Dr Simone Attilio Bellezza is the third Ada Booth Fellowship recipient to arrive at Monash this year. 

An Italian historian, Dr Bellezza has specialised in the modern history of Ukraine while undertaking Ph.Ds at University Ca’Foscari, in Venice and the University of the Republic of San Marino. The Nazi occupation of Dnipro, central Ukraine, during World War II, was the focus of one research degree, while the second focussed on cultural renaissance and dissidents in Ukraine in the 1950s and 60s. 

Dr Bellezza has travelled to Australia to further his current research into whether members of the Ukrainian diaspora in Australia were active in the development of Human Rights charters and national and international treaties, particularly through student associations. 
Previously Dr Bellezza’s investigation has taken him to United States of America, courtesy of a fellowship to Columbia University, New York, and to the University of Toronto in Canada. 

While at Monash and through the Ukrainian Studies department in the Faculty of Arts’ School of Languages, Literature Cultures and Linguistics, Dr Bellezza is hoping to contact Australian women and men of Ukrainian descent, who have been active in the development of human rights in the post-War period. 

A secondary aspect of Dr Bellezza’s research is into the role of the general Ukrainian diaspora in establishing centres/ departments of Ukrainian studies at universities in Western countries. In the Monash Archives, Dr Bellezza will compare material about the establishment of the Ukrainian Studies department and the relationship between the Ukraine Council and the University, with similar US and Canadian institutions, and will consult with academic staff. 

Dr Bellezza is one of three international scholars who have received an Ada Booth Research Fellowship in Slavic Studies offered by Monash University Library. Three scholars will present their research as lightning talks at the Melbourne Eurasianist Seminar Series on 19 October at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Bellezza is also presenting a public lecture on The Fight Against the “Soviet Russian Empire.” Australian Ukrainians between Scientific Research and Political Activism, on Wednesday 28 November, at the Monash Conference Centre, 30 Collins Street Melbourne, at 6pm.  All welcome. More information and to RSVP