Organising Committee

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Dr Ruth Balint is an Associate Professor in History at UNSW Sydney. She writes and teaches about histories of  migration, refugees and the family. Her forthcoming book, Destination Elsewhere: Displaced Persons and their Quest to Leave Europe After 1945, is published with Cornell University Press (2021).  

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Michelle Bootcov is a UNSW PhD candidate, researching the twentieth-century history of viral hepatitis. She obtained a PhD in molecular immunology in 1994 and subsequently worked in corporate technology for two decades before returning to UNSW to complete a BA and Honours in History (2018).  

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Professor Lisa Ford is a legal historian of the British Empire and the early national United States in the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW Sydney.  

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Associate Professor Alison Holland specialises in twentieth century Australian and Indigenous History in the Department of History and Archaeology at Macquarie University.

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Dr Georgia McWhinney is an Honorary Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of History and Archaeology at Macquarie University, and social media coordinator and NSW Branch Vice President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine. Her work examines the intersections between medicine, the vernacular, and the British imperial world.

Naomi Parkinson

Naomi Parkinson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UNSW (Sydney). Her work examines slavery and its aftermath in the British Empire. She is at work on a book that examines contests for political rights in the post-emancipation British Empire (1830-1866) and is co-authoring a book on Royal Commissions of Inquiry (1818-1835). 

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Johanna Perheentupa is a historian lecturing in Indigenous Studies at UNSW Sydney. Her research centres on First Nation rights and self-determination, and the engagement of settler-colonial government with Indigenous peoples in Australia. 

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Dr Zora Simic is a Senior Lecturer in History and Gender Studies, and Convenor of History and Area Studies, in the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW Sydney. She is a scholar of 20th century Australian cultural and social history and has published widely on histories of feminism and migration.