Dianne’s research interests are in histories of violence, gender, religion and memory with a particular focus on the Irish both in medieval and early modern Ireland and in the modern Irish diaspora. She is also interested in the connections between 19th century ideas about race and Irishness. Dianne held post doctoral research fellowships in the School of History at University of Melbourne and School of Geography, Queen's University, Belfast before joining Victoria University.

Her current research projects are Scalded Memory: Gender, violence and the Irish 1200-1900, and The Irish, race and colonialism in Australia 1788-1918 both with Elizabeth Malcolm, University of Melbourne.

She has been Book Review Editor of Australasian Journal of Irish Studies since 2007 and is also on the Committee of the Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand.

Recent publications


L. Proudfoot and D. Hall (2011) Imperial Spaces: Placing the Irish and Scots in colonial Australia. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Hall, D. (2003/8) Women and the Church in Medieval Ireland c. 1140-1540. Dublin: Four Courts Press. 252 pages. Paperback edition, 2008.

Refereed journal articles

Hall, D. (2014) “‘Now him white man’: images of the Irish in colonial Australia” History Australia 11: 2, pp. 167-195.

Hall, D. (2014) ““Defending the faith: Orangeism and Ulster Protestant identities in colonial New South Wales” Journal of Religious History. 38:2, pp. 207-223

L. Proudfoot and D. Hall (2010) ‘Memory, Place and Diaspora: Locating Identity in Colonial Space,' Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies 4:1 pp. 47-64

Hall, D. and E. Malcolm (2010) The Rebels Turkish Tyranny’: Understanding Rape in Ireland during the 1640s,’ Gender and History 22:1 pp. 55-74.

Hall, D. and E. Malcolm (2008/9) ‘Diaspora, gender and the Irish’ Australasian Journal of Irish Studies 8 pp. 3-29.

Refereed book chapters

Hall, D. (2015) “Fear, gender and violence in early modern Ireland” in Understanding Emotions in Early Europe, ed. Andrew Lynch and Michael Champion. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 215-232.

Hall, D. (2015) “God sent me here to raise a society”: Irishness, Protestantism and Colonial Identity” in Religion and Greater Ireland ed. Hilary Carey and Colin Barr. : McGill-Queens University Press

Hall, D. and L. Proudfoot (2010) “Celtic Crosses and Empire: Irish families and community in Stawell” in Gold Tailings: Forgotten Histories of Family and Community on the Central Victorian Goldfields, eds Charles Fahey and Alan Mayne. 131-151. Scholarly Publishing.

Hall, D. and E. Malcolm (2009) “Beyond the pale: gender and violence in Ireland, 1169-1603” in War, Peace, and Gender from Antiquity to the Present: cross-cultural perspective, eds Jost Dülffer and Robert Frank. 155-168. Klartext Verlag.

Hall, D. and L. Proudfoot (2005) “Memory and identity in ‘Irish’ Australia: constructing alterity in Belfast (Port Fairy) c. 1857-1873” in Ireland’s Heritages: Critical Perspectives on Memory and Identity, ed. Mark McCarthy. 89-104. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Conference presentations

Hall, D. (2015) "Emotions, children and war in early modern Ireland," paper presented at Australian and New Zealand Medieval and Early Modern Studies conference, Brisbane, July 2015.

Hall, D. (2015) “’Excruciatingly funny’: Patsy O’Wang, race, Irishness and humour in early 20th century Australia”, paper presented at Australasian Irish Studies Conference, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, June 2015.

Hall, D. (2015) “Fighting for loyalty?: Irishness during the First World War in Australia” paper presented at the Labour History conference, Melbourne, February 2015.

Hall, D. (2014) “Catholic Irish Australia and the Labor Movement: Race in Australia and Nationalism in Ireland, 1880s-1920s” Paper delivered at Australian/US comparative and transnational labor history conference, University of Sydney, November 2014.

Hall, D. (2014) “Violence, gender and cartoon Irish in colonial Australia” paper presented at Australian Historical Association Conference, Brisbane, July 2014.

Hall, D. (2013) "Remembering and forgetting: gendered violence in the memory of the 1641 rising." Australasian Irish Studies Conference, University of New South Wales.

Hall, D. (2013) “’What shee hath often seene’: family violence in pre-modern Ireland’. Australian and New Zealand Medieval and Early Modern Studies conference, Monash University, February 2013.


Research grants

  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant 2013, 2014, 2015, totalling $100,000
  • Internal Research Grant, Victoria University, 2013, 2014, 2015, totalling $90,000.
  • Mid career Researcher Grant, Victoria University in 2011, totalling $20,000.

Professional memberships

  • Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • Australian and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Appearances in the media

Dianne regularly comments on aspects of Irish history and Irish migration to Australia.


Areas of expertise

  • 19th century Australian and Irish-Australian History
  • Gender and women’s history
  • History of war and violence
  • Irish History
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