The Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC) develops and supports a diverse range of research.
We provide our researchers with innovative platforms to approach and solve problems, such as pop-up research labs, huddles, ultimate peer reviews and retreats.
Our research projects are focused on solving problems of real-world and theoretical significance. They range from looking at how we address inadequate infrastructure, governance and public knowledge as climate change brings longer and more intense heat waves to transformations in law and society arising from new biosciences and biotechnologies and finding ways to end racism.
We strive to promote the value of the humanities, arts, and social sciences research through multidisciplinary collaborations. For example, we are currently working with the University of Sydney Nano Institute to bring our approach to nanotechnology research and development.
SSSHARC has two main aims:
Our research is motivated by problem solving using humanities and social sciences concepts and methods. We tap into a degree of intellectual depth that is unique to the 168-year history of research in humanities and social science at the University of Sydney and aim to provide clarity in conducting and communicating our research to ensure the efficacy of our work.
Supporting and cultivating collaborative research
SSSHARC comprises academics and researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and welcomes visitors and researchers in various disciplines from throughout Australia and around the world.
Meet our 2018 Fellows and their projects.
Find out more about our projects.
We hold and participate in lectures, symposiums and conferences to showcase our work.
21 May 2018
What does it mean to think of nature as queer? Moving from Darwin and the 19th century Darwinian feminists to Guillermo del Toro’s recent film The Shape of Water, this talk examines various conceptions of queer natures to consider how desire, deviation and (bio)diversity can propel queer environmentalisms.
When: Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 August
When: Tuesday 28 August, 5–6pm
Book talk with Shobita Parthasarathy
When: Wednesday 29 August, 1-2.30pm
When: Wednesday 12 September, 1–2.30pm
SSSHARC is a member of:
Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes – a global network that leverages the multiple perspectives of its membership on the state and future of the humanities to develop innovative models for international collaborative research and pedagogy.
Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres – aims to connect humanities researchers and centres, both within the Australasian region and globally, and to promote relationships with cultural institutions and sector representative bodies in the wider community.