Miss Emma Kluge

BA (Hons)
Junior Research Fellow, Laureate Program in International History: PhD Candiate


Biographical details

I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Sydney and a Junior Research Fellow with the ARC Laureate for International History. I am a historian of decolonization in the Pacific, international governance, and human rights. As part of my work with the Laureate I’m involved in a collaboration between the University of Sydney and University of Geneva, investigating the significance of 1919 and the creation of the League of Nations in Australia and the founding of the League internationally.I am currently in the final stages of completing my PhD thesis ‘Histories of West Papuan resistance and resilience’, which examines the strategies used by Papuan activists to launch an international campaign for decolonization at the United Nations between 1961 and 1969.My work sits at the intersection of Pacific History, decolonization and international history.

Research interests

Pacific History

History of Colonialism and Decolonisation

International History

Transnational History

Intellectual History

Human Rights

Australian History

Thesis work

Thesis title: Histories of West Papuan resistance and resilience

Supervisors: Chris HILLIARD , Sophie LOY-WILSON

Thesis abstract:

My thesis focuses on the West Papuan independence movement as it formed under the Dutch administration and then developed and transformed under the Indonesian government in the 1960s and 1970s. Through exploring the lives of West Papuans, I want to understand what contributed to the resilience of the independence movement and what can be learned from West Papuan activists.

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