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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.

Our study offering

Cultural Studies is concerned with how we understand ourselves, others and our place in the world. Learn about the forms and meanings of everyday life, focusing on questions of identity, meaning, representation, policy formations and power.

Undergraduate 

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  

Postgraduate

Diversity Studies offers you an applied understanding of cultural diversity in its many forms. Learn about the experiences of various groups of people, including Indigenous peoples, migrants, people of colour, women, and those of non-normative sexualities or identities. 

Undergraduate 

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  

Gender Studies allows you to explore how sex and gender are understood and lived. It provides an important framework for considering wide-ranging social issues, including marriage equality, new forms of intimacy, gendered forms of labour, violence, race and representational practices. 

Undergraduate 

*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  

Research  

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

Events

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

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

Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Department Chair

Headshot of Professor Catherine Driscoll