Through exploring the past, we can illuminate the present
Its scope spans millennia, its object of study is humanity, its sources are everywhere and everything. History’s endeavour is unashamedly vast, daunting and challenging. In submitting the past to the scrutiny of the present, it explores among so much more the experience of wars and revolutions, nations and empires, economies and cultures, emotions, environments and people from the most elevated to the lowliest. In History, no questions are off-limits.
Doing History means learning how to learn about the past; it means engaging with its wonders and horrors, and it means joining in its telling and retelling. Doing History will immerse you in discovery, debate, discussion, understanding, surprise and awe, and it will require of you rigour, reason, questioning, imagination and passion. By doing History you will be part of the process by which humanity’s memory itself comes to be made.
Indigenous Australian Dictionary of Biography
This University of Western Australia research project seeks to redress the imbalance of representation in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.Read more
Transnational networks among European missionaries in colonial AustraliaTranslation Studies, Translation and Transcultural Research
UWA is building the first database of correspondence of Australia’s earliest missionaries and making it available online.Read more
Gendering the Italian Wars
This project constitutes a major re-evaluation of the Italian Wars through the lens of feminist theory and gender studies.Read more
The Shakespeare Garden
UWA’s Shakespeare Garden is a walled garden next to the New Fortune Theatre and among the first of its kind in Australia. It includes almost 30 different plants Shakespeare mentioned in his plays.Read more about The Shakespeare Garden
Collaborate with us
We welcome new ideas for partnerships with cultural institutions, local government, non-government organisations and community groups. To discuss potential collaborations, contact the Discipline Chair, Andrea Gaynor. Volunteers are welcome to contact us about getting involved in research projects.
Excellence in teaching and research
Our collective research and teaching expertise spans multiple eras, continents and themes, from climate change and environmental history, to gender and society.
Associate Professor Andrea Gaynor
Associate Professor Andrea Gaynor is the Discipline Chair for History within the School of Humanities, and the Director of the Centre for Western Australian History.Read more
Dr Ethan Blue
Ethan Blue is a multi-award-winning teacher, researcher and senior lecturer in History at UWA. His first book Doing Time in the Depression (2012) traces the origins of mass incarceration in the United States.Read more
'It's complicated': UWA Australian History chair advocates 'changing the date'
Professor Jane Lydon, chair of Australian History at UWA, weighs in on the debate surrounding Australia Day and the controversial date of January 26.Read more
Andrea Gaynor championing environmental history
Andrea Gaynor's research offers important insights into why we find ourselves in such a state of environmental degradation.Read more