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Dirk Moses

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A. Dirk Moses is professor of modern history at the University of Sydney. Raised in Brisbane, Australia, he was educated at the Universities of Queensland (B.A. 1987), St. Andrews (M.Phil. 1990), Notre Dame (M.A. 1994), and California, Berkeley (Ph.D. 2000). Before coming to Sydney in 2000, he was a research fellow at the University of Freiburg, where he worked on postwar German debates about the recent past. It appeared as German Intellectuals and the Nazi Past (2007), and was awarded the H-Soz-u-Kult ‘Historical Book of the Year’ prize for contemporary History.

Throughout, Dirk has pursued a parallel interest in genocide, memory and (post)colonial history, on which he has published many articles, chapters, and (co)edited books, including the Oxford Handbook of Genocide Studies (2010),  Colonial Counterinsurgency and Mass Violence: The Dutch Empire in Indonesia (2014), and Postcolonial Conflict and the Question of Genocide: The Nigeria-Biafra War, 1967–1970 (August 2017).

(Photo: Piotr Dranko / ENRS Archive)

Between 2011 and 2015, Dirk was professor of global and colonial history at the European University Institute, Florence. In 2010, he was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. for his project on the “diplomacy of genocide,” a study of genocide claims in postcolonial secessionist civil wars in the 1960s and early 1970s. For his critical intellectual history of the genocide concept, The Problems of Genocide that he is currently finishing, he spent 2008 as an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow at the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam, and 2004/2005 as a Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in Washington, D.C.

Dirk has been senior editor of the Journal of Genocide Research since 2011and co-edits the series on War and Genocide for Berghahn Books. He is also a member of the editorial boards of the journals Patterns of PrejudiceMemory Studies, and Settler Colonial Studies, and of the international academic advisory boards of the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies and the UCD Centre for War Studies.

At Sydney, Dirk directs the Bachelor of International and Global Studies and convenes the Department of History’s research seminar.