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

Centre for Contemporary Histories HDR Conference 2024 ‘Inheriting Histories’

Call for Papers We are delighted to announce that the HDR conference of the Centre for Contemporary Histories at Deakin University will be held on 11th October at Deakin Downtown, Melbourne. The theme of this conference is “Inheriting Histories”. As historians-in-training, HDRs not only innovate new ways of crafting history, but also inherit existing practices

Newsletter – 24th June 2024

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CCH Seminar – 24th July – Emma Robertson

Join us online or in person for a seminar with Associate Professor Emma Robertson. ‘A woman’s place is on the back”: Gendered Transport Traditions and Women Bus Drivers in Australia and the UK, c.1960-1990. In 1970, the employment of Sandra Holt as a bus driver in the northern English town of Halifax caused a lightning

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