Explore a selection of current Australian Research Council-sponsored and other research projects undertaken by academics in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies.
The Marzuolo Archaeological Project
Dr Gijs Tol is working with a team of researchers to investigate the Roman-period site of Podere Marzuolo in rural southern Tuscany, Italy. Using targeted excavation, spatial and scientific data analysis, 3D-modelling and material studies, this project aims to highlight the potential of the site to function as a paragon of the varied nature of Roman rural settlement.
The Rediscovery of Tragic Myth: Senecan tragedy in fourteenth century Europe
In this Australian Research Council-funded research project, Dr K.O. Chong-Gossard (Classics, SHAPS) and Professor Bernard Muir (Professorial Fellow, English and Theatre Studies, SCC) investigate the medieval Latin commentaries by Nicholas Trevet on the ancient Roman tragedies of Seneca.
Confronting Historical Injustice in Indonesia: Memory and Transnational Human Rights Activism
Using an innovative framework of the concept of ‘regions of memory’, Associate Professor in Southeast Asian History Kate McGregor is examining how human rights activists located within and outside Indonesia use memory for the purposes of achieving human rights outcomes.
Soviet War Experiences, 1937-1950
Professor Mark Edele's project charts the varieties of wartime experiences on Soviet-held territories between 1937 and 1950. Refusing to extract one, allegedly 'typical' experience, this project focuses on the range, variety, and complexity of wartime experiences of ordinary (and some extraordinary) people.
Mass Politics in the Nineteenth Century
The nineteenth century was marked by great changes in the formal boundaries of the polity, forms of political activity and the meanings of ‘democracy’. Professor Sean Scalmer's research considers some of the changes in Australia, the United States and Great Britain.
The repliCATS project is among the first projects to address one of the most pressing controversies of modern science: scientific replicability. Led by Professor Fiona Fidler, the team consists of interdisciplinary researchers from the School of BioSciences, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies and the Melbourne School of Engineering.
Disposal of the Dead: Beyond Burial and Cremation
The DeathTech research team is a group of anthropologists, social scientists and human-computer interaction specialists based at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. They have been studying questions at the intersection of death, technology, and society for more than a decade.
Gender Diversity Narratives in the Australian Context
Do Australians think workplace gender diversity is important? In this project, Philosophy academics Professor Cordelia Fine and Dr Holly Lawford-Smith join an interdisciplinary team to explore reasons offered across a corpus of articles published in the Australian print media in the 25-year period between 1995-2020.
Constructing Social Hierarchy
In this ARC-funded project, a team of Philosophy academics aim to integrate recent developments in the philosophy of mind, language, emotion, and action to better understand how social hierarchies are created and maintained and how they can be disrupted.