Staff profile - Steven Cooke

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Dr Steven Cooke

Position: Senior Lecturer Cultural Heritage
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus: D1.09, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446827 +61 3 92446827



Institute of Australian Geographers
Higher Education Research Group - Deakin University

Museums Australia

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 Deputy Director of the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP) 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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Subjects and units currently teaching

AIM701 Heritage, Memory and Identity, AIM704 Heritage and Sustainable Cultural Tourism, AIM725 Heritage and Museum Strategy and Marketing, AIM726 Heritage and Museum Operational Issues

Conferences and seminars

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


Research interests

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

Research page



Cooke, S. and Frieze (forthcoming 2014) ‘It's still in your body’: Identity, place and performance in Holocaust testimonies, in G. Lean, R. Staiff and E. Waterton (eds) Travel and Imagination, Ashgate

Cooke, S. (2013), 'Berehovi pamiatky i perebudova mist' /Maritime heritage and urban redevelopment, in S. Shlipchenko (ed.) Urban Studies. The Politics and Practices of Urban Renewal, Heinrich Boell Foundation-Ukraine and Alfa-Print, Kyiv.

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