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School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry

Examining the past and the present to comprehend our shared future
We engage with a multiplicity of subject areas from Ancient Greek to explorations of gender and the posthuman. What ignites our work is a fascination with the study of humanity.

We bring together experts in archaeology, classics and ancient history, gender and cultural studies, history, and philosophy. Our archaeologists span not only the globe but also time, exploring the pre-history of Australia and the extraordinary ruins of medieval Angkor, the Middle East and the archaeology of the Silk Road.

Our classicists and historians are internationally respected researchers in ancient languages, literature and history – from Ancient Rome and Greece to Europe in the Middle Ages, current politics, and the history of ‘sex and scandal’.

Our researchers in gender and cultural studies have expertise in a wide variety of contemporary themes including sexuality, ethnicity, youth cultures, film and television, the environment and animal-human relations.

Our philosophers will make you think about everything from the great philosophers of the past to the latest developments in ethics, logic, epistemology, metaphysics and aesthetics.

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Head of School

Barbara Caine