Name:                         Anna Denejkina

Degree awarded:        PhD

Date awarded:             May 6, 2019

Title of dissertation:    Impact of intergenerational trauma transmission on the first post-Soviet generation

University:                   University of Technology Sydney

Faculty/School/Department/Centre (one only): Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Supervisors:    Dr Sue Joseph

Summary: Artyom Borovik wrote that ‘Afghanistan became part of each person who fought there. And each of the half million soldiers who went through this war became part of Afghanistan.’1 This mixed-methods study focuses on familial relationships pertaining to returned Soviet veterans of the Soviet–Afghan War, 1979 to 1989, examining the impact of the conflict on the first post-Soviet generation through the intergenerational transmission of war-related trauma from parents to children. Research was conducted from 2015 to 2018, with fieldwork conducted in Russia in 2017, and survey data collected between 2016 and 2017. The qualitative analysis was based on interviews with veterans, now-adult children of veterans, and veterans’ other family members. The quantitative analysis was based on questionnaire responses from now-adult children of veterans. The study was conducted using an exo-autoethnographic framework, a methodology developed during this PhD. Exo-autoethnography is the autoethnographic exploration of a history whose events the researcher did not experience directly, but a history that impacts the researcher by proxy through the familial environment. In this first conception, the methodology is a merger of the fields of psychotraumatology and autoethnography, connecting the present with a history of the other through trauma transmission and experiences of an upbringing influenced by parental trauma. Research results show an ongoing impact of the Soviet–Afghan war on the first post-Soviet generation. This study provides four key findings: intergenerational trauma transmission, domestic violence, collective trauma and mental health in the former Soviet Union, and makeshift group therapy and substance abuse. The outcome of this research demonstrates a strong likelihood that the correlation of mental health issues between children and their veteran parents is a result of intergenerational effects of military service in the Soviet–Afghan war. The implications of these findings show the grave situation of mental health and trauma in the former Soviet Union, which continues to function as it did prior to its disbandment: individual mental illness and trauma continue to be ‘disappeared’. This issue highlights the radical need for improvement in mental-health education and support within the former Soviet Union generally, and within the military services specifically. This thesis includes an exo-autoethnographic component: a creative work reflecting the fieldwork and research in book form, including the personal experiences of the PhD candidate relating to her upbringing as a child of a Soviet–Afghan war veteran.

Name:                              Christian John Mauri

Degree awarded:          PhD

Date awarded:              7 May 2019

Title of dissertation:    The Precariat, Ph.D.: On disposable academics and the university system

University: Murdoch University, School of Arts

Supervisors:     Dr Jeremy Northcote (principal supervisor); Dr Mark Jennings and Dr Anne Price.


Drawing on Guy Standing’s notion of the “precarious proletariat”, The Precariat, Ph.D. contributes a conceptual analysis of the structural conditions, situations and views of sessional teaching academics. This is linked to an analysis of neoliberal higher education adapted from the social systems theory of Niklas Luhmann. The project provides an examination of academic precariatisation and of the related changes to higher education, along with an examination of how university leaders have cast these developments as necessary responses to changes in the broader social and economic environment.


Name:                              Karina Heikkila

Degree awarded:          PhD

Date awarded:              2 April 2019

Title of dissertation:    Could s 17 of the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (Qld) represent a Derridean justice-based approach to animal protections?

University:                      Victoria University, College of Law & Justice

Supervisors:     Dr Edwin Tanner, Emeritus Professor Neil Andrews

Summary: The thesis provides both a Derridean analysis and a legal analysis of the so called ‘duty of care’ laws said to be ‘owed to’ nonhuman animals.  It explores and applies deconstruction to ameliorate human-animal difference.


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