Dr Christine de Matos

Associate Dean, Academic Development and Research; Senior Lecturer
BA Hons (UWS), Dip Ed (Sydney), PhD (UWS)

Email: christine.dematos@nd.edu.au
Phone: 02 8204 4241

  • Biography

    Christine de Matos' primary research interest is the Australian role in the Allied Occupation of Japan (1946-1952), in particular using gender, race and class to elucidate the power dynamics of the occupier-occupied relationship. Her other teaching and research interests include Australian history, Japanese history, Australia-Asia relations, gender and history, and digital history. She has previously been a Japan Foundation Fellow (2004) and in 1999 was awarded the J.G. Crawford Award from the Australian-Japan Research Centre at the Australian National University.

    Christine has published widely on Australia and the Allied Occupation, including her book Imposing Peace and Prosperity: Australia, Social Justice and Labour Reform in Occupied Japan 1945-1949 (ASP, 2008). Her most recent publication is Japan as the Occupier and the Occupied, coedited with Mark E. Caprio of Rikkyo University (Tokyo), published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

  • Teaching areas

    • Modern history
    • Australian history
    • US history
    • Asian history
    • Australia-Asia-Pacific relations
    • Transnational history
  • Research expertise and supervision

    • Australian history
    • Australia-Japan relations
    • Allied Occupation of Japan
    • Military occupations and power
    • Gender and history
    • Labour history
    • Digital history
    • Fiction and history


    Possible research topics:

    • Transnational study of artistic representations of women and 'fraternisation', WWII
    • Australia-India historical relations
    • White hostesses and entertainers in 1980's Tokyo
    • Comparative studies of occupied Germany and Japan (1945-1950s)
    • Australians in Berlin in occupied Germany (1945-1950s)
    • Classical influences in Australian WWI soldier letters, diaries and memoir

    Current and recent supervision:

    PhDs

    "Eris Michael O'Brien: Priest, Historian, Diplomat and Archbishop – An Critical Historical Biography" (current)
    "‘On the side of the saints’: A history of the Sydney Catholic pro-life organisation Family Life International with reference to identity formation" (2017)
    "The LDP and the Maintenance of Gender Inequality in Japanese Politics" (2011)

    Masters
    "Liberation to legacy: Postwar lives of the Australian Army Nursing Service Prisoners of War" (2018)

    Honours
    "For God, King and the Northern Rivers: On the New Guard’s forays in the country, 1931-1934" (2018)
    "The Past is With Us and Yet to Come: A Thematic Analysis of Posthuman Hauntology in Tsutomu Mizushima’s Another" (2017)
    "Problematic Viewing: Representations of Australian Army Nursing Service POWs in Australian News Media, Film, and Theatre" (2015)
    "'One Big Union': A Visual Study of Industrial Workers of the World Propaganda, 1905-1918" (2015)
    "Piracy in the Australia-Pacific Region, 1788-1914" (2013)

  • Books

    • de Matos, Christine, with Mark E. Caprio (eds), Japan as the Occupier and the Occupied, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2015.
    • de Matos, Christine, with Rowena Ward (eds), Gender, Power and Military Occupation: Asia Pacific and the Middle East since 1945, New York: Routledge, 2012.
    • de Matos, Christine, with Noel Huggett, Love under occupation: A personal journey through war, marriage and White Australia, Glen Waverley, Vic: Sid Harta Press, 2010.
    • de Matos, Christine, with Robin Gerster (eds), Occupying the 'Other': Australia and military occupations from Japan to Iraq, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009
    • de Matos, Christine, Imposing Peace and Prosperity: Australia, social justice and labour reform in occupied Japan, Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2008.
  • Book chapters

    • de Matos, Christine, 'Labor under military occupation: Allied POWs and the Allied Occupation of Japan' in de Matos and Caprio (eds), Japan as the Occupier and the Occupied, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2015: 65-87.
    • de Matos, Christine, with M.E. Caprio, 'Before and After Defeat: Crossing the Great 1945 Divide' in de Matos and Caprio (eds), Japan as the Occupier and the Occupied, forthcoming Palgrave Macmillan 2015.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Occupation masculinities: The residues of colonial power in Australian occupied Japan' in de Matos and Ward (eds), Gender, Power and Military Occupation: Asia Pacific and the Middle East since 1945, New York: Routledge, 2012: 23-42.
    • de Matos, Christine, with R. Ward, 'Analysing gendered occupation power' in de Matos and Ward (eds), Gender, Power and Military Occupation: Asia Pacific and the Middle East since 1945, New York: Routledge, 2012: 1-21.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Living the Colonial Lifestyle: Australian women and domestic labour in occupied Japan 1945-1952' in Hans Hägerdal (ed), Responding to the West: Essays on colonial dominance and Asian agency, 18th to 20th centuries, Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press, 2009: 137-149.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Ideology, Orientalism and Conflict: Australian and US policies in occupied Japan' in de Matos and Gerster (eds), Occupying the 'Other': Australia and Military Occupations from Japan to Iraq, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009: 43-62.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Gender, Nation and Power in Occupied Japan' in de Matos and Gerster (eds), Occupying the 'Other': Australia and military occupations from Japan to Iraq, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009: 143-167.
    • de Matos, Christine, with R. Gerster, 'Introduction' in de Matos and Gerster (eds), Occupying the 'Other': Australia and military occupations from Japan to Iraq, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009:1-11.
    • 'Australian and New Zealand History Web Sites' in D.A Trinkle and S.A. Merriman (eds), The 21st Century History Highway: A guide to internet resources 4th Edition, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2006: 136-145.
  • Journal articles and proceedings

    • de Matos, Christine, with Camilla Nelson (eds), 'Fictional histories and historical fictions: Writing history in the twenty-first century', TEXT: Special Issue Website Series, no 28 (April 2015): www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue28/content.htm
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Fictorians: Historians who "lie" about the past, and like it', TEXT: Special Issue Website Series, no 28 (April 2015): http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue28/deMatos.pdf.
    • de Matos, Christine, with Camilla Nelson, 'Fictional histories and historical fictions',TEXT: Special Issue Website Series, no 28 (April 2015): http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue28/Nelson&deMatos.pdf.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'A Very Gendered Occupation: Australian women as "conquerors" and "liberators"', US-Japan Women's Journal, No 33, 2007: 87-107.
    • de Matos, 'Diplomacy Interrupted?: Macmahon Ball, Evatt and Labor's policies in occupied Japan', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol 52, No 2, 2006: 188-201.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'The Case of Nikko jiken: Occupation, reform, power and conflict' in Adrian Vickers and Margaret Hanlon (eds), Asia Reconstructed: Proceedings of the16th Biennial Conference of the ASAA, 2006, Wollongong, Australia, Canberra: Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Inc and Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (RSPAS), The Australian National University, 2006. Available online: http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/111/
    • de Matos, Christine, 'The Allied Occupation of Japan—an Australian view', The Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 27 July 2005, available online: http://www.japanfocus.org/-Christine_de-Matos/1765.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'From the "People's War" to the "People's Occupation": Australian and Japanese communists, 1945-52' in Greg Patmore, John Shields and Nikola Balnave (eds), The Past is Before Us: Proceedings of the Ninth National Labour History Conference, The University of Sydney, 30 June-2 July 2005, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History with the Business and Labour History Group, The University of Sydney, 2005: 107-113.
    • 'Contesting the "Will of the People": Australia and constitutional reform in occupied Japan', Japanese Studies, Vol 24, No 2, (September 2004): 181-200.
    • de Matos, Christine, '"For Good or for Evil": Australia, Labour Reform and the Military Occupation of Japan' in Peer-reviewed Proceedings of the 15th Biennial Conference of the ASAA, 2004, Canberra, Australia, 2004, available online: http://coombs.anu.edu.au/SpecialProj/ASAA/biennial-conference/2004/DeMatos-C-ASAA2004.pdf.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Encouraging "Democracy" in a Cold War Climate: The Dual-Platform Policy approach of Evatt and Labor toward the Allied Occupation of Japan 1945-1949', Pacific Economic Papers, No 313, (March 2001): 1-30.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'The Search for Peace and Prosperity: Idealism and pragmatism in Australian policies towards the Japanese labour movement, 1945-49' in Melbourne Historical Journal, Proceedings of the Mass Historia! Postgraduate Conference, University of Melbourne 2001: 120-126.
    • de Matos, Christine, with R. Lawson, 'Information Technology Skills in the Workplace: Implications for Bachelor of Arts degrees' in Australian Journal of Education Technology, Vol 16, No 2, (Winter 2000): 87-103.
    • de Matos, Christine, with Harvey, John, Margaret Chan, Paul Lambert and David Reid, 'IT Support in an M.Teach Program,' ASCILITE 95 conference proceedings, 1996, available online: www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/adelaide96/papers/09.html.
  • Conference papers

    • de Matos, C. ‘The Occupied Home: Domestic Work, Gender and Power in the Allied Occupation of Germany, 1945-1950s’. European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC), Queens University Belfast, 4-7 April 2018.
    • de Matos, Christine, ‘Bringing military work home: Domestic labour and power in occupied Germany and Japan’. European Labour History Network (EHLN) conference, Paris (Universities Nanterre and Sorbonne), 2-4 November 2017.
    • de Matos, Christine, ‘Working for the Victor: Women and Labour in Occupied Germany’. Australian Historical Association (AHA) conference, ‘Entangled Histories’, University of Newcastle, 3-7 July 2017.
    • de Matos, Christine and Rowena Ward, ‘Negotiating the Anglo-Japanese Civilian Exchanges: The Roles of Australia and India’. Indian Association for the Study of Australia, Eastern Region Conference, Kolkata, India, 4-5 February 2017.
    • de Matos, Christine and Karen McCluskey, "Ajax and Anzacs: Greek Classicism in Australian WWI commemorative monuments", World History Association Conference, Ghent University, Belgium, 2-5 July 2016
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Labour during war and occupation: Allied occupation labour in Hiroshima'. Workshop: 'Before and After Defeat: Japan as the occupier and the occupied', University of Wollongong, 2-3 December 2011.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'A conflict of interest: Japanese labour under Australian military occupation, 1946-1952'. Dialogue under Occupation (DUO) V, Okinawa International University and Okinawa Christian University, Okinawa Japan, 4-8 August 2011.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Occupation Masculinities: Australian and Japanese men in Hiroshima, 1946-1952'. Symposium: 'Embattled Men: Masculinity and War', Australian National University, 1-2 April 2011.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Occupation Masculinities: Australian and Japanese men in Hiroshima, 1946-1952'. Workshop: 'Gender and Occupations and Interventions in the Asia Pacific, 1945-2009', University of Wollongong, 10-11 December 2009.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Occupation Masculinities: Australian and Japanese men in Hiroshima, 1946-1952'. 6th International Convention of Asia Scholars, Daejeon, South Korea, 6-9 August 2009.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Views from the Occupied: Gender and race in everyday occupation encounters'. Japanese Studies Association of Australia 2009 conference, University of NSW, 13-16 July 2009.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Performing the Nation: Whiteness, gender and military occupation'. Re-Orienting Whiteness Conference, Melbourne, 3-5 December 2008.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Performing Race and Gender in Occupied Japan'. 17th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA), Melbourne, 1-3 July 2008.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Gender, Nation and Power in Occupied Japan'. Symposium: "Occupying 'the Other': Australia and military occupations from Japan to Iraq", University of Wollongong, 29-30 November 2007.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Living the Colonial Lifestyle: Australians and domestic labour in Occupied Japan 1945-1952'. 5th International Convention of Asia Scholars, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2-5 August 2007.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Competing Masculinities: Gender and power in occupied Hiroshima, 1946-1952'. Japanese Studies Association of Australia: Japan 2007: Adjusting to Change; Respecting the Past, Australian National University, Canberra, 1-4 July 2007.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'The Emancipation of Women?: Gender narratives in occupied Japan'. 'Dialogue under Occupation: The Discourse of Enactment, Transaction, Reactions and Resolution', Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago USA, 7-11 November 2006.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'The Case of Nikko jiken: Occupation, reform, power and conflict'. 16th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA), University of Wollongong, 26 - 29 June 2006.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Memories of Occupation: Workers and soldiers in Hiroshima, 1945-1952'.'Japan – Negotiating the 21st Century: Japanese Studies Association of Australia Conference', Adelaide, 3-6 July 2005.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Challenging the Hegemon: Australia-US rivalry over the progress of democratization in occupied Japan'. 9th Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ), Sophia University, Tokyo, 18-19 June 2005.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'From the "People's War" to the "People's Occupation": Australian and Japanese communists, 1945-1952'. 'The Past is Before Us: 9th National Labour History Conference', Sydney, 30 June-2 July 2005.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Alternative Visions, Alternative Futures: The United States, Australia and Japan's postwar constitution'. Visions: 12th Biennial Conference of the Australian Historical Association (AHA), Newcastle, 5-9 July 2004.
    • de Matos, Christine, '"For Good or for Evil": Australia, labour reform and the military occupation of Japan'. 15th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA), Canberra, 29 June-2 July 2004.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Australia goes to Japan: The Occupation as orientalism and ideology'. 8th Asian Studies Conference, Japan (ASCJ), Sophia University, Tokyo, 19-20 June 2004.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Orientalism versus Ideology: Australia and labour reform in occupied Japan, 1945-1949'. 'Innovation and Resistance': 13th Biennial Conference of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA), Queensland University of Technology, 2-4 July 2003. Paper nominated for the JSAA 2003 Postgraduate Best Paper Prize.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Patrick Shaw and the Japanese National Public Service Law (NPSL), 1947-1949'. Biennial Conference of the Australian Historical Association Griffith University, 3-7 July 2002.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'The Search for Peace and Prosperity: Idealism and pragmatism in Australian policies towards the Japanese labour movement, 1945-1949'. Mass Historia! National Postgraduate History Conference, University of Melbourne, 19-21 July 2001.
    • de Matos, Christine, '"Un-forgetting" the Allied Occupation of Japan: Oral histories from Australian participants'. Tales of the Century: National Conference of the Oral History Association of Australia, State Library of Victoria, 2-5 September 1999.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Labor, the Cold War and the Democratisation of Occupied Japan 1945-1949'. Biennial Conference of the Australian Historical Association University of Sydney, 6-10 July 1998.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Australia, the Cold War and Japan 1945-1949'. Inaugural conference for the Centre of Asian Studies, University of Western Sydney, Macarthur, 20 October 1996.
    • de Matos, Christine, 'Is There a Clue in Thirroul? A student's experience of Kangaroo', 'In the Footsteps of Lawrence Conference' D.H. Lawrence Society, Colloroy, NSW, 29 May 1994.
  • Workshop/ conference organisation

    • 'Before and After Defeat: Japan as the occupier and the occupied. Crossing the 1945 divide', University of Wollongong, 2-3 Dec 2011.
    • 'Gender and Occupations and Interventions', University of Wollongong, 10-11 Dec 2009.
    • 'Occupying "the Other": Australia and military occupations from Japan to Iraq', University of Wollongong, 29-30 Nov 2007.
  • In the media

  • Professional affiliations

    • World History Association
    • Professional Historians Association NSW & ACT (Inc)
    • Australian Historical Association
    • NSW Writers' Centre
  • Awards

    • 2016 Chingari Small Grants Scheme, Australia India Institute
    • 2011 Japan Foundation Grant Program for Intellectual Exchange Conference
    • 2010 Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Research Scholarship
    • 2009 Ernst Keller European Travelling Fellowship
    • 2009 Asia Pacific Futures Research Network (APFRN) Grant
    • 2007 Japan Foundation Grant Program for Intellectual Exchange Conference
    • 2004 Japan Foundation Fellowship
    • 1999 J.G. Crawford Award (Excellence in new research on Japan and Australia)
    • 1997 Research Excellence Award, Faculty of Education, University of Sydney
    • 1995 University Medal, University of Western Sydney, Macarthur