School of History Seminar Week 10: Panel Discussion: The Work of Professor Joy Damousi

Frank Bongiorno: Labour, Social History and Psychoanalysis
Angela Woollacott: Gender
Joan Beaumont: War
Amanda Laugesen: Language and Sound
Nicholas Brown: Immigration




Professor Joy Damousi

Joy Damousi, the Allan Martin Lecturer for 2016, is one of Australia’s leading social and cultural historians, with a large and diverse body of work to her credit. This panel of historians from the Australian National University, where Professor Damousi completed her doctoral studies in the 1980s in the History Pro- gram of the Research School of Social Sciences, will consider her wide-ranging contribution to Australian historiography and the writing of history in Australia. After preliminary commentary from panel members, the session will open to general discussion. Professor Damousi will then be invited to respond.

Professor Joy Damousi is Australian Research Council Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow and Professor of History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. She is the author of numerous books, including Women Come Rally: Socialism, Communism and Gender in Australia 1890-1955 (Oxford, 1994); Depraved and Disorderly: Female Convicts, Sexuality and Gender in Colonial Australia (Cambridge, 1997); The Labour of Loss: Mourning, Memory and Wartime Bereavement in Australia (Cambridge, 1999); Living with the Aftermath: Trauma, Nostalgia and Grief in Post-war Australia (Cambridge, 2001); Freud in the Antipodes: A Cultural History of Psychoanalysis in Australia (UNSW Press, 2005; winner of the Ernest Scott Prize); and Colonial Voices: A Cultural History of English in Australia 1840-1940 (Cambridge, 2010). With Philip Dwyer she is the general editor of the four volume World History of Violence, due to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. Damousi is also currently the editor of the History series for Melbourne University Press. Her current research focuses on war, trauma and post-war Greek migration to Australia; sound and the two world wars; and child refugees and war.

Following the discussion, speakers and audience members are invited to informal drinks at University House.

Date & time

Wed 04 May 2016, 4.15–5.30pm


McDonald Room, Menzies Library ANU

Event series


School of History


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