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The Transforming Cultures Research Centre (TfC) is a Cultural Studies Research Strength situated in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), generating new knowledge about and innovative responses to social and cultural transformations of individuals, groups and societies, with a particular focus on technologies of embodiment, of communication, and of transculturation.

TfC researchers interrogate the social and cultural technologies that are transforming individuals, cultures and the societies of which they are part and on which they act.  These include:

  • technologies of the body
  • technologies of communication
  • technologies of transculturation


Initially a Key Centre in Communication and Culture, the Transforming Cultures Research Centre (TfC) was originally located in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences before it became the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in 2008. Core members of the Strength are drawn primarily from the Cultural Studies discipline at UTS. TfC researchers work collaboratively with a range of disciplines including design, architecture, engineering, IT, and business. The Strength has a strong history of research in cultural theory and innovative methodologies for cultural research as well as significant research outreach through the international networks and research projects of individual researchers.


As a Research Strength the main role of TfC is to provide an active research culture in Cultural Studies for the Faculty, which it does through an active program of events including weekly seminars and workshops and regular conferences and symposia. It also provides a research home for 23 Higher Degree Research students (Postgraduate) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences whose supervisors are core members of TfC. For these students it provides dedicated workshops on research-related issues as well as master-classes with local and visiting researchers.

TfC Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners

The Transforming Cultures Research Centre (TfC) and UTS acknowledge the Gadigal and Guring-gai people of the Eora Nation upon whose ancestral lands our university now stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these places.