Klaus Neumann


Klaus Neumann has written about Australian, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, and German cultures and pasts, memories, and histories. His books include, among others, Not the Way It Really Was about history-making in Papua New Guinea (1992), Shifting Memories (2000) about the memorialisation of the Nazi past in Germany, and Across the Seas (2015, winner of the 2016 CHASS Australia Prize) about the history of Australia’s response to refugees. Until 2018, he was employed as professor of history at Deakin University; currently he is working for the Hamburg Foundation for the Advancement of Research and Culture on a project about the history of local public and policy responses to refugees in Germany. Lately Klaus also has been writing about issues of historical justice, the right to asylum, and solidarity. He is a regular contributor to Inside Story and a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.


Publications since 2018

Scholarly book chapters

  • 2019. Klaus Neumann, ‘”True Camps of Concentration”? The Uses and Abuses of a Contentious Analogy’, in Karina Horsti (ed.), The Politics of Public Memories of Forced Migration and Bordering in Europe, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 15-35.
  • 2019. Klaus Neumann, ‘In Search of “Australia and the Australian People”: The National Library of Australia and the Representation of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity’, in Kate Darian-Smith and Paula Hamilton (eds), Remembering Migration: Oral Histories and Heritage in Australia, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 285-299.
  • 2019. Klaus Neumann, ‘The Right to Asylum: A Hidden History’, in Eureka Henrich and Julian M. Simpson (eds), History, Historians and the Immigration Debate: Going Back to Where We Came From, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 191-208.


Refereed journal articles

  • 2020. Klaus Neumann, ‘The Appeal of Civil Disobedience in the Central Mediterranean: German Responses to the June 2019 Mission of the Sea-Watch 3’, Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, vol. 2, no. 1: 53-61.
  • 2020. Savitri Taylor and Klaus Neumann, ‘Australia and the Abortive Convention on Territorial Asylum: A Case Study of a Cul de Sac in International Refugee and Human Rights Law’, International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 32, no. 1: 86-112.
  • 2019. Klaus Neumann and Savitri Taylor, ‘”He has to Take His Chances”: The Resettlement of a Refugee in Australia and His Deportation to the Country He had Fled, 1980–1992’, History Australia, vol. 16, no. 3: 459-479.
  • 2019. Karina Horsti and Klaus Neumann, ‘Memorializing Mass Deaths at the Border: Two Cases from Canberra (Australia) and Lampedusa (Italy)’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 42, no. 2: 141-158.
  • 2016 [2018]. Klaus Neumann, ‘Abandoned in Limbo: The Predicament of Refugees in Renée Brand’s Niemandsland [Short Days Ago] and Herz Bergner’s Zwishn Himl un Waser [Between Sky and Sea]’, LWU: Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht, vol. 49, nos 2-3: 103-118.
  • 2018. Klaus Neumann and Savitri Taylor, ‘The Ballerina and the Minister: Turf Wars and the Australian Government’s Exceptional Granting of Political Asylum in 1980’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 64, no. 4: 576-591.
  • Savitri Taylor and Klaus Neumann, ‘Australia and the 1967 Declaration on Territorial Asylum: A Case Study of the Making of International Refugee and Human Rights Law’, International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 30, no. 1: 8-30.


Non-refereed articles

Australian Policy
 and History

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