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Languages and cultures research

Languages and cultures in the non-English speaking world
We study languages, literature and cultures, along with studies of ancient and modern societies in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, as well as the multilingual reality of Australia.

We have expertise in a wide range of areas including linguistics, history, political science, anthropology, religion and sociology related to the countries and regions across the globe.

Research groups

Research centres and institutes


Academic staff from the School of Languages and Cultures are often involved in convening and organising international conferences, both at the University of Sydney and at other venues.

Upcoming conferences

Past conferences


World Literatures and the Global South

23–25 August 2019

The third international congress of the World Literature Association on 'World Literatures and the Global South' was proudly hosted by the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sydney.

Reformation and Revolution | Responses to Crisis in Modern European Intellectual and Political History

Performance, Empathy, Trauma and the Archive

Reverberations International Symposium

  • 26-28 February, 2017

Research clusters and reading groups

Modern German Thought
Multilingual Australia: Past and Present
  • Convenors: Yixu Lu (Germanic Studies), Adrian Vickers (Asian Studies; Indonesian Studies), Sonia Wilson (French and Francophone Studies; International Comparative Literature and Translation Studies), Jim Rheingans (Asian Studies)
Perspectives on the Past
Translatability of Cultures