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

  • A Workshop on Spinoza and Fiction

    Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy,University of Sydney and the Writing and Society Research Centre, University of Western Sydney

  • Professor Penny Russell to co-chair Australian Studies at Harvard

    Professor Penny Russell from the Department of History has been jointly appointed to the prestigious Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University for the 2016-2017 academic year.

  • Athens Summer School 2016

    January 2-22 2016

    The Department of Archaeology and the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens invite your application to join the fourth Classical Archaeology Summer School in Athens.

  • Thinking Labour Rights through the 'Coolie Question' - Call for papers

    17-18 September 2015

    This symposium sets out to re-think histories of labour rights within the context of economic internationalism.  It suggests that there is now a need to broaden and re-think the field of labour rights history and that one way to do this is by focusing on the global response to the problem of coolie trade, what became known as the 'coolie question,' in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 

    Abstracts should be sent to Sophie Loy-Wilson by April 30th 2015.


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