Art, Communication and English

Dedicated to excellence and innovation in research
We have nationally and internationally recognised research strengths in literary studies, art theory and history, performing arts, creative writing, communication and media studies, religious studies and linguistics.

Research areas

Study and reading groups

We welcome scholars from across the University to cultivate a consolidated sense of the 19th century research field and encourage interdisciplinary conversations about the period. We draw on resources from art and theatre history, anthropology, cultural geography, history, literary studies, philosophy, and postcolonial studies.

Thursdays, 3-5pm

Rogers Room N397

Woolley Building A20


We bring together postgraduate research students and academics from across the University who are engaged with or interested in film.

We hold regular screenings and discussions based on canonical and contemporary works of film criticism and theory and encourage diverse approaches from studies in technology and aesthetics to performance and adaptation, ‘filmosophies’ informed by literature, images and sound.

Expertise is not a requirement to join this group, we welcome anyone with an interest in film. All readings are pre-assigned, selected by current postgraduate students to offer both new and established scholars a focus for discussion.

Mondays, 5-7pm

Screenings: SNH Lecture Theatre 3003, Sydney Nanoscience Hub A31

Reading group: Mills Tutorial Room 202, R C Mills Building A 26


We interrogate the term “novel” through theory, considering questions of the novel as object or artefact, the social function of the novel, and ideas of the novel in reading spaces.

We welcome doctoral candidates working on a range of novel-centred topics and narrative theories across the humanities, and hold weekly discussions focused on canonical and contemporary works in novel theory. 

We feature a different theme each semester and expertise on the theorist or topic under discussion is not a prerequisite for participation. Anyone interested in a friendly, interdisciplinary approach to studying the novel is welcome to join. 

All readings are pre-assigned, selected by current doctoral candidates to offer both new and established scholars a focus for discussion. 

Tuesdays, 5-7pm

Room S226, John Woolley Building A20