SSSHARC’s mission is to advance landmark research in the humanities and social sciences. Based in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, we work with University of Sydney researchers to turn great ideas into landmark outcomes for both theory and practice. SSSHARC develops and supports a diverse range of advanced research, with an emphasis on innovative and collaborative approaches to solving problems through humanities and social sciences research, and beyond.

SSSHARC’s institutional goals

  1. To provide innovative forms of support for research by the University of Sydney Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) academics, students, and colleagues, beyond business as usual in internal research funding
  2. To establish SSSHARC as a research centre of international standing in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Characteristics of SSSHARC supported research

  1. Motivation: Our research is motivated by problems, and the goal of solving them using HASS concepts and methods
  2. Intellectual depth: We tap into a degree of intellectual depth that is unique to the 168- year history of HASS research at the University of Sydney
  3. Conceptual clarity: Clarity in conducting and communicating research is indispensable for the efficacy of our work


Language and Indigenous Community Well-being
  • Thursday 26 July 2018
    From Australia, to Pakistan, to the Phillipines, this talk will examine the ways in which language plays a role in Indigenous community wellbeing.
Empowering indigenous communities through linguistics: What, Why, and How
  • Friday 27 July 2018
    HDR student masterclass with Shirley N. Dita, Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics at De La Salle University, the Philippines.
Brave New Law! Legal Personhood in the New Biosciences
  • Monday 27 & Tuesday 28 August 2018
Ultimate Peer Review
Docos Under Development: Project Q, Radical & The Art of Peace
  • Monday 30 July 2018
    Three very special guests who will act as the expert panel - Belgian documentary filmmaker Johan Grimonprez, producer and founder of the Documentary Australia Foundation Susan MacKinnon, and producer and marketplace consultant for documentary Julia Overton.
The promise (and threat) of algorithms
  • Wednesday 15 August 2018
    Professor Frank Pasquale, an expert on the law of artificial intelligence, algorithms and machine learning, proposes solution to questions over some aspects of algorithmic ordering of information.
Triple Launch: Bioeconomies, Biology and Society, Biolegalities
  • Tuesday 28 August 2018
PATENT POLITICS: Life Forms, Markets, and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe
  • Book talk with Shobita Parthasarathy, Professor of Public Policy and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan.
    Wednesday 29 August 2018
BEYOND LIFE AND DEATH: Investigating Cryopreservation Practices in Contemporary Societies
  • Research seminar with Thomas Lemke, Professor of Sociology with a focus on Biotechnologies, Nature and Society at Goethe-University Frankfurt.
    12 September 2018

Past events podcasts

Desire, Deviation, (Bio)Diversity: Queer Natures from Darwin to del Toro
  • Presented by: Stacy Alaimo, Professor of English and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas (Arlington).
    Chaired by: Dr Astrida Neimanis, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies.
    Monday 21 May 2018
    Listen to the podcast >