Humanities Research Group

The Humanities Research Group brings together the skills and expertise of the English and Media Studies and History Disciplines. Group members research and publish across a broad range of fields, including Australian history, Australian literature, biography, censorship, climate history, contemporary warfare, cultural histories of war, First World War, Indian history, Eighteenth Century literature, memory studies, military history, naval history, peacekeeping, Second World War, Vietnam War and war literature.

This Group consists of: Dr John Connor, Director of Humanities Research Group (History) Dr Richard Dunley (History) Associate Professor Eleanor Hancock (History) Dr Debbie Lackerstein (History) Professor Nicole Moore, ARC Future Fellow (English & Media Studies) Dr Neil Ramsay (English & Media Studies) Dr Thomas Richardson (History) Dr Christina Spittel (English & Media Studies) Professor Peter Stanley (History).

Recent Events On 1 August 2018, the HASS Humanities Research Group held its inaugural event in collaboration with the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict with a seminar of the future of First World War Studies. The seminar brought together a wide range of researchers including Assistant Professor John Mitcham (Duquesne University, Pittsburgh), Dr Christina Spittel, UNSW Canberra doctoral candidate Damien Zuccarini, Dr Meighan McCrae (ANU), Adjunct Professor James Goldrick, and Dr Meleah Hampton (AWM). The event demonstrated that there are still aspects of the First World War that remain unexamined and that this conflict will retain public interest long after the Centenary of this conflict has passed. For more information about this event, click the link below:

Regular Events The War and Society Seminars are held on a monthly basis across the teaching year. Seminars are held on Tuesday from 5.00 to 6.30 pm in Room 106, Building 29 (Humanities and Social Sciences), UNSW Canberra. For more details on the seminars, clink the link below: 

The Humanities Research Group has set up the following two subgroups:

Cold War Lives and Literatures group

Research and discussion group based at UNSW Canberra and the ANU, supporting individual and collaborative projects investigating key cultural, social and political dimensions of the Cold War, across the Asia Pacific, Europe, Australia and the US.

Members: Prof Nicole Moore, Prof Amanda Laugesen, A/Prof Ruth Barraclough, Dr Christina Spittel, Ms Elena Gover, Mr Sandeep Singh and Ms Rina Kikuchi.

Recent activities: Day research workshop at ANU School of the Asia Pacific, 18 June 2018

Reading Theory Group

Fortnightly reading group hosted in HASS, fostering engagement with interdisciplinary critical and cultural theory, with an emphasis on foundational and influential works. Readings are confirmed on a fortnightly basis and circulated by the convenors. Runs every second Thursday afternoon during semester, 12noon-1.30pm.


Dr Neil Ramsey and Prof Nicole Moore

Membership runs at around 5-6 participants, and is open for interested people from all disciplines to attend.