Research

Languages and Cultures has a vibrant and diverse program of research. We rank in the top 3 universities in Victoria and ‘above world standard’ for Linguistics research, and our research in Language, Communication & Culture and in Linguistics ranks ‘above world standard’ (Excellence in Research for Australia 2018). Our research in Cultural Studies, Literary Studies and Performing Arts and Creative Studies ranks ‘at world standard’ (ERA 2018 assessment).

The Department has strong links and partnerships with arts, cultural and community organisations across Victoria, with an exciting program of public engagement activities including art exhibitions, public events, school outreach, writing workshops and festivals, performances and academic conferences. Drawing on our local and regional partnerships, our work makes distinctive contributions to disciplinary and interdisciplinary debates and conversations across the globe.

Our research culture is inclusive, dynamic and high-quality, providing an inspiring and nurturing environment for academic and creative endeavours. We welcome applications from graduate students to join our research community. We also welcome contacts from researchers, practitioners and community partners who are interested in collaborative projects.

Our research culture is inclusive, dynamic and high-quality, providing an inspiring and nurturing environment for academic and creative endeavours. We welcome applications from graduate students to join our research community. We also welcome contacts from researchers, practitioners and community partners who are interested in collaborative projects.

Our staff participate in a range of interdisciplinary clusters including the Art, Culture and Community cluster. At the heart of this cluster are the relationships between artworks and cultural expressions, and those who create and engage with them. Our critical and creative explorations of these relationships speak to the social, environmental and political challenges of our times from contemporary and historical perspectives. Concepts central to this cluster include: emotion, affect, practice, history, identity, creativity, politics, marginality, representation and justice. Researchers in this cluster contribute to the Research 2030 themes of resilient environments and communities, healthy people, families and communities, and social change and equity.

We contribute to research in the Centre for Research on Language Diversity which investigates and promotes language diversity in all its aspects. Studying linguistic diversity allows us to understand our shared human cognition and heritage as well as our differences. The Centre works to support language diversity by documenting language varieties, addressing minority-language needs, and informing policy development. Our focus reflects our connection to the many communities that make up the highly multilingual city of Melbourne. The Centre facilitates internationally respected research on a range of language varieties from around the world and explores language diversity through high quality research training, empirical research methods, interdisciplinary approaches and collaborative partnerships.

We also have a close association with the A.D. Trendall Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies. The Trendall Research Centre works to promote research in the general area of Ancient Mediterranean studies, particularly in the archaeology of South Italy and Sicily during the Classical period. We disseminate within the general community in Australia the results of the latest research in Greek and Roman art and archaeology through the sponsorship of conferences, lectures and seminars. We work to maintain and extend both the Library and the Archive (as unique research resources in Australia) through the acquisition of books and periodicals relating to Greek and Roman culture, and images of South Italian red-figure vases.

For specific staff member's contact details please see our staff page.