Our School carries out creative, fundamental and applied research projects into the past, present and future of the humanities and social sciences. Through our unique breadth and transdisciplinary focus, our research makes real and lasting impacts that enrich contemporary society through the enduring tradition of the humanities on public life.
Our world class researchers are renowned for their interpretation, analysis and debate on historical and contemporary culture and communication. Explore our broad range of current and completed research projects.
The Invention of Melbourne: A Baroque Archbishop and Gothic Architect
Understanding the cultural vision of the first Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, James Goold (1812-1886), whose architectural patronage has left a permanent imprint on the built environment of Melbourne
New tastemakers and Australia's post-digital literary culture
This project examines how engagements with digital media and platforms have changed the ways in which Australian literature is produced, distributed and consumed.
The Future Cemetery
The research investigates the potential of new and innovative technologies to be incorporated into Australian cemeteries and memorial spaces.
Disability and the Performing Arts in Australia: The Last Avant Garde
The Last Avant Garde is an ARC Linkage project exploring artistic innovation and the work of disability artists in Australia.
Towards an Australian Ecological Theatre
This project explores how the Australian performing arts is responding to the climate emergency and how human interactions with the natural world have been represented historically on Australian stages since the 1950s.
First Nation’s Media Australia research
The Centre for Advancing Journalism (CAJ) is working with First Nations Media Australia (FNMA) on research to measure the reach and impact of Indigenous broadcasting channels and services across remote, regional and suburban Australia.
New Beats: Mass redundancies, career changes and the future of Australian journalism
This ongoing project is investigating what happens to around 3,000 journalists who became redundant in Australia during or since 2012.
Indigenous Storytelling and the Living Archive of Aboriginal Knowledge
An ARC Discovery Indigenous Fellowship project that aims to develop a non-linear, interactive archiving system in collaboration with Aboriginal people.
Our research collaborations bring together experts who are internationally recognised leaders in their fields.
Asian Cultural Research Network
A collaboration researching the cultural effects of youth travel, migration and media between Asia and Australia.
A platform for strategic research projects and tactical interventions into the issues transforming public culture.
Critique, Creativity, Innovation
A collaboration exploring the diverse histories and possible futures of creativity and critique.
Critical Fashion Studies
A collective uniting scholars, practitioners and industry to advance research on fashion sustainability and ethics.
Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network
An interdisciplinary network researching into transformations in response to Human-Animal Studies (HAS).
Postnational Art Histories
A network of scholars developing major projects that rethink the paradigms of national art history.
CODED AESTHETICS explores sense-making through human-machine entanglement.
Research units and centres
Through critical thinking in the humanities, our research units and centres undertake research that has a tangible impact in the world.
ARC Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions
A multidisciplinary centre researching the history of emotional behaviours from medieval Europe to the present.
Australian Institute of Art History
Our vision is to advance research in the creation, use, and cultural meaning of art in all its forms from ancient rock art to the digital age.
Centre of Visual Art
A centre facilitating innovative, cross-disciplinary research that focuses on the significant cultural issues of today.
Enlightenment Romanticism Contemporary Culture
A unit re-envisioning the transition from Enlightenment to Romanticism and its legacies in the present.
Research Unit in Public Cultures
A unit researching transformations in public culture produced by new intersections of knowledge, media, space and mobility.
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Our researchers welcome collaboration.
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