Professor Andrekos Varnava, FRHistS, FRSA, 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 has authored four monographs: Assassination in Colonial Cyprus in 1934 and the Origins of EOKA (Anthem,2021); British Cyprus and the Long Great War, 1914-1925: Empire, Loyalties and Democratic Deficit (Routledge,2020/ppk.2021); Serving the Empire in the Great War: The Cypriot Mule Corps, Imperial Loyalty and Silenced Memory (ManUniPress,2017/ppk.2019) and British Imperialism in Cyprus, 1878-1915: The Inconsequential Possession (ManUniPress,2009/ppk.2012). He has edited/co-edited 16 collections, most recently: Popular Culture and its Relationship to Conflict in the UK and Australia since the Great War (Routledge,2023); New Perspectives on the Greek War of Independence: Myths, Realities, Legacies and Reflections (Palgrave,2022); Exiting War: The British Empire and the 1918-20 Moment (ManUniPress,2022); After the Armistice: Empire, Endgame and Aftermath (Routledge,2021). He has co-edited special issues of Immigrants & Minorities, 40(1-2), 2022, Australian Historical Studies, 52(1), 2021, Contemporary British History, 33(4), 2019 and Itinerario, 38(3), 2014 and published over 65 articles/chapters including in English Historical Review (2017), The Historical Journal (2014), Journal of Modern History (2018), Historical Research (2014,2017,2022), Contemporary British History (2019), Social History of Medicine (2020), International History Review (2021), Immigrants & Minorities (2022), Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (2023) and Labor History (2023).
Andrekos published his first poetry collection, 'In the Aviary of Youthful Freedom', in 2015. Here he recites 'Of Mules and Men', about Serving the Empire.
PhD (in History), University of Melbourne, August 2006.
BA (Honours First Class), Monash University, November 2001.
2021-2024: ARC LP210100204, Professor Andrew May (Lead CI); Dr Thomas Kehoe (CI); Professor Andrekos Varnava (CI); Dr Carolyn Holbrook (CI); Professor Alan Moodie (CI); Dr Richie Barker; Ms Hayley Jones (PI): 'Cancer culture: understanding anti-cancer campaigns in Australia'. $566,400.
2021: Joint winner of the Flinders Most Supportive Supervisor.
2021: Joint winner of the HASS Award for Research Excellence (individual category).
2018-21: 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. Professor Richards died in September 2018. Dr Andonis Piperoglou (PI) joined the team in January 2019. Here is our website.
2018-: Honorary Professor, De Montfort University, Leicester.
2016: Flinders Research Grant (Faculty), $8,300: 'The Colonial Origins of Refugee Exclusion: Russian and Armenian Refugees in British Cyprus in the 1920s'.
2016: Flinders Research Grant (Faculty), $11,765: '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): '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: 'British Imperialism in Cyprus and the First World War, 1915-1925'.
2009: Flinders Research Scheme (Faculty) New Project, $4,000: '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, $1,000
Teaching Program Director for History, Archaeology, Indigenous & Australian Studies, and Geography.
Research Section Head for History and Archaeology and member of College Research Committee, 2018
Member of BA Course Advisory Committee, 2016-7
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
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'.
Co-organiser 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 the following journal advisory boards, Immigrants & Minorities, British Journal of Military History, and The Journal of Mediterranean Studies.
Previously a member of the editorial and advisory boards of the peer-reviewed The Cyprus Review: A Journal of Social, Economic and Political Issues, University of Nicosia Publications.
Previously a 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).
Refereed articles for: American Historical Review, Historical Journal, Historical Research, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, European History Quarterly, Contemporary European History, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Mediterranean Historical Review, Nationalities Papers, Journal of Transport History, Journal of Religious History, 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, Anthem, 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
‘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.
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