Research Networks & Initiatives

Humanities and Languages has a number of interdisciplinary research networks and initiatives that bring together researchers from across the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Biopolitical Studies Research Network

The UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Biopolitical Studies Research Networkbrings together strengths in Contemporary Philosophy, Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences. We seek to challenge traditional dualisms, such as those between nature and culture, animal and human, organic and inorganic, immanence and transcendence in order to chart new territories of intellectual inquiry.

Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia

Taking a 'long Modernism' view of cultural history, the Centre fo Modernism Studies in Australia fosters innovative research in the broad area of cultural Modernism - literary, visual, philosophical, architectural, theatrical, and musical. Facilitating collaborations across a range of activities and projects bringing together members of staff, postdoctoral fellows, postgraduate students, advanced undergraduate students and external scholars. CMSA seeks to build a national, regional and international profile for Modernism studies here at UNSW, and to provide a beachhead for global Modernism studies on Australian shores.

Imperial, Colonial and Transnational Histories

The research cluster on Imperial, Colonial and Transnational Histories assumes that many historical problems cannot be adequately answered within the traditional confines of the nation-state. It focuses on interpreting the past in a global dimension, taking account of, for example, migrations and mobilities, cultural transfers and imperial and colonial interactions. It examines cross- cultural encounters in an international framework in all historical periods and contexts.

New Earth Histories Research Program

New Earth Histories brings the history of geosciences and the history of select world cosmologies together. Our aim is to produce a fresh and cosmopolitan history of environmental sciences, analysing the significance of geological time and multiple cosmologies for global modernity itself.

Practical Justice Initiative

The Practical Justice Initiative is focused on dealing with some of the most difficult social issues that face our society and the globe today. It brings together innovative research on the theoretical dimensions of justice together with a practical, applied focus on significant social and political problems such as climate change and health.

South Asia @ UNSW

South Asia @ UNSW brings together  a vibrant network of scholars from UNSW Arts & Social Sciences who research and teach in South Asian studies across a number of new and traditional humanities and social sciences disciplines, including: anthropology, history, development studies, politics, international relations, media and literary studies, gender studies, race and ethnicity, the study of border regions, insurgency and militarism.

Together, we conduct seminars and organise workshops to discuss research, working with established research clusters in the Faculty such as Imperial, Colonial and Transnational Histories, Asian Media Cultures and Globalisation and Governance.