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Wilson Center Welcomes Australian Scholar Dirk Moses

Oct 08, 2010

WASHINGTON--The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes Dr. Dirk Moses as a Wilson Center Australian Scholar. Moses will spend three months in residence at the Wilson Center, beginning in October 2010, working on a research project entitled "the Diplomacy of Genocide."

Moses is associate professor of history at the University of Sydney and, as of 2011, professor of global and colonial history at the European University Institute, Florence. A Ph.D. graduate of University of California, Berkeley, he was previously a research fellow at the University of Freiburg, where he worked on postwar German debates about the recent past, a project that has appeared as German Intellectuals and the Nazi Past (Cambridge, 2007). In 2004-2005, he was a Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 2007, he was a visiting fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and in 2008 an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow based at the University of Cologne and the Potsdam Center for Research into Contemporary History. His current interests are in genocide studies, the United Nations, and imperial history, about which he has published a number of anthologies.

During his time at the Wilson Center, Moses will examine reactions of the international community to allegations of genocide during decolonization in the 1960s and 1970s. His research aims to lay bare the ethical deliberations of various stakeholders in global society, especially the United States, but also Australia, and to trace the evolution of the concept of "genocide" as a marker of humanitarian consciousness in the decades since World War II.

The Australian Scholar program is the centerpoint of the Wilson Center's activities related to Australia and U.S.-Australian relations. This scholarship competition is open to men and women currently residing in Australia, or of Australian citizenship. Applications are accepted from individuals in academia, business, journalism, government, law, and related professions. Candidates must be currently pursuing research on key public policy issues facing Australia, including U.S.-Australian relations and East Asian political, security, and economic issues.

Successful applicants will spend 2-4 months in residence at the Wilson Center, where they will carry out advanced, policy-oriented research and writing designed to bridge the gap between the academic and policy communities.

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