Faculty of Education and Arts

Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH)

The Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (or CRCAH, pronounced "circa") has a focus on building and sustaining Australian history across a wide range of areas of enquiry. We are based at Federation University Australia, Victoria's leading regional research university. CRCAH currently has over forty postgraduate students, established historians across a range of research areas and a thriving public engagement strategy with many stakeholder organisations from peak international, national, regional and local history, heritage and cultural organisations.

CRCAH is conceived as a research centre that provides exceptional research outcomes in Australian history and allied research areas including public history, historical archaeology, heritage studies, regional studies, Indigenous studies, Australian studies (including art history, literary and cultural studies), museum studies, history of the built environment with an emphasis on historical cultural landscapes and historic urban landscapes (HUL), cultural heritage tourism and events, the teaching of Australian history at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, memory studies as well as engaging with key research narratives and historiographical themes in Australian history. We also have research strengths in mining and regional history – particularly the Victorian goldfields and Gippsland studies.

Establishment of CRCAH is proudly supported by the Collaborative Research Network (CRN) 'self-sustaining regions research and innovation initiative'.