Research networks

Academic staff are involved in a number of research networks, including the following.

Sydney University Research Community for Latin America (SURCLA)

SURCLA is an academic research network that was originally conceived by the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies and rapidly gained the support of members of different departments and schools across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. SURCLA provides a dynamic forum for scholarly communication and interaction, a site of debate where members share their ideas, strategies and research experiences with the common goal of advancing knowledge of Latin America. Members of SURCLA come from the disciplines of history, sociology, anthropology, political sciences, gender, media, cultural and literary studies.

Website: SURCLA - the Sydney University Research Community for Latin America

Sydney Intellectual History Network (SIHN)

The Sydney Intellectual History Network (SIHN) draws together scholars to think through the problem of communicating significant conceptual innovation in the modern world, situating our research along a trajectory of intellectual history reconfigured as a dynamic multidisciplinary exploration of generative thought. While some argue that the twenty-first century is a ‘post-Enlightenment’ and ‘post-idea’ world, SIHN maintains that important conceptual developments are well within our reach, but have been obscured by siloed perspectives that ignore a sense of history. In place of an older approach to intellectual history based on single disciplines analysing well-worn questions, SIHN proposes to work through an interdisciplinary approach that will devise new questions and offer novel insights into major theoretical issues that link past, present and future.

SLC Contact: Dr Francesco Borghesi

Dr Francesco Borghesi's involvement in SIHN:
My work in the areas of Renaissance philosophy, theology and literature, and European intellectual history aims at rethinking the status of philosophical and religious culture and its relations to literature and art especially between the thirteenth and early sixteenth century. I have become increasingly interested in studying the ways in which disciplines that are now taken for granted practically intersect and could, through mutual collaboration, contribute to a better understanding of Renaissance and, more generally, European culture. I am also interested in exploring the ways in which this historical understanding can be made relevant for our own times. My publications to date have mostly explored the culture and modes of thought of the Renaissance philosopher and theologian Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, his letters, and issues of proof and evidence in historiography. My main research areas are: Renaissance philosophy and humanism; History of religious thought and moral philosophy, 1200-1800; Textual criticism (philology, palaeography, manuscript studies and textual bibliography); Historiography. My current long-term project addresses the diffusion of the idea of philosophical concord in Renaissance European culture.

Australasian Association of Buddhist Studies (AABS)

The Australasian Association of Buddhist Studies (AABS) aims to promote the academic study of Buddhism in the Australasian region. Membership is open to scholars of all academic disciplines.

Website: AABS - the Australasian Association of Buddhist Studies