Antonia Finnane

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Antonia Finnane FAHA (born 11 December 1952)[1] is professor of Chinese History at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests have been in migration from China to Australia, particularly by Jewish refugees and in urban and cultural change in China, concentrating on consumption and clothing.[2][3] Finnane retired from her teaching position at the end of 2018 following a career spanning 33 years.[4]


Sydney-born Finnane graduated from the University of Sydney with a BA (Hons). She moved to Canberra, where she completed her PhD at the Australian National University. Her thesis was "Prosperity and Decline under the Qing: Yangzhou and its hinterland, 1644–1810".[5]


Finnane has been awarded grants by the Australian Research Council for three Discovery projects: "Consumption in Late Imperial China", "Fashionable times" and "The fate of the artisan in revolutionary China: tailors in Beijing, 1930s–1960s".[6] Her work has also been funded by two University of Melbourne grants, one in which she compared luxury in Renaissance Italy with Ming China and the second a study of "Memory and Commemoration in Asia and the West".[6]

Finnane has contributed articles to many journals, including The Journal of Asian Studies, Asian Studies Review, Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient, Modern China and The China Quarterly.[7]


As author[edit]

  • Finnane, Antonia (1999), Far from where?: Jewish journeys from Shanghai to Australia, Melbourne University Press, ISBN 978-0-522-84846-5
  • Finnane, Antonia (2004), Speaking of Yangzhou: A Chinese city, 1550–1850, Harvard University Press, ISBN 978-0-674-01392-6
  • Finnane, Antonia (2007), Changing Clothes in China: Fashion, history, nation, University of New South Wales Press, ISBN 978-0-86840-895-8

As editor[edit]

  • Finnane, Antonia; McLaren, Anne E., eds. (1999), Dress, sex and text in Chinese culture, Monash Asia Institute, ISBN 978-0-7326-1174-3
  • Finnane, Antonia; McDougall, Derek, eds. (2010), Bandung 1955: Little histories, Monash University Press, ISBN 978-1-876924-73-7

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ "Family Notices". The Sydney Morning Herald (35, 874). New South Wales, Australia. 12 December 1952. p. 16. Retrieved 21 October 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ Finnane, Antonia. "The Red Detachment of Women marches forward – but to where?". The Conversation. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  3. ^ Finnane, Antonia. "'Not your prom dress': why a Chinese dress set off a cultural debate about identity and history". The Conversation. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Farewelling Professor Antonia Finnane". University of Melbourne. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  5. ^ Finnane, Antonia (1985), Prosperity and decline under the Qing : Yangzhou and its hinterland, 1644-1810, retrieved 21 October 2020
  6. ^ a b c "Prof Antonia Finnane". University of Melbourne. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Antonia Finnane". ResearchGate. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Levenson Prize for Books in Chinese Studies – Book awards". LibraryThing. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Fellows: Antonia Finnane". Australian Academy of the Humanities. Retrieved 21 October 2020.