Research projects

The academic staff of The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies undertake many research projects and have been awarded many research grants. Details of current and past funded research can be found in this section.

Current research

We maintain strong collaborative research outcomes with national and international stakeholders (currently in Belgium, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Syria, Turkey, USA).

James (KO) Chong-Gossard

  • Transformations of Terence: Ancient Drama, New Media, and Contemporary Reception
  • Public and private lies: retelling the clash of duty, power and sexual indulgence in the Roman imperial court

Louise A. Hitchcock

  • The Entangled Philistines: A New Narrative of Philistine Identity at Tell es-Safi/Gath
  • In the Wake of the Sea Peoples, In the Footsteps of Goliath: Excavating the Philistine Site of Tell es-Safi/Gath
  • From Minos to Menelaos: Uncovering palatial society in prehistoric Greece
  • One Cannot Export a Palace on Board a Ship: Aegean Influences and Affinities in Cypriot Late Bronze Age Architecture

Andrew Jamieson

  • Australian-Syrian Archaeological & Historical Research Collaboration Project
  • From the Field to the Repository: Criteria for Assessing Research Potential and Significance of Archaeological Collections

Hyun Jin Kim

  • Shifting Hegemonies From the Turco-Mongol Empires of Inner Asia to Western Europe
  • Ethnicity and Foreigners in Europe and Asia



Parshia Lee-Stecum

  • The Boundaries of Roman Ethnicity: An Examination of Elite Roman Ethno-Cultural Identity in the Late-Republican and Early Imperial Period (55 BCE-120 CE)

Antonio Sagona

  • An Archaeological and Historical Study of The Gallipoli Battlefield
  • Archaeology in the Central Caucasus


Gocha Tsetskhladze

  • Australian research at Pessinus, sacral city of Cybele, the great mother goddess: myth and reality
  • Archaeology of the Black Sea and its Hinterland in the First Millennium BC [BCE]
  • Ancient Greek 'Colonial' Expansion in the Mediterranean and Black Sea in the 8th-6th Centuries BC and its Relationship between Greeks and Local Population


Frederick Vervaet

  • Executive high command in the Roman Republic (509-19 BCE)
  • The public triumph in the reign of Augustus (27 BCE – 14 CE): From Republican ritual to imperial monopoly

Current ARC projects

Discovery projects

Australian research at Pessinus, sacral city of Cybele, the great mother goddess: myth and reality (2010-2014)

Assoc. Professor Gocha Tsetskhladze

This international multi‑disciplinary project to investigate ancient Pessinus in modern Turkey will enrich the standing of Australia in the world as one of the foremost countries in the study of Anatolian and classical archaeology. It offers an exceptional opportunity for Australian students to learn and experience archaeology in the field alongside their peers and scholars of international reputation from several countries. The multi‑ethnic character of the site will form a good ancient parallel for the diversity of modern‑day Australia. The project will advance Australian‑Turkish cultural contacts and potentially deepen economic relations through encouraging tourism to a new part of Turkey.

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA)

Transfer of Hegemonic Power: Geopolitical Revolutions in World History (2012-2015)

Dr Hyun Jin Kim

This project aims to contextualize the current political debates on hegemonic power transfer in the 21st century by situating those debates and speculations on the US and China within the wider context of world history. By subjecting the current geopolitical situation to comparative analysis with similar geopolitical situations in the history of Late Antiquity and medieval Eurasia, the project seeks to shed new light on both the geostrategic objectives of past empires (Roman, Hunnic, Sassanian, Mongol etc.) and also the geostrategic aims of China and the US in the 21st century.

Classics and Archaeology past research projects

Classics and Archaeology past multimedia projects

Current ARC projects

Other funded projects

Discovery projects

Local Aboriginal community archives: The use of information technology and the National Broadband Network in disaster preparedness and recovery (2012-15)

Lyndon Ormond-Parker, Professor Marcia Langton, Assoc. Professor Robyn Sloggett. 

This project redefines the way significant and at-risk audiovisual archival material in Aboriginal communities is preserved, protected and made accessible for future generations. In partnership with three Aboriginal organisations in remote Australia this project develops a risk-management framework that deals with the complex set of issues that surround the translation of intangible culture, which is recorded in audiovisual format, into contemporary formats to enable it to be part of content deliverable via new initiatives such as cloud technology and via the National Broadband Network.

In-situ Dynamic Speckle Analysis Test, July 2012, Silpakorn University, Nakhon Pathom, ThailandLinkage projects

Comedy - no laughing matter: identifying and preserving the history of comedy in Melbourne from the 1960s through the 1980s (2013-15)

Professor Joy Damousi, Assoc. Professor Robyn J. Sloggett, Ms Judy Morton, Ms Janine Barrand, Dr Susan L. Bye.

Industry partners: Victorian Arts Centre Trust, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Arts Victoria

The project aims to identify, rescue and restore the physical materials, and record the oral histories, that inform our knowledge of the development of comedy in Melbourne. The period to be studied saw a wave of invention and creativity that reflected Australian society and culture, yet it has been severely under researched in spite of the wealth of material still in existence. It is important that this research is carried out now, while most of those involved are still alive to contribute. The expected outcomes would involve the preservation of material culture in this area and the mending of a substantial gap in the knowledge of Australia's cultural history.

Understanding and preserving Aboriginal Catholic church art in northern Australia (2012-15)

Assoc. Professor Robyn Sloggett, Professor Marcia Langton, Dr Jacky Healy.

Industry partners: Thamarrurr Incorporated, Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation

This project examines the historical and social significance of Aboriginal art produced in Catholic churches during the Christian mission era in northern Australia, using two sets of important works produced during the contact phase, banners at Balgo (WA) in 1981 and panels at Wadeye (NT) in 1957/8. The project determines ways to assess, and develop methodologies for best research of, and care for this art. These rare objects and their history, as an important aspect of Australian cultural, social and political history, are in need of urgent study, documentation and preservation.

Other funding

Cultural Conservation Channel (2013-2014)

Helen McPherson Smith Trust Impact Grant

Assoc. Professor Robyn Sloggett, Robert Lane, Daniel Browning, Lyndon Ormond Parker, Vanessa Kowalski.

The Cultural Conservation Channel shares stories to interconnect our experiences and memories to heritage collections. It provides accessible, informative, and practical information about the conservation of cultural material to regional and remote communities across Victoria. The dissemination of information drives the projects cultural activity, educational function and conservation practice. We will build exhibition platforms that can manage the conservation needs of various art forms to enhance the cultural inheritance of future generations. The Channel will be carried out in collaboration with Victorian partners to create and conserve diverse cultural practice.

Assessing and Building Social Investment Opportunities that Preserve Indigenous Culture (2013-2014)

University of Melbourne Interdisciplinary Seed Grant

Brad Potter, Shaun Cannon, Prakash Singh, Robyn Sloggett, Jodi York.

This research examines how the crucial resource that is corporate social investment in its various forms can be best utilized to support Aboriginal art centres and thus the autonomy, health, education and employment outcomes in under-resourced Australian communities. The project will enhance our understanding of the ways in which different models of corporate social investment can produce high-impact outcomes in this setting such as through: building capacity through human resource investment (eg internships, workshops/training, mentoring, staff working opportunities on community); philanthropic funds to support particular aspects of the art centre business; and in-kind support through free services or advice.

WADEYE IPTV: Delivering significant and at risk audiovisual archives to remote Aboriginal communities via IPTV and the NBN (2013-2014)

IBES Project Seed Funding

Lyndon Ormond-Parker,  Sharon Huebner, Marcia Langton, Robyn Sloggett, Rachel Nordlinger, Ken Clarke, Julien Ridoux Kanamkek-Yile Ngala Museum, Wadeye NT Thamarrurr Development Corporation, Wadeye, NT.

The project uses IPTV and the National Broadband Network in the preservation and access of audiovisual materials at Wadeye. In partnership with Kanamkek-Yile Ngala Museum at Wadeye and the Thamarrurr Development Corporation, Wadeye, NT this research project trials how culturally significant and endangered audiovisual archival material might be most effectively and appropriately preserved and made accessible for future generations. The Wadeye museum currently holds significant collections of audiovisual recordings of ceremonies, songs and dances, languages and local ecological knowledge covering at least six different language/ tribal groups, many of which are now highly endangered much of this material irreplaceable. This pilot project will leverage off an existing in-lab proof of concept, 'BeeSmart IPTV' to stream content to a smart-phone/PC/TV but which will also demonstrate automated replication and updating of "remote" video servers such as at Wadeye from a centralised, secure archive server based at IBES. The project intends to trial the use of IPTV at Wadeye museum including the IPTV set-top box and stream IPTV locally via WiFi. IPTV is seen as an excellent technology fit as it can provide very granular, controlled access to content by separate cultural groups, and provides metadata to allow easy searching of the video archive by users, which also makes it a valuable resource for specialists such as linguists.


CCMC past research projects


Lynch Family Handbell, date unknown, Collection of the Grainger Museum, The University of Melbourne

Other funded projects

Research project websites

Discovery projects

ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship and Discovery grant: An international history of Australian democracy: the impact of Australian innovation overseas and of international human rights in Australia (2011-2016)

Professor Marilyn Lake

This project will chart the international career of Australian democracy and the impact of innovations such as manhood suffrage, the Australian ballot, women's rights and industrial arbitration overseas. It will also investigate the impact of new international definitions of human rights on re-shaping Australian democracy after World War Two.

Sounds of War (2013-2016)

Professor Joy Damousi

Hell Sounds will explore how the experience of war is mediated by sound. Drawing on diaries, memoirs and contemporary accounts, this project will for the first time explore how war sounds of the battlefield and the homefront during the First and Second World War have shaped the experience and memory of these events by civilians and combatants. Through a history of the technology of modern warfare during the twentieth century such as bombings, shelling, explosives and air sirens, this project will re-conceptualise the history of the two world wars through the auditory landscape created by inflicting violence on the senses.

The origins and effects of the Unified National System of higher education (2013-2015)

Professor Stuart Macintrye, Mr Gwilym Croucher, Professor Stephen Garton, Professor GlynDavies, Dr Julia Horne

The project will provide the first systematic and fully documented account of the genesis, aims, authorship, design, negotiation, carriage and implementation of the changes introduced to Australian higher education from 1987 to 1992. In addition, it will evaluate the immediate and long-term effects of these changes in reference to the purpose and rationale of the reforms as presented in the policy documents of the period. The project will undertake detailed case studies of four Australian universities, tracing how they were affected by the creation of the Unified National System of higher education. This account and analysis of the changes orchestrated by Minister John Dawkins will help inform future higher education policy debate.

Graham Berry and the making of colonial democracy (2013-2015)

Assoc. Professor Sean Scalmer

This project offers the first major biography of Graham Berry - Victoria's leading statesman of the nineteenth century. It uses Berry's life and career as a parliamentarian, newspaper proprietor, party-builder, radical orator, and federationist as a means of better understanding the development and significance of Australian colonial democracy.  

Rationality and modernity: a history of fortune telling in modern America (2013-2015)

Assoc. Professor David Goodman

This project will produce the first scholarly history of commercial fortune telling in modern America, told from the point of view of customers as well as practitioners. The history of the persistence of the trade in prophecy well into the twentieth century will shed new light on the relationship of rationality and modernity in United States history.

The fate of the artisan in revolutionary China: tailors in Beijing, 1930s - 1960s (2013-2015)

Professor Antonia Finnane, Dr Peidong Sun and Professor Chien Yu

This study of tailors and garment production in mid-twentieth century Beijing explores the effects of Communism on the city's foremost handicraft industry and it practitioners, shedding light on the history of a state, society and industry which were to become surprisingly important to Australia.

Globalising the Magic System: a history of advertising industry practices in Australia 1959-1989 (2012-2014)

Professor John Sinclair, Assoc. Professor Robert Crawford (UTS), Professor Linda Brennan (RMIT), Professor Susan Smulyan (Brown University), Dr Sean Nixon (University of Essex), Senior Research Associate Dr Jackie Dickenson

The project aims to shed light on the complex relationship between advertising and Australian society by recording, for the first time, the impact of globalisation on the work practices of this significant but under analysed industry. Most advertising studies concentrate on the analysis of the end product, the advertisements. This project is significant because it examines the processes through which these advertisements are produced, including hiring practices, agency hierarchies, client/agency relations, and technological change. Expected outcomes include a monograph, numerous scholarly articles, a website, an oral history archive at the National Library of Australia, and, eventually, Australia's first advertising archive.

Rethinking the history of Soviet Stalinism (2012-2014)

Professor Stephen Wheatcroft

This project will provide a more sophisticated understanding of the complexities of Stalin's Russia by considering critically the data now available in Soviet archives. It will explain how the system evolved in response to real social, economic and international problems, rather than exclusively in response to individual or psychological factors.

Making Torture Unthinkable: The International Campaign Against torture, 1967-1984 (2011-2014)

Dr Ara Keys, Dr Bradley R. Simpson (Princeton University, USA)

The project aims to explain why international outrage about state-sponsored torture in Greece, Latin America, and Indonesia in the 1970s coalesced into a powerful global movement to eradicate torture, and how the focus on torture shaped and spurred the popularization of human rights as a universal moral language of global activism.

Designing Australian schools: a spatial history of innovation, pedagogy and social change

Professor Julie L Willis, Professor Kate Darian‑Smith, Professor Philip J Goad, Assoc. Professor Hannah Lewi, Dr David G Nichols, Dr Elain Harwood, Professor Julie E McLeod

This project will provide understanding of the design, educational and environmental motivations underpinning modern Australian schools in the twentieth‑century, thus informing current ideas about the school as a centre of the broader social and local community fabric.

ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

For more information please see the Centre for the History of Emotions website.

Intersections of Religion, Emotion, Visual Culture and Print in Early Modern Europe (2011-2018)

Professor Charles Zika

This seven-year project concentrates on German-speaking Europe from the 15th to early 18th century and includes the following:

  1. Emotions, Community and Sacred Space - focusing on the role of emotions in shaping pilgrimage rituals and communal identity at the Austrian shrine of Mariazell, in its transformation into an instrument of Hapsburg religious ideology
  2. Emotions and Exclusion in Witchcraft Imagery - tracing reversals in witchcraft belief from demonization to derisive fantasy during the 17th and 18th centuries
  3. Natural Disasters and Apocalyptic Anxiety - exploring religious response through the prism of pamphlets and broadsheets collected by the Zurich pastor Johann Jakob Wick, 1560-1588
  4. Emotions and the Visual in the Transformations of Early Modern Europe - which investigates the emotional power, resonance and function of religious objects and images, linked to an exhibition to be held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2017

Feeling the Sacred: Emotions and Material Culture in Medieval Chartres

Dr Sarah Randles, Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions at The University of Melbourne

Sarah Randles is conducting a research project on emotions, materiality and sacred place, focusing on the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Chartres, a significant centre for medieval pilgrimage and an outstanding example of and gothic architecture and art. The project will investigate the emotional responses of worshippers to the built environment and visual programs of the Cathedral, to the relics and other holy material housed there and taken from the site, and to the material and performative aspects of the religious practices at this site.

Digging out some emotional roots of British anti-Catholicism: A study of the English representations of the seventeenth-century massacres of Piedmontese Waldensians

Dr Giovanni Tarantino, Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions at The University of Melbourne

Giovanni is working on a project concerned with the affective language used in English-language reports of the persecution of the Waldensians in the later seventeenth century (with Waldensianism being considered the only 'heresy' of the twelfth century to survive in unbroken continuity into the sixteenth century to link hands with the Protestant Reformation) and how the rhetoric within these reports helped shape notions of British Protestant identity and community. He is also exploring the methodological legitimacy of reading (Waldensian) geographic maps not merely in technical or geopolitical terms, but in a way that he believes can justifiably be defined as 'affective geography'.

Disasters, Emotions, and the development of Scottish National Identity, 1490-1700 (working title)

Dr Gordon David Raeburn, Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions at The University of Melbourne

Gordon is investigating the emotional responses to a series of Scottish disasters between 1490 and 1700, including massacres, plagues, and economic disasters, in order to determine the extent to which these emotions show a shift over time from localised identity, such as clan based or geographically based, towards a more national sense of identity. This project will also investigate the effects of major societal changes, such as the Reformation, upon the emotion responses to these events, as well as any differing emotional responses due to cultural or geographical influences. Gordon is also a member of the AHRC Research Network 'Crossing Over - New Narratives of Death', based at the University of Hull.

Linkage projects

Comedy - no laughing matter: identifying and preserving the history of comedy in Melbourne from the 1960s through the 1980s (2013-2015)

Professor Joy Damousi, Assoc. Professor Robyn J. Sloggett, Ms Judy Morton, Ms Janine Barrand, Dr Susan L. Bye.

Industry partners: Victorian Arts Centre Trust, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Arts Victoria

The project aims to identify, rescue and restore the physical materials, and record the oral histories, that inform our knowledge of the development of comedy in Melbourne. The period to be studied saw a wave of invention and creativity that reflected Australian society and culture, yet it has been severely under researched in spite of the wealth of material still in existence. It is important that this research is carried out now, while most of those involved are still alive to contribute. The expected outcomes would involve the preservation of material culture in this area and the mending of a substantial gap in the knowledge of Australia's cultural history.

LP120200458: A History of Press Photography in Australia (2012-2015)

Professor Kate Darian-Smith, M. Gawenda, Dr F. Anderson, Dr S. Young, with National Library of Australia and Walkley Foundation
Industry partners:
National Library of Australia, Walkley Foundation

Press photography has long influenced how Australians have understood themselves and their world. In collaboration with the National Library of Australia and the Walkley Foundation, the project explores the evolving role of photographs in breaking news, and historical shifts in photographic technologies, media practices and ethics.

ARC Future fellowships

Dancing to Whose Tune? Indonesian Transnational Political Activism in the Shadow of the Cold War (1949-1966) (2013-2017)

Dr Kate McGregor

Since the 1990s there has been a boom in memory and in human rights activism relating to historical injustice in Indonesia. Using an innovative framework of the concept of 'regions of memory' this project examines how human rights activists located within and outside Indonesia use memory for the purposes of achieving human rights outcomes. Through national and international collaborations this project will analyse why transnational activism concerning crimes from the Japanese occupation (1942-45), the independence struggle (1945-1949) and the 1965 mass violence escalated at particular points in time and deepen our understanding of the relationship between memory and human rights.

Spare Parts: The Cultural History of Organ Transplantation (2011-15)

Dr Helen MacDonald

The remarkable ability to harvest organs from the dead and transplant them into the living is being commemorated as a miracle of twentieth-century medical science. Yet transplantation has also always been a controversial undertaking. This major study examines the complicated past of 'spare part' surgery in England, Scotland and Australasia, mapping the ripples left in the wake of transplantation's celebrated moments. It analyses the dilemmas these raised, contributing to contemporary understanding of the ethical, legal and public policy issues surrounding a biomedical endeavor that continues to be haunted by its past.

McKenzie postdoctoral fellowships

Remembering Houses of Cloth: Workers' Histories of Textile Production in Bengal, 1590-2015 (2014-2016)

Dr Samia Khatun, McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow

This project offers a timely opportunity to produce a historical resource base about textile workers in Bengal that will inform and strengthen contemporary labour rights campaigns in the garments industry, addressing some of the most pressing social equity issues in the Asian region. Presenting a history of globalisation from the perspective of the textile worker, the analytical aim is to tackle a question of central importance to the discipline of history: How are articulations of the past actively used to fashion imagined futures? The twin objectives are to firstly piece together an episodic workers' history of textile production in Bengal from the sixteenth century to the present day, and secondly to generate insights into how workers across different epochs have actively employed narratives about the past in their struggles for the future. This project will produce outcomes 'Remembering Houses of Cloth' that explore the contested politics of memory and contribute significantly to the global visibility of textile workers.

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA)

Creating the Atlantic World: transnational relationships and family ties in trading networks and voyages of discovery, 1480-1580 (2014-2016)

Dr Heather Dalton

This project will investigate the part played by transnational family-based trade networks in laying the foundations of the Atlantic World. It will focus on merchants from the British Isles who cooperated with merchants from the Italian and Iberian Peninsulas in the South Atlantic from 1480 to 1580. This project will examine these merchants' trading reach and the extent to which their relationships transcended national ties and traditional boundaries relating to gender, class and religion, and it will place families and hybrid networks at the heart of this neglected area of global history. It will demonstrate their influence on locations in Europe and across the Atlantic, and on emerging ideas of trade, 'discovery', settlement, colonisation and race in Britain.

Australia-Japan relations between 1945 and 1957: the Japanese perspective (2012-2014)

Dr Ai Kobayashi

This project reassesses Australia-Japan relations by analysing the Japanese perspective during the period of normalisation of bilateral relations between 1945 and 1957. It sheds new light on the understanding of the nature and scope of Australia-Japan relations.

International research grants

Luxury and the Manipulation of Desire: Historical Perspectives for Contemporary Debates

Network partners: Dr Catherine Kovesi with Professor Giorgio Riello - Network Co-director, University of Warwick; Dr Rosa Salzberg - Network Co-director, University of Warwick; Mr Glenn Adamson, Museum of Art & Design, New York; Dr Marta Ajmar, Victoria & Albert Museum; Professor Peter McNeil, University of Stockholm and UTS Sydney; Professor Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli, University of Bologna.

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust

Luxury is no longer seen as the pastime of a small wealthy elite. Today's luxury industry is one of Europe's most dynamic sectors; consumers are allured by luxury brands and services; and nation states heavily tax luxuries. Yet, luxury is not just a product and outcome of the twentieth century. There is a long, complex and well documented role for luxury within history. The business, marketing and creative sectors are also keen to consider 'luxury' within its historical framing, allowing for a better understanding of the genesis, evolution and transformation of this material and psychological phenomenon.The Leverhulme International Network "Luxury & the Manipulation of Desire" aims to connect the long history of luxury with the importance that luxury has assumed in contemporary society. It does so by fostering dialogue between academics and curators based in partner institutions as well as experts, journalists and business people working in the luxury sector internationally.

History past research projects

Current research

Michael Arnold

  • High speed broadband and Australian home life
  • Digital commemoration
  • Digital Storytelling among young Aboriginals

James Bradley

  • Nervous System in the Nineteenth Century
  • Biography and history
  • Convicts and Transportation - continuing Founders and Survivors/convicts and diggers

Kristian Camilleri

  • History and philosophy of thought experiments in science
  • The string theory debates
  • Rethinking the doctrine of classical concepts
  • The physicist as philosopher: The shaping of an intellectual tradition, 1880-1960

Howard Sankey

  • Realism, scepticism, relativism
  • Epistemology and philosophy of science




Gerhard Wiesenfeldt

  • Practical knowledge in early modern Dutch science
  • Newton in Dutch natural philosophy in the 18th century
  • Science and philosophy in German romantic thought
  • Science and cultural memory





Current ARC projects

Discovery projects

Online Memorials (2013-2016)

Dr Michael Arnold, Dr Martin Gibbs, Dr Tamara Kohn, Dr Bjorn Nansen, Dr Elizabeth Hallam.

This project investigates the interrelated commemorative practices, technology platforms, and social formations associated with digital commemoration. The urgency of this project arises as diverse forms of digital commemoration are increasingly used to express grief, solidarity and community, but are also a source of public and often personal disquiet. Digital commemoration is an emerging and often controversial practice with important implications for social institutions, cultural conventions and personal values. This study makes a timely evidence-based contribution to an understanding of changing commemorative practices, their digital mediation, and the interactions between them.

An investigation of the early adoption and appropriation of high-speed broadband in the domestic environment (2013-2015)

Dr Michael Arnold, Dr Martin Gibbs and Dr Rowan Wilken.

The success of the National Broadband Network (NBN) depends upon its adoption by Australian households. This project will examine the NBN in the domestic environment across two first-release sites, and will make a significant evidenced-based contribution to an assessment of this important initiative over its crucial first years.


History and Philosophy of Science past research projects

Current research projects

  • Non-classical logics and their applications (Priest, Restall)
  • Vagueness (Restall, Priest)
  • Objects: identity and individuation (Goswick, Priest)
  • Theories of meaning and thought content (L Schroeter, Restall, Sankey)
  • Representation, conceptual & non-conceptual (Inkpin, L Schroeter)
  • Language, phenomenology, cognitive science (Inkpin, L Schroeter)
  • Realism, scepticism, relativism (Sankey)
  • Epistemology and philosophy of science (Sankey)
  • Feminist epistemology (Jones)
  • Testimony and trust (Jones, Coady)
  • Rationality in ethics (F Schroeter, Jones, Cordner)
  • Normative concepts (L Schroeter, F Schroeter, Sankey, Halliday)
  • Moral emotions and agency (Jones, F Schroeter, Cordner, Levy, Russell)
  • Phenomenology, embodiment, and practical awareness (Inkpin, Cordner)
  • Ancient philosophy and virtue ethics (Russell)
  • History of European thought (Inkpin, Cordner)
  • Egalitarianism (Halliday, Moss)
  • Justice in education (Halliday)
  • Taxation and Social Justice (Halliday)
  • Just war theory and political violence (Coady, Alexandra, Sanyal, Halliday)
  • Professional ethics (Alexandra, Minerva)
  • Bioethics (Singer, Coady, Minerva, Halliday)
  • Climate change and global justice (Moss, Singer)

Interdisciplinary and/or collaborative projects

  • The Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Philosophy (CAPPE) links researchers at The University of Melbourne with Charles Sturt University. CAPPE has ongoing research links with Oxford and Princeton.
  • The Logic Research Group at The University of Melbourne has regular links with researchers at St Andrews, Kyoto, Guangzhou, Nanjing, and Connecticut
  • The Moral Rationalism project links researchers at The University of Melbourne with colleagues at Princeton, Tübingen, and Fribourg

Current ARC projects

Discovery projects

The Many Moral Rationalisms (2011-2014)

Dr François Schroeter, Dr Karen F Jones, Professor Michael A. Smith (Princeton)

This project addresses the foundations of morality. It contributes to our self-understanding by generating new insights into the objectivity of morality and into the role of reason and emotion in moral judgment.

ARC Future fellowships

ARC Future Fellowship: Self-control and the pathologies of agency (2011-2014)

Neil Levy Florey Neuroscience Institutes

Philosophy past research projects

Current ARC projects

None at the moment.


Past ARC projects

Discovery projects

Transformations of Terence: ancient drama, new media, and contemporary reception (2011-2013)

Professor Bernard J Muir, Dr K.O. Chong-Gossard

Project administered by the School of Culture and Communication.

This project examines the history of the illustrated text of the 'Comedies' of the Roman playwright Terence. This material, ranging from the manuscript tradition of the fifth century CE to the Age of Print at the end of the fifteenth century, offers unparallelled evidence for the processes of technological change and the introduction of new media, from papyrus scroll to parchment book to the paper of the mechanical printing press. Our project will study how innovations and changes in these media shaped the understanding and interpretation of the written word, using Terence as a test case. At the same time, this project allows a fresh look at contemporary reception - how the attitudes and prejudices of scholars working at these key periods of change reinterpreted the text, and how these reinterpretations became encoded in the subsequent textual tradition. The two major outcomes for this project will be a monograph, followed by a DVD publication containing images of relevant manuscript pages, together with transcriptions, translations, commentary, and introductory text.

Designing Australian schools: a spatial history of innovation, pedagogy and social change (2011-2013)

Assoc. Professor Julie L Willis, Professor Kate Darian-Smith, Professor Philip J. Goad, Assoc. Professor Hannah Lewi, Dr David G. Nichols, Dr Elain Harwood, Assoc. Professor Julie E. McLeod

Project administered by the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.

This project will provide understanding of the design, educational and environmental motivations underpinning modern Australian schools in the twentieth-century, thus informing current ideas about the school as a centre of the broader social and local community fabric.

Making the case: the case study genre in sexology, psychoanalysis and literature (2010-2013)

Professor Joy Damousi, Dr B. Lang and Dr K. Sutton

Questions of sexual subjectivity continue to concern scholars in the humanities and social sciences today as they did in the 19th and early 20th centuries. An astonishing number of discourses around the self with regard to love, sex and desire originated in the European and American debates to be studied here. With its focus on the case study and its modalities this project will benefit Australian scholars working in the fields of literary and cultural studies, psychoanalysis as well as historical studies. Mapping the circuits of knowledge through which the sexed subject became a topic to be written about in the Westwill led to a better understanding of the confluence of disciplinary knowledge, as well as their transnational dimensions.