National Centre for Australian Studies

Bridging Australia, Engaging the World

 

The National Centre for Australian Studies is the world’s premier centre for Australian Studies. Established over twenty-five years ago as a special initiative of the Australian government, the Centre hosts more quality research projects, attracts more substantial funding, and fields more teaching offerings than any comparable Australian Studies program across the globe. We engage the nation, the region and the world through an ambitious program of scholarly and community outreach.

The National Centre for Australian Studies acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Elders past and present of the lands on which Monash University operates. For the next three years our priority areas are Addressing the Anzac Centenary, Engaging the Asian Century and Exploring the Landscape of Contemporary Australia.

Study with us

Undergraduate

Studying at University should be a challenging, engaging and exciting experience. Our Centre is renowned for our field trips, our use of film and interactive media, our willingness to look beyond the myths and stereotypes and interrogate Australia in new and different ways.

Amongst our teaching staff are the winners of University, State and National Awards for Excellence in University Teaching, and our units consistently attract the highest possible scores for student satisfaction. You can choose from a range of offerings attuned to your interests and needs.

Postgraduate

The National Centre for Australian Studies (NCAS) offers a suite of innovative postgraduate programs for domestic and international students.

Study Intensively, Learn in the Field and Travel the World.

The National Centre for Australian Studies recognises the need for flexible learning attuned to students’ needs. In addition to semester-length 6-point units, Australia in the World offers intensive 12-point field study subjects available to second and third year students and completed over a much shorter period. This is your chance to combine study with travel and speed up your degree. Please read here for more information.

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In the Footsteps of Refugees

This intensive unit will examine one of the largest and most visible refugee movements of the late twentieth century, in which more than two million Vietnamese left their homeland in the two decades following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. It will include a field trip to Vietnam and Indonesia, and explore the … Continue reading In the Footsteps of Refugees

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Australia and Asia

Understanding Australia’s relationship with Asia is more important than ever as we enter the Asian Century. This unique unit looks at Australian-Asian contacts from both sides, starting in Australia before taking students on a study tour to Asia. Students cover a wide conceptual, temporal and geographical terrain, exploring the nature of cross-cultural contact at political … Continue reading Australia and Asia

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Paradise Lost?: Sustainability and Australia

Discover Australia’s environmental challenges walking the landscape Australia’s landscape is unique, for some it is beautiful, others have thought it a place of the weird or the monstrous. For both indigenous and non-indigenous Australia the land has had a huge influence on identity and culture. Paradise Lost? examines how cultural, climactic and economic forces have … Continue reading Paradise Lost?: Sustainability and Australia

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Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in the Great War

Hands-on learning in Turkey, Italy, Belgium and France! Join one of Australia’s leading Gallipoli historians in a journey across this historic landscape. Retrace the steps of the men who fought there, watch history come to life in the gullies, on the ridges and in the waters off Anzac Cove. The experiences of nurses, the international Allied forces and the … Continue reading Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in the Great War

Global Citizenship and Industry Engagement

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Project Albany: the National Archives of Australia Internship Program

The National Centre for Australian studies has embarked on a partnership with the National Archives of Australia securing student placements in one of our country’s most important digitisation projects. Students enrolled in ‘Anzac Legends: Australians at War’ assist the cataloguing of repatriation records, recovering the experience of the men and women who returned from the Great War. The repatriation records are … Continue reading Project Albany: the National Archives of Australia Internship Program

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International Industry Internships in Tourism Management

The Graduate Tourism Program hosted by the National Centre for Australian Studies has excellent international networks and partners and you may wish to participate in an international student exchange semester at one of our prestigious partner universities. High-achieving students will be invited to apply for an international internship consultancy program in Estonia via the Estonian Business School (EBS). As part … Continue reading International Industry Internships in Tourism Management

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Internship Opportunities in one of Europe’s Leading Museums

The National Centre for Australian Studies has established an internship program with Ieper’s world-class museum, ‘In Flanders Fields’. The Museum explores the impact of World War One through state of the art technology, innovative aerial archaeology, and the close interrogation of archives and artifacts. Monash students reside for periods of to 6 months in Belgium, research battles on the salient, contribute … Continue reading Internship Opportunities in one of Europe’s Leading Museums

Promoting Australian Studies at Home and Abroad

The National Centre for Australian Studies is developing blogs, digital narratives and mass on-line courses to promote Australian Studies at home and abroad. These on line resources are aligned with the Centre’s priority areas – Engaging the Anzac Centenary, Addressing the Asian Century and Exploring the Landscape of Contemporary Australia.

In 2015, to mark 100 years after the Gallipoli Landings, the National Centre launched the 100 stories project, a digital narrative, a book and a mass on-line course freely available to all. In 2016, the Centre will develop new resources exploring Australian multi-cultural identity.

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‘Remembering and Forgetting War’ – Hear Professor Jay Winter’s public lecture launching the 100 Stories book

On Remembrance Day 2015, ‘World War One: A history in 100 stories’, written by Monash University historians Professor Bruce Scates, Rebecca Wheatley and Laura James, was launched to a capacity audience at the Melbourne Museum. A challenging program of speeches, performance and song was captured on film for audiences across the world. Highlight of the evening was Professor Jay Winter’s … Continue reading ‘Remembering and Forgetting War’ – Hear Professor Jay Winter’s public lecture launching the 100 Stories book

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History or Hollywood?: Solving the Mystery of The Water Diviner

Why does the Anzac Legend continue to captivate Australians? In the lead up to the Centenary of the Landing, Russell Crowe’s feature length movie ‘The Water Diviner’ was screened in cinemas across the world. The film claims to be inspired by ‘true events’, retraces the steps of the first pilgrim across the Gallipoli battlefields and grapples with one of … Continue reading History or Hollywood?: Solving the Mystery of The Water Diviner

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One Hundred Stories

The “One Hundred Stories” project reveal the impact of human conflict on Australia and the world. Digital narratives based on recently opened archives, they revolutionise the way history is presented and challenge our understanding of the Great War. The One Hundred Stories are stories that have not been told before. They highlight the experiences of women as well as men, … Continue reading One Hundred Stories

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Free MOOC Course

In 2015, Monash University in association with our UK partner FutureLearn, developed a free on-line course exploring the memory of the Great War. ‘World War 1: A History in 100 Stories’ will take you on a virtual tour of the Great War’s battlefields, introduce you to leading historians and offer practical skills in navigating exciting historical archives. In 2015, … Continue reading Free MOOC Course

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The National Museum of Australia and the National Centre for Australian Studies forge a new partnership

In May 2016, the National Museum of Australia and the National Centre for Australian Studies reached a memorandum of understanding that will deliver online resources to a worldwide audience.

‘Australia: Finding your Way’ will be co-presented by Dr Susan Carland and Professor Bruce Scates, (DIrector of the National Centre for Australian Studies),  pictured here with the National Museum’s Deputy Director,  David Arnold.

Our staff

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Professor Bruce Scates

Professor Bruce Scates FASSA is a prize-winning teacher, writer and historian with expertise in labour history, environmental history and the contested memory of war. A Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, he is the recipient of several coveted research awards, a highly regarded author, and is committed to communicating history.

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Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen

Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen ’s work deals with memory, war and migration. A former ARC Future Fellow, her research focuses on the Vietnamese diaspora and the experiences of refugees, especially those seeking asylum in Australia. She has published widely on women’s oral and written narratives, oral history, and trauma.

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Dr Agnieszka Sobocinska

Dr Agnieszka Sobocinska is the recipient of Discovery Early Career Research Award, one of the most highly regarded fellowships hosted by the Australian Research Council. Her work on Australia and Asia explores the history of travel and cultural engagement across the region.

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Dr Ruth Morgan

Dr Ruth Morgan is the recipient of Discovery Early Career Research Award, one of the most highly regarded fellowships hosted by the Australian Research Council. Her work on environmental history, the British Empire and the Indian ocean has met with critical acclaim in Australia and overseas.

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Professor Jenny Hocking

Professor Jenny Hocking is the recipient of a Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award, a prestigious senior fellowship funded by the  Australian Research Council. Her award-winning biography of Gough Whitlam combines meticulous archival research with critical analysis and empathetic insight. She is currently undertaking new research into the colonial family of Sarah and Edward Wills.

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Street Address

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Monash University
Caulfield Campus
900 Dandenong Road
Caulfield East VIC 3145
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PO Box 197
Caulfield Campus, Monash University
Caulfield East VIC 3145

Latest News

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Monash Historians recognised by Australian Historical Society

It’s been a great week for Monash Historians, as the Australian Historical Association shortlisted three Monash Arts academics for the W.H. Hancock Prize. The W.K. Hancock Prize shortlist, announced June 9th, was made up of three Monash Arts Academics. The Prize recognises and encourages an Australian scholar who has published a first book in any field of history … Continue reading Monash Historians recognised by Australian Historical Society

10 June 2016
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NCAS historian launches new book on the Vietnam War

Monash Historian, Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen, celebrated the launch of her book, South Vietnamese Soldiers: Memories of the Vietnam War and After, on May 9th 2016.

23 May 2016
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Maritime conference at Murdoch University

Dr Liz Rushen, Senior Research Associate with NCAS working with Professor Jenny Hocking on the Wills family project, will present a paper at the 7th International Congress of Maritime History, to be held at Murdoch University 27 June -1 July 2016: Old Worlds, New Worlds? Emerging themes in maritime history. Liz’s paper, ‘John Marshall and the peopling of the … Continue reading Maritime conference at Murdoch University

18 May 2016
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‘The Shadows of 1975’: Jenny Hocking at the Sydney Writer’s Festival May 20

On Friday 20 May, Jenny Hocking will join David Marr and authors Troy Bramston and Paul Kelly on a panel at the Sydney Writer’s Festival. The discussion, ‘The Shadow of 1975’ will focus on events around Gough Whitlam’s dismissal in 1975, particularly those revealed to the public for the first time in Jenny’s latest book, … Continue reading ‘The Shadows of 1975’: Jenny Hocking at the Sydney Writer’s Festival May 20

18 May 2016
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Transformations in Environmental History

Last month NCAS environmental historian Dr Ruth Morgan co-convened the international symposium, Foreign Bodies, Intimate Ecologies: Transformations in Environmental History, at Macquarie University in Sydney. Over three days, scholars from Scandinavia, Germany, South Asia, the Philippines, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States joined Australian environmental historians to discuss the latest issues, questions and challenges in the … Continue reading Transformations in Environmental History

1 May 2016
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Book Launch – “South Vietnamese Soldiers: Memories of the Vietnam War and After” by Nathalie Nguyen, 9 May 2016

South Vietnamese Soldiers: Memories of the Vietnam War and After, written by Monash University historian and ARC Future Fellow Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen, will be launched at the Multicultural Hub, Drill Hall on Monday 9 May 2016. The book breaks new ground by shedding light on an essentially unexplored aspect of the war: the histories … Continue reading Book Launch – “South Vietnamese Soldiers: Memories of the Vietnam War and After” by Nathalie Nguyen, 9 May 2016

8 April 2016