Museum studies and forms of exhibiting histories and cultures
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. She is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA).
Kate has held senior leadership positions within the Faculty of Arts, including Deputy Dean and Associate Dean (International and Graduate Studies), Head of School, and for many years was Director of The Australian Centre. She is Co-Director of the Australian Collaboratory for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH) in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, and convener of the Memory and History Research Hub, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. She is co-editor of the top-tier journal, Australian Historical Studies; a co-editor of History Compass; and sits on numerous editorial boards. She has been a recipient of the University of Melbourne’s annual Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision, and received a national teaching award from the Australian Teaching and Learning Council for outstanding interdisciplinary RHD supervision and mentoring in the humanities.
In 2010, Kate served for the Humanities and Creative Arts Research Evaluation Committee of the ARC Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Initiative, and in 2015 was appointed to the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts. Kate is current Vice-President and former President (2002-7) of the International Australian Studies Association (InASA); and on the Executive of the Australasian Consortia of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC), convening its sub-committee on Collaborating with Cultural Collections. Kate has served two terms on the Council of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House; is the Chair of the Art and Heritage Collections Ad
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,