Supervision in the ICCR programme is available from academics across the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) and beyond. However, the ICCR is the core graduate programme for three of the university’s leading centres of research excellence in the humanities: the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, the Centre for Digital Humanities Research and the Humanities Research Centre.
Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies
The Centre for Heritage & Museum Studies aims to promote and develop critical heritage and museum studies as an interdisciplinary area of academic analysis, and explore its intersections with memory studies and public history, as well as anthropology, archaeology and tourism studies. We want to stimulate new ways of thinking about and understanding the cultural and political phenomenon of ‘heritage’, and the way this interacts with cultural and public policy, management practices, cultural institutions and community and other grassroots expressions of identity, citizenship, nation and sense of place. A particular focus of research and teaching in the Centre is the interlinking of a range of social justice issues with expressions of material heritage and/or intangible heritage, and staff at the Centre are at the forefront of the Critical Heritage Studies movement. Our work has explored, amongst other issues, working with marginalised communities, social justice issues and social activism in museums, the commemorative and memorial practices of working class communities and the trade union movement, Aboriginal critiques of heritage, multiculturalism and museums. We aim to attract postgraduate research students who are interested in pushing the boundaries of what critical heritage, museum studies, memory studies and public history and studies of tourism can do. It is possible to include a creative component such as an exhibition in your project.
Centre for Digital Humanities Research
The Centre for Digital Humanities Research (CDHR) is a national hub of activity that includes researchers and developers with expertise in areas ranging from literature and art history to anthropology and web science. The CDHR’s recently-established Digital Humanities Lab provides students with access to cutting-edge technologies and methodological expertise that will enable and enhance the next generation of humanities researchers. Digital Humanities is a new and dynamic program at the ANU that supports students and researchers working with digital technology in a range of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. The ANU is one of only a few universities in the world to offer a PhD in Digital Humanities. Our PhD / Higher Degree by Research program offers unique opportunities to work with leading researchers in the field applying digital methods to cultural objects and analyses, while also allowing students to turn a critical eye upon the rapidly changing digital world in which we live. The CDHR welcomes HDR student projects that seek to apply digital methods to humanities disciplines and questions and also those that seek to critically engage with digital cultural objects from a humanistic perspective.
Humanities Research Centre
The Humanities Research Centre (HRC) was established in 1972 as a national and international centre for excellence in the humanities and for more than four decades has been a catalyst for innovative and interdisciplinary research. The HRC interprets the ‘humanities’ generously, recognising that new methods of theoretical enquiry have done much to break down the traditional distinction between the humanities and the social sciences, the humanities and the creative arts, and the humanities and the natural and technological sciences. Within the University, the HRC coordinates disciplinary and interdisciplinary strengths in literature, history, art, film, philosophy and intellectual history, music, languages, environmental and medical humanities, and indigenous heritage, art, and culture. The Centre encourages adventurous interdisciplinary and comparative work and welcomes HDR students across the humanities.