Relevant and meaningful 
to contemporary society

The Centre for Contemporary Histories (CCH) is a dynamic, diverse and distinctive research centre that delivers and translates high-quality research into outcomes that are relevant and meaningful to contemporary society. With funding from multiple industry partners and governments, the CCH team delivers dynamic and high-quality research.

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Research Pillars

Improving and Building Collections using community-led principles

This pillar comprises two parts, the first working with communities and institutions of long-standing collecting; and the second working with institutions and communities to build new collections.

Democracy and History

Reflecting a worldwide trend among democracies, Australian civic society has been eroded recently. We aim to build a comprehensive picture of historical literacy and identify areas where we need to increase knowledge and understanding of the past.

Security and Development

We work to understand how concepts of Security and Development have evolved and taken particular forms at different moments in Australia s post-white settlement history.

Our Research

Members' books

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Externally funded research

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Papers & podcasts

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Survey on Attitudes to History

Since 2021, the Centre for Contemporary Histories has conducted the Deakin Contemporary History Survey (DCHS), which is the first nation-wide, longitudinal study of Australian attitudes to history.

Latest News

Revisiting Classics in Australian Housing History

Friday 26 April 2024, 9am – 5pm Deakin Downtown (Docklands, Melbourne) and via Zoom This workshop comes out of a research agenda under the aegis of the NHHN, established in 2023, which has identified the current moment as a transformational one in understanding the cultural and social meaning of housing in Australia. The task of

Thursday 4th April 2024

We have a late newsletter this week because of the Easter public holidays! If you have any information to share in the Newsletter please send it through to Anna, the newsletter will be published every fortnight on Monday. You can read all our news here, but don’t forget we regularly put out information by our

CCH Seminar – 17th April – Carolyn Holbrook and Brad Underhill

Join us online or in person for a seminar with Associate Professor Carolyn Holbrook and Dr Brad Underhill. Creating a Culture of Cancer Prevention The Cancer Council of Victoria is a world-leading cancer prevention advocacy organisation. Established in the 1930s, the Cancer Council has effectively utilised science and behavioural psychology to change public attitudes and

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