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Literature, art and media research

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.

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


Research events

1- 2 February 2019

Shakespeare FuturEd Conference is an international conference exploring the nexus of Shakespeare Studies and Education. View programme. Free to attend, but registration required. 

Watch this space.

10 December 2017

Charles Firth (The Chaser) launches How we talk: The inner workings of conversation by Professor Nick Enfield

23 November 2017

Ordinary writing as socio-cultural crime: Criminal writers in 19th century France

19 October 2017

Eyes on the page: The science of vision and the visual phenomenon of reading Dickens's weeklies and novels

6 October 2017

Digital humanities: Towards a digital history of print culture

21 September 2017

Aesthetics of criticism: the Kantian method

14 September 2017

Demon's Land: A poem come true

Screening and discussion with Professor Simon Palfrey, University of Oxford

8 September 2017

The continuing fascination with Erving Goffman: Questions of presentation and face in online interaction

11-13 December 2016

Mapping the magazine 4

Exploring the current state of magazine scholarship with an eye to finding commonalities. We will explore an underlying question: Can or should magazine studies be a distinct field of study? We welcome professionals from the magazine industry to share their experience.

10-12 June 2016

Experimental 2: Really real

Bringing together creative practitioners and scholars to explore experimental aesthetics, critical and theoretical engagements with the real within and across literary and visual documentary modes and genres.

2 June 2016

Photography and ontology

Addressing photography as it relates to the unconscious, surrealism, emotion and the everyday, chance, psychoanalytic theories, trauma, memory, race and gender, place, history, aftermath photography, materiality, contemporary photographic practice and emerging technologies.