Associate Professor , Modern History - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Phone: +61 2 6773 2156
Born in Melbourne and educated at Xavier College (1991-98), Richard discovered an early passion for History (and Doctor Who, before it was cool). He studied at Monash University (1999-2003), where he was awarded the Ian Turner Memorial Prize for his BA (Honours) thesis (2003) and the J. D. Legge Prize for the best overall result in fourth-year History (graduated 2004). While studying for his PhD (awarded 2008), Richard worked as a sessional tutor, Associate Lecturer, and Lecturer, in History and International Studies. He came to the UNE at the beginning of 2009 as Lecturer in Modern European History, pursuing his interests in teaching the 1789-2000 period, and his main areas of research interest (the cultural history of Anglo-German relations; the Great War; and the political cartoon). In 2012, Richard was awarded a DECRA (Discovery Early Career Researcher Award) by the Australian Research Council, to explore the global history of political cartoons (funding for 2013-2015 inclusive). In 2014, Richard was Visiting Scholar at the Flinders University of South Australia, and was also accepted as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge. Between 2018 and 2020, Richard served as the elected staff representative of the UNE University Council.
Doctor of Philosophy (2008), Monash University
Bachelor of Arts (Honours, 1st Class), Monash University
Professional Affiliations and Research Engagement
- Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (London)
- Australasian Association for European History (Member, Executive Committee – 2017-19)
- EIRIS — Equipe Interdisciplinaire de Recherche sur l'Image Satirique (l'Equipe HCTI, de l'Université de Bretagne Occidentale).
- Australasian Humour Studies Network (AHSN), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.
- Australian Cartoonists' Association (Strawberry Hills, New South Wales, 2012).
- Life Member, The Cartoon Museum (35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH).
- Political Cartoon Society, PO Box 3516, Barnet EN5 9LF, United Kingdom.
- 19th Century Studies @ UNE
- Member, St Albert's College Board of Directors
- Comics Studies Society (Ohio State University).
- Modern European History, 1700-Present
- Germany, 1700-Present
- Global history, and historical uses, of political cartoons.
- British interactions with, and images of, Germany and other European nations.
- Nineteenth and Twentieth-century British and European history (social, imperial, economic, military, political, gender and cultural).
Students interested in research projects in these or affiliated areas are most welcome to submit an email query.
Major Competitive Grants
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award – 'The Cartoon Empire: The Anglo-American Tradition of Political Satire and Comic Art, 1720-2020' (2013–2015 inclusive)
Books & Monographs
Catherine Dewhirst and Richard Scully (eds), The Transnational Voices of Australia’s Migrant and Minority Press, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021
Richard Scully and Andrekos Varnava (eds), Comic Empires: The Imperialism of Cartoons, Caricature and Satirical Art, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020.
Richard Scully, Eminent Victorian Cartoonists (3 Volumes), London: The Political Cartoon Society, 2018.
- Volume I – The Founders
- Volume II – The Rivals of ‘Mr Punch’
- Volume III – Heirs and Successors
Richard Scully and Andrekos Varnava (eds), Comic Empires: The Imperialism of Cartoons, Caricature and Satirical Art, Manchester: Manchester University Press [forthcoming]
Richard Scully, British Images of Germany: Admiration, Antagonism, & Ambivalence, 1860-1914, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Reviewed by Colin Storer via the Institute of Historical Research; James Retallack in German History; Jan Rüger in the American Historical Review; Andreas Rose in the Journal of Modern History; Shearer West in Victorian Studies; and David Monger in Britain and the World.
Richard Scully and Marian Quartly (eds), Drawing the Line: Using Cartoons as Historical Evidence,Clayton: Monash University ePress, 2009 - reissued, 2011:http://www.epress.monash.edu/dl/about.html.
Scholarly Articles and Book Chapters
‘George VI in Cartoons: The King Vanishes’, Contemporary British History, Volume 34, Number 3, 2020 pp.358-388.
‘Cultivating Fear: The Image of SA and the Presence of Propaganda in the late-Weimar Öffentlichkeit’ [with Jacob Berg] in Thomas J. Kehoe and Michael Pickering (eds), Fear in the German-Speaking World, 1600-2000, 2020, London: Bloomsbury, pp.123-163.
‘Courting the Colonies: Linley Sambourne of Punch and Imperial Allegory’ [with Robert Dingley] in Richard Scully & Andrekos Varnava (eds), Comic Empires: The Imperialism of Cartoons, Caricature and Satirical Art, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020, pp.31-65.
‘Britain in the Melbourne Punch: 1855-1901’, Visual Culture in Britain, Volume 20, Number 2 – Special Issue: Graphic Satire in the Long Nineteenth Century, July, 2019, pp.152-171.
‘Mark Knight vs Serena Williams – Crossing the Line: Offensive and Controversial Cartoons in the 21st Century – “The View from Australia” – Part Two’, International Journal of Comic Art, Volume 21, Number 1, Spring/Summer, 2018, pp.151-176.
‘The Australian Political Cartoon – An Historiographical Overview’ [with Robert Phiddian], International Journal of Comic Art, Volume 20, No.1, Spring/Summer, 2018, pp.367-383.
'Kaiser Cartoons, 1914-1918: A Transnational Comic Art Genre', in Michael Walsh & Andrekos Varnava (eds), The Great War and the British Empire: Culture and Society, London New York: Routledge, 2017, pp.41-62.
‘Antipodean Perspectives – (Nearly) Fifty Years of the Australasian Association for European History (AAEH)’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Volume 62, No.4, 2016, pp.576-591.
'A Family Business: the Bartholomews of Edinburgh in the First World War', War & Society, Volume 35, No.1, 2016, pp.60-102.
‘Founding a Dynasty and an Art-Form: John Doyle (1797-1868)’, International Journal of Comic Art, Volume 18, Number 1, 2016, pp.60-102.
‘The Foundations of the Anglo-American Tradition of Political Satire and Comic Art: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries’, International Journal of Comic Art, Volume 17, No.2, 2015, pp.98-132.
‘Crossing the Line: Offensive and Controversial Cartoons in the 21st Century – “The View from Australia”’, International Journal of Comic Art, Volume 17, No.1,2015, pp.336-357.
'An Australian Comic Breakthrough: Craig San Roque's The Long Weekend in Alice Springs. Adapted and drawn by Joshua Santospirito – A Dialogue', International Journal of Comic Art, Volume 17, No.1, 2015, pp.131-148.
'Comic Empires: Cartoons, Caricature and Imperialism: A Symposium. Introduction', International Journal of Comic Art, Volume 16, No.2, 2014, pp.58-64 [Full symposium: pp.57-131].
'Accounting for Transformative Moments in the History of the Political Cartoon', International Journal of Comic Art, Volume 16, No.2, 2014, pp.332-364.
'A Serious Matter: Erwin D. Swann (1906-1973) and the Collection of Caricature and Cartoon', Journal of the History of Collections, Volume 27, No.1, 2015, pp.111-122.
'Towards a Global History of the Political Cartoon: Challenges and Opportunities', International Journal of Comic Art, Volume 16, No.1, 2014, pp.29-47.
'The Origins of William Ewart Gladstone's Nickname, "The Grand Old Man"', Notes & Queries, Volume 61, Number 1, March 2014, pp.95-100.
'William Henry Boucher (1837-1906): Illustrator and Judy Cartoonist', Victorian Periodicals Review, Volume46, Number 4, Winter 2013, pp.441-474.
'The History of the Australian Satirical Press', Ridiculosa – une publication annuelle de l'EIRIS, Hors série - La presse satirique dans le monde, 2013, pp.527-541.
'A Comic Empire: The Global Expansion of Punch as a Model Publication, 1841-1936', International Journal of Comic Art, Volume 15, No.2, 2013, pp.6-35.
'The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone and Disraeli Through William Empson's Looking Glass',International Journal of Comic Art, Volume 15, No.1, Spring 2013, pp. 323-337.
'Doctor Who and the Racial State: Fighting National Socialism across Time and Space', in Lindy Orthia (ed.), Doctor Who and Race, Bristol: Intellect, 2013, pp.179-195.
'The Development and Teaching of Sports Studies: "The University of New England [UNE] Experience - it stays with you for life"', Sporting Traditions, 20: 1 (with Claire Parker; forthcoming – 2013).
'Constructing the Colossus: the Origins of Linley Sambourne's Greatest Punch Cartoon',International Journal of Comic Art, Volume 14, No.2, Fall 2012, pp.120-142.
'Mr Punch versus the Kaiser, 1892-1898: Flashpoints of a Complex Relationship – Part II: Photographing "Wilful Wilhelm"', International Journal of Comic Art, Volume 14, No.2, Fall 2012, pp.460-463.
'Hindenburg: The Cartoon Titan of the Weimar Republic, 1918-1934', German Studies Review,Volume 35, No.3, 2012, pp.541-565.
'Mr Punch versus the Kaiser, 1892-1898: Flashpoints of a Complex Relationship', International Journal of Comic Art, Volume 13, No.2, Fall 2011, pp.553-578.
'The Epitheatrical Cartoonist: Matthew Somerville Morgan and the World of Theatre, Art and Journalism in Victorian London', Journal of Victorian Culture, Volume 16, No.3, December 2011, pp.363-384.
'The Cartoon Emperor: The Impact of Louis Napoleon Bonaparte on European Comic Art, 1848-1870', European Comic Art, Volume 4, No.2, 2011, pp.147-180.
'Sex, Art and the Victorian Cartoonist: Matthew Somerville Morgan in Victorian Britain and America',International Journal of Comic Art, Volume 13, No.1, Spring 2011, pp. 291-325.
'The Other Kaiser: Wilhelm I and British Cartoonists, 1861-1914', in Victorian Periodicals Review, Volume 44, No.1, 2011, pp. 69-98.
'Behind the Lines – Cartoons as Historical Sources', in Agora, Volume 45, No.2, 2010, pp.11-18.
'North Sea or German Ocean? The Anglo-German Cartographic Freemasonry, 1842-1914', inImago Mundi – the International Journal for the History of Cartography, Volume 62, No.1, Jan. 2010, pp.46-62 (with colour plates).
'"A Pettish Little Emperor": Cartoons of Kaiser Wilhelm II in Punch, 1888-1901', in Richard Scully and Marian Quartly (eds), Drawing the Line: Using Cartoons as Historical Evidence, Clayton: Monash University ePress, 2009, pp.04.1-04.28.
'Pictures With a Point', Communication Director, 03/2013 (The corporate media mix), 2013, pp.42-45.
'The Cartoon Takes to the Stage: Two Transformative Moments in Political Satire in Britain', School of Arts Seminar Paper, 4th April 2013, at: http://blog.une.edu.au/artsnews/2013/04/04/cartoon-takes-to-the-stage/.
'Sex, Art, and the Victorian Cartoonist: the Case of Matt Morgan', School of Humanities Classics and History Seminar Paper, 29th October, 2010.
'Pardoning Our Past – Breaker Morant and Today's Australia', Australian Policy and History, March 2010, at: http://aph.org.au/pardoning-our-past-breaker-morant-and-todays-australia/
'Celtic Club', in Andrew Brown-May & Shurlee Swain (eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Melbourne: CUP, 2005, p.118 (online at: http://www.emelbourne.net.au/biogs/EM00313b.htm).
'St Patrick's College', in Andrew Brown-May & Shurlee Swain (eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Melbourne: CUP, 2005, p.634 (online at:http://www.emelbourne.net.au/biogs/EM01312b.htm).
'St Patrick's Day', in Andrew Brown-May & Shurlee Swain (eds), The Encyclopedia of Melbourne, Melbourne: CUP, 2005, pp.634-5 (online at: http://www.emelbourne.net.au/biogs/EM01313b.htm).