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Dr Susan Summers

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Position
Research Officer
Faculty
Faculty of Humanities
School
Humanities Research and Graduate Studies
Campus
Bentley Campus
Phone
08 9266 3234

Brief Summary

Dr Sue Summers is Managing Editor, Black Swan Press, Research Officer at the Australia-Asia-Pacific-Institute (AAPI) and a member of the Australia at War and Peace Research Group at Curtin University.

PhD (UWA) Anthropology: The Interface of the Personal and the Political: adaptive strategies of former Yugoslavs in the post-Yugoslav war and as refugees in Perth, Western Australia.

Sue is experienced as a researcher, educator, publisher, editor, and administrator with additional creative and technical skills in publication and web design. Prior to her academic career, Sue worked extensively as a professional journalist, producer and interviewer in Australia and the UK. She undertakes research/consultancy projects at Curtin University, in Australia and abroad.

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Overview

Books

Oliver, Bobbie and Sue Summers (eds). Lest we forget? Marginalised aspects of Australia at war and peace. Perth, WA: Black Swan Press, 2014.

Julie Lunn, Stephanie Bizjac and Sue Summers (eds)Changing Facts, Changing Minds, Changing Worlds. Perth, WA: Black Swan Press, 2013.

Suvendrini Perera, Graham Seal and Sue Summers (eds). Enter at Own Risk? Australia’s population questions for the 21st century. Perth, WA: Black Swan Press, 2010.

Book chapters

Summers, Sue. “‘These Were Wild Times’: The evacuation of Dutch Nationals from the former Netherlands East Indies to Western Australia, 1945-46.” In A Touch of Dutch: Maritime, Military, Migration and Mercantile on the Western Third 1616–2016, edited by Nonja Peters, 144-161. Subiaco, Western Australia: Carina Hoang Communications, 2016.

Summers, Sue. "A charity or a right" Repatriation of disabled ex-servicemen in Western Australia, post World War 1." In Lest we forget? Marginalised aspects of Australia at war and peace, edited by Bobbie Oliver and Sue Summers, 15–51. Perth, WA: Black Swan Press, 2014.

Summers, Sue and Bobbie Oliver. "Australia at war and peace." In Lest we forget? Marginalised aspects of Australia at war and peace, edited by Bobbie Oliver and Sue Summers, 3–12. Perth, WA: Black Swan Press, 2014.

Other writing

Summers, Sue. “Dirk Drok Vignette.” In A Touch of Dutch: Maritime, Military, Migration and Mercantile on the Western Third 1616–2016, edited by Nonja Peters, 162-163. Subiaco, Western Australia: Carina Hoang Communications, 2016.

Summers, Sue. "Netherlands East Indies (1939 – 1946)." In Dutch Australians at a Glance (DAAAG) website, 2014.

Summers, Sue. "Life in Java, internment in war, and evacuation to Singapore and Australia 1900 – 1953." In  Dutch Australians at a Glance (DAAAG) website, 2014.

Summers, Sue. “Australian Collins Class Submarines”.  Research report for the Centre for Advanced Studies in Australia, Asia and the Pacific, Curtin University, 2011.

Summers, Sue. “Australian O-Boats of the Cold War (1963– 2000)”.  Research report for the Centre for Advanced Studies in Australia, Asia and the Pacific, Curtin University, 2011.  

Summers, Sue. "Australian Tunnellers of the Western Front." Report and research database for Australian Folklore Research Unit, Curtin University, 2009.

Creative works

Consultation, publication design and layout:

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Research Interests

Research Interests

  • Australian cultural, social and military history.
  • Migration and the micro-politics of war, with a particular focus on the adaptive strategies of civilians to war, internment, displacement and resettlement.

Research Projects

1. Researcher, A Charity or a Right? Repatriation of disabled ex-servicement in Western Australia post WWI, 2011 – 2014. View publication details.

2. Researcher, Netherlands East Indies' evacuees to Western Australia.
Published as: Sue Summers, “‘These Were Wild Times’: The evacuation of Dutch Nationals from the former Netherlands East Indies to Western Australia, 1945-46.” In A Touch of Dutch: Maritime, Military, Migration and Mercantile on the Western Third 1616–2016, edited by Nonja Peters, 144-161. Subiaco, Western Australia: Carina Hoang Communications, 2016.

4. Western Australian researcher (2010–2015): Charles van Onselen, Showdown at The Red Lion: The Life and Times of Jack Mcloughlin, 1859–1910: South Africa: Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2015.

5. Contributing researcher: Peel Away the Mask: a study of the social condition of the Peel Region, 2nd edition, The John Curtin Institute of Public Policy, 2011.

6. Researcher, Australian Collins Class Submarines - Australia-Asia-Pacific-Institute, Curtin University (2011).

7. Researcher, Australian O-Boats of the Cold War (1963-2000) - Centre for Advanced Studies in Australia, Asia and the Pacific, Curtin University (2011).

8. Principal Researcher, Rehabilitation and Repatriation of WWI Veterans, Australia at War and Peace Research Group (2011-2012).

9. Principal Researcher, Australian Tunnellers of World War I - Australian Folklore Research Unit, Curtin University (2009).

10. Research and analysis towards: ARC Discovery Project: 'Anglos Abroad: Memoirs of Immersion in a Foreign Language and Culture' - Life Writing Research Unit, Australia Research Institute (ARI), (2007 – 2008).

11. Research Associate: Migration, Ethnicity, Refugees and Citizenship (MERC) Research Unit, Australia Research Institute (ARI), Curtin University  (2005 – 2007):

       Contributing researcher:

  • Footsteps of the Dutch in Australia (Curtin Fellowship Study)
  • Dutch Contact and Resettlement in Western Australia (Lotterywest funded Project)
  • The Impact of Immigration and Resettlement on Second Generation Dutch  (Liveable Communities Grant)
  • Former child evacuees from the Dutch East Indies to Fairbridge Farm School in 1945-1946 (Fairbridge Society funded project)

        Substantial organisation and implementation of:

  • nation-wide study of migrants and evacuees from the former Netherlands East Indies (accessed through Stichting Het Gebaar, The Netherlands)  
  • nine-week Australia-wide study of Dutch migration
  • Invisible Dutch: Myth, Fact or Fiction!  Social-history exhibition, Fremantle History Museum

       Contributions to:

  • National celebrations of Australia on the Map 1606-2006
  • ‘Voyage to the Promised Land’ (Social-history exhibition, Northam Multicultural Festival).

10. Earlier research interests:

  • Iranian, African, and former Yugoslav migrants and refugees
  • Asylum seekers to Australia (1942-1946 and 1990-2011)
  • Chinese-American women and family life

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Publications


2014

Books (Research)

  • Oliver, B., and S. Summers. 2014. "Lest We Forget? Marginalised aspects of Australia at war and peace." Perth: Black Swan Press.

Book Chapters (Research)

2013

Creative Works

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