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.

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  • Deviant Thinking: Early Modern Philosophy and the Enlightenment

    What the Enlightenment stands for has been subject to much discussion in recent years, and many valuable contributions have been made that help us to understand better the significance of this period. This conference takes this discussion further by connecting up the Enlightenment with the early modern period and the “rebellious” ideas that were already formulated and passed around during this time.

  • SOPHI 2018 Departmental Guides now available

    Looking at undergraduate study in 2018? Check out what's on offer with our Departmental Guides.

  • 2nd Australian Political Theory and Philosophy Conference 2018

    16-17 February 2018

    Papers on any theme or topic within political theory are welcome for submission – from normative to critical, historical to contemporary, and interpretive to applied. Post-graduate students and junior scholars are especially encouraged to apply, as are scholars working from interdisciplinary perspectives.


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