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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.

Research expertise

Our people

Our upcoming events

For information on the wide variety of events hosted by the Departments, Centres and programs in SOPHI please check our SOPHI Events calendar.

Chaired by Julia Horne, University Historian at the University of Sydney and co-convenor of History of University Life.

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In the light of the extensive interest in the classical heritage evident in so much of the British Commonwealth, we have decided to organize a virtual conference on Classics in Colonial Cities in November 2021.

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Philosophical and Historical Inquiry blog

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SOPHI brings together experts in archaeology, classics and ancient history, gender and cultural studies, history, and philosophy. This new SOPHI blog initiative aims to bring their ideas to wider audience. Find out more about the research happening in our School.

Head of School

Keith Dobney

School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry


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