Museum studies and forms of exhibiting histories and cultures
Memory, history and commemoration
Cultural heritage studies
Australian cultural and social history
Professor Kate Darian-Smith holds joint appointments as Professor of Australian Studies and History and Chair of the History Program in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, and Professor of Cultural Heritage in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.
Kate has held senior administrative positions within the Faculty of Arts, including Deputy Dean and Associate Dean (International and Graduate Studies). In 2008 she was elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA). In 2010 she was appointed to the Humanities and Creative Arts Research Evaluation Committee of the ARC Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Initiative. Kate is a member of the Executive of the International Australian Studies Association (InASA), former President (2002-7) and current Vice-President. She has been involved in Australian Studies activities in Europe, North America and Asia for over two decades. Among her government appointments, Kate is a member of the Board of the Australia-Japan Foundation (DFAT), and serves on the Council of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. She is a Research Fellow at Museum Victoria. Kate has held several funded visiting fellowships, most recently as Visiting Professor, Australian Studies Center, Tsinghua University (2011) and a Visiting Fellowship, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University (2013).
Current ARC-funded research projects include:
1.LP120200458: Prof K Darian-Smith, Mr M Gawenda, A/Prof S Young, Dr F Anderson
Title: A History of Press Photography in Australia
Partner Organisations: National Library of Australia, Walkley Foundation
2.LP0776803: Prof K Darian-Smith; Dr P Edmonds; Dr J Evans; A Smith
Title: Conciliation Narratives and the Historical Imagination in British Pacific Rim Settler Societies.
Partner Organisations: National Museum of Australia, Museum Victoria, Tasmanian Arts Gallery and Museum.
3.DP0984223: Dr CA Driscoll; Dr K Bowles; Prof K Darian-Smith; A/Prof CR Gibson; Dr D Nichols; A/Prof G Waitt
Title: Cultural sustainability in Australian country towns: amenity, mobility, and everyday life
4.DP110100505: A/Prof H Lewi, Prof K Darian-Smith, Prof P Goad, Dr D Nichols, Prof Julie McLeod and Prof J Willis.
Title: Designing Australian schools: a spatial history of innovation, pedagogy and social change
Previous grants include:
2006-2010: LP0669282: ‘Childhood, Tradition and Change: a National Study of the Historical and Contemporary Significance and Practices of Australian Children’s Playlore’, Leading Chief Investigator, with Prof W Logan (Deakin), Prof G Seal (Curtin) and partner organizations: National Library of Australia, Museum Victoria
2006-2008: DP0663788: ‘Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds: Designing Everyday Modernism for Australian Communities 1920-1970’, Chief Investigator with Prof P Goad, Dr H Lewi, A/Prof J Willis, Dr D Nichols
2005-2010: RN04574589: Cultural Research Network, ARC Networks, (Convenor/Lead CI: G Turner, University of Queensland); awarded $1,750,000 over 5 years: Chief Investigator and C0-Convenor Cultural Histories and Geographies Node
2005:LA0503: ‘Promoting Scholarly Writing in the Public Sphere’, ARC Linked Academies Special Project, Australian Academy of the Hum
Education and training
University of Melbourne 1990
University of Melbourne 1988
University of Melbourne 1983
Awards and honors
Citation for Teaching Excellence (RHD Supervision) - National, Australian Learning and Teaching Award,
University Teaching Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision, University of Melbourne,
2008 Mander Jones Award for 'Seize the day: Exhibitions, Australia and the World', Australian Society of Archivists,
Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia,
Neil Currie Publishing Award (with Yasue Arimitsu, Doshisha University), Australia-Japan Foundation,
Faculty of Arts Excellence in Supervision, University of Melbourne,