About Associate Professor Judith Keene

Associate Professor Judith Keene’s research interests include: War and peace in the twentieth century; Spanish civil war; prisoners of war; bodies and warfare; European movements of the Extreme Right; and European cinema.

Associate Professor Judith Keene's research and teaching interests are in twentieth century European cultural and political history with a particular interest in inter-war Europe and European cinema. She teaches senior and junior units of study on European history. In recent years she has taught units on Fascism and Anti-Fascism; the Spanish Civil War and European Film and History.

Current projects
Associate Professor Keene completed a study (funded by the Australian Research Council from 2001 to 2004) on the Englishman John Amery executed as a traitor in London at the end of the Second World War for broadcasting for the Axis, and on his contemporaries, Charles Cousens and Iva Toguri, tried respectively in Sydney and San Francisco for broadcasting over Radio Tokyo during the Pacific War.

Associate Professor Keene also has a research project on the foreign diplomatic corps in Madrid during World War Two (funded by a University of Sydney Sesqui-Centenary Research and Development Grant). For preliminary work on this subject see Estudios de Historia Iberoamericana II, (2004).

Areas of research supervision

  • Twentieth century European cultural and political history
  • Inter-war Europe
  • European cinema
For more details see: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/history/staff/profiles/keene.shtml

Selected publications


Treason on the Airwaves: John Amery, Charles Cousens and “Tokyo Rose”; Allied Broadcasters of Axis Radio in World War Two
. Westport, Conn: Praeger International, 2009.

A una milla de Huesca: Diario de una enfermera Australiana en la Guerra civil española, with V'ctor Pardo Lancina. Zaragoza: Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza, 2005.

Luchando por Franco: Volontarios europeos al servicio de la España fascistas, 1936- 1939, Barcelona: Salvat, 2002.

Fighting for Franco: International Volunteers in Nationalist Spain during the Spanish Civil War. London: Leicester University Press; New York, Continuum, 2001

Last Mile to Huesca: An Australian Nurse in the Spanish Civil War. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 1988

Articles and Book Chapters

'Bodily Matters Above and Below Ground: The Treatment of American Remains from the Korean War" The Public Historian V 32, No 1, February 2010, [forthcoming]

"Fighting for God, for Franco and (most of all) for Themselves: Right Wing Volunteeers in the Spanish Civil War", in War Volunteering in Modern Times, (Basingstoke, Palgrave, [forthcoming 2010]

"Unearthing the Past: The Role of Historical Memory in the Spanish Civil War", in Kiwi Compañeros: New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War edited by Mark Derby, Canterbury: University of Canterbury Press, 2009, 255- 268.

"Turning Memories into History in the Spanish Year of Historical Memory," Journal of Contemporary History 42 (October 2007): 661-73.

"A la recerca de la vida a Acràcia.Un anarquista català a Austràlia," El Contemporani, 33-34 (gener-desembre 2007): 85-99