Dr Jayne Persian

BA UOW PhD Sydney
ARC Research Associate

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The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

Awarded my PhD from the University of Sydney in 2011, I am an ARC Research Associate on the project War and Displacement: From the Soviet Union to Australia in the Wake of the Second World War (Professors Sheila Fitzpatrick and Mark Edele). My research on Displaced Persons (1947-1952) focuses on the political, cultural and social history of the 170,000 ‘Displaced Persons’ – predominantly Central and Eastern Europeans – who arrived in Australia as International Refugee Organisation (IRO)-sponsored refugees.

Research interests

  • Displaced Persons
  • Migration and Diaspora
  • Cold War history
  • Australian history
  • Memory and Commemoration
  • Cultural history
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses

Selected grants

2012

  • Calwell, Chifley and Displaced Persons (1947-1949): ‘New Australians’; Persian J; Museum of Australian Democracy/Fellowship.

2010

  • Australian Policy and History; Persian J; Copyright Agency Limited/Research Grant.

2009

  • Australian Historical Association; Persian J; Copyright Agency Limited/Conference Mentoring Scheme.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Persian, J., Jordens, A. (2013). Hope: Refugees and their Supporters in Australia since 1947 by Ann-Mari Jordens. Labour History (Australia), November 2013(105).
  • Persian, J. (2012). Bonegilla: A Failed Narrative. History Australia, 9(1), 64-83.
  • Persian, J. (2012). Displaced Persons and the Politics of International Categorisation(s). Australian Journal of Politics and History, 58(4), 481-496. [More Information]
  • Persian, J. (2008). 'A National Nuisance': The Banning of Jehovah's Witnesses in Australia in 1941. Flinders Journal of History and Politics, 25, 4-16.

Conferences

  • Persian, J. (2013). Calwell, Chifley and Displaced Persons (1947-1949): 'New Australians'. Museum of Australian Democracy, Fellows Seminar, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, ACT, Australia.
  • Persian, J. (2012). Displaced Persons in Australia (1947-1952): Memory in Autobiography. Framing Lives, 8th Biennial International Auto/Biography Association (IABA) Conference, Canberra, Australia.
  • Persian, J., Balint, D., Simic, Z. (2012). Displaced Persons in Australia: Memory in Autobiography [Panel Presentation]. Australian Historical Association Conference 2012, University of Adelaide, SA, Australia.
  • Persian, J. (2011). 'People with Problems': Displaced Persons (at the Edge). Australian Historical Association Conference 2011, University of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
  • Persian, J., Carr, R. (2010). 'Public Memory and Public Relations Surrounding Australia's Post-War Resettlement and Safe Haven Programs'. Australian Historical Association Conference 2010, University of Western Australia, WA, Australia.
  • Persian, J. (2010). Displaced Persons:'Stateless, Homeless, and Helpless'. The Third International History Postgraduate Intensive 2010, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • Persian, J. (2009). Displaced Persons and Public Memory: Reception Training Centres and Holding Camps as Memory Sites. Public Memory Research Centre Conference 2009, University of Queensland, QLD, Australia.
  • Persian, J. (2009). Displaced Persons: The Construction and Presentation of DP History. Australian Historical Association Conference 2009, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia.
  • Persian, J. (2008). Displaced Persons and Public Memory: Bonegilla as a Memory Site. Postgraduate History Conference 2008, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

2013

  • Persian, J. (2013). Calwell, Chifley and Displaced Persons (1947-1949): 'New Australians'. Museum of Australian Democracy, Fellows Seminar, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, ACT, Australia.
  • Persian, J., Jordens, A. (2013). Hope: Refugees and their Supporters in Australia since 1947 by Ann-Mari Jordens. Labour History (Australia), November 2013(105).

2012

  • Persian, J. (2012). Bonegilla: A Failed Narrative. History Australia, 9(1), 64-83.
  • Persian, J. (2012). Displaced Persons and the Politics of International Categorisation(s). Australian Journal of Politics and History, 58(4), 481-496. [More Information]
  • Persian, J. (2012). Displaced Persons in Australia (1947-1952): Memory in Autobiography. Framing Lives, 8th Biennial International Auto/Biography Association (IABA) Conference, Canberra, Australia.
  • Persian, J., Balint, D., Simic, Z. (2012). Displaced Persons in Australia: Memory in Autobiography [Panel Presentation]. Australian Historical Association Conference 2012, University of Adelaide, SA, Australia.

2011

  • Persian, J. (2011). 'People with Problems': Displaced Persons (at the Edge). Australian Historical Association Conference 2011, University of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.

2010

  • Persian, J., Carr, R. (2010). 'Public Memory and Public Relations Surrounding Australia's Post-War Resettlement and Safe Haven Programs'. Australian Historical Association Conference 2010, University of Western Australia, WA, Australia.
  • Persian, J. (2010). Displaced Persons:'Stateless, Homeless, and Helpless'. The Third International History Postgraduate Intensive 2010, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

2009

  • Persian, J. (2009). Displaced Persons and Public Memory: Reception Training Centres and Holding Camps as Memory Sites. Public Memory Research Centre Conference 2009, University of Queensland, QLD, Australia.
  • Persian, J. (2009). Displaced Persons: The Construction and Presentation of DP History. Australian Historical Association Conference 2009, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia.

2008

  • Persian, J. (2008). 'A National Nuisance': The Banning of Jehovah's Witnesses in Australia in 1941. Flinders Journal of History and Politics, 25, 4-16.
  • Persian, J. (2008). Displaced Persons and Public Memory: Bonegilla as a Memory Site. Postgraduate History Conference 2008, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

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