Organising Committee

Sarah is a third year PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include material culture history and the history of the body, gender and sexuality in early modern Europe. Her current research examines the production, consumption and discourses generated around stiffened female undergarments – bodies, stays, busks, farthingales and bum rolls – in order to analyse the way that women, their bodies and concepts of femininity were understood, displayed, regulated and experienced in England from 1560-1680. Sarah Anne Bendall
Lucy is a second year MA candidate at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include visual and material culture, issues of likeness, self-presentation, gender, politics and the semantics of legitimacy in Late Medieval and Renaissance England and Italy. Her current research looks at the relationship between politics and visual culture in fifteenth century England and uses portraiture, ceremonial objects and performance to explore dialogues of power and legitimacy in the Wars of the Roses and the wider impact upon our understanding of kingship and governance in late medieval England. Lucy King
Emma is a first year PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include refugee history, colonial and post-colonial history and the history of Australia and Papua New Guinea. Her current research is focused on the West Papuan refugee crisis in Australian-administered Papua New Guinea from 1969-1973; examining the complex web of connections formed by refugee crises and the human scale of these interactions Emma Kluge
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Georgia is a third year PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. Her research explores the intersection between Fascist and postwar Italian history, politics and popular cinema. Specifically she examines the Italian comic film genre, La Commedia all’ Italiana, which was produced from the early 1960s to the late 1970s, exploring how this genre encapsulated and satirised the Fascist and postwar eras, thus exposing the prejudices, cultural binaries and institutions which define Italian society.

Georgia Lawrence-Doyle



Pamela is currently a PhD candidate in History, and studies American approaches to venereal disease management in different racial and cultural contexts in the first two decades of the 20th Century.  Her work looks at both military authorities and civilian onlookers as they voiced concerns about how the conduct of enlisted men abroad shaped American masculinities. Her research interests include late 19th Century purity and temperance movements, eugenics, history of medicine, and history of military health measures. Before coming to the University of Sydney Pamela taught History for several years at high schools in downtown Sydney and in suburban Boston. Pamela Maddox


Hollie Pich is a history PhD student at the University of Sydney on an Australian Postgraduate Award. Her doctoral thesis, Policing Jim Crow: Black Memphis and the Color Line, 1879-1940, examines how the Jim Crow system was ‘policed’ by white and black southerners. Hollie Pich


Ben is a third year PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. His research considers the town of Boston in the American Revolutionary War and its aftermath; he focuses on how the town negotiated tensions between a newly forming American identity and older local identities, while trying to serve the American cause and maintain its economic position in the Atlantic World. Benjamin Vine
Marama is a first year history PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. Her research is funded by an Australian Postgraduate Award and a University of Sydney Merit Award and explores attempts by female journalists in the United States to create a more inclusive media landscape in the post-World War II years. Marama is also a contributing editor at, where she writes on issues of feminism and diversity in popular culture. Marama Whyte

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Tiger Zhifu Li (李直夫) is a Masters student at the University of Sydney and is originally from Fushun, China. Tiger’s hometown, Fushun, was the birthplace of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), China’s last dynasty and hearing stories of the Qing Emperors as a boy sparked his interest in Qing history. Tiger’s current research looks at China’s diplomatic relations with Australia, New Zealand and Southern Pacific Islands between 1909 and 1949. His research interest is mainly on Qing history and Republic of China (1911-1949), with a particular interest on the late Qing history and early republic period, including Sino-Western relations. He is also interested in Chinese histories in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Tiger Zhifu Li

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