Kirstie Close-Barry

Visiting Fellow
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Kirstie, Deakin University Fellow, completed her PhD in 2014, graduating in October of that year. Her thesis examined the racial and cultural divisions in Fiji through a history of the Methodist mission between 1900 and 1964. It highlighted the role of missionaries in sometimes resolving – but more often inflaming – tensions around labour and land, and influencing the development of nationalisms. Kirstie has worked as a lecturer and research fellow since graduating, lecturing on Indigenous Australian histories, a historical methodology unit and sex and gender history at Deakin. One of the most exciting jobs she has had since completing has been teaching PNG history to students at the Pacific Adventist University. She has extended her research into new areas and projects, most significantly with work on Papua New Guinean history. She has done this through her own research, as well as collaborative work with historian Dr Jonathan Ritchie and anthropologist Dr Victoria Stead on memories of World War Two along the Kokoda Track.

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