Dr Christine Winter
Dr Christine Winter
Honorary Research Senior Fellow
Contact Details:
Email: c.winter1@uq.edu.au
PhD, Australian National University
Research Interests:
19th and 20th Century European History, Transnational History, German Diaspora Studies, Humanitarianism.
Current Research Projects:
  • German Mixed-Race Diasporas in Southern Hemisphere Mandated Territories: Scientific theories, politics and identity transformation.
  • Aryan-related’: Polynesian—German relations and the struggle of Japanese—Germans for racial exemption.
  • Hitler’s Pacific Islander Soldiers. With Dr Gregory Weeks, Webster University, Vienna.
  • German Diasporas in Namibia and New Guinea: a comparative examination of reception and connection to Germany. With Dr Daniel Walter, Wartburg College, Iowa, USA.
ARC Grant:
Dr Christine Winter is ARC Future Fellow at the research group 'Race and Ethnicity in the Global South (REGS, SOPHI and VELiM), University of Sydney.
For more information see:
Winter, Dr Christine
Administering Organisation: The University of Sydney
German Mixed-Race Diasporas in the Southern Hemisphere: Science, Politics and Identity Transformation
Project Summary
This archival and oral history project advances knowledge of colonial and postcolonial identity formation in the global South. It shows how German scientific studies of race, especially among the mixed populations of the Pacific, shaped local identity politics and informed nationalist and decolonising projects. It offers a new context for understanding the nature of Australian race relations, especially our attitudes toward race mixing and assimilation in regard to our region. Moreover, this research will greatly expand our understanding of German racial thought in the twentieth century, showing how German engagement with the global South influenced Weimar, Nazi, and postwar impressions of humanity and ideas about race.
Selected Recent Publications:
Journal articles, book chapters, proceeding papers and reviews
  • 2013 'Limits of impartiality: The delegates of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Australia during the Second World War, History Australia, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2013, pp. 56-74.
  • 2011 ‘Changing Frames: Identity and citizenship of New Guineans of German heritage during the inter-war years’, Journal of Pacific History, Vol. 47, Issue 2.
  • 2008 ‘Inadvertent emissary of the Third Reich: The German Navy and the Mandated Territory of New Guinea’, commissioned article, Journal of Australian Naval History, Vol. 5, No. 1 March 2008, pp. 37-52
  • 2008 ‘“A Good Will Ship’: The light cruiser Köln visits Rabaul (1933)” Australian Journal of Politics and History, March 2008 - Vol. 54 Issue 1, pp. 44-54.
  • 2011 ‘Inter-war transformation of German-Australian identity: the case of Queensland Pastor Friedrich Otto Theile’, A. Bonnell (Ed.), Germans in Queensland: a 150 years, Germanica Pacifica, Peter Lang Verlag, forthcoming.
  • 2011 ‘No Man’s Land: a tale of love and longing during wartime’, P. Monteath (Ed.), The German Presence in South Australia, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, in press.
  • 2010 ‘The founding of the NSDAP stronghold in Finschhafen’, Emily Turner-Graham and Christine Winter (Eds.), National Socialism in Oceania. A critical evaluation of its effect and aftermath, Germanica Pacifica No. 4, Peter Lang Verlag, pp. 31-47.
  • 2008 ‘Neutral intermediaries? The Role of the Swiss Government in looking after internees during the Second World War’, Joan Beaumont, Ilma O’Brien and Mathew Trinka (Eds.), Under Suspicion: Citizenship and Internment in Australia during the Second World War, National Museum of Australia Press, Canberra, pp. 52-66
Refereed Translations
  • 2007 Martin Thomas (Ed.), Translations by Mathilde de Hauteclocque and Christine Winter, Translating Culture: The Foreign-Language Publications of R. H. Mathews, ANU Press, Canberra.
See full list of publications.
Other Activities and Service:
  • Supervisor for research higher students


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