Woman Sluga, Glenda Anna (1962 - )

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Written by Sharon M. Harrison, The University of Melbourne

Glenda Sluga is a leader in the history profession, who has made a significant contribution to the history of internationalism, nationalism, diplomacy, immigration and gender, in the European, American, British, French, Italian, Yugoslav, and Australian past.

Glenda Anna Sluga was born in 1962. Her parents came to Australia in the early 1950s as Cold War refugees from the Slovenian territory of the former Yugoslavia, in the hilly hinterland of the town of Trieste. She grew up in the western suburbs of Melbourne and attended Mount Saint Joseph's Girls College in Altona West. Sluga graduated from the University of Melbourne with a BA (Hons) with First-Class Honours in 1985 and completed an MA at the University of Melbourne under of the supervision of Alan Mayne. Her thesis was published under the title Bonegilla, 'a place of no hope' in 1988. The University of Melbourne awarded Sluga the Rae and Edith Bennett Scholarship to undertake postgraduate study in the United Kingdom in 1986. She was also the recipient of a Fulbright Travelling Scholarship but in 1988, proceeded to the United Kingdom on a British Council Commonwealth Scholarship where she completed doctoral studies at the University of Sussex. She gained her DPhil from for her thesis Liberating Trieste, 1945-1954: nation, history and the Cold War in 1993.

In 1988 Sluga was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Political Science, at the University of Melbourne. From 1991-1992 she was Lecturer in Australian Studies at Eötvos Lorand University, Budapest and Kossuth Lajos University, Debrecen, Hungary and also held an Honorary Fellowship at the Sir Robert Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, University of London (1991-1992). In 1993 Sluga returned to Australia, taking up an appointment as a Lecturer in Modern European History in the Department of History, University of Sydney. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1999 and Associate Professor, Modern European History, in 2003. She took up a year-long appointment as Associate Professor at the Australian Centre, the University of Melbourne, in 2004. Since 2008, Sluga has been Professor of International History, Department of History, University of Sydney. She has served as Head of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI), University of Sydney (2010) and has served as Deputy Head of School since 2011.

Sluga is the author of Gendering European History, with Barbara Caine (2000); Bonegilla: A Place of No Hope (electronic edition 2000); The Problem of Trieste and the Italo-Yugoslav Border: Difference, Identity and Sovereignty in Twentieth-Century Europe (2001); The Nation, Psychology, and International Politics, 1870-1919 (2006); and Internationalism in the Age of Internationalism (2013). Her co-authored book, Gendering European History has been translated into Italian, Spanish and Swedish.

She has held several visiting fellowships including: Visiting Fellow, Department of History, Monash University (September-November 1996); Humanities Research Centre Fellow, Australian National University (November-December 1997); Visiting Scholar, Centre for Asia-Europe Studies, Institute des Études Politiques, Paris (January-February 2000); Visiting Scholar, Charles Warren Centre, Harvard University (October 2000); Visiting Fellow, European University Institute, Florence (February-July 2001); Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge University, (September-December 2001); Visiting Scholar, Department of History, University of Melbourne (2003); Visiting Scholar, Department of History, Leiden University, Netherlands (2003); Visiting Fellow, Department of History, Cambridge University (2007); Visiting Exchange Scholar, Department of History, University of Bologna (2009); Fellowship Directeur des Programs Associés, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris (2012); Visiting Fellow, Centre for History and Economics, Harvard University (2012); and Visiting Fellow, Department of History, University of Vienna (2013).

Sluga was awarded the Australian Academy of the Humanities' biennial Max Crawford Medal in 2002. The award recognises outstanding achievement in the humanities by young Australian scholars currently engaged in research, and whose publications contribute towards an understanding of their discipline by the general public in 2002. Sluga served on the International Scientific Committee for the History of UNESCO from 2006 to 2010. She was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2010.

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