1914’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 23 March, 2017.

USQ Office of Research Publication Excellence Award 2016, USQ School-Specific 2016 Publication Excellence Awards, Q1 Publication Challenge award in the School of Arts and Communication for ‘Colonising Italians: Italian Imperialism and Agricultural ‘Colonies’ in Australia, 1881-1914’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 5 April, 2017.

The John Barrett 2008 Honourable Mention citation for ‘Collaboration on Whiteness: Representing Italians in Early White Australia’, Journal of Australian Studies, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2008, pp. 33-49. Public commendation appeared in Journal of Australian Studies, Vol. 33, No. 3, September 2009, pp. 253-254.


Publications in ePrints

Dewhirst, Catherine ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5278-0075 (2016) Colonising Italians: Italian imperialism and agricultural ‘colonies’ in Australia, 1881–1914. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 44 (1). pp. 23-47. ISSN 0308-6534

Girola, Stefano and Dewhirst, CatherineORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5278-0075 (2015) Italians. In: We are Queenslanders: contemporary multicultural tapestry of peoples. Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 165-173. ISBN 07-7242-2800-4

Dewhirst, Catherine ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5278-0075 (2014) Ilma Martinuzzi O’Brien (edited and annotated), The internment diaries of Mario Sardi [Book review]. Queensland Review, 21 (1). pp. 112-114. ISSN 1321-8166

Dewhirst, Catherine ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5278-0075 (2014) Letters to the Editor: the 'awkward truths' in Australia's Italian migration history, 1900-1915. In: Reading and writing history from Bruni to Windschuttle: essays in honour of Gary Ianziti. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, Surrey. United Kingdom, pp. 161-177. ISBN 978-1-40945705-3

Dewhirst, Catherine ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5278-0075 (2014) The Anglo-Italian Treaty: Australia’s imperial obligations to Italian migrants, 1883-1940. In: Italy and Australia: an asymmetrical relationship. Connor Court Publishing, Ballarat, Australia, pp. 81-113. ISBN 9781925138023

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Historical Studies not elsewhere classified ( 210399 )
  • European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman) ( 210307 )
  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) ( 210303 )