Cultural Studies in Literary Interzones

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in European Humanities
Erasmus Mundus is a worldwide cooperation and mobility program funded by the European Commission. It aims to enhance quality in higher education and promote intercultural understanding by providing financial support to institutions and scholarships to individuals. Thirteen new Doctoral degrees have recently been introduced which are administered by international consortia of universities.

The University of Sydney is an associate member in the consortium of universities presenting the Joint PhD "Cultural Studies in Literary Interzones". Students enrolled in this Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate have the opportunity of studying for a semester in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney has a dynamic research culture and an outstanding reputation nationally and internationally. Research is undertaken in a diverse range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, embracing traditional, emerging and cross-disciplinary subjects: languages, literatures and cultures in the non-English speaking world; linguistics, literature, history, political science, anthropology, religion and sociology; visual arts, media and communication.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences brings to the consortium a strong research profile in migration and colonial studies, with expertise in British colonialism and French colonialism in the Asia-Pacific area, as well as in the area of Asian Languages and Cultures.

Information for prospective students

www.mundusphd-interzones.eu

The Cultural Studies in Literary Zones website contains full information for those interested in studying this Doctoral degree, including

  • program overview
  • participating institutions
  • research centres
  • the application process
  • contacts

Research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences mission is to engage in research and teaching across the breadth of the humanities and social sciences that makes a difference to the lives of our students, staff and the wider world. What is distinctive about our Faculty is the way we incorporate our internationally recognised research into our teaching and how that research is, in turn, deeply shaped by our engagement with our students and the broader community.

Research at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: sydney.edu.au/arts/research

Interzones Research Units offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney

Archaeology and Prehistory
Primary Investigator: Professor Roland Fletcher
Australia promotes the value of partnerships with developing Asia-Pacific nations for the continued stability of our region. In Cambodia, Australia plays a significant role in assisting stability and sustainable growth. Our research has contributed greatly to the development of individual and institutional capabilities, providing engagement with world-class research expertise and facilities. This large, international, multidisciplinary team will provide a significant new approach to Angkor, the iconic Asia-Pacific flagship World Heritage site and will actively work with Cambodian agencies responsible for the site in the context of the Australian-Cambodian government collaboration on the “Heritage Management Framework Project” for Angkor.

Islamic Law in the Modern World
Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Ahmad Shboul
This unit examines Islamic law in its historical and social context and its place in the modern world. It discusses the major Islamic Schools of Jurisprudence and their approaches to principles and sources of jurisprudence. It highlights law reform attempts in several modern Muslim countries, current debates on family law, inheritance, business, Islamic banking, minorities’ law and the question of Shari’a application as understood by ruling elites, moderate reformers, secular modernists and fundamentalist “Islamists”.

The Theatrical Revolution: The Expansion of Theatre Outside Athens
Primary Investigator: Professor EG Csapo
The growth of the Greek theatre has valuable insights for contemporary Australian concerns. The world’s first medium of mass communication rapidly shaped Greek national identity, but also contributed to Athenian cultural and political hegemony. For its power to transform political practices, business, personal relationships, and ideas, the spread of theatre has been illuminatingly compared to the growth of the internet. Understanding this process is of clear concern to small nations struggling to conserve their national interest while adapting to global culture.

Kadare post-Communism: Albania, Balkans and Europe in the Works of Ismail Kadare, 1990-2008
Primary Investigator: Professor Peter Morgan