Associate Professor Andrekos Varnava

Associate Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Sciences South (318)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Associate Professor Andrekos Varnava, FRHistS, was born (1979) and raised in Melbourne to Cypriot-born parents, obtained his BA(Honours) from Monash University (2001) and his PhD (2006) from the University of Melbourne. He is the author of two books in the Studies in Imperialism Series, Manchester University Press: Serving the Empire in the Great War: The Cypriot Mule Corps, Imperial Loyalty and Silenced Memory (2017) and British Imperialism in Cyprus, 1878-1915: The Inconsequential Possession (2009; paperback 2012). He has edited/co-edited six volumes: The Great War and the British Empire: Culture and Society (Routledge, 2017); Australia and the Great War: Identity, Memory, Mythology (Melbourne University Press, 2016); Imperial Expectations and Realities: El Dorados, Utopias and Dystopias (Manchester University Press, 2015); The Archbishops of Cyprus in the Modern Age: The Changing Role of the Archbishop-Ethnarch, their Identities and Politics (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013); The Minorities of Cyprus: Development Patterns and the Identity of the Internal-Exclusion (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009); and Reunifying Cyprus: The Annan Plan and Beyond (I.B. Tauris, 2009; paperback 2011). Additionally, he has co-edited a special issue of Itinerario, 38(3), 2014. He has published many book chapters and articles in major journals, including English Historical Review(2017), The Historical Journal(2014), Journal of Modern History(2018), Historical Research(2014 & 2017), War in History(2012, 2015, 2016), Itinerario(2014), Britain and the World(2017) and First World War Studies(2017), with others forthcoming in Social History of Medicine(2019) and Contemporary British History(2020). He previously worked at the European University-Cyprus (Sept 2006-Jan 2009).

Andrekos is also a poet, publishing his first collection, 'In the Aviary of Youthful Freedom', in 2015. Here he recites a new poem, 'Of Mules and Men', about Serving the Empire.


PhD (in History), University of Melbourne, August 2006.

BA (Honours First Class), Monash University, November 2001.

Honours, awards and grants

2018-20: ARC DP180102200, A/Professor Andrekos Varnava (Lead CI); E/P Eric Richards (CI); A/P Marinella Marmo (CI); Dr Anastasia Dukova (PI - Griffith University), titled: 'Managing migrants and border control in Britain and Australia, 1901-1981', $206,531. Dr Evan Smith is a Research Fellow on the project. Sadly Professor Richards died in September 2018. Dr Andonis Piperoglou (PI) joined the eam in January 2019. Here is our website.

2018-: Honorary Professor, De Monfort University, Leicester, England.

2016: Flinders Research Grant (Faculty) New Project, $8,300, titled: 'The Colonial Origins of Refugee Exclusion: Russian and Armenian Refugees in British Cyprus in the 1920s'

2016: Flinders Research Grant (Faculty) Modified Project, $11,765, titled 'Betrayed Promises: Allied Imperialism, Humanitarianism and the Armenians'

2014: Elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society, UK (FRHistS).

2014: Flinders Research Grant (Faculty) New Project, $6,000 (with Evan Smith), titled: 'Monitoring a "suspect community" in the UK: The colonialist origins of the national/border security nexus and interwar London's Cypriot community'.

2012: Visiting Professor, Bogazici University, June-August 2012

2012: Australian Academy of the Humanities Travelling Fellowship, $2,500, titled: 'British Imperialism in Cyprus and the First World War, 1915-1925'.

2009: Flinders Research Scheme (Faculty) New Project, $4,000, titled: 'The Establishment of the Legion d'Orient in October 1916'.

2003: A.G. Leventis Foundation Grant, $US3,500

2003: Postgraduate Overseas Research Scholarship, University of Melbourne, $3,000

2002: PhD Fieldwork Grant, University of Melbourne, $2,000

2002-5: Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)

2000: Monash Travel Abroad Grant, $1,000

Key responsibilities


Research Section Head for History and Archaeology and member of College Research Committee

Member of BA Course Advisory Committee, 2016-


History Honours Coordinator, 2010-8

Coordinator of the Flinders History Research Seminar Series, 2016-8

History Director of Studies, 2016-8

Book reviews editor for History Australia, 2016-8

Research interests

My research generally falls under the umbrella of imperial/colonial, war/conflict and migration histories and can be subdivided into these categories:

1. British (and to a less extent French) engagement with the former Ottoman lands in the Near/Middle East, particularly the Cypriot (1878-1960) and Armenian people (1878-1924), during the 19th and 20th Centuries.

2. Historical and contemporary themes relating to modern Cyprus, 1815-today.

3. Themes in comparative imperialism, such as El Dorado, utopias, dystopias, liberal imperialism, civil-military relations, public health, and colonial careerism.

4. Themes in migration histories, such as 'suspect communities', surveillance of migrants, immigration controls and migration from the British Mediterranean Empire to the UK and the Empire.

5. Music biography and protests songs, namely relating to Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens).

I am also working on edited volumes with Associate Professor Richard Scully, UNE, on Cartoons and Empire and with Professor Philip Payton, Flinders, on immigration histories in Australia.

To access my publications visit Dr Andrekos Varnava on

For my book series visit Cyprus Historical and Contemporary Studies, Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Completed Honours Supervisions:

2018: Yianni Cartledge, 'From Classical to Christian: The Chios Massacre (1822) and its effects on British Attitudes towards the Greeks during the Greek War of Independence'.H1

2018: Connor Douglas, 'The Germ Warfare Controversy in the Korean War and Australian-US Relations'.H2B

2015: Tim Mansueto, 'The Minimum-range of Civil War: The Case of Cyprus, 1963-67'.H1

2015: Ellen Whitton, 'Deconstructing and Analysing Film as a Historical Resource'.H1

2014: Casey Raeside, 'The Fourth Estate, War and Democracy: The Case of the Second Afghan War'.H2A

2013: Kieran Mortimer-Murphy, 'French Non-Involvement in the British Occupation of Egypt in 1882'.H2A

2012: Chloe Ward, 'British War-time Propaganda and the Russian Woman'.H1

Teaching interests

Imperialism and colonialism; the rise and fall of the British empire; war and society in the modern world; the Great War; the history of terrorism; genocide and ethnic cleansing; the Ottoman Empire; the modern Mediterranean; the Armenian Genocide; the Cyprus 'problem'.

Topic coordinator
HIST2014 War and Society in the Modern World
HIST2002 The Rise of Britannia's Empire and the Colonial Experience
HIST3004 The Fall of Britannia's Empire and the Postcolonial Experience
HIST2043 Terrorism and Society in Modern Europe
HIST1704 History's Killing Fields
HIST7055 Historical Practice
Topic lecturer
HIST7006 Making Histories
HIST1704 History's Killing Fields
Supervisory interests
Armenian genocide
British Imperialism
British imperial expansion and decolonisation
Cyprus problem
European imperial expansion and decolonisation
First World War in the Near and Middle East
History, British Empire
History, Cyprus 1191-present
History, Middle Eastern history of cultural, linguistic and religious minorities
History, Ottoman Empire and Turkey
Military history
South-eastern Europe social, political and cultural change
World War 1
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Casey Raeside, 'British Politics and Humanitarianism, 1870s-1890s: The Bulgarian and Armenian Massacres' (1), Marilyn Arnold, 'Advertising the Empire: Selling Australian Migration to the British, c. 1830s-1860s' (1), Kieran Mortimer-Murphy, 'French Imperialism in the Mediterranean, 1798-1882' (1), Stephanie Jacobs, 'Christian-Muslim Relations in Cyprus, 1930s-1950s: Memories of Living Together from Cyprus and Australia' (1), Ellen Whitton, 'Filmakers as Historians: The Films of Powell and Pressburger' (1)
Principal supervisor: Ann Matters, 'British Imperialism in Mesopotamia, 1916-1932' (1), Iliya Marovich-Old, Challenges to British Imperial Hegemony in the Mediterranean 1919-1940 (1)
Associate supervisor: Darryl Burrows, Historians at War: Cold War Influences on Anglo-American Representations of the Spanish Civil War (1), Simon King, 'The development and reception of public opinion polling in Australia 1920-1945' (1), Stephanie James, 'Deep green loathing? An examination of shifting Irish - Australian loyalties in the Victorian and South Australian Irish - Catholic press 1868 - 1923' (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Ann Matters

PhD - 'British Imperialism in Mesopotamia, 1916-1932 - MAR 2016

Iliya Marovich-Old

PhD - Challenges to British Imperial Hegemony in the Mediterranean 1919-1940 - APR 2017

Expert for media contact
History - British
History - European
Britain and The Middle East
British Imperialism
Cyprus Problem
First World War in the Near and Middle East
Greco-Turkish Relations
History of Cyprus 1191-Present
Late Ottoman Empire
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Media expertise
  • Conflict/Disputes
  • History - British
  • History - European
  • Nationalism
  • Refugees
  • Terrorism
  • Britain and The Middle East
  • British Imperialism
  • Cyprus Problem
  • First World War in the Near and Middle East
  • Greco-Turkish Relations
  • History of Cyprus 1191-Present
  • Late Ottoman Empire
Further information


Australian Historical Association Interview with Dr Margaret Hutchison, 1 May 2017

'Reunification for Cyprus?' on ABC Radio National, 5 February 2017

Andrekos on Australia and the Great War on ABC Radio Tropical North with Meech Philpott

Recent & Forthcoming Conference Presentations/Public Lectures

‘Australia! Australia: The Voyage of the SS Corsica and its passengers from Cyprus to Australia in 1951-52’, Greek History and Culture Seminars, organised and hosted by The Greek Community of Melbourne, 29 August 2019.

‘Cypriot Emigration, 1820s to 1920s: Economic Motivations within Local and More Global Migration Patterns’, keynote for the 13th International Conference on Greek Research, Flinders University, 21-22 June 2019.

‘Arthur Crosfield and the Failure of the Enosis Movement in 1920: Liberal Philhellenism, Imperialism and the Greater War’, Empire, Armistice and Aftermath: The British Empire at the ‘End’ of the Great War, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 5-7 December 2018.

(with Andonis Piperoglou) ‘The Colonial Career of Hamilton Goold-Adams in Africa, Cyprus and Queensland’, Flinders History Seminar Series, 19 October 2018.

‘Between Resistance, Cooperation and Assassination: Who Was Behind the Assassination of Antonios Triantafyllides in Colonial Cyprus in 1934?’, invited seminar at UNSW, 4 September 2018.

(with Evan Smith) ‘Destitute Cypriots Abroad, 1914-1931’, Britain and the World Conference, Exeter University, 21-23 June 2018.

‘Cypriot Christians and Muslims United against the Armenian Legion, 1917-8’, Australasian Association for European History(AAEH), Europe’s Entanglements, Monash University, 11-14 July 2017.

‘Towards a Biography of Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam’, Flinders History Seminar Series, forthcoming, 28 October 2016.