Seminars and reading groups


During semester, the various disciplines within the school hold staff and graduate research seminars in which local and guest speakers read a research paper, followed by discussion. You are strongly encouraged to attend and are welcome to offer papers or suggest visiting speakers. Details of the events are circulated by email.

The Culture and Communication Graduate committee (CCGC) also holds weekly graduate seminars through out the semester.

Reading and research groups

The School hosts a dynamic community of postgraduate researchers, working across and between the range of disciplines covered by Culture and Communication. Students and staff organise and participate in a variety of reading and research groups, in addition to the more formal university programs. Designed to support high-level or intensive study of significant texts, topics and themes, these groups contribute strongly to the excellence of the research environment of the School.

Please note that the following details are subject to change: if you are interested in attending any of these groups, it would be advisable to contact the relevant coordinator first. If anyone wishes to change or alter any information on this list, please email the Advanced Study Group Coordinator. Many of these groups also have dedicated and up-to-date websites: if available, these are provided with the group listing itself.

Advanced Study Group Coordinator
Dr Thomas H. Ford


Aboriginal Art Reading Group

Susan LowishLast Monday of each monthRoom 307, John Medley (Building 191)

Affect Reading Group

Jemma HefterMonthly on Mondays, 1.30 - 3.30pm. For details of coming meetings, please contact the convenor 

Agamben Reading Group

Sandra D'Urso

Fortnightly Fridays 3.30 - 5.00pm (Alternates with Badiou Reading Group)

Room 216B, John Medley (Building 191)

Badiou Reading Group

John Cleary

Fortnightly Fridays 3.30 - 5.00pm (Alternates with Agamben Reading Group)

Pierre Gorman Room, 1888 Building (Building 198)

Critical Readings in Monster Theory

Gabrielle Kristjanson

Meeting times and locations vary. For current details please contact convenor


Deleuze Reading Group

Timothy Laurie

Weekly, Fridays 10.00am - 11.00pm

Room 307, John Medley (Building 191)

Feminist Knowledges Discussion Group

Feminist Discussion

Last Thursday of every month 3.30pm - 4.30pm. Pre-circulated readings.

Pierre Gorman Room, 1888 building (Building 198)

Hegel Reading group

Timothy Laurie

Weekly, Fridays, 11.00 am - 12.00

Room 106, John Medley (Building 191)

Lacan Reading GroupJustin ClemensWeekly Fridays 2.00 - 3.00pmPierre Gorman Room, 1888 Building (Building 198)
Medieval Round TableStephanie Trigg
First Monday of the month, 6.00 - 7.30pmLocation varies. For current details please check the Medieval Round Table web page
Middle English Reading Group Stephanie TriggFortnightly, Mondays, 11.00 am - 12.00amRoom 624, 757 Swanston St (Building 199)

Modern and Contemporary Art Reading Group

Mac Reading GroupFortnightly, Mondays 6.15 - 7.15pmRoom 106, John Medley (Building 191)

Narratology Reading Group

Linda WesteMeeting times and locations vary. For current details please contact convenor 

Old English Reading Group

Bob DiNapoliTuesdays, 1.00 - 3.00pmRoom 106, John Medley (Building 191)

Old French Reading Group

Stephanie DownesFortnightly, Mondays 12.00 - 1.00pmRoom 217, Babel (Building 139)

Spinoza Reading Group

Timothy Laurie

Weekly, Fridays, 12.00 - 2.00pm

Room 106, John Medley (Building 191)

Technology and Culture Research Group

Luke van RynMeets irregularly. For details of coming meetings please email convenors 

Text and Image Reading Group

Radha O'Meara
Linda Weste 
Thursday 24 September 4.30 - 5.30pm
Errol Morris "Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Believing is Seeing"
Thursday 08 October 4.30 - 5.30pm
Walter Benjamin Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Thursday 22 October 4.30 - 5.30pm
Thursday 12 November 4.30 - 5.30pm
Thursday 26 November 4.30 - 5.30pm
The Linkway, Level 4, John Medley West (Building 191)

Victorian Literature Reading Group

Jack Tan and Sue PykeMeets monthly. For details of coming meetings please email convenors