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Dr Jayne Persian

Dr Jayne Persian
Name Jayne Persian
Pronoun She/Her/Hers
Position Senior Lecturer (History)
Section School of Humanities and Communication
Office Q232
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 2532
Extension 2532
Email
Qualifications PhD Sydney
Homepage https://usq.academia.edu/JaynePersian
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Jayne Persian is a historian predominantly of Central and Eastern Europe displaced persons, many of whom migrated to Australia in the post-war period. Co-Chief Investigator on a 2022-25 ARC Discovery Project: Russian Immigrants and Anti-Communism in Cold War Australia, 1946-1966. Author of Beautiful Balts: From Displaced Persons to New Australians (Sydney: NewSouth Publishing, 2017), shortlisted for the Australian Historical Association's W. K. Hancock Prize 2018, the Prime Minister's Literary Awards Prize for Australian History 2018, and the Queensland Literary Awards USQ History Book Award 2018. Co-Chief Investigator on a 2016-19 ARC Discovery Project: Displacement and Resettlement: Russian and Russian-speaking Jewish displaced persons arriving in Australia via the ‘China’ route in the wake of the Second World War. Co-founder of Australian Migration History Network: amigrationhn.wordpress.com.

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) ( 210303 )
  • Australian History ( 430302 )
  • Historical Studies ( 430300 )
  • Migration History ( 430319 )
  • European History (excl. British ( 430308 )

Research interests
Australian history, migration history, displaced persons, oral history, memory and commemoration, diaspora, transnational history, social history, political history, cultural history.

Professional memberships
Founder & Executive, Australian Migration History Network
Australasian Association for European History
Australian Historical Association
International Australian Studies Association

Industry affiliations
Editorial Committee, Polish Museum and Archives Australia
Working Party, Australian Dictionary of Biography
State Library of Queensland, Fellowship & Literary Awards Judge

USQ Research affiliations

  • Centre for Heritage and Culture (CHC)

Currently teaching courses/programs
HIS1000 World History to 1500CE
HIS1001 Australian Colonies to Federation, 1788-1901
HIS2000 Contemporary Australia
HIS3002 The Twentieth Century
HMT3002 Independent Study Project: History
I am able to supervise postgraduate projects in Australian history, migration history, displaced persons, oral history, memory and commemoration, diaspora, transnational history, social history, political history, cultural history, religious history.

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
17 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Associate Head (Research, with Dr Barbara Ryan)

Research most recent
'Ukraine's Fight for Its Identity Is More Than a Century Old - It Is Not About to Stop', The Conversation (2022), https://theconversation.com/ukraines-fight-for-its-identity-is-more-than-a-century-old-it-is-not-about-to-stop-179303

'European Post-War Migrants and Indigenous Australians: A History in Fragments', with Karen Agutter, History Australia, 18:1 (2021).

'Australian Immigration & Covid-19', with Gwenda Tavan & Justine Greenwood, Australian Policy & History (2020), https://aph.org.au/2020/09/the-department-of-immigration-was-central-to-australias-post-world-war-ii-recovery-what-role-might-it-play-in-australias-recovery-from-covid-19/


Research most notable
2022-25 ARC Discovery Project: Russian Immigrants and Anti-Communism in Cold War Australia, 1946-1966 with Assoc. Prof. Ruth Balint (UNSW), Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick (ACU), Professor Phillip Deery (VU).

Beautiful Balts: From Displaced Persons to New Australians (Sydney: UNSW Press , June 2017), shortlisted for the Australian Historical Association's W. K. Hancock Prize 2018, the Prime Minister's Literary Awards Prize for Australian History 2018 and the Queensland Literary Awards USQ History Book Award 2018.

2016-19 ARC Discovery Project: Displacement and Resettlement: Russian and Russian-speaking Jewish displaced persons arriving in Australia via the ‘China’ route in the wake of the Second World War, with Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick (USyd) and Dr Ruth Balint (UNSW).


Publications in ePrints

Persian, Jayne ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0651-4099 (2022) Ukraine’s fight for its identity is more than a century old – it is not about to stop. The Conversation. pp. 1-4.

Persian, Jayne ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0651-4099 and Agutter, Karen (2021) European Post-War Migrants and Indigenous Australians: A History in Fragments. History Australia, 18 (1). pp. 112-129. ISSN 1449-0854

Persian, Jayne ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0651-4099 (2020) No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison. Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, 17 (1). ISSN 0112-5990

Tavan, Gwenda and Persian, JayneORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0651-4099 and Greenwood, Justine (2020) The Department of Immigration was central to Australia's post-World War II recovery. What role might it play in Australia's recovery from COVID 19? Australian Policy and History (September 7, 2020).

Persian, Jayne ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0651-4099 (2019) Cossack identities: from Russian emigres and anti-soviet collaborators to displaced persons. In: Memory and family in Australian refugee histories. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Milton Park, United Kingdom, pp. 47-64. ISBN 978-0-367-33258-7

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Research supervisor in the area of:

  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) ( 210303 )
  • Australian History ( 430302 )
  • Historical Studies ( 430300 )
  • Migration History ( 430319 )
  • European History (excl. British ( 430308 )


Research topics