PROF Joy Damousi

PROF Joy Damousi


  • Australian cultural history
  • Feminist history
  • History of emotions
  • Intellectual history
  • Labour history
  • War and memory



  • Joy Damousi is Professor of History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. She is the author of numerous books which include 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); Freud in the Antipodes: A Cultural History of Psychoanalysis in Australia (UNSW Press, 2005; winner of the Ernest Scott Prize) and Colonial Voices: A Cultural History of English in Australia 1840-1940 (Cambridge 2010). With Philip Dwyer she is the general editor of a four volume World History of Violence, due to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. She is also currently the editor of the History series for Melbourne University Press. Her current research includes war, trauma and post-war Greek migration to Australia; sound and the two world wars; and child refugees and war.   


Member of

  • Gender and History (journal). Editorial Board Member 2007 -
  • History Council of Victoria. Member of Association 2006 -
  • Women's History Review (journal). Editor 2005 -
  • Labour History (Australia, journal). Editorial Board Member 2001 -
  • Australian Historical Association (AHA). Member of Executive (200-2002) Editor of AHA twice yearly Bulletin 2000 -


Selected publications


Investigator on


Education and training

  • PhD, The Australian National University 1988
  • BA, La Trobe University 1983

Awards and honors

  • Ernest Scott Prize for 'Freud in the Antipodes: A Cultureal History of Psychoanalysis in Australia' (UMSW Press) 2006, Australian Historical Association, 2006
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2004
  • Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2004


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