Welcome to the blog pages of the Contemporary Histories Research Group at Deakin, a dynamic, diverse and distinctive group of historians, literary and creative writers, and others, whose work relates to the strongest echoes of the past in present. In the pages on this site, you can find out about the seminars, publications, events, projects and much more generated by the Contemporary Histories Research Group.
Members of the Contemporary Histories group are concerned with the uses of history in the public sphere and public debate. They research and publish on a range of topics linked to the unfinished business of the modern past, including the (often-interconnected) following:
Australia’s indigenous past, including leadership, contact history and the role of Christianity
Modern Pacific history, including special focus on Papua New Guinea
US History, including African American History
Revolution and the Holocaust in Europe
Change in modern Asia
Biography and other forms of life writing
Decolonisation: from colonial to postcolonial, as shown in historical, fictional and performative interpretations
The political uses of history
Remembering conflict and its aftermath
Material culture and transmission
Members of the Contemporary Histories Research Group welcome queries about their research.
If you are unable to find someone to assist you through the Deakin Staff, Associates or Postgraduates pages, please do not hesitate to contact CHRG administration.