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.
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.
Wednesday Wednesday 17 July
6 – 7.30pm
Lecture Theatre 200, Social Sciences Building
The University of Sydney (Camperdown/Darlington Campus)
As global movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp rapidly gain momentum in exposing systemic sexual assault and abuse, the military appears to have been left behind.
Despite major scandals and an increased awareness of military sexual violence across national military organisations, public commitments to preventing sexual harassment have been relatively hollow and rates of violence have not decreased.
This panel brings together some of the world’s leading experts to discuss why military sexual violence remains a persistent problem across many national militaries, including the Australian Defence Force and the US military.
This event is part of Megan Mackenzie’s SSSHARC Pop-up Research Lab and is co-presented with the Centre for International Security Studies.
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.
Psychological Science of Buddhist Meditation (with a Tibetan Buddhist Perspective), 31 January
Reflecting on Refugia: a new transnational polity in the making, 6 February
Thinking with submerged perspectives: Disappearing archipelagos and Indigenous resurgence, 26 June
Desire, deviation, (bio)diversity: Queer natures from Darwin to del Toro, 21 May. Listen to the podcast.
Brave new law! Legal personhood in the new biosciences, 27 and 28 August
Triple launch: Bioeconomics, biology and society, biolegalities, 28 August
Patent politics: Life forms, markets and the public interest united. Book talk with Shobita Parthasarathy, 29 August
Beyond life and death: Investigating cryopreservation practices in contemporary societies, 12 September
Death justice: activism and advocacy following contested death, 19 November
Expanding the circle of regard for truth - SSSHARC launch, 21 November. Listen to the podcast.