Dianne Hall

Dianne Hall is Senior lecturer in European history at Victoria University, Melbourne. She researches the histories of violence, gender, religion and memory, focusing on the Irish in the medieval and early modern periods and in the modern diaspora. In 2004, Four Courts Press published a monograph Women and the church in medieval Ireland, which was the first full-length study on the topic. In 2001 she took up a position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Queen’s University, Belfast, working on the project 'Memory, Place and Symbol:  Irish Identities and Landscape in Colonial Australia' led by Dr Lindsay Proudfoot.

In 2004 she was awarded an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship for the project 'Gender, Violence and the Irish, 1200-1900' with Professor Elizabeth Malcolm. In this project, Dr Hall and Prof. Malcolm researched violence and gender in Ireland, analysing the differing ways both men and women understood, negotiated, perpetrated and controlled violence over a long period of time. The project focused on interpersonal violence, including homicide, assault, abduction, rape, dueling, family and marital violence and infanticide, as well as political and social violence, as expressed in rebellion, war, sectarianism and communal, ritualised and recreational conflict.  She continues to research on aspects of violence and gender in early modern and medieval Europe.

Narratives of violence and religious division continued to resonate in the Irish diaspora in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This is particularly relevant to Australia because large numbers of Irish, both Catholic and Protestant, migrated here, with Catholics forming a significant ethnically and religiously distinct minority during the colonial period, when Irish and British Protestants continued to fear Catholic influence. Dr Hall continues to research on both Australian Irish Catholic and Protestant concepts of identity and memory in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and is currently joint Chief Investigator on an ARC funded project 'The Irish in Colonial Australia: Race, Representation and Repression' (2013-2015).



Emotions, Children and War in Early Modern Ireland



Gender and Violence in Ireland, 1200–1900. (with Elizabeth Malcolm). In preparation.

Barclay, K., D. Hall and D. Mackinnon, eds. ‘Children and War’, special issue, Parergon 38.2 (2021), forthcoming.

A New History of the Irish in Australia. Sydney: UNSW Press, 2018. (with Elizabeth Malcolm) 

Imperial Spaces: Placing the Irish and Scots in colonial Australia. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011. (With Lindsay Proudfoot).

Women and the Church in Medieval Ireland c. 1140–1540.  Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003. Paperback edition, 2008.

Selected refereed journal articles

“‘Now him white man’: images of the Irish in colonial Australia” History Australia 11.2 (2014): 167–95.

'Defending the faith: Orangeism and Ulster Protestant identities in colonial New South Wales'. Journal of Religious History. 38.2 (2014): 207–33.

‘The Rebels Turkish Tyranny’: Understanding Rape in Ireland during the 1640s’. Gender and History 22:1 (2010): 55–74. (with Elizabeth Malcolm).

‘Diaspora, gender and the Irish’. Australasian Journal of Irish Studies 8 (2008/9) pp. 3–29. (with Elizabeth Malcolm).

'Words as weapons: speech, violence and gender in late medieval Ireland'. Éire/Ireland, 41, (2006): 122–41.

Refereed Book chapters

‘Sexual and Family Violence in Europe’. In The Cambridge World History of Violence. Volume 3: AD 1500–AD 1800, edited by R. Antony, S. Carroll and C. Dodds Pennock, pp. 274–91. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020. (with Elizabeth Malcolm).

'“Most barbarously and inhumaine maner butchered”: masculinity, trauma and memory in early modern Ireland'. In The Body in Pain in Irish Culture, edited by Emilie Pine and Fionnuala Dillane, pp. 39–55. London: Palgrave, 2016.

'Fear, gender and violence in early modern Ireland'. In Understanding Emotions in Early Europe, edited by Andrew Lynch and Michael Champion, pp. 215–32. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2015.

'"God sent me here to raise a society": Irishness, Protestantism and Colonial Identity'. In Religion and Greater Ireland: Christianity and Irish Global Networks, 1750–1950, edited by Hilary Carey and Colin Barr, pp. 319–39. Canada: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015.

'Celtic Crosses and Empire: Irish families and community in Stawell'. In Gold Tailings: Forgotten Histories of Family and Community on the Central Victorian Goldfields, edited by Charles Fahey and Alan Mayne, pp. 131–51. Scholarly Publishing, 2009. (With Lindsay Proudfoot).

'Beyond the pale: gender and violence in Ireland, 1169-1603'. In War, Peace, and Gender from Antiquity to the Present: cross-cultural perspective, edited by Jost Dülffer and Robert Frank, pp. 155–68. Klartext Verlag, 2009. (With Elizabeth Malcolm)

'Women and violence in medieval Ireland'. In Pawns or Players? Studies on Medieval and Early Modern Women, edited by Christine Meek and Catherine Lawless, pp. 131–40. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2004.


2015, Moore Institute Visiting Fellowship, National University Ireland, Galway.
2013, Australian Research Council, Discovery Grant
2011, Victoria University, Mid-Career Researcher Grant
2004, Australian Research Council, Discovery Grant and Post Doctoral Fellowship