Detention of asylum-seekers, the Holocaust, German Army war crimes, Nazism and Stalinist genocide are some of the topics to be presented by six top historians and social scientists at a major international conference at The University of Western Australia from 11 - 14 July.
Two UWA-authored scholarly books will be launched at the conference. They are UWA Winthrop Professor Richard Bosworth's Whispering City: Rome and its Histories (Yale University Press 2011) and UWA Associate Professor Mark Edele's Stalinist Society 1928-1953 (Oxford University Press 2011).
Whispering City weaves Rome's quintessential figures - Garibaldi, Pius XII, Mussolini and Berlusconi - and architectural icons with the forgotten and unknown to reveal the Eternal City's many historical meanings.
Stalinist Society gives a fresh analytical overview using declassified archives, interviews, memoirs and personal diaries.
They will be launched by UWA Arts/Law graduate Dr Frances Flanagan of Birkbeck College, University of London. Dr Flanagan's research interests are in the history and cultures of activist organisations (including Irish nationalist, human rights, humanitarian, environmental and Indigenous organisations), the memory of war and political violence in the twentieth century, the history of emotions, transitional justice and the uses of the law as a response to historic wrongs.
The renowned historians are:
UWA's School of Humanities in collaboration with UWA's Institute of Advanced Studies and the Faculty of Arts at Murdoch University will host the Australian Association for European History's 22nd conference, War and peace, barbarism and civilisation in modern Europe and its empires, from 11 - 14 July.
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