University of Hertfordshire

Dr Eureka Henrich

Eureka Henrich

Dr Eureka Henrich


I joined the History Group at the University of Hertfordshire in 2018 as Research Fellow and am currently Senior Lecturer in History. I teach across the History undergraduate programme, coordinate the award-winning Oral History Team and supervise research students in the broad areas of heritage, public history and migration history. You can find the profiles of my History colleagues here.

Before coming to Hertfordshire I was Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in Medical Humanities at the University of Leicester and Rydon Fellow in Australian Politics and Political History at King's College London. I originally hail from Sydney, Australia, where I graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2012 (PhD History). 


Current projects

Healthy Citizens? Migrant Identity and Constructions of Health in Post-War Australia

An ongoing Wellcome Trust funded research project investigating the intersections between health and migration during Australia’s mass post-Second World War immigration scheme (1945-1970). Three research strands address medical, migrant and governmental perspectives and bring together source bases including medical literature, oral histories and material culture.


A public engagement programme, 'Migration, Health & Wellbeing: Past & Present' was developed to showcase objects held in Australian museum collections and to share the research findings with UK-based audiences.  The virtual exhibition, ‘A Full Healthy Life’? Migration and Health in Post-War Australia, is hosted on the website. Events have included public talks and a mini workshop series with residents of an assisted housing scheme.


History and the Immigration Debate

This project originated in my doctoral research at the University of New South Wales (Sydney), which examined the representation of migration history in Australian museums. I became interested in representations of migration history internationally, and particularly in the widespread politicisation of migratory pasts and presents and the paucity of historically-informed perspectives in these debates. Whilst at King’s College London in 2014 I convened the symposium Immigration, Nation and Public History. The event brought together academics, students, community groups and heritage professionals to address the question, ‘where is history in debates about immigration?’ Since then I have worked with Julian M. Simpson on an edited volume which addresses the historian’s role in immigration debates across the world. History, Historians and the Immigration Debate: Going Back to Where We Came From was published by Palgrave Macmillan and launched at the Migration Museum Project in London in February 2019.                                                                                           





Migrant, Multicultural and Diasporic Heritage

This project was a collaboration with Dr Alexandra Dellios, who is based at the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies at the Australian National University. Beginning in 2018, we drew on our shared research interests to plan a co-edited volume on migrant heritage, and connected with emerging and leading academics and practitioners working in the field. The resulting book, Migrant, Multicultural and Diaporic Heritage: Beyond and Between Borders, explores the role heritage has played in representing, contesting and negotiating the history and politics of ethnic, migrant, multicultural, diasporic or 'other' heritages in, within, between and beyond nations and national boundaries. It was published in 2020 as part of Routledge's Key Issues in Cultural Heritage series. 



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