Staff profile - Tony Joel

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Dr Tony Joel

Position: Senior Lecturer In History
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SHSS Arts & Ed
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 72580 +61 3 522 72580



Tony is Senior Lecturer in History and Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning) in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Contemporary Histories Research Group, in the Alfred Deakin Research Institute (ADRI)

Australian Alumni Association of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, DAAD)

Editorial & Management Committee of the Australian Policy & History (APH) Network <> 



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Teaching Interests

Tony's teaching interests include modern German history, the Holocaust, the Cold War, sports history, and historiography.

Subjects and units currently teaching

Unit Chair, AIH264 The Holocaust

Unit Chair, AIH256 Sport in History

Unit Chair, AIH320 History Internship

Student supervision

Current PhD candidates working under Tony's supervision:

Mathew Turner

Working title: Shaping Historiography: the Auschwitz Trial and Historians as Expert Witnesses

Mathew's thesis examines the role of four German historians who acted as expert witnesses in the 1963-65 trial of Auschwitz personnel. It explores how the judicial setting influenced the construction of the historians' trial reports and subsequent post-trial publication, the seminal Anatomy of the SS State. It considers how this book was received by scholars and shaped historiographical debate, as well as the trial’s impact on the careers and contributions of the four historians.

Sarah Coates

Working Title: British and American Newspapers and Contemporary Reportage of Concentration Camps, 1945-47

Sarah's thesis examines how the Western Allies' liberation of Nazi concentration camps and subsequent Military Trials of concentration camp personnel were depicted and framed in contemporary reportage in major British and American newspapers. It considers how cultural paradigms were at play, and compares how  national, political, cultural, and social developments influenced contemporary British and American portrayals.


Awards and prizes

Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Australian Awards for University Teaching: Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, 2012.

Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence, Vice Chancellor's Prizes and Awards, 2011.

Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, 2010.

German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, DAAD) research scholarship, 2005-06.


Research projects

Tony and his Deakin colleague Professor David Lowe are the General Editors for Routledge's new interdisciplinary book series entitled Remembering the Modern World. To commence the series, Tony and David recently co-authored Remembering the Cold War: Global Contest and National Stories (Routledge, 2013).

Tony's new research project focuses on the history and memory of sporting triumphs, tragedies, and rivalries. Key case studies include the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees in Major League Baseball and Liverpool FC and Manchester United in the English Premier League.



Research interests

Tony's research interests include contemporary German history, the Cold War, the politics of war memory and commemoration, and sports history.




The Dresden Firebombing: Memory and the Politics of Destruction (I.B.Tauris, London: 2013)

with David Lowe, Remembering the Cold War: Global Contest and National Stories (Routledge, London: 2013)

"Reconstruction Over Ruins: Rebuilding Dresden's Frauenkirche," in Martin Gegner and Bart Ziino eds., The Heritage of War (Routledge, London: 2012) pp. 197-218

with Roy Hay, "Football's World Cup and its Fans - Reflections on National Styles: A Photo Essay on Germany 2006," Soccer & Society, vol. 8, no. 1 (Routledge, London: 2007) pp. 1-32

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