Dr Ellen Warne
Ellen Warne is a senior lecturer in History at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. She completed a BA Honours (first class) degree at the University of Melbourne in 1994 and proceeded to doctoral studies, completing her PhD in 2000. For her thesis she commenced what has been her major research preoccupation with activists in social reform women-only organisations, whose energy was directed towards a wide range of issues that sparked their concern and drove their desire for social renovation. She worked as a research fellow investigating the long histories of 'working mothers' in Australia and published with colleagues. Her major research interest has focused on women in women-only organisations from the suffrage campaigns onwards, including the long-standing debates around 'family values' and contrasting dynamics that required women's political and economic engagement in Australia. This builds on other branches of her work that examines women's willingness to engage in political debate in both Australia and, alongside the League of Nations, their own trans-national networks. She is a member of the research team concentrating on Historicising Social Policy and Change in Australia. She regularly presents papers at conferences including in the past three years at the Australian Historical Association conference and was an invited speaker at the international conference on the Colonial Girl.
Doctor of Philosophy in History, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 2000
Dissertation: &lsquoThe Mothers&rsquo Anxious Future: Australian Christian Women&rsquos Associations Meet the Modern World, 1880s-1930s.&rsquo
BA. Hons  University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, 1994.
Honours thesis: 'Responsible for our Words and Actions: The Saint-Simonian Women's Struggle, 1830-34'
Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, Victoria, 1991-1993
Double history major with special focus on European and women&rsquos history.
Ellen Warne, Agitate, Educate, Organise, Legislate: Protestant Women's Social Activism in Post-Suffrage Australia, Mebourne: MUP (Academic), 2017.
Noah Riseman, Sue Rechter and Ellen Warne (eds.), (2010) Learning, Teaching and Social Justice in Higher Education, published by University of Melbourne E-Scholarship in conjunction with the School of Arts and Sciences (Vic) ACU, Melbourne.
Ellen Warne and Charles Zika (eds) (2005) God, the Devil and a Millennium of Christian Culture, RMIT Publishing, Melbourne, 2004.
Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters
Ellen Warne, (2013) "'These forces are in our midst': YWCA 'Girls' and Challenges of Transnationalism Between the Wars", Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, Vol 18, No 1, 66-83.
Ellen Warne, (2012) "Learning from the League: Supra-National Women's Groups and the League of Nations", Lilith: A Feminist History Journal (print version), no. 17 & 18, 54-67, 0813-8990,
Warne E, (2012)  "'Advertising the Work': Women's Suffrage Campaigns Leading the way in Modern Media Publicity", Seizing the Initiative: Australian Women Leaders in Politics, Workplaces and Communities, Australia, 61-71, University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre in collaboration with School of Arts and Sciences (VIC), Australian Catholic University, 9780734047977.
Ellen Warne, (2011) 'Constance Duncan: Translating Women&rsquos Leadership and Internationalism in Asia and Australia, 1922-1958' in Fiona Davis, Nell Musgrove and Judith Smart (eds.) Founders, Firsts and Feminists : Women Leaders in Twentieth-century Australia, Melbourne : eScholarship Research Centre, University of Melbourne.
Shurlee Swain, Patricia Grimshaw and Ellen Warne, (2009) 'Whiteness, Maternal Feminism and the Working Mother, 1900 to 1960' in Jane Carey and Clare McLisky (Eds) Creating White Australia, Sydney: Sydney University Press. (B1)
Warne E, [Book review] 'Dance Hall And Picture Palace: Sydney's Romance With Modernity', Australian Historical Studies 37 (127): 219-220 APR 2006
*Ellen Warne, (2005) 'A Daily Scramble': Working Mothers' Access to Child Care in World War Two', in eds Patricia Grimshaw, John Murphy and Belinda Probert, Double Shift: Working Mothers and Social Change in Australia, Circa: Melbourne, ch.8. (14pgs.)
*Patricia Grimshaw, Shurlee Swain and Ellen Warne, (2005) 'Whose Problem? Experts and the Working Mother in 1960s Melbourne', in eds Seamus O'Hanlon and Tanja Luckins, Go! Melbourne in the Sixties, Circa: Melbourne. Ch.10  (17 pgs.)
*Shurlee Swain, Ellen Warne and Patricia Grimshaw, 'Constructing the working mother: Australian perspectives, 1920 to 1970'. Hecate 31.2 (Oct 2005): p21 (13pgs). (5619 words)
Shurlee Swain, Ellen Warne and Margot Hillel, (2004) 'gnorance Is Not Innocence: Sex Education in Australia, 1890-1939' in Claudia Nelson, & Michelle H. Martin (eds.) Sexual Pedagogies: Sex Education in Britain, Australia & America, 1879-2000. NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
Ellen Warne, Shurlee Swain, Patricia Grimshaw & John Lack, (2003) 'Women in Conversation: a wartime social survey in Melbourne, Australia 1941-43', Women's History Review, Volume 12 Number 4.
Ellen Warne, (2002) 'Moral Departures: Australian Church Women and the Mass Media, 1908-1930' in Xavier Pons (ed.) Departures: How Australia Reinvents Itself, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
Ellen Warne (2000) 'Tell Them!' Anglican Mothers and Sex Education 1890 &ndash 1930, in Colin Holden (ed.) People of the Past? The Culture of Melbourne Anglicanism and Anglicanism in Melbourne's Culture, Parkville, Vic. : Dept. of History, University of Melbourne.
Ellen Warne, (2000) 'Prowlers in the Darkened Cinema: Australian Church Women's Associations and the Arrival of the Motion Picture in Australia' Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, vol. Vol. 5, No1.
Ellen Warne, (1999) Book review of Each Mind a Kingdom. American Women, Sexual Purity and the New Thought Movement 1875-1920 by Beryl Satter, Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Vol 4: No. 2.
Ellen Warne, (1999) 'Sex Education Debates and the Modest Mother in Australia, 1890s to the 1930s', Women's History Review, Volume 8, Number 2.
Ellen Warne, (1997) 'To Represent Ideals which the World is Lightly Passing By': The Mothers' Union and Parental Training at St Peter's Eastern Hill', Anglo-Catholicism in Melbourne: Papers to mark the 150th Anniversary of St Peter's Eastern Hill 1846-1996, Parkville, Vic. : Dept. of History, University of Melbourne.
Interview on Late Night Live, Wednesday 9 August, 2017 http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/women-reformers/8789754
My research explores the ways in which women's organinisations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries developed strong leadership roles in national and international settings as they responded to some of the major social concerns of the era. The transnational networks of groups such as the YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) and the WCTU (Women's Christian Temperance Union) allowed their members to believe that organs such as the League of Nations may well be able to shape a new sort of world.
Key research interests: Women and leadership, maternalism, Christian women's organisations, YWCA, WCTU, suffrage and citizenship, alcohol and temperance, cinema and censorship, age of consent and sex education; Working mothers in Australian history.
2011 Teaching Development Grant: Principal Investigator with Theda Thomas, Bill Franzsen and earlier with Dr Vanessa Hughes: Using collaborative approaches to peer review to enhance quality, reflective teaching practices that meet the needs of students.
2010 Teaching Development Grant: with Margot Hillel, Roger Hillman, Kaaren Yap, Alison Blair: Preparing unit outlines and assessments to meet students’ learning needs; an e-resource project.
2010: Faculty Research Grant Scheme, “Involve Me: Hear Me: Engaging Students and Staff”. My research for this project focussed on how classroom debates can help engage students with the process of researching, constructing and defending an argument, and how this can then be translated into essay writing.
Director Undergraduate (Arts)
Convenor of Oral History and Life Stories Honours Seminar, University of Melbourne, 2003 and 2004
Lecturer Level B: Australian Catholic University, 2004 -2010
Lecturer Level C: Australian Catholic University, 2011-
During this time I have been Lecturer In Charge of  the following units:
HIST105 Early Modern Europe,
HIST215 Later Modern Europe
HIST208 Fascist Europe
HIST227/HIST331 History of Human Rights
HIST218 Oral Hisotry: Australian Women's Voices,
HIST328 Global Approaches to Women's History,
HIST214 Destination Australia: Immigrants and Refugees in Australian History
HIST308 Making History
HIST325 Transnational Australia,
HUMA402 Seminar in Research Methods.
I have also co-taught in HIST106 Australian Indigenous People Past and Present, and in 2008 I taught this unit in the Catalyst-Clemente Program which draws remarkable people into the university who might otherwise be missed in traditional admission schemes.
*In 2010 I was awarded a Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2013 was awarded an ACU national citation along with Nell Musgrove and Noah Riseman. In 2014 I was awarded an OLT Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for "Collaboratively designing a program of assessment which promotes hands-on historical research and transforms students into independent historians". This was a team award with Dr Noah Risema and Dr Nell Musgrove.
I am an accredited supervisor for Honours, MPhil and PhD students. I have supervised postgraduate students working on:
- Forgotten Australians
- Domestic and Family Violence Crisis centres
- midwifery in the era of professionalisation and Catholic women's organisations.
- I am currently supervising an MPhil  project on a biographical study of Anna Brennan.
I have supervised honours students on:
- the Armenian diaspora in Australia
- immigation stories of Anglo Indian migrants
- Immigration experiences of South Africans coming to Melbourne
- Polish immigration and community in the western suburbs of Melbourne
- the social and cultural impact of African-American visitors to Australia before the 1950s
- Richard III,
- and currently, public discourses on working mothers in Australia 1920s-1949.
Australian Historical Association
Melbourne Feminist History Association
Page last updated: 2018-01-22
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