FASS COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH SCHEME 2012

'Undoing the Ancient' Research Group

Research Group Members:

Alastair Blanshard, Classics & Ancient History (Coordinator & point of contact)
Mark Ledbury, Art History & Film Studies Francesco Borghesi, Italian Studies
Jennifer Milam, Art History & Film Studies Frances Muecke, Classics and Ancient History
John Gagne, History Michael Turner, Nicholson Museum

This research group brings together scholars researching the classical tradition who are united by a concern with recovering modes of thought and practice that are excluded from standard accounts of the classicism. The group is interested in the intersection between the classical and the ugly, the pornographic, the comic, the forgotten, the crassly popular, and the marginalised. It proposes an alternate version of the classical tradition; one that it is not idealizing and hagiographic, but nevertheless attests to the power of the classical to stimulate ideas and act as an instrument for cultural and intellectual change.

Funding - $36,700


Putting Periodisation to Use: Exploring the Limits of Early Modernity

Research Group Members:

John Gagne, History Alan Maddox, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Ofer Gal, History & Philosophy of Science Una McIlvenna, Medieval & Early Modern Centre
Stephen Gaukroger, History & Philosophy of Science Nicola Parsons, English
Huw Griffiths, English (Coordinator & point of contact) Liam Semler, English

Periodization is one of the most significant means by which knowledge is codified and professional practices organized within the humanities. This research group interrogates the conceptual work periodization performs in the work of a variety of disciplines in reference to early modernity. Researchers from English, History, Musicology, Art History, and the History and Philosophy of Science will be brought together, in a series of specifically focused research forums. This will provide a framework to examine and explore questions of periodization, its impact on our research parameters, and the possibilities for new work that such reconsiderations might provoke.

Funding - $39,400


Social Studies of Finance

Research Group Members:

Fiona Allon, Gender & Cultural Studies Dick Bryan, Political Economy
Melinda Cooper, Sociology & Social Policy Martijn Konings, Political Economy (Coordinator & point of contact)

The aim of the Social Studies of Finance research group is to bring together scholars who research the cultural, social and political aspects of the expansion of financial markets and their growing prominence in contemporary life. Its activities will consist of a regular seminar series that will provide a permanent platform for the collaborative efforts of researchers based at Sydney, and two major international workshops that will result in high-profile publications.

Funding - $39,800


Global Sensibilities – The New History of Ideas

Research Group Members:

Alastair Blanshard, Classics & Ancient History Colm Harmon
Barbara Caine, History Miranda Johnson, History
Danielle Celermajer, Sociology & Social Policy Jennifer Milam, Art History & Film Studies (Coordinator & point of contact)
Jennifer Ferng, Architecture, Design & Planning Glenda Sluga, History
Andrew Fitzmaurice, History Shane White, History
Moira Gatens, Philosophy

Global Sensibilities brings together an interdisciplinary team to develop a 'new' history of ideas. This approach replaces the emphasis upon texts as a source of ideas, insisting on the importance of the social, cultural, visual, economic and political contexts in which ideas develop, on who is speaking, when and where. The cluster will focus on two research themes addressing ideas in novel ways: i) Biography ii) Literature, Art and Politics. Each theme will raise new questions about the history of ideas in respect of the boundaries between thought and feeling, and the universality or cultural specificity of particular beliefs and ideas.

Funding - $39,800


Writing the World - Transnationalism in Literary Studies

Research Group Members:

Andrea Bandhauer, Germanic Studies Yixu Li, Germanic Studies
Francesco Borghesi, Italian Studies Peter Minter, Koori Centre
William Christie, English Peter Morgan, European Studies (Coordinator & point of contact)
Robert Cowan, Classics & Ancient History Nicola Parsons, English
Robert Dixon – Australian Literature Brigid Rooney – Australian Literature
Paul Giles, English Rebecca Suter, Japanese Studies
Vrasidas Karalis, Modern Greek Anne Walsh, Spanish & Latin American Studies
Peter Kirkpatrick, Australian Studies/English

This project considers the critical practice of transnationalism and involves the discussion of language, linguistic communities and translation broadly as the "movement" of narratives across cultural and national boundaries. Ever since Goethe's development of the concept of Weltliteratur in the early 19th century, scholars have sought common ground in the international study of literature. However issues of nation, language and culture have rendered earlier models of understanding problematic. For the nation remains both as historical reality and residual idea in the literary-cultural sphere. Transnational approaches to literary study must address ongoing questions regarding nation, culture and the language community.

Funding - $34,900


Religion, State and Society in the Muslim World

Research Group Members:

Michael Humphrey, Sociology & Social Policy Lucia Sorbera, Arabic & Islamic Studies
Sarah Phillips, Government & International Relations Bronwyn Winter, French Studies
Lily Rahim, Government & International Relations (Coordinator & point of contact)

The 'Religion, State & Society in the Muslim World' cluster aims to deepen and expand the existing cross-disciplinary research collaborations between academics in various Departments and Schools at the FASS (and other Faculties at the University) engaged in research on religion, state and society relations within the Muslim diaspora and across the Muslim World. The cluster boasts a successful track record of intra- and inter-faculty teaching, research, workshop, publication and public events collaborations dating back to 2008. This FASS scheme will assist in building on the Faculty's robust track record and reputation in research and teaching on the Muslim World. The cluster is made up of academics at varying levels (B-E), area specialists covering the major regions in the Muslim World (Middle-East, North Africa, Southeast Asia) and beyond (Europe, Australia) as well as experts in security, socio-cultural, feminist, governance and comparative studies.

Funding - $20,000


Law and Society

Research Group Members:

Betsi Beem, Government & International Relations Greg Martin, Sociology & Social Policy
Thomas Crofts, Sydney Institute of Criminology Pat O’Malley, Law
Hans Hendrischke, Government & International Relations Susan Park, Government & International Relations
Deirdre Howard-Wagner, Sociology & Social Policy Nicola Piper, Sociology & Social Policy
Michael Humphrey, Sociology & Social Policy Rebecca Scott Bray, Sociology & Social Policy
Wendy Lambourne, Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies Robert van Krieken, Sociology & Social Policy (Coordinator & point of contact)
Murray Lee, Law Bronwyn Winter, French Studies
Gaynor Macdonald, Anthropology

The Law and Society research group links researchers pursuing theoretical and empirical work in fields traversing law, social science and the humanities. The interdisciplinary field of socio-legal studies has its empirical, theoretical and methodological bases both in law and in the humanities and social sciences more broadly. Its central object is to understand legal ideas, institutions and practices in their social, historical, cultural, political and economic contexts. While retaining significant links both with the "black letter" approach to law and with jurisprudence, it is distinct from both to the extent that its methodology is more empirical, historical and social­-theoretical.

Funding - $18,790