Executive committee

Professor Barbara Caine

Head of School
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The University of Sydney

Barbara Caine

Barbara Caine's interest in different ways of approaching intellectual history is longstanding. She has a Master of Philosophy in the history of ideas from the University of Sussex, where she began exploring histories of ideas as evident in journalism and different forms of popularisation and ways of connecting social history and the history of ideas.

Her work on feminism and on the gendering of history has been a continuation of this as it has focused both on the ways in which history as a discipline is gendered and at changing approaches to questions about gender, sexuality and the meanings of both masculinity and femininity.

More recently she has turned to look at the connections between autobiography, biography and history. This too has involved an analysis of the changing ways in which history as a discipline has approached individual lives and the field of biography, and questions how autobiography is linked to intellectual history.

She has engaged in collaborative work in this broad area: she led a team exploring the idea of friendship and its changing meaning at Monash and is currently involved in an ARC team funded project on women's letters and the ways in which they express and address ideas and link women with larger intellectual developments.


Professor Stephen Gaukroger

Professor of the History of Philosophy and the History of Science
ARC Professorial Research Fellow
Unit for the History and Philosophy of Science
Faculty of Science
The University of Sydney

Stephen Gaukroger

Since the early 1990s, Stephen Gaukroger has been working on the emergence of a scientific culture in the West. Two volumes have appeared: The Emergence of a Scientific Culture: Science and the Shaping of Modernity, 1210-1685 (Oxford, 2006) and The Collapse of Mechanism and the Rise of Sensibility: Science and the Shaping of Modernity, 1680-1760 (Oxford, 2010).

He is presently at work on the third volume (of a projected six): The Naturalization of the Human and the Humanization of Nature: Science and the Shaping of Modernity, 1750-1830. Historiographical issues about how one writes the history of philosophy and the history of science are paramount in this work, and he explores them in detail.

Professor Gaukroger is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, a corresponding member of l'Académie Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences, and a recipient of the Australian Centenary of Federation Medal for Contribution to History of Philosophy and History of Science. He is editor of the journal Intellectual History Review (Routledge: quarterly), and the Springer book series Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science.


Professor Glenda Sluga

Professor of International History
ARC Laureate Fellow
Department of History
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The University of Sydney

Glenda Sluga

Glenda Sluga has taken a leadership role in developing international history as a research and teaching field within the University, nationally and internationally.

Her interest is in the changing significance of the specific ideas of nation and international, and their impact on the political life of European and non-European communities living in Europe, and in European colonies since the Enlightenment, and in the contemporary world. She has developed this specialisation through her publications, most recently a new book forthcoming in February 2013 on the history of internationalism in the age of nationalism.

In four other books before that, her focus was on recovering the lost histories of the importance of internationalism as an intellectual and political project since the late 18th century, through to the end of the Cold War. Her particular strength lies in the addition of women intellectuals to this history. She has promoted this field through her units of study, many of which are unique to this institution, and workshops tailored to postgraduate training and raising the international profile of research and students at the University of Sydney.

Recently, Professor Sluga was awarded the inaugural Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences mentoring award in recognition of her efforts.