• Joy Damousi
  • fellow
  • Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2004
  • Section: History

  • Biography:
  • Joy Damousi is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Melbourne. She was elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2004 and to Council in 2016 and is currently the President. She is a member of the Academy's History Section, of which she was the Head 2008–11. She was also a member of the Academy's Awards Committee 2012-17.

    Joy is a graduate of La Trobe University where she completed her BA(Hons) and the ANU where she undertook her doctoral research. She is currently a Professor of History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Between 2002-04 she was the Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts with the University of Melbourne, and is Chair of the Arts and Education panel of the University's Human Research Ethics Committee.

    Her areas of publication include memory and the history of emotions, themes which she explored in The Labour of Loss: Mourning, Memory and Wartime Bereavement in Australia (Cambridge, 1999), Living with the Aftermath: Trauma, Nostalgia and Grief in Post-war Australia (Cambridge, 2001), collection of essays edited with Robert Reynolds, History on the Couch: Essays in History and Psychoanalysis (MUP, 2003), and Freud in the Antipodes: A Cultural History of Psychoanalysis in Australia (UNSW Press, 2005 and winner of the Ernest Scott Prize) and Colonial Voices: A Cultural History of English in Australia 1840-1940 (Cambridge, 2010). Her latest book is Memory and Migration in the Shadow of War: Australia's Greek Immigrants after World War II and the Greek Civil War (Cambridge, 2015).

    Her latest research is a history of child refugees, humanitarianism and internationalism from 1920 for which she was awarded an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship.

    With Philip Dwyer, she is the general editor of a four-volume World History of Violence (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2018). She is also currently the editor of the History Series for Melbourne University Press and has served as the chair of Humanities and Creative Arts panels of ERA and the ARC College of Experts.

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