Department of Art History and Film Studies

The Department was founded in 1967 as part of the Power Institute of Fine Arts and teaching began in 1968. For the decade following, it was still feasible to regard its central discipline as the history of painting, sculpture and architecture of Europe (with some reference to Australia). Since then, the Department has responded not only to radical transformations in the nature of art history itself, but to the explosion of 'visual studies' into the areas of film, television and the computer, into photography, design, costume, style and cultural studies.

The Department has not only been responsive to this new development, but has actively helped to shape current thinking about the nature of art and the visual. The Department has also responded to its geographical and cultural location by introducing the study of Aboriginal and Asian Art.

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  • Health Humanities Research Initiative

    You are invited to participate in a new Health Humanities research collaborative. The health humanities offer insights into the human condition as it pertains to the arts and sciences of healing and deepens understanding of disease and wellness, pain and suffering, personhood, the nature of death and dying, embodied experience, and the limits of technological knowledge. This collaborative will apply for node status with the Charles Perkins Centre.

  • Call for Papers: Rethinking Intellectual History Conference

    Abstracts for proposed papers and proposals for sessions are invited relating to the ten conference themes.

    Rethinking Intellectual History is co-presented by the Sydney Intellectual History Network (University of Sydney), the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science (University of Sydney) and the Centre for the History of European Discourses (University of Queensland).

  • Call for applications - US Studies Centre Indiana University Fellowship

    The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney is currently inviting applications from Australian residents for the Visiting Fellowship in Creative Arts at Indiana University from September – December 2015.

  • New Faculty Honours Research Fellowships for 2015

    The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the introduction of nine Honours Research Fellowships to be awarded to outstanding undergraduates intending to undertake an Honours year in 2015.

    The successful applicants will be offered supervision towards an Honours degree in the appropriate discipline. They will each receive a bursary of $3000 towards research costs, and the opportunity to take up a research internship with the supervising program.


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