Dr Jayne Persian
|Position||Senior Lecturer (History)|
|Section||School of Humanities and Communication|
|Phone||+61 7 4631 2532|
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Jayne Persian is a historian of twentieth century Australian and international history. 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)
Australian history, migration history, displaced persons, oral history, memory and commemoration, diaspora, transnational history, social history, political history, cultural history.
Founder & Executive, Australian Migration History Network
Australian Historical Association
Oral History Association of Australia
Religious History Association (Australia)
State Library of Queensland, Fellowship & Literary Awards Judge 2019
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
Research most recent
'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/
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).
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 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 (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, Jayne 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 (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
Persian, Jayne (2019) Oral histories of displaced persons: what for? The story like mine's plenty now. In: Remembering migration: oral histories and heritage in Australia. Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Switzerland, pp. 29-46. ISBN 978-3-030-17750-8