Specialisation: Histories of humanitarianism, gender and empire, internationalism and interwar Australia, critics of settler colonialism
Professor FIONA PAISLEY is a cultural historian in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, Griffith University, Brisbane. Professor Paisley researches histories of humanitarianism and internationalism in the interwar years, transnational histories of gender and empire, and critiques of settler colonialism. She is currently working on sites of everyday internationalism in Australia during the first half of the twentieth century; transnational religious networks and liberal cosmopolitanisms within and beyond empire; how anti-slavery and Indigenous rights discourses were mobilised by humanitarian and Aboriginal rights networks in Australia and Britain from the 1920s to the 1950s; and what the Pan-Pacific in the 1930s can reveal about Australia’s role in the modernisation of colonialism through educational reform.
Australian Historical Association, Head of History
Haggis, Jane, Margaret Allen and Fiona Paisley, Beyond Empire: Transnational religious networks and liberal cosmopolitanisms, ARC Discovery Grant 2017-2019
Paisley, Fiona, Jane Lydon, and Jennifer Burn, ‘Anti-Slavery and Australia: Humanitarianism and Popular Culture from 1860 to the Present’, ARC Discovery Grant 2014-2016
Paisley, Fiona, ‘Worldly Encounters: Australian Internationalists and the Future of World Civilization in the Twentieth Century Pan-Pacific’, ARC Discovery Grant 2013-2014
Susan Magarey Medal for Biography 2014 awarded to The Lone Protestor
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Grant, Canberra, 2007 for ‘Anthony Martin Fernando: Aboriginal Internationalist, Activist, and Traveller in Early Twentieth Century and Interwar Europe’
ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship, ANU, 1999 -2001
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, ANU, 1998
McLeod, Julie and Fiona Paisley, ‘The Modernization of Colonialism and the Educability of the “Native”: Transpacific Knowledge Networks and Education in the Interwar Years’, History of Education Quarterly, 56:3 (2016): 473-502.
Paisley, Fiona, ‘Applied Anthropology and Interwar Internationalism: Felix and Marie Keesing and the (White) Future of the ‘Native’ Pan-Pacific, Journal of Pacific History 50:3 (2015): 304-321.
Paisley, Fiona, ‘An Echo of Black Slavery: Emancipation, Forced Labour and Australia in 1933’, Australian Historical Studies 45:1 (2014): 103-125.
Paisley, Fiona, The Lone Protestor: AM Fernando in Australia and Europe Aboriginal Studies, Press, 2012
Paisley, Fiona, Glamour in the Pacific: Cultural Internationalism and Race Politics in the Women’s Pan-Pacific University of Hawaii Press, 2009.
Email: f.paisley [at] griffith.edu.au