A/Pr Jayne Persian


A/Pr Jayne Persian
NameA/Pr Jayne Persian
Email Addressjayne.persian@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleAssociate Professor (History)
QualificationsPhD Sydney
DepartmentSchool of Humanities and Communication
AffiliationsCentre for Heritage and Culture
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0651-4099
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Biography

Jayne Persian is a historian predominantly of Central and Eastern Europe displaced persons, many of whom migrated to Australia in the post-war period. Co-Chief Investigator on a 2022-25 ARC Discovery Project: Russian Immigrants and Anti-Communism in Cold War Australia, 1946-1966. Author of Fascists in Exile: Postwar Displaced Persons in Australia (Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right, 2023). Author of Beautiful Balts: From Displaced Persons to New Australians (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-editor of Histories of Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Australia (Routledge, 2022). 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.

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Senior Lecturer, HistoryUniversity of Southern Queensland2016

Expertise

Australian history, migration history, displaced persons, oral history, memory and commemoration, diaspora, transnational history, social history, political history, cultural history, fascism, far right, Holocaust.

Teaching

HIS1000 World History to 1500CE

HIS1005 Introduction to Australian History

HIS2007 Private Lives, Public Histories

HIS3002 Total War: World War II and the Twentieth Century

HMT3002 Independent Study Project: History

Fields of Research

  • 430302. Australian history
  • 430308. European history (excl. British, classical Greek and Roman)
  • 430319. Migration history

Professional Membership

Professional MembershipYear
Australian Historical Association
Australian Migration History Network
Australasian Association for European History
International Australian Studies Association
PhD
Sydney
2011
Project titleDetailsYear
Russian Immigrants and Anti-Communism in Cold War Australia, 1946-1966ARC Discovery Project2022
Displacement and Resettlement: Russian and Russian-speaking Jewish displaced persons arriving in Australia via the ‘China’ route in the wake of the Second World WarARC Discovery Project2016

Australia is still reckoning with a shameful legacy: the resettlement of suspected war criminals after WWII

Persian, Jayne. 2024. "Australia is still reckoning with a shameful legacy: the resettlement of suspected war criminals after WWII." The Conversation.

Fascists in Exile: Post-War Displaced Persons in Australia

Persian, Jayne. 2023. Fascists in Exile: Post-War Displaced Persons in Australia. United Kingdom. Routledge.

Cruel Care: A History of Children at Our Borders by Jordana Silverstei

Persian, Jayne. 2023. "Cruel Care: A History of Children at Our Borders by Jordana Silverstei." Australian Historical Studies. 54 (4), pp. 846-847. https://doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2023.2261589

Far Right Security Risks? Deportations & Extradition requests of Displaced Persons 1947-1952

Persian, Jayne. 2023. "Far Right Security Risks? Deportations & Extradition requests of Displaced Persons 1947-1952." Balint, Ruth, Damousi, Joy and Fitzpatrick, Sheila (ed.) When Migrants Fail to Stay: New Histories on Departures and Migration. United Kingdom. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 51-66

Wogs as work: humour as ethnic entrepreneurship and convivial labour

Carniel, Jessica and Persian, Jayne. 2023. "Wogs as work: humour as ethnic entrepreneurship and convivial labour." Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. 37 (4), pp. 480-493. https://doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2023.2253382

Histories of Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Australia

Smith, Evan, Persian, Jayne and Fox, Vashti Jane (ed.) 2022. Histories of Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Australia. United Kingdom. Routledge.

European and Australian Fascisms: The Case of Ferenc Molnar and National Socialism in Cold War Australia

Smith, Evan and Persian, Jayne. 2022. "European and Australian Fascisms: The Case of Ferenc Molnar and National Socialism in Cold War Australia." Smith, Evan, Persian, Jayne and Fox, Vashti Jane (ed.) Histories of Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Australia. United Kingdom. Routledge. pp. 140-157

Introduction: Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Australian History

Smith, Evan, Persian Jayne and Fox, Vashti Jane. 2022. "Introduction: Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Australian History." Smith, Evan, Persian, Jayne and Fox, Vashti Jane (ed.) Histories of Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Australia. United Kingdom. Routledge. pp. 1-19

Ukraine’s fight for its identity is more than a century old – it is not about to stop

Persian, Jayne. 2022. "Ukraine’s fight for its identity is more than a century old – it is not about to stop." The Conversation.

European Post-War Migrants and Indigenous Australians: A History in Fragments

Persian, Jayne and Agutter, Karen. 2021. "European Post-War Migrants and Indigenous Australians: A History in Fragments." History Australia. 18 (1), pp. 112-129. https://doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2021.1878912

No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison

Persian, Jayne. 2020. "No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison." SITES: a Journal for South Pacific Cultural Studies. 17 (1).

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?

Tavan, Gwenda, 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.

Cossack identities: from Russian emigres and anti-soviet collaborators to displaced persons

Persian, Jayne. 2019. "Cossack identities: from Russian emigres and anti-soviet collaborators to displaced persons." Dellios, Alexandra (ed.) Memory and family in Australian refugee histories. Milton Park, United Kingdom. Routledge. pp. 47-64

'The Dirty Vat': European migration to Australia from Shanghai, 1946-47

Persian, Jayne. 2019. "'The Dirty Vat': European migration to Australia from Shanghai, 1946-47." Australian Historical Studies. 50 (1), pp. 21-40. https://doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2018.1551411

Review: James Hammerton, Migrants of the British Diaspora since the 1960s: Stories from Modern Nomads, Manchester University Press, 2017

Persian, Jayne. 2019. "Review: James Hammerton, Migrants of the British Diaspora since the 1960s: Stories from Modern Nomads, Manchester University Press, 2017." Oral History Australia Journal. 41, pp. 108-109.

Oral histories of displaced persons: what for? The story like mine's plenty now

Persian, Jayne. 2019. "Oral histories of displaced persons: what for? The story like mine's plenty now." Darian-Smith, Kate and Hamilton, Paula (ed.) Remembering migration: oral histories and heritage in Australia. Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 29-46

Introduction: museums and engagement in Queensland: critical contributions to the field

Stroja, Jessica and Persian, Jayne. 2018. "Introduction: museums and engagement in Queensland: critical contributions to the field." Queensland Review. 25 (2), pp. 187-190. https://doi.org/10.1017/qre.2018.23

Displaced persons in Queensland: Stuart migrant camp

Persian, Jayne. 2018. "Displaced persons in Queensland: Stuart migrant camp." Queensland Review. 25 (2), pp. 239-251. https://doi.org/10.1017/qre.2018.27

Cossack identities: from Russian emigres and anti-Soviet collaborators to displaced persons

Persian, Jayne. 2018. "Cossack identities: from Russian emigres and anti-Soviet collaborators to displaced persons." Immigrants and Minorities. 36 (2), pp. 125-142. https://doi.org/10.1080/02619288.2018.1471856

Histories of controversies: Bonegilla migrant centre

Persian, Jayne. 2018. "Histories of controversies: Bonegilla migrant centre." Australian Historical Studies. 49 (2), pp. 281-282. https://doi.org/10.1080/1031461X.2018.1454277

Review: Melanie Ilic and Dalia Leinarte (eds), The Soviet past in the post-Socialist present: methodology and ethics in Russian, Baltic and Central European oral history and memory studies, Routledge Approaches to History, Routledge, 2016. 257 pages. ISBN (hbk) 9781138933453.

Persian, Jayne. 2017. "Review: Melanie Ilic and Dalia Leinarte (eds), The Soviet past in the post-Socialist present: methodology and ethics in Russian, Baltic and Central European oral history and memory studies, Routledge Approaches to History, Routledge, 2016. 257 pages. ISBN (hbk) 9781138933453." Studies in Oral History.

Displaced persons (1947-1952) in Australia: memory in autobiography

Persian, Jayne. 2017. "Displaced persons (1947-1952) in Australia: memory in autobiography." Arthur, Paul Longley (ed.) Migrant nation: Australian culture, society and identity. London, United Kingdom. Anthem Press. pp. 151-175

Beautiful balts: from displaced persons to new Australians

Persian, Jayne. 2017. Beautiful balts: from displaced persons to new Australians. Sydney, Australia. NewSouth Publishing.

Vladimír Ležák-Borin: Cold War warrior

Persian, Jayne. 2017. "Vladimír Ležák-Borin: Cold War warrior." Baker, Dallas John, Brien, Donna Lee and Sulway, Nike (ed.) Recovering history through fact and fiction: forgotten lives. Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 78-87

'Boat people': the long history of immigration in Australia

Persian, Jayne and Matthew, Kate. 2016. "'Boat people': the long history of immigration in Australia." Journal of Australian Studies. 40 (4), pp. 385-386. https://doi.org/10.1080/14443058.2016.1226924

M. James Penton: Apocalypse delayed: the story of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Persian, Jayne. 2016. "M. James Penton: Apocalypse delayed: the story of Jehovah’s Witnesses." Journal of Religious History. 40 (3), pp. 444-445. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9809.12370

A timely history

Persian, Jayne. 2016. "A timely history." History Australia. 13 (2), pp. 312-313.

Jehovah's Witness hierarchy means child sex abuse goes unreported

Persian, Jayne. 2015. "Jehovah's Witness hierarchy means child sex abuse goes unreported." The Conversation. 5 August 2015, pp. 1-3.

'Chifley liked them Blond': DP immigrants for Australia

Persian, Jayne. 2015. "'Chifley liked them Blond': DP immigrants for Australia." History Australia. 12 (2), pp. 80-101. https://doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2015.11668571

Tracing family with the Australian Red Cross - then and now

Balint, Ruth and Persian, Jayne. 2015. "Tracing family with the Australian Red Cross - then and now." The Conversation. 27 January 2015, pp. 1-3.

Hope: refugees and their supporters in Australia since 1947 by Ann-Mari Jordens

Persian, Jayne. 2013. "Hope: refugees and their supporters in Australia since 1947 by Ann-Mari Jordens." Labour History: a journal of labour and social history.

Displaced persons and the politics of international categorisation(s)

Persian, Jayne. 2012. "Displaced persons and the politics of international categorisation(s)." Australian Journal of Politics and History. 58 (4), pp. 481-496. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8497.2012.01648.x

Bonegilla: a failed narrative

Persian, Jayne. 2012. "Bonegilla: a failed narrative." History Australia. 9 (1), pp. 64-83. https://doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2012.11668403