The School of International Studies helps to understand social, cultural and environmental futures emerging from transcultural and intercultural interactions and encounters produced by global change. Rethinking the category ‘area studies’ through transcultural worlds of global connections and cosmopolitanism is the legacy that underwrites research and teaching in the School of International Studies. Our work concerns the material contexts of processes of globalisation, especially how places, languages, and cultural ideologies become transformed in the context of local-global relations. Consequently, our research is interdisciplinary and draws strengths from both the humanities and social sciences: history, media studies, geography, cultural studies, visual cultural studies, sociology, language studies, languages education, linguistics, literary studies, and more. New International Studies researchers often work across multiple disciplines.
At present the School of International Studies has two major research strands:
The Place and Space Initiative
The Place and Space Initiative disrupts the bounded terrain of traditional area studies by conceptualising processes of global change. Where traditional area studies described unique local characteristics of places, the Place and Space Initiative adopts a ‘global sense of place’ that simultaneously addresses the complexity of cultures, ground their histories, connects their trajectories and appreciates their diverse representations. Where geopolitical paradigms limited space to bounded nation-states, as if homogenous within, research on spatial relations takes into account multiple spatial scales, from the individual, the household and the neighbourhood to global events, networks between world cities, and global concerns of multilateral organisations.
- The social aspects of fisheries
- The Geography of Power in China: Urban Expansion and Administrative Empire
- Local Governance and the Reproduction of State Power — Urban China in Economic Transition
- Philanthropy, celebrity and governance in the People’s Republic of China
- Remembering German-Australian Colonial Entanglements
- Intercultural Musical Flows
- Spectral Leichhardt: The Transnational Career of a Myth
- Precarity and the City
- Processes of Latinisation in U.S.A.
- Judging the Past in a Post-Cold War World
- Children of the Cold War
- Creative practices in local spaces of contemporary France: case study Marseille
- The Genesis of the Latin American Literary-Intellectual Field
- The garage as vernacular museum? Reading contemporary masculinity through ‘man caves'
- Linguistic Landscapes and Language Teacher Narratives
The Translingual/Intercultural/Transcultural Initiative
The Translingual/Intercultural/Transcultural Initiative positions mobility as a core intellectual focus. Mobility concerns not only the literal and physical movement and displacement of people, but also the ideologies, linguistic practices and cultural identities that they carry with them, construct and modify as they move. Research in this initiative aims to shift the paradigms for language and cultural pedagogy and language ideologies. It promotes to adopt a more reflexive and proactive approach to cultural exchange, language practice and learning and engages with dynamic and contextualised interactions. It questions how language teachers and learners can adopt a ‘reflexivity’ to learn not only about the target culture and language, but also about ‘self’ and ‘identity’ in the process, filling the intercultural gap between first and target languages and cultures.
- Metrolingual language practices in four urban sites: Talking in the city
- Intercultural Teacher Narratives
- Cultural responsiveness: intercultural learning of students on study abroad
- The impact of the terminology used to speak of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda
Postgraduate research degrees
Find out more about postgraduate research in the School of International Studies.