Vicken Babkenian

Vicken completed a Master of Commerce (with Distinction & on the Dean’s Merit List) at the University of Western Sydney. Vicken has had a number of articles on Australian international humanitarianism published in peer-reviewed Australian history journals such as the Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, the Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia, the Victorian Historical Journal, the Journal of the Ashfield and District Historical Society and the Genocide Perspectives IV Journal. He is also a manuscript reviewer for one of Australia's highest ranked history journals. Vicken has produced a photo exhibition on Australia's first major international humanitarian relief effort titled 'An SOS from Beyond Gallipoli'. It was sponsored by the Community Relations Commission of NSW and exhibited at the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Pitt Street, Sydney, in April 2008. In 2009, a documentary called 'Souren's Story: A voice recovered from Armenia's bitter past', based largely on Vicken's research, was aired on the ABC Hindsight program. See Since 2012, Vicken has been working on a project which documents the work of early Australian, American and European women humanitarians. The research, among other things, reveals the strong link between women involved in the Abolitionist movement, Indigenous Rights and the Armenian relief movement. Vicken's research has appeared in a number of documentaries including "Why Anzacs by Sam Neill" which premiered on ABC television on 22 April 2015. Vicken has presented two papers at university conferences. Paper 1: 'Anzac Angels –Anzacs in the relief movement for survivors of the Armenian, Assyrian and Hellenic Genocides', at the Unframing Hellenism Conference at the University of Sydney, 4-6 December 2014. Paper 2: 'Australian Women and the League of Nations Rescue of Armenian Women and Children', at the League of Nations Symposium organised by the University of Melbourne 10-11 December 2015. On 7 May 2013 Vicken was honoured to be part of a panel discussion on 'Rethinking Anzac' with distinguished historians such as Prof. Mark McKenna, Prof. Bill Gammage, Prof. Peter Stanley and Anne-Marie Conde at the National Gallery of Australia organised by the Manning Clark House, Canberra. See Vicken recently co-authored a book on Australia, Armenia and the Great War with prominent military and social historian Professor Peter Stanley. Vicken is also part of the research team of the Julfa Cemetery Repatriation Project headed by Judith Crispin Member of the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Dr Panayiotis Diamadis

BA University of Sydney, 1994, Grad. Dip. Ed. (Secondary), 1995, University of Sydney, MA, 1996, University of Sydney , Thesis title: The Evolution of the Macedonian Issue in Australia 1930-1988, , M. Phil. 1998 to present, University of Sydney, Dissertation title: Hellenism Under The Crescent: the Hellenes of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey 1908-24. Panayiotis Diamadis has been active in the field of Genocide Studies for over two decades. He was Co-ordinator of the Genocide Studies course within Communications at UTS until 2016. His research interests revolve around the Hellenic, Armenian and Assyrian Genocides, especially the Australian and international eyewitnesses and relief efforts on behalf of the survivors of the deportations and massacres. He also maintains an intense interest in Australian-Hellenic history and heritage. See research papers: Panayiotis has been honoured with invitations from institutions and universities to lecture across Australia, as well as in Hellas, England, and Israel including Macquarie University, the National University of Athens, and Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Jerusalem. He has also presented at international conferences in Australia, Hellas and Austria, most recently at the June 2013 Modern Greek Studies Conference at Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, and the July 2013 Children and War Conference at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Panayiotis is an active secondary school educator and regular presenter at the conferences of the state History Teachers' Association. At the invitation of organisations in Australia, I am a regular speaker at community events. Most recently at the annual Assyrian Universal Alliance commemoration of Assyrian Genocide Day at Sydney's Ur Ashur Club (4 August 2013) and Limmud-Oz Festival of Jewish Learning (June 2013) at the University of New South Wales. Founding Member of the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, (2000 - present).

Professor Linda Shields

Linda Shields is Professor of Nursing at Charles Sturt University, and is an Honorary Professor in the School of Medicine at The University of Queensland. Her research interests include the history of nursing and ethical issues surrounding nursing such as nurses’ roles in the “euthanasia” programmes of the Third Reich, and rural and remote health, in particular with children.

She holds a Doctor of Medicine from The University of Queensland, the first nurse in Australia to attain a Higher Doctorate. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2015; in 2012, she was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of Sigma Theta Tau International, the international honour society for nurses, and in 2014 was awarded a silver medal by the European Society for Person justifyed Health Care, for her work on family-centred care.

Her previous positions include professorial appointments at the University of Limerick in Ireland, University of Hull in England, Curtin University in Western Australia and James Cook University in Queensland.

Member of the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Winton Higgins

B.A., University of Sydney, 1962, LL.B., University of Sydney, 1966, Dip.Soc.Sc. (postgraduate) University of Stockholm, 1970, M.Sc.Econ. (political sociology), London University, 1972. Participant December 1999-January 2000 The International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem: ‘Teaching the Shoah and Antisemitism’.Practising Barrister, Sydney, 1966‑69. Senior Lecturer in Politics, Macquarie University, 1980‑88 Associate Professor in Politics from 1989 to 1999, Acting Head of Discipline July‑December 1989 Head of Discipline February 1990 to June 1994 Co‑director of the Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies, Macquarie University from January 1999. Founding Executive Director of the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Winton is an Associate of the Faculty, School of Communication and Associate Member, TFC - Transforming Cultures, University of Technology Broadway, Sydney. He has taught and published in genocide studies, political theory, political economy, organizational studies, and Swedish political history. He was a senior member of the politics discipline at Macquarie University, Sydney and is a Founding Member of the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (2000- present). His latest work co-authored with Professor Colin Tatz has recently been published by Praeger

Meher Grigorian

Meher is a senior policy analyst in the NSW Government. In 2000, he was awarded an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University, graduating with First Class Honours in philosophy and politics. His honours thesis was later published in Genocide Perspectives II, entitled 'The Role of Impunity in Genocide: An Analysis of War Crimes Trials within the Context of International Criminal Law'. In the early 2000s, Meher taught the Genocide Studies course to third-year students at Macquarie University and the University of Technology, Sydney. During that time, Meher also oversaw the annual Armenian Genocide Commemorative Lecture at NSW Parliament. Meher's studies took him to Israel, where he completed Yad Vashem's Teaching the Shoah and Antisemitism course; to Armenia, where he undertook research at the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute; and to Canada, where he completed the Zoryan Institute's Genocide and Human Rights University Program. Meher also presented a paper at the 2003 conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars in Galway, Ireland. A founding Member of the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Meher maintains a keen interest in the field, recently reviewing the manuscript for The Magnitude of Genocide, writing on contemporary issues, and assisting in the promotion, such as for Armenian Australian and the Great War.

Nikki Marczak

Nikki Marczak is a researcher and writer who holds a Masters in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (High Honours). Her main areas of focus are women's experiences of genocide, the Armenian Genocide, and current genocides of ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. Nikki spent a month at the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute as the Lemkin Scholar 2016, and her research on women's resistance during the genocide will be published in AGMI's journal. She was also the keynote speaker at the 100 Year Armenian Genocide Commemoration in Melbourne. In addition to having been published by various media outlets and policy think-tanks, she is working closely with peak Yazidi organisations to raise awareness of the current Yazidi Genocide and the need for justice. In August 2016, she coordinated a visit to Australia by survivor and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Ms Nadia Murad. Member of the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Dr Paul O'Shea

B Theol(Hons) Melbourne College of Divinity (1989), Participant December 1991-January 1992 The International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem: ‘Teaching the Shoah and Antisemitism’, B Ed Australian Catholic University 1994, MA (Hons) Macquarie University 1998, PhD Macq (2004)- Pius XII during the Holocaust. Teacher in Catholic Schools in Sydney since 1991, De La Salle College Ashfield 1991-1994, John Paul II Senior High School Maryong 1995-1997, St Patrick's College Strathfield 1998- English, History, Religious Studies. Remembering History - Lessons from the Holocaust, Melton Adult Education Program, lecturer 1997-, Facilitator 1998- , Founding Member of the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (2000 - present). Regular presenter and lecturer on Holocaust and related areas, especially Jewish-Christian relations during the Shoah. Member of the Council of Christians and Jews 1985 – Paul’s book on Pius XII can be found - Paul also hosts his own blog on Pius XII

Dr Darren O'Brien

Darren O’Brien, BA(Hons), PhD Macquarie University (2005) is an Honorary Research Senior Fellow in History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, University of Queensland He was a graduate of the December 1991- January 1992 International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem course ‘Teaching the Shoah and Antisemitism’. Darren has been studying, teaching and researching the Holocaust and genocide since 1990 and has subsequently conducted research in Israel (Yad Vashem), Germany (Jena University, Leipzig University, the Sächsisches Hauptstaatsarchiv, Bundesarchiv Potsdam), and the United States (USHMM, NARA , YIVO Institute). Darren has taught in the area since 1994 - "The Politics of Genocide" course (Macquarie University, later UTS, Broadway 1999-2015) and the Australian National University, Canberra 2005-2006. He has also taught community courses conducted by the Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies in Sydney and Newcastle and the AIHGS in Brisbane in 2015. Darren is a Board Member of the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, and a Champion of Medicine after the Holocaust. Darren’s research interests include the history of antisemitism, examining the presence or absence of hate ideation in a genocidal context, scientific racism and the role of the “professions” in both the formulation of genocidal strategy and the implementation/perpetration of genocide, in particular the role of Nurses and Doctors; Nazi party organisation, communication and propaganda, the representation of genocide in film, concentration camp structure and organisation, the role of bio-medical visions in genocide. Darren is author of the Pinnacle of Hatred, The Blood Libel and the Jews, published by the Hebrew University Magnes Press and The Vidal Sassoon Center for the Study of Antisemitism in 2011 and he continues to work on a complete digital collection of the Nazi newspaper Der Stuermer. O’Brien was Assistant to the Director (Operational Manager) of the Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies at Macquarie University (1993-1999) and is a Founding Member of the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (2000- present).

Dr Kirril Shields

Kirril is a Post-completion Fellow in the School of Communications at the University of Queensland He was the English-language editor of Mongolia’s UB Post (2007–09). He was awarded an Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellowship in 2013 and was a 2014 Fellow of the Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilisation, Royal Holloway. Member of the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Professor Colin Tatz

BA, Law University of Natal, 1954, BA (Hons), University of Natal Pol.Science, 1955, MA, University of Natal, 1960, PhD, Australian National University, 1964, LLD, University of Natal Honoris Causa 1997, Awarded Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), January 1997. Lecturer in Politics, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, 1964–1966; Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, 1967–1970; Director, Aboriginal Research Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, 1964–1970; Visiting Associate Professor in Sociology, Political Studies Department, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, September 1968 to August 1969; Foundation Professor of Politics, and Head of Department, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, 1971–1982; Visiting Fellow, St. Antony's College, Oxford, Michaelmas Term, 1979; Professor of Politics, Macquarie University, Sydney, since February 1982-99; Director, Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney, 1994-2000. Visiting Professor of Politics, University of Western Sydney, Macarthur, January 2000. Founding Member of the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, (2000 - present). Colin works in the fields of comparative race politics, Holocaust and genocide studies, youth suicide, and sport history. He has held chairs of politics at two Australian universities. His latest work co-authored with Professor Winton Higgins has recently been published by Praeger


Alexander Westwood

BA 1994-1997 Macquarie University, Major in Modern History, minor in Russian. Website Administrator and clerical assistant for Centre for Comparative Genocide Studies (CCGS), Macquarie University, March 1997 – June 1999 and January – July 2000, Assistant editor of CCGS publication ITN, 1997, Founding Member of the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, (2000 - present).


Sandra Tatz

BA University of New England. In 1986, following completion of the course for educators at Yad Vashem, began developing a teaching module about rescue and righteous behaviour. Volunteered at the Centre for Comparative Genocide, Macquarie University, and later the Australian institute for Holocaust & Genocide Studies. Participated in selecting and preparing students to go to Yad Vashem for study. Assisted with sourcing, editing and producing Genocide Perspectives volumes 1 to 4.