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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 areas including linguistics, literature, history, political science, anthropology, religion and sociology related to the countries and areas in those regions.

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. Below are some upcoming and recent conferences involving our staff.


World Literatures and the Global South

23–25 August 2019

This international conference will engage with literary production on and from the Global South in their own languages as well as in translation.

Past conferences

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

International Conference | Marguerite Duras and the Arts

Global Middle Ages Conference | Cultures of Modernities in the Pre-Modern and Early Modern Period

Research clusters

Below is a list of research and reading groups in the School of Languages and Cultures.

Modern German Thought
Modernities across the World
Perspectives on the Past