The Australian Centre is based in the School of Culture and Communication, with Professor Ken Gelder and Professor Denise Varney as its co-directors. It aims to develop innovative research projects in the Australian arts and humanities across a range of disciplines, including Art History, Theatre Studies, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Media and Communication, Cinema Studies, Indigenous Studies and Creative Writing.
The Australian Centre aims to develop research capacity in two key areas:
The Australian Centre was founded in January 1989 with the assistance of a grant from the Hugh Williamson Foundation. Its directors have included Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe (founding Director 1989-1994), Professor Ruth Fincher (1995-1996) and Professor Kate Darian-Smith (1998-2005 and 2010-2012). Professor John Murphy, Dr Fay Anderson and Dr Sara Wills have also served as directors. During this time the Centre achieved national and international recognition for its undergraduate and graduate level teaching in Australian Studies, interdisciplinary doctoral program and a distinguished record of ARC and other external funding for research projects and fellowships that fostered an appreciation and critical examination of Australian society, culture and history. The Australian Centre also administered a suite of national cultural and literary awards and continues to do so.
The Colonial Australian Archive
This field of research will bring together current and new work across the following areas: colonial literary studies/print culture, theatre and performance, early cinema, visual art and design, migration and settlement, 'contact' studies, colonial typologies, frontier settler violence, law and order, race, and gender.Read more...
Contemporary Australian Cultural Practices
Cultural practices provide one key site for Australians to engage with issues that are significant to the nation and to national identity. Understanding the contribution of the cultural sector to new ways of being, identifying and representing Australia, both to itself and internationally, is vitally important to the vision of the nation.Read more...
The Australian Centre administers a series of prizes for outstanding endeavour in the visual arts, creative writing and biographical studies. The awards are presented on an annual or biennial basis.
Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize
Not offered in 2018
$12,000 approximately (biennial) prize, alternates between supporting an Australian poet to visit Ireland, or an Irish poet to visit Australia.
Peter Blazey Fellowship
$15,000 approximately (annual), for a work in progress in the non-fiction fields of life-writing, biography or autobiography.
Kate Challis RAKA Award
$20,000 approximately (annual), for Aboriginal writers and artists, presented in a five-year cycle of creative prose, drama, the visual arts, scriptwriting and poetry.
Dinny O'Hearn Fellowships
$5,000 approximately, for an emerging writer in any of the fields of creative writing, poetry, or scriptwriting.
Here you can learn about past winners of all four Australian Centre prizes:
- Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize
- Peter Blazey Fellowship
- Kate Challis RAKA Award
- Dinny O'Hearn Fellowships
You can read the announcement of the prizes and download the judges reports.
Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL)
ASAL promotes the study, discussion and creation of Australian writing and seeks to increase awareness of Australian writing in the wider community. ASAL holds conferences and maintains a directory of graduate research on the website.
AusStage is a database of Australian live performance.
Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI)
HuNI combines data from many Australian cultural websites into the biggest humanities and creative arts database ever assembled in Australia. HuNI data covers all disciplines and brings together information about the people, works, events, organisations and places that make up the country's rich cultural landscape.
Trove is a National Library of Australia search engine that can help find and use resources relating to Australia. Trove brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations.
Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (JASAL)
JASAL is a peer-reviewed journal, published in at least two volumes each year by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature.
Celebrating its 75th anniversary, Meanjin is one of Australia's oldest literary journals. Based at The Universitty of Melbourne since 1945, Meanjin reflects the breadth of contemporary thinking.
The Canary Press
The Canary Press is an Australian story magazine. Founded in 2013, it features writers that no one had ever heard of, alongside some of the finest short story writers in the world.
Kill Your Darlings
Kill Your Darlings (KYD) was founded in 2010 and comprises a quarterly edition. Publishing essays, commentary, fiction and reviews, KYD is committed to feisty new writing across all genres.
Mascara Literary Journal
A bi-annual literary journal founded in 2007, Mascara is particularly interested in the work of contemporary migrant, Asian Australian and Indigenous writers. Mascara specialises in platforms for subaltern writing and human rights, cultural cohesion and participation.
Presenting some images from the conference 10-11 December 2018.News
Emerging Indigenous artist Yhonnie Scarce has been named the 2018 Kate Challis RAKA Award recipient for her contribution to the visual arts using blown glass.News
Story of the rejection of two Patrick White plays by the Adelaide Festival of Arts in the early 1960s from Denise Varney and Sandra D'Urso.News
Top current and emerging Australian authors receive Australian Centre Literary Awards 2018,News