Dr Mary Tomsic - Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


I am a cultural historian and a Research Fellow in the Centre for Refugees, Migration, and Humanitarian Studies. I have supervised postgraduate students researching the areas of Australian history focusing on refugee children; masculinity and war; inner-urban counter culture; and the gendered nature of political power and leadership. My honours supervisions have covered areas including women's history, gender and war, nursing and war, Australian cinema, gay and lesbian histories and migration history.


Phone :03 9230 8754 (Melbourne)
Email :mary.tomsic@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Forced Migration and Displacement ; Gender History ; Visual cultures ; History of Childhood ; Filmmaking and Film Culture ; Australian History ; Cultural history ; History of Sexualities ; Social and Cultural History of Australia ; Film and History ; History and Memory ;

Methods Expertise

archival research ; Qualitative Research ; Cultural History ; digital history ; Feminist Analysis ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


'Never forget that this happened': Remembering and Forgetting Violence (co-authored with Joy Damousi and Jordana Silverstein), in The Cambridge World History of Violence Volume 4, 1800 to the Present.


'I feel I am at the stage now of really learning something': Esma Banner post-WWII migration worker and photographer, in Australian Journal of Politics and History, Special Issue Refugees: Past and Present

Children's art: histories and cultural meanings of creative expression by displaced children (co-authored with Claire Deery), in Children's Voices in the Past: New Historical Perspectives

Feminist films on women's experiences of violence, in Gender & Violence in Australia: Historical Perspectives

Creating 'them' and 'us': The educational framing of picture books to teach about forced displacement and today's 'refugee crisis', in History of Education Review


The politics of picture books: Stories of displaced children in 21st century Australia, in History Australia

Sharing a personal past: #iwasarefugee #iamarefugee on Instagram, in Visualising Human Rights


'Happiness again': photographing and narrating the arrival of Hungarian child refugees and their families 1956-1957, in The History of the Family

Beyond the Silver Screen, A History of Women, Filmmaking and Film Culture in Australia 1920-1990