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Dr Jayne Persian

Dr Jayne Persian
Name Jayne Persian
Position Lecturer (History)
Section School of Humanities and Communication
Office Q232
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 2532
Extension 2532
Qualifications PhD Sydney
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Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) ( 210303 )

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

Professional memberships
Australian Historical Association
Oral History Association of Australia
Religious History Association (Australia)

Industry affiliations
Co-founder and administrator, Australian Migration History Network Australian Migration History Network:

USQ Research affiliations

  • Centre for Heritage and Culture (CHC)

Currently teaching courses/programs
HIS1000 World History to 1500CE
HIS2000 Contemporary Australia
HMT3002 Independent Study Project: History
HMT4001 & HMT4002 Honours
HIS8002 Themes in Transnational History (Masters)

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
14 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Member, Research Committee
Coordinator, BAHN

Research most recent
Oral Histories of Displaced Persons: 'What For? The Story Like Mine's Plenty Now', in Remembering Migration: Oral Histories and Heritage in Australia (Routledge, 2019).

'Cossack Identities: From Russian Emigres and Anti-Soviet Collaborators to Displaced Persons', in Memory and Family in Australian Refugee Histories (Routledge, 2019).

'The Dirty Vat': European Migration to Australia from Shanghai, 1946-47', Australian Historical Studies, 50:1 (2019).

Research most notable
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 (2019) 'The Dirty Vat': European migration to Australia from Shanghai, 1946-47. Australian Historical Studies, 50 (1). pp. 21-40. ISSN 1031-461X

Persian, Jayne (2018) Cossack identities: from Russian émigrés and anti-Soviet collaborators to displaced persons. Immigrants & Minorities, 36 (2). pp. 125-142. ISSN 0261-9288

Persian, Jayne (2018) Displaced persons in Queensland: Stuart migrant camp. Queensland Review, 25 (2). pp. 239-251. ISSN 1321-8166

Stroja, Jessica and Persian, Jayne (2018) Introduction: museums and engagement in Queensland: critical contributions to the field. Queensland Review, 25 (2). pp. 187-190. ISSN 1321-8166

Persian, Jayne (2018) Review: Histories of controversies: Bonegilla migrant centre. Australian Historical Studies, 49 (2). pp. 281-282. ISSN 1031-461X

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) ( 210303 )

Research topics