Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific Seminars


Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific

Seminar Series

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photo from a 2012 seminar
Photo from July 2012 seminar


Seminars in 2014

Childhood, Commemoration and Cultural Heritage

Date: 28 May 2014 
Time: 5.30 PM
  Deakin Prime. City Campus, Address: 3/550, Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
Location:  Meeting Room 3

Presenter: Prof. Kate Darian-Smith, University of Melbourne

Kate Darian-Smith is Professor of Australian Studies and History, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, and Professor of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. She has published widely on many aspects of Australian history, including on memory studies and the histories of childhood and children's play, and is co-editor (with Carla Pascoe) of Children, Childhood and Cultural Heritage (Routledge, 2013).


This paper examines how the histories and cultural heritage of children in Australia have been publicly commemorated, and how this has altered over time. Examples range from the memorialization of the lives and deaths of white children in the colonial period to the politicized and contested public commemorations of Indigenous children removed from their families, and the recent memorials and exhibitions acknowledging children who were institutionalized or sent to Australia as child migrants. Issues raised through these case studies include the concepts of children's rights, Indigenous rights and human rights more generally - and the connections between human rights discourse, cultural heritage and the past.

Holocaust exhibitions and the 'myth of silence': The 1961 Warsaw Ghetto Commemoration Exhibition, Melbourne

Date: 29 October 2014 
Time: 5.30 PM
  Deakin Prime. City Campus, Address: 3/550, Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
Location:  Meeting Room 3

Presenter: Dr. Steven Cooke, Deakin University


This talk examines the origins, development and reception of the Warsaw Ghetto Commemoration Exhibition in Melbourne, Australia, held in April 1961. Situated within the context of the Adolf Eichmann trial in Israel and fears of racism in Australia, the exhibition is a site through which complex debates over Australian-Jewish identity and memory of the Holocaust can be understood. The exhibition was visited by over 6000 people in four days and employed a variety of contemporary museum techniques, including displays of art and material culture relating to the Holocaust, a replica 'tomb of the unknown Jewish Martyr' and 'living history' displays of life in post war Australia.

The paper shows how representations of the Holocaust were shaped by both local concerns and an emerging global network of information, artefacts, people, and institutions involved in remembrance. It explores the politics of the development of the exhibition, the poetics of its displays, the part played by survivors, and the role of other cultural and educational institutions in Melbourne. Contrasting this exhibition with another Warsaw Ghetto exhibition held in London at the same time, it examines issues of 'race', identity and belonging within the context of a rapidly changing post-colonial society, adding to a nuanced reading that unsettles the established narratives of the development of historical memory of the Holocaust in Australia.

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Recent seminars:

Reclamation: Making landscape in Pearl River Delta/reflections on the culture-nature binary
Monday 7 April 2014
by Dr. Denis Byrne, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney

Approaching cultural landscapes in post-settler New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States of America
by Paulette Wallace (Deakin University)


Courses in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies (CHMS)



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7th April 2015