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.

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CCH Seminar – 7th August – Rachel Buchanan

Join us online or in person for a seminar with Dr Rachel Buchanan. Rei – a family history of Aotearoa New Zealand art What does history look like when it is based around whakapapa (genealogy) and whenua (place) and a conception of time that is circular rather than linear? This seminar offers a history of

CCH Seminar – 31st July – Olga Prokopis

Join us online or in person for a seminar with PhD candidate Olga Prokopis. How Historical Reputations Are Made In this seminar I will discuss my research on ‘historical reputations’. Historical reputations are complex social constructions made up of historical representations that become dominant in public memory. I conceptualise this research as an area of

CCH Seminar – 17th July – Caitlin Mahar

Join us online or in person for a seminar with Dr Caitlin Mahar. A Modern Good Death? Nineteenth-Century Foundations of Medical Care of the Dying This paper explores the foundations of modern medical management of the dying in the context of changing conceptions of the good death and suffering in the nineteenth century. In doing

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