Welcome to National Centre for Australian Studies

  • Located just minutes away from the heart of Melbourne and with a strong presence in regional and remote Australia, the National Centre for Australian Studies engages the world through teaching, community outreach and research. The Centre was established over twenty years ago as a special initiative of the Australian government and it remains the most dynamic, innovative and fastest growing centre of its kind.

    Australian Studies is part of a global conversation and seeks to locate Australia in the region and the world. We celebrate the strength and diversity of Indigenous Australia and we explore the myriad cultures that inform a sense of Australian identity today. Our undergraduate program offers a gateway to Australia, visiting sites of significance right across the country and exploring the ideas and landmarks that have helped shape Australians’ sense of themselves. We also  offer a range of very successful postgraduate programs that focuses on Australia as part of the world.

    Australia in the World: taking teaching outside the classroom

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  • Professor Jenny Hocking will speak at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra at their regular ‘Speakers’ Corner’ event on Sunday 16 February about her latest book, the second volume in her two-volume biography of the former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, Gough Whitlam: His Time. Hidden history of the Whitlam government’s dismissal: unmasking the ‘third man’ Award-winning political ... Read more
  • The China-Australia Research Network (CARN), at the National Centre for Australian Studies, is holding a Symposium to mark forty years since Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam visited China and the recent expansion of Australian Studies in that country. Download the flyer: CARN Symposium 16.10.2013 Flyer Featuring 3 Chinese scholars visiting Monash as CARN Fellows and Monash academics collaborating with ... Read more
  • Gough Whitlam: His Time (MUP 2012), the second volume of Professor Jenny Hocking’s two-volume biography of the former Labor Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, has been shortlisted for the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards, one of 5 books shortlisted for the University of Queensland Non-Fiction Award. Details of the short-lists and the judges comments can be found at: http://www.queenslandliteraryawards.com/2013-shortlists.html   “This definitive biography ... Read more
  • Gough Whitlam: His Time (MUP 2012), the much-anticipated second volume of Professor Jenny Hocking’s two-volume biography of the former Labor Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, has been long-listed for ‘The Nib’: Waverley Award for Literature 2013. The Award is presented for excellence in research in the creation of a literary work. Other factors considered by the judges include ... Read more
  • When: Saturday 24 Aug, Sunday 25 August and Sunday 1 September 2013 at 10.00 am Join Monash historian and NCAS Director Dr Tony Moore and La Trobe Journal editor and NCAS Adjunct Associate Professor John Arnold as they follow in the footsteps of Marcus Clarke and tour the haunts of Melbourne’s bohemian writers, artists and performers, from the Heidelberg painters to the ... Read more
  • How to study Australia in the World at Monash University  Australia in the World can be taken as a Minor sequence towards a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students taking the Minor in Australia in the World complete 24 points of units including the core unit Australia in a Globalising World.  Students can also take individual units as ... Read more
  • Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow Nathalie Nguyen was interviewed by Kim Williams from Radio 2SER Monday Daily on the topic of asylum seekers and the Vietnamese refugee movement. The program was broadcast on Monday 12 August 2013. “With the question of what to do about the influx of boat people arriving from Asian shores still ... Read more
  • NCAS is delighted to announce the establishment of the China-Australia Research Network (CARN). The establishment of CARN and Fellowship program is funded by the Australia-China Council (part of the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), with the support of the Australian Museum of Chinese-Australian History. The chief goal of the China-Australia Research Network ... Read more
  • The Dean, on behalf of the Faculty of Arts, congratulates Professor Jenny Hocking on the shortlisting of her biography Gough Whitlam: His Time (MUP/Miegunyah Press 2012) for the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, Australian History Prize . This is a tribute to the high standard of scholarship, ground-breaking research and hard work that Professor Hocking has invested in ... Read more
  • Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow Nathalie Nguyen took part in a GOMA Talks APT7 panel on “Events that shape the world” at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane on 7 March 2013. Other panelists included Paula Abood, Beck Cole and Parastou Forouhar. The panel provided perspectives on cultural memory, history and place in ... Read more
  • The Making Public Histories Seminar Series returns in 2013. Kick-starting this year’s programme is Australian Bohemians on the screen and on the page. Dr Tony Moore will discuss the evolution of his long term Australian cultural history project, from ABC TV documentary to PhD to his 2012 book, Dancing with Empty Pockets: Australia’s Bohemians. He will ... Read more
  • Calls for Australia to become ‘Asia-literate’ are not new — they are as Australian as Vegemite, only older. Indeed, claims from politicians and authors that we are in new territory with the rise of Asia have been a feature of Australian public life for 150 years. In this original, compelling and often surprising account of ... Read more
  • Richard White is a graduate of the University of Sydney and has taught Australian history and the history of travel and tourism there since 1989. He taught in the History Department at Monash University from 1975 to 1979. His publications include Inventing Australia, The Oxford Book of Australian Travel Writing, Cultural History in Australia, On Holidays: ... Read more
  •   Volumes have been written on the American, Australian and North Vietnamese soldiers who were involved in the Vietnam War. But the veterans from the South Vietnamese army, the losing side in the controversial conflict, have slipped from sight. Monash University historian Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen is helping to fill this gap in the record through the collection and study ... Read more
  •           ARC Future Fellow Nathalie Nguyen on Vietnamese Veterans in Australia   Vietnamese veterans marching on Anzac Day in Melbourne, 25 April 2011. Photograph: Keith Broad   Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen’s new ARC Future Fellowship (2011-15) is on the topic of “Forgotten Histories: Vietnamese Veterans in Australia”. She will give a Public Lecture on “Memories of War: The Stories of ... Read more