School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry

The School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI), in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, is home to the Departments of Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, Gender and Cultural Studies, History and Philosophy. Our aim is to be one of the leading centres for teaching and research in the humanities in Australia and the world. Our academic staff include some of the most eminent scholars in our disciplines in the world, along with an exciting array of early and mid career researchers working at the cutting edge of their fields. We believe strongly in the close relationship between excellence in research and high quality teaching. Our undergraduate and postgraduate students are taught by staff who are making major contributions to the field, and our staff benefit enormously from working with the exceptional students we attract to our courses and programs.

If you are thinking of extending your studies or returning to university after some time away, SOPHI offers a wide array of postgraduate coursework programs and units of study, as well as research supervision at MA, MPhil and PhD. Visit the pages on our website and learn more about our highly accomplished researchers and teachers and about the many possibilities for study in the School and the Faculty.

Latest News

  • 2016 SOPHI undergraduate guides now available!

    See what units of study you can do in 2016 with the SOPHI undergraduate student guides!

  • Warwick Anderson shortlisted for the NSW Premier's General History Award

    Intolerant Bodies: A Short History of Autoimmunity by Warwick Anderson and Ian R Mackay his been shortlisted for NSW Premier's General History Award.

    Intolerant Bodies is a unique collaboration between Ian Mackay, one of the prominent founders of clinical immunology, and Warwick Anderson, a leading historian of twentieth-century biomedical science. The authors narrate the changing scientific understanding of the cause of autoimmunity and explore the significance of having a disease in which one’s body turns on itself. The book unfolds as a biography of a relatively new concept of pathogenesis, one that was accepted only in the 1950s.

    In their description of the onset, symptoms, and course of autoimmune diseases, Anderson and Mackay quote from the writings of Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Joseph Heller, Flannery O’Connor, and other famous people who commented on or grappled with autoimmune disease. The authors also assess the work of the dedicated researchers and physicians who have struggled to understand the mysteries of autoimmunity.

  • Tess Lea wins Cinema Nova Award for Best Fiction Short Film @ MIFF 2015 Short Film Awards

    When the Dogs Talked: 'As a group of Indigenous adults argue about whether to save their government housing or their sacred lands, their children struggle with how the ancestral Dreaming makes sense in their contemporary lives filled with hip-hop and dinosaur bones'. The film was directed by Elizabeth A Povinelli and Produced by Karrabing Indigenous Corporation and Tess Lea

     

  • Master of Cultural Studies intern works on SBS program 'Go back where you came from'

    Series 3 of Go Back To Where You Came From aired on SBS on from 28-30 July 2015 to critical acclaim. A lot of research goes in to producing these shows, including up-to-date topic content. The Department of Gender and Cultural Studies is proud that one of their Master of Cultural Studies interns, Isabel Cruz Aroca, worked with Production company Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder to undertake the critical research that contributed to the location filming. 

  • Ann Curthoys: Australian political culture and its colonial history

    Now available as a podcast from Radio National's Big Ideas program

  • International Research Award in Global History 2016

    The Universities of Heidelberg, Basel and Sydney are proud to announce the International Research Award in Global History, to be awarded for the second time in 2016. The successful applicant will receive up to €10,000 towards the organization of an international symposium on a topic of his/her choice at one of the participating institutions.

    The International Research Award in Global History is jointly advertised by the Department of History and the Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’ at Heidelberg University (Roland Wenzlhuemer), the Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel (Madeleine Herren-Oesch) and the Laureate Research Program in International History at the University of Sydney (Glenda Sluga).

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