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A/Prof. Steven Cooke



Associate Head of School, International and Partnerships


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.


Australian Museums and Galleries Association

Museums Association (UK)

Australia ICOMOS

Units taught

AIM735 Leadership in Museums and Heritage Organisations

AIG211 Geographies of Heritage and Tourism

AIM733 Applied Heritage Project

AIM704 Heritage, Tourism and Development in the Asia Pacific

AIM703 Introduction to Heritage Planning


Recent Conference Presentations 

‘”Somehow the ill winds of war have been favourable to me”: travel, training, and trauma in the life and works of Louis Kahan’, ‘Imaging Emigration––Translating Exile: Cultural Translation and Knowledge Transfer on Alternative Routes of Escape from Nazi Terror in/via Austria’, Vienna, April 2019 (with Anna Hirsh)

‘Understanding emotional engagement: using visual research methodologies for visitor research’ Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference, Hangzhou, China, September 2018 (with Kristal Buckley)

‘Crossing Geographical and Professional Boundaries: Temporary Holocaust Exhibitions, Jewish Émigré Designers and new Museum Topologies’, Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference, Hangzhou, China, September 2018

‘Understanding engagement: using visual research methodologies for visitor research’, Museums Galleries Australia Annual Conference, June 2018
Invited speaker – Jewish Emigres Conference, Victorian and Albert Museum, London, November 2017

 Before Eichmann: Holocaust Exhibitions and the Myth of Silence- Department Seminar, University of Brighton, June 2017

Invited speaker – ‘The social agency of museums in civic engagement: investigating the impact of education programs at Holocaust Museums’ Reverberations: the Holocaust, Human Rights and the Museum, Sydney February 2017 (with Donna-Lee Frieze)

Professional activities

  • Cultural Tourism Victoria (Board Member) 2015 -
  • International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance - member of the Australian delegation and member of the Memorial and Museums Expert Working Group. 

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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Investigating 'ordinary' landscapes: using visual research methods to understand heritage digital technologies and sense of place

Steven Cooke, Dora Constantinidis

(2020), pp. 1-18, Routledge international handbook of new digital practices in galleries, libraries, archives, museums and heritage sites, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Shifting responses to antisemitism and racism: temporary exhibitions at the Jewish Holocaust Centre

Steven Cooke, Donna Frieze

(2019), pp. 327-349, Holocaust memory and racism in the postwar world, Detroit, Mich., B1


'A modern chamber of horrors'? Temporary Holocaust exhibitions as sites of memory: the 1961 Warsaw Ghetto commemoration exhibition, Melbourne

S Cooke

(2018), Vol. 24, pp. 445-465, Holocaust studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1


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

K Buckley, S Cooke, S 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

S Cooke, D Frieze

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


Visitor, contributor and conversationalist: multiple digital identities of the heritage citizen

S Cooke, H Lewi, W Smith, A Murray

(2016), Vol. 28, pp. 12-24, Historic environment, Carlton, Vic., C1


The Sweetland Project. Remembering Gallipoli in the Shire of Nunawading

S Cooke

(2015), Melbourne, Vic., A1


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

S Cooke, D Frieze

(2015), Ormond, Vic., A1


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

S Cooke, D Frieze

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


'On the move'? Maritime heritage and urban redevelopment in Melbourne

S 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

S Cooke, D 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

S Cooke, A Alba, D Frieze

(2014), Vol. 9, ReCollections, C1


'It's still in your body': Identity, place and performance in holocaust testimonies

S Cooke, D Frieze

(2014), pp. 181-195, Travel and Imagination, B1


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

F McLean, S Cooke

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


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

S Cooke, F McLean

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


Tales from the Riverbank: place-marketing and maritime heritages

D Atkinson, S Cooke, D Spooner

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


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

S Cooke, F McLean

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


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

S Cooke

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


Discourses of regeneration in early twentieth-century Britain: From Bedlam to the imperial war museum

S Cooke, L Jenkins

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


Communicating national identity : visitor perceptions of the Museum of Scotland

S Cooke, F 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

S Cooke

(2000), Vol. 26, pp. 449-465, Journal of Historical Geography, C1-1


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

S Cooke, F 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

S Cooke

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


Funded Projects at Deakin

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, A/Prof 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

A/Prof Steven Cooke, Ms Kristal Buckley

  • 2014: $5,000
  • 2013: $9,000

Industry and Other Funding

Box Hill and the Centenary of the Gallipoli Landings

A/Prof Steven Cooke

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

Centenary of Box Hill RSL project

A/Prof Steven Cooke

  • 2018: $24,250
  • 2017: $15,750
  • 2016: $15,000

Sites at Risk: Guidelines for Best Practice

A/Prof Steven Cooke

  • 2019: $3,134


Associate Supervisor

Lorinda Cramer

Thesis entitled: Needlework and genteel identity in gold rush Victoria

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences