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Dr Steven Cooke



Senior Lecturer Cultural Heritage And Museum Studies


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Research interests

Museums and identity; landscapes of war and genocide; maritime heritage and urban redevelopment; Holocaust pedagogy.


Institute of Australian Geographers
Higher Education Research Group - Deakin University

Museums Australia

Units taught

AIM736 Museums, Heritage and Society, AIM735 Leadership in Museums and Heritage Organisations


Recent Conference Presentations 'Coming "home"? Imagination and performance in returns to sites of atrocity'. Travel Ideals: Engaging with Spaces of Mobility conference, The University of Melbourne, July 2012(with Dr Donna Frieze) 'Imagination, performance and affect: a critical pedagogy of the Holocaust?. 3rd Global Conference on Genocide by the International Network of Genocide Scholars at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, June 2012 (with Dr Donna Frieze) 'The 1961 Warsaw Ghetto Commemoration Exhibition, Melbourne'. The Holocaust and Legacies of Race in the Postcolonial world, University of Sydney, April 2012 'On the Move: Melbournes Maritime Heritage'. Watermarks - Water's Heritage. Australia ICOMOS/ National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Conference, October 2011

Professional activities

I have been involved in numerous committees that relate to cultural heritage issues, including: the Historic Shipwrecks Advisory Committee (a Statutory Committee reporting to the Victorian Heritage Council) 2007-2008; Australian Register of Historic Vessels Steering Committee, 2007-8; Victorian Cultural Tourism Forum Committee Member, 2007-8; Elected President Australian Maritime Museum Council, 2006-8; Elected Secretary Maritime Museum of Victoria Board of Management, 2005-7.

I am currently Course Director of the Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies programs here at Deakin and also act as a reviewer for the Faculty of Arts and Education's Human Ethics Advisory

I have recently been appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Winchester in the UK, attached to the Centre for Applied Archaeology and Heritage Management (CAAHM)



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Using the historic urban landscape to reimagine Ballarat : the local context

Ms Kristal Buckley, Dr Steven Cooke, Susan Fayad

(2016), pp. 93-113, Urban heritage, development and sustainability : international frameworks, national and local governance, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Affect and the politics of testimony in Holocaust museums

Dr Steven Cooke, Dr Donna Frieze

(2016), pp. 75-92, Heritage, affect and emotion: Politics, practices and infrastructures., Abingdon, Eng., B1


The Sweetland Project. Remembering Gallipoli in the Shire of Nunawading

Dr Steven Cooke

(2015), Melbourne, Vic., A1


Imagination, performance and affect: a critical pedagogy of the Holocaust?

Dr Steven Cooke, Dr Donna Frieze

(2015), Vol. 21, pp. 157-171, Holocaust studies. a journal of culture and history, Middlesex, Eng., C1


The interior of our memories: a history of Melbourne's Jewish holocaust centre

Dr Steven Cooke, Dr Donna Frieze

(2015), Ormond, Vic., A1


‘On the move’? Maritime heritage and urban redevelopment in Melbourne

Dr Steven Cooke

(2015), Vol. 27, pp. 24-35, Historic environment, Melbourne, Vic., C1


On an ordinary suburban street: a brief history of Melbourne's Jewish Holocaust Centre

Dr Steven Cooke, Dr Donna Frieze

(2015), Vol. 22, pp. 548-568, Journal of the Australian Jewish Historical Society, Australia, C1-1


Community museums and the creation of a ‘sense of place’: Holocaust Museums in Australia

Dr Steven Cooke, Avril Alba, Dr Donna Frieze

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-1, reCollections, Canberra, ACT, C1


'Its still in your body': identity, place and performance in Holocaust testimonies

Dr Steven Cooke, Dr Donna Frieze

(2014), pp. 181-195, Travel and imagination, Surrey, England, B1


The National Museum of Scotland : a symbol for a new Scotland?

Fiona McLean, Dr Steven Cooke

(2003), Vol. 45, pp. -, Scottish affairs, Edinburgh, Scotland, C1-1


Tales from the Riverbank: place-marketing and maritime heritages

David Atkinson, Dr Steven Cooke, Derek Spooner

(2002), Vol. 8, pp. 25-40, International journal of heritage studies, London, England, C1-1


Our common inheritance? : narratives of self and other in the Museum of Scotland

Dr Steven Cooke, Fiona McLean

(2002), pp. 109-122, Celtic geographies : old culture, new times, London, England, B1-1


Picturing the nation : The Celtic periphery as discursive other in the archaeological displays of the museum of Scotland

Dr Steven Cooke, Fiona McLean

(2002), Vol. 118, pp. 283-298, Scottish geographical journal, Oxon, England, C1-1


Discourses of regeneration in early twentieth-century Britain : from Bedlam to the Imperial War Museum

Dr Steven Cooke, Lloyd Jenkins

(2001), Vol. 33, pp. 382-390, Area, London, England, C1-1


Your story too? The new Holocaust exhibition at the Imperial War Museum

Dr Steven Cooke

(2001), pp. 590-606, Remembering for the future : the Holocaust in an age of genocides, New York, N.Y., B1-1


Communicating national identity : visitor perceptions of the Museum of Scotland

Dr Steven Cooke, Fiona McLean

(2000), pp. 147-160, Heritage and museums : shaping national identity : papers presented at The Robert Gordon University Heritage Convention 1999, Shaftesbury, England, B1-1


Negotiating memory and identity : the Hyde Park Holocaust Memorial, London

Dr Steven Cooke

(2000), Vol. 26, pp. 449-465, Journal of historical geography, London, England, C1-1


Conceptualising private and public national identities : the case of the Museum of Scotland

Dr Steven Cooke, Fiona McLean

(1999), pp. 361-365, European advances in consumer research : Bridging the Atlantic, Jouy-en-Josas, France, B1-1


Beth Shalom : rethinking history and memory

Dr Steven Cooke

(1999), Vol. 8, pp. 21-41, Journal of holocaust education, London, England, C1-1



Australian Competitive Grants

Citizen Heritage: Digital and Community-based Histories of Place - University of Melbourne

A/Prof Hannah Lewi, Dr Wally Smith, Prof Tom Kvan, Dr David Nichols, Dr Steven Cooke, Dr Dirk vom Lehn

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2015: $4,000
  • 2014: $4,000

Other Public Sector Funding

City of Ballarat's Historic Urban Landscape

Dr Steven Cooke, Ms Kristal Buckley

  • 2014: $5,000
  • 2013: $9,000

Industry and Other Funding

Box Hill and the Centenary of the Gallipoli Landings

Dr Steven Cooke

  • 2015: $13,000
  • 2014: $13,000
  • 2013: $18,580

Centenary of Box Hill RSL project

Dr Steven Cooke

  • 2016: $15,000


Associate Supervisor

Lorinda Cramer

Thesis entitled: Needlework and genteel identity in gold rush Victoria

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences