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Dr Julie Fenley

Lecturer and Acting Director, Centre for Gippsland Studies

julie fenley
Phone:   +61 3 9902 6320 or +61 3 5122 6320
Centre for
  +61 3 9902 6356 or +61 3 5122 6356
Fax:   +61 3 9902 6359 or +61 3 5122 6359
Office:   1E111, Gippsland Campus


Julie has been a lecturer in History-politics at Monash University since 2007. Her research interests include Aboriginal history and Holocaust history, and she also has an interest in public history and museum studies.

Research interests

Julie’s research focuses on the field of Aboriginal history and her PhD thesis, “‘Dealing with a Nation’: Conceptualising Aboriginal Sovereignty, 1950-1990”, examined the ways in which indigenous people explore a range of options for engaging with the Australian state. 

Current research project

Current research is focused on the National Aboriginal Conference’s campaign for a treaty and the subsequent development of ideas of sovereignty in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Julie is also interested in Holocaust History, and is currently undertaking a study of significant objects at the Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre, Melbourne, which is funded by Heritage Victoria. In 2006, Julie was also engaged as a historical consultant to complete a National Library of Australia — Community Heritage Grants project that examined textiles in the Jewish Holocaust Centre collection. 


Classes taught by Julie include:


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