Groups and Centres
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is a lively and diverse research community within which are the following research centres and groups.
In 2010 the Faculty introduced the Faculty of Arts Collaborative Research Scheme (FCRS) grants. This scheme was initiated in order to promote new collaborative research projects that would encourage colleagues across Schools (and indeed Faculties) to work together in new and emergent areas and build research capacity in a range of different ways. The scheme is supported by the Faculty and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research.
FCRS 2015-2016 Awards
American Cultures: The View from the Pacific
Leads: Thomas Adams and Sarah Gleeson-White
Researchers: Paul Giles, Chin Jou, Michael McDonnell, Brendon O’Connor and David Smith
Their research: They aim to forge ties with American Studies scholars and postgraduates throughout the Asia Pacific to raise the profile of American Studies at the University, and make scholarly interventions in global debates within this vibrant discipline. They aim to discover and disseminate the distinct interventions that Australian and Asian Pacific scholars make to the global discipline of American Studies.
Citizen Engagement and Policy Advocacy in Contemporary Indonesia
Lead: Michele Ford
Researchers: Thushara Dibley, Vannessa Hearman, Russell Toth, Robbie Peters, Simon Butt, Jeffrey Neilson,
Their research: This research group brings together social scientists of Indonesia from across the university seeking to develop a research agenda around policy advocacy and citizenship engagement under Joko Widodo (Jokowi), President of Indonesia. It aims to foster cross-fertilisation across the disciplines of Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Labour Relations, Law and Sociology, bringing to bear the particular insights of each of these disciplines to better understand the nexus between activism and policy-making in a range of socially relevant domains.
Everyday Social Media: Culture, Design, Inclusion, Recognition
Lead: Gerard Goggin, Ariadne Vromen and Fiona Martin
Researchers: Monika Bednarek, Grant Bollmer, Benedetta Brevini, Rafael Calvo, Peter Chen, Chris Chesher, Catherine Driscoll, Tim Dwyer, Amanda Elliott, Jonathon Hutchinson, Alana Mann, Greg Martin, Mike Michael, Giovanni Navarria, Kane Race, David Rolph, Simon Tormey, Kimberlee Weatherall.
Their research: Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn and new mobile and location-based media services like Tinder are becoming central to participation in contemporary social life, culture, politics and economic exchange. Yet everyday social media uses in Australia are not well studied. This interdisciplinary research group takes a holistic approach to understanding the key dimensions and implications of social media in Australia, and to place this in international context. Everyday Social Media brings together leading researchers to generate new research methods and knowledge of this field. It will also engage with technology designers, developers, industry, regulators and policy makers via innovative speculative design workshops.
Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Network
Leads: Nicola Piper and Stephanie Short
Researchers: Gaby Ramia, Stuart Rosewarne and Anna Boucher.
Their research: The overarching theme of these collaborations concerns a contentious and timely issue for the Asia Pacific region: the link between international migration and sustainable employment (or decent work as per the International Labour Organisation). This theme will be explored via the establishment of two thematic working groups: 1. The Crisis in Healthcare Recruitment in addressing Non-communicable Diseases and 2. Precarious Employment of Migrant Workers in the Asia-Pacific. Both topics deal with the pressing issues that shape intra-regional patterns and directions of migration in the Asia-Pacific and feed into the on-going debate on “managing migration” at the global, regional, national and local levels.
In addition to these awards, the following collaborative network is being supported by the Faculty:
Power and Accountability Network
Lead: Nick Enfield
Researchers: Monika Bednarek, Ilan Dar-Nimrod, Gerard Goggin, Holly High, Peter Hobbins, Wendy Lambourne, Ahmar Mahboob, James Martin, Nicola Piper and Caroline West.
Their research: Human agency has two sides. Power is the capacity to act, the flexibility to choose, the freedom to move. Accountability is the duty to bear the consequences of our actions. This group brings together researchers working on the relation between power and accountability at different scales and from myriad perspectives, including social, cultural, philosophical, and psychological. Questions include: Why is there a moral intuition that power and accountability should scale together? When and why is it okay to punish or reward a person for someone else’s actions? The goal is to spark constructive interdisciplinary debate and progress in this emerging research area.
- The Medieval and Early Modern Centre
- Centre for International Security Studies
- Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
- Centre for Time
- Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science
- Australian Centre for Asian Art and Archaeology
- Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia
- Sydney Democracy Network
- Ancient North African & Phoenician Diaspora (ANAPD)
- Archaeology of Sydney Research Group
- Atrocity Forecasting Project
- Baudin Project
- Biopolitics of Science
- Borders of Arabia and Palaestina project (BAP)
- Enhancing Human Rights Protections in Security Sectors
- Environmental Humanities Group
- Early Modern Literature and Culture (EMLAC)
- Field Helper
- Gender and Modernity
- Global Middle Ages in Sydney
- Global Social Justice Network
- Human Animal Research Network
- Laureate Research Program in International History
- Law and Society research network
- Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture (MACLAC)
- Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia
- Maritime History, Archaeology and Environment Research Group
- Markets and Society Research Network
- Nation Empire Globe
- The Nineteenth-Century Study Group
- The Quarantine Project
- Race and Ethnicity in the Global South
- The Sydney University Research Community for Latin America
- Sydney Intellectual History Network
- Social Transformation and International Migration
- Social Studies of Finance Research Network
- Transnationalism and Translation in Literary Studies