Julie Fedor

Julie Fedor is Associate Professor in History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (SHAPS) at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of Russia and the Cult of State Security (2011); co-author of Remembering Katyn (2012); co-editor of Memory and Theory in Eastern Europe (2013); contributing co-editor of Memory, Conflict and New Media: Web Wars in Post-Socialist States (2013), and War and Memory in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus (2017); and various journal articles and book chapters on late-Soviet and contemporary Russian history, memory and identity, and on the history of state ideology and propaganda in Putin’s Russia. She obtained her PhD in History from King’s College, University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Scholar. In 2015-17 she was an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher, and in 2010-13 she was a post-doctoral researcher on the Memory at War project based in the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge. She is a researcher on the ARC Discovery project ‘KGB Empire: State Security Archives in the Former Eastern Bloc’ and the Research Council of Norway project ‘The Russian Hybrid Intelligence State.’ She is General Editor of the Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Societypublished by ibidem Press, StuttgartShe is a convenor of the Arts Faculty Research Initiative on Post-Soviet Space (RIPSS) and editor of the SHAPS research and teaching blog, SHAPS Forum.

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Image credits

  • Italian sailors on ship at Port Melbourne 1938, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese procession in Collins near Elizabeth Street 1901, Harvie & Sutcliffe, photographers, State Library of Victoria
  • People’s homes, Aboriginal station Coranderrk 1878, Fred Kruger Photographer, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese nurses at Children’s Hospital under scholarship 1947, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Ladies physical culture class VRI Melbourne c1931, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001, 011/02
  • Melbourne Cup, Derby and Oaks Day, Flemington Racecourse 1936, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001/4802, 372/30
  • Flinders Street viaduct at foot of Market Street with advertisement for McRobertson’s Chocolate on bridge, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12800/P0003, ADV 1342