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Department of Gender and Cultural Studies

Analysing and understanding cultural forms and practices
We explore our own and other cultures to become better equipped at understanding how cultural practices and identities are produced, circulated and changed.

In Australia's leading program for gender studies and cultural studies, we explore how these two broad areas help us to understand contemporary lives, including what it means to live in the time of the internet, of the Anthropocene, of modernity, and the relations between gender and contemporary social institutions and experiences.

Our department is home to highly regarded national and international scholars, including members of leading academic communities such as the Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences.

Study area

Our research

The department’s varied research interests include:

  • alternative culture
  • (Inter-)Asian cultural studies
  • the Anthropocene and environmental humanities
  • bodies and embodiment
  • colonial discourse and postcoloniality
  • culture, economy and globalisation
  • cultural theory
  • ethnography and social science methods
  • everyday life
  • fan cultures
  • feminism and feminist theory
  • gender and sexuality
  • intercultural and transnational studies
  • intimacy and relationships
  • labour and the workplace
  • media and popular culture
  • multispecies studies
  • new media and online culture
  • pedagogy
  • policy and governance
  • public culture
  • queer theory and LGBT studies
  • rural and regional research
  • science studies
  • space, place and identity
  • sustainability
  • suburban and urban cultures
  • youth studies.

Our people

  • Dr Prudence Black
  • Dr Rowena Braddock
  • Dr Christen Cornell
  • Associate Professor Robyn Ferrell
  • Dr Jennifer Germon
  • Dr Helen Grace
  • Dr Jennifer Hamilton
  • Dr She Mackenzie Hawke
  • Dr Laleen Jayamanne
  • Dr Morgan Richards
  • Associate Professor Katrina Schlunke

Our seminars

For a full list of our upcoming events, please visit our What's On calendar.

We host a lively departmental research seminar series. Participants include staff, associates and postgraduate students from the department, presenters from other University of Sydney and other institutions, both in Australia and overseas.

Seminars are held in the Refectory, in the Main Quadrangle (the building with the clocktower at the top of University Drive). 

  • Fridays, 2–4pm
  • Please join us after the seminar for drinks at the Holme Courtyard Bar

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Our Seminar Series Convenor is Professor Elspeth Probyn.

Department Chair

Headshot of Professor Catherine Driscoll

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