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Dr Tanja Luckins

Dr Tanja Luckins

Position: Lecturer in Australian Studies
Phone: +61 3 924 43937
Campus: B


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Researcher output profile for Dr Tanja Luckins

Brief Biography

Dr Tanja Luckins teaches Australian Studies at the Burwood campus, Deakin University. Before joining Deakin in 2012, she was an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne and taught at RMIT and La Trobe Universities.

Her research focusses on Australian cultural history and is characterised by an inter-disciplinary approach especially the use of diverse textual, visual and material sources in order to research and write the histories of people who do not fit into nationalist and modernist frameworks. Her first book, The Gates of Memory (Curtin University Books, 2004), based on her PhD which won the 2002 Australian Historical Association Serle Award for best postgraduate thesis in Australian History, was a study of loss and memory and the Great War in Australia. It was methodologically wide-ranging, exploring material hitherto ignored such as asylum admission records and mourning black in order to analyse the gendered experiences and cultural expressions of loss and memory. Subsequent research has looked at the 1960s, food and drink cultures, and the pub in Australian history. This research stimulated investigations into the connections between food, drink and cosmopolitanism, which was then expanded into a larger project on the history of cosmopolitanism in Australia; this was awarded an Australian Research Council Fellowship (2008-2011).

Tanja’s research has been presented in numerous public forums, media outlets and publications including Go! Melbourne in the Sixties (with Seamus O’Hanlon, Circa 2005), which which was highly commended in the 2007 Victorian Community History Awards, Collaborative/Community Work Award; Dining on Turtles: Food Feasts and Drinking in History (with Diane Kirkby, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007); and The Australian Pub (with Diane Kirkby and Chris McConville, University of New South Wales Press, 2010).

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