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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.

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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

Browse our projects that are winning competitive funding grants.

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

CCH Seminar – The Higher Education Accord – Wednesday 13th March

Roundtable Discussion: The Higher Education Accord Join us for a seminar discussing the new Higher Education Accord. What it means for teaching, for research and the students and researchers of today and the future. 11am, Wednesday 13th March 2024 Burwood: C2.05.01 Waurn Ponds: IC2.108 Zoom: Click here

Monday 19th February 2024

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 social media channels including Facebook. Thanks to everyone who was able to make

Examining local history via the Victoria Police Gazette

Dr Ian Warren received a small CCH research grant in 2023 to undertake a joint research initiative with the Geelong Chapter of University of the Third Age (U3A). Members of U3A globally are retirees picking up study on a voluntary basis, often covering areas they were unable or had no time to pursue during their

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