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), 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 Journal of Modern History(2018), 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.
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.
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
Research Section Head for History and Archaeology and member of College Research Committee
History Honours Coordinator, 2010-8
Coordinator of the Flinders History Research Seminar Series
Member of BA Course Advisory Committee, 2016-
History Director of Studies, 2016-8
Book reviews editor for History Australia, 2016-8
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 undesirable migrants and immigration controls.
5. Music biography, namely relating to Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens).
I am currently working on completing monographs on Cyprus during the Great War (Routledge contract) and another on the Legion d'Orient/Armenian Legion and the Allied failure to create an Ottoman Armenian homeland.
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 stories in Britain, the British Empire and Australia.
To access my publications visit Dr Andrekos Varnava on Academia.edu
For my book series visit Cyprus Historical and Contemporary Studies, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Completed Honours Supervisions:
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
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'.
PhD - 'British Imperialism in Mesopotamia, 1916-1932 - MAR 2016
PhD - Challenges to British Imperial Hegemony in the Mediterranean 1919-1940 - APR 2017
Co-organiser (with Prof. Michael J.K. Walsh, Dr Romain Fathi and Dr Margaret Hutchison) of the international conference 'Empire, Armistice and Aftermath: The British Empire at the ‘End’ of the Great War', Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 5-7 December 2018.
Co-organised the conference the 'First Eric Richards Symposium in British and Australasian History', themed, 'Movement and Movements', 31 Jan to 3 February 2017.
Co-organised the conference 'The British Empire and the Great War: Colonial Societies/Cultural Responses', held at Nanyang Technologicaly University, Singapore, 19-22 February 2014.
Consultant on the four-part series 'The Secret Mediterranean with Trevor McDonald', 2011.
Member of the International Society for First World War Studies.
Member of international advisory board of the peer-reviewed The Journal of Mediterranean Studies, University of Malta.
Member of international advisory board of the peer-reviewed The Cyprus Review: A Journal of Social, Economic and Political Issues, University of Nicosia Publications.
Member of Editorial Advisory and Review Board of Abibisem: Journal of African Culture and Civilisation, Department of History, University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
Member of the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research, Nicosia Cyprus.
Member of the Cyprus Academic Forum (CAF).
I have refereed articles for: American Historical Review, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, European History Quarterly, Mediterranean Historical Review, Journal of Mediterranean Studies, The Cyprus Review, The Round Table, The European Legacy, Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Mediterranean Politics, Melbourne Historical Journal.
I have refereed book manuscripts for Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Berghahn, Cambridge Scholars and I. B. Tauris.
Book reviews published or forthcoming in: European History Quarterly, Diplomacy & Statecraft, Reviews in History, The Cyprus Review, Journal of Mediterranean Studies, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Journal of Levantine Studies, History Australia, Melbourne Historical Journal.
Recent & Forthcoming Conference Presentations/Public Lectures
‘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, forthcoming, 5-7 December 2018.
(with Andonis Piperoglou) ‘The Colonial Career of Hamilton Goold-Adams in Africa, Cyprus and Queensland’, Flinders History Seminar Series, forthcoming, 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.
‘Yusuf Islam and his Anti-War/Peace Songs’, The First Eric Richards Symposium in British and Australasian History, Movement and Movements, 31 January-Friday 3 February 2017.
‘Resistance, Collaboration and Assassination in Cyprus: The Cold Case of Antonios Triantafyllides’, Colonial Formations: Connections and Collisions, University of Wollongong, forthcoming, 24–25 November 2016.
‘Towards a Biography of Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam’, Flinders History Seminar Series, forthcoming, 28 October 2016.
‘Mass Violence in Civil and Ethnic Wars and the Responsibility and Silences of Historians: Cyprus, 1963-4 and 1974’, The Ethics of History and the Morality in History, Symposium at Monash University, 21-22 July 2016.