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Darian-Smith, Kate

Associate Professor
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Associate Professor Kate Darian-Smith is Director of the Australian Centre, and also teaches in the Department of History. She is the Associate Dean (International) for the Faculty of Arts.

She has interests in Australian cultural and social history, particularly in the twentieth century; war and Australian society, with reference to gender; the relationship between memory and history; museum studies and forms of exhibiting histories and cultures; and colonial discourse and postcolonial studies. Her current project is a social and cultural history of agricultural shows in Australia, funded by the Australian Research Council. In connection with this research, she co-authored the Australian Centre publication Agricultural Shows in Australia: A Survey (1999).

Her publications include On the Home Front: Melbourne in wartime 1939-1945 (Oxford University Press, 1990), and the edited collections Memory and History in Twentieth-Century Australia (Oxford University Press, 1994), and Text, Theory, Space: land, literature and history in South Africa and Australia (Routledge, 1996). Kate serves on the editorial board of a number of academic journals. In 2002 she was editor of a special issue of Australian Historical Studies on 'Challenging Histories'.

Kate is president of the International Australian Studies Association - www.inasa-home.net. She has been Director of the government-funded 'Australian Studies in Taiwan' project (with Griffith University), and from 2003 is the Director of the 'Australian Studies in Indonesia' project funded by the Australia-Indonesia Institute. She is also a member of the Steering Committee to manage, on behalf of the Australian-China Council, Australian Studies initiatives in China (with University of Queensland and ANU), and has worked with the Australia-Japan Foundation to assist the growth of Australian Studies in Japan. Kate is also involved with Australian Studies activities in Europe and North America, and in 2003 will be involved in the co-organisation of a workshop on teaching Australian Studies in cross-cultural contexts.


Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: Iain Mott
Created: 26 June 2003
Modified: 2 July 2003

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Comments, questions, corrections and additions: i.mott@unimelb.edu.au
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Updated: 18 January 2007

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