Klaus Neumann has held teaching and research positions in universities in Germany and Australia , and worked as an independent historian in New Zealand and Australia. He has written extensively about memories of the Nazi past in postwar Germany; settler-indigenous relations in Australia and New Zealand; colonial history and memory in Papua New Guinea; immigration, refugee and asylum seeker policies in Australia; World War II internment; and German and Australian literature. Klaus has edited or written seven books, including Not the Way It Really Was (1992), Shifting Memories (2000) and Refuge Australia: Australia's Humanitarian Record (2004), winner of the 2004 Human Rights Award (Non-Fiction). He has also written radio plays and numerous articles. He is currently working on two projects: a critical history of Australian and New Zealand responses to refugees and asylum seekers, and a comparative study of historical justice. He also has a strong interest in history as creative non-fiction.
Social and public memories of the Nazi past in Austria and Germany Historical justice The role of compassion in politics Refugee and asylum seeker policy The impact of refugee histories and memories on host societies Australia as a place of exile for German-speakers The migration of Mauritians, Ceylonese Burghers, Anglo-Indians and Anglo-Burmese to Australia The White Australia policy World War II internment in Australia Australia's and New Zealand's responses to refugees (since the 1930s) Maori and forestry in New Zealand Postcolonial histories History-making in Papua New Guinea
Awards and Grants
ARC Discovery (DP0877630) Social Memory and Historical Justice: How Democratic Societies Remember and Forget the Victimisation of Minorities in the Past ARC Discovery (DP120100472) Extending Hospitality and Making Citizens: A Historically and Ethnographically Informed Analysis of the Resettlement of Refugees in Australia
Michaela Callaghan (Dance and memory in Ayacucho, Peru) Michelle Dimasi (Christmas Islanders and their response to asylum seekers) Jasmina Kijevcanin (Serbian victimhood and the making of public policy) Skye Krichauff (Memories of settler-indigenous relations in South Australia Josee Hünnekes (Rohingya refugees in Malaysia) Zoe Robertson (Resettled Karen youth in Melbourne) Paul Reade (The Zapatistas and memory in Mexico) Stefanie Scherr (As soon as we got here we lost everything: The migration memories and religious lives of the Old Believers in Australia) [successfully completed in 2013] Annika Lems (Being here: Emplacement and displacement in the life stories of two Somali-Australians) [successfully completed in 2013]