Skip navigation
The Australian National University



Book Launch // The West Verandah: The Life and Work of Les Murray

24 March, 2017 - 17:30 - 19:30
Common Room, University House


The Humanities Research Centre and the Centre for European Studies at the Australian National University proudly invite you to the launch of The West Verandah: The Life and Work of Les Murray, edited by Sonia Mycak and published by Boraga Academic.



Book Launch

The West Verandah: The Life and Work of Les Murray


5.30 - 7.30pm, 24 March 2017

Common Room, University House



Book Launch & HRC Seminar Series 2016, Prof Sheila Fitzpatrick, 21 October

21 October, 2016 - 16:15 - 18:30
HRC Conference Room, A.D. Hope Building #14

Book Launch

From St Petersburg to Port Jackson: Russian Travellers’ Tales of Australia 1807-1912

HRC Conference Room, A.D Hope Building, ANU



Mischka’s War:
Odyssey of a Displaced Person in the Second World War



Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick
University of Sydney

Friday 21 October, 2016
HRC Conference Room, A.D Hope Building, ANU.


See more>



Conversations Across the Creek

24 March, 2016 - 13:00 - 14:30
HRC Conference Room A.D.Hope Building #14, ANU

Debates about Two Cultures may be buried in snow, or sand in the case of this wide brown land, but Sullivan’s Creek flows across our national university physically separating the sciences on one bank and the humanities and social sciences on the other. Or so it would seem. Conversations across the Creek is an effort, under the auspices of the Head of the Humanities Research Centre (HRC) and the Director of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS), to provide a space for continuing dialogue among ANU scientists, social scientists and humanities scholars – with the aim of providing food for thought (and lunch) and of stimulating or unearthing research and teaching collaborations across the University.

At meetings scheduled on the second or third Friday of each month at lunchtime from 12.00-1.30pm, two humanities scholars or social scientists and two scholars from the physical sciences will be invited to communicate their latest research to colleagues from all over the University. These four 10-minute presentations will be followed by interdisciplinary discussions and will take place over an informal lunch at the Humanities Research Centre conference room in the A.D. Hope Building (14).

Conversations across the Creek has invited the Vice Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt, to be the first to discuss his research at a meeting to be held from 1.00pm - 2.30pm on Thursday 24 March (the day before Good Friday).

Guest Speakers

Professor Brian Schmidt, VC, Australian National University
Professor Margaret Jolly, Professor/ ARC Laureate Fellow School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific ANU College of Asia and the Pacific 
Professor Janette Lindesay, Associate Director Education & Deputy Director, Fenner School of Environment and Society ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment 
Professor Will Christie, Director, Humanities Research Centre, School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, College of Social Sciences

We look forward seeing colleagues from all disciplines amongst the audience.

Professor Will Christie              Professor Joan Leach


For catering purposes, please RSVP to Colette Gilmour by Monday, March 21.

Launch of the new Australian Literary Studies

18 February, 2016 - 17:00
Humanities Conference Room, A. D. Hope Building


Invitation: Launch of the new Australian Literary Studies

As of 2016, Australian Literary Studies is now based at the Australian National University, and for the first time in its 53-year history it will be published online. ALS has long shaped the study of Australian literature. We are now setting out to change the shape of scholarly publishing in Australia, too.

Spanish bestseller crime writer Dolores Redondo at the HRC

25 August, 2015 - 16:00 - 17:30
HRC Confernence Room A.D.Hope Building@14, ANU

About The Invisible Guardian
The naked body of a teenage girl is found on the banks of the River Baztán. Less than 24 hours after this discovery, a link is made to the murder of another girl the month before. Is this the work of a ritualistic killer or of the Invisible Guardian, the Basajaun, a creature of Basque mythology?

Read More

Join us for a book presentation and Q&A with the author who is taking Europe by storm.
A public event in English from the Reading Across Borders public lecture series.

The Inaugural Book Launch of the French Research Cluster, 29 April 2015

29 April, 2015 - 17:30 - 18:30
HRC Conference Room, A.D Hope Building #14, ANU

The Inaugural Book Launch of the French Research Cluster, hosted by the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University – 29 April 2015

Please RSVP by Friday 24 April 2015

The French Research Cluster (FRC) was established in 2014 to develop ANU’s emerging research strength in the area of French Studies. The cluster comprises scholars from a range of disciplines across the humanities and the social sciences, and includes a significant number of early career researchers. This inaugural launch will serve to introduce the FRC to the wider community of ANU scholars and Canberrans interested and invested in French culture.

Leslie Barnes, Vietnam and the Colonial Condition of French Literature, University of Nebraska Press, 2014.

“Barnes raises a crucial question at this juncture in francophone literary research, a question whose implications for future research far exceed the sole bounds of French literature, although she poses it in that domain: What impact did intercultural colonial contact have on the development of French culture?” – Jane Bradley Winston, Northwestern University.

Leslie Barnes is a Lecturer in French Studies in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, RSHA.


Knox Peden, Spinoza Contra Phenomenology: French Rationalism from Cavaillès to Deleuze, Stanford University Press, 2014.

“In this signal contribution to the study of European thought, Knox Peden shows that the importation of German phenomenology into France in the twentieth century was only part of the story. […] Spinoza Contra Phenomenology redraws the map, not simply for the sake of having a better one, but because debates across the humanities need its orientation.”– Samuel Moyn, Harvard University

Knox Peden is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow in the School of Philosophy, RSSS.


Glenn H. Roe, The Passion of Charles Péguy: Literature, Modernity, and the Crisis of Historicism, Oxford University Press, 2014.

“An important contribution to the history of literary studies and the institutional formation of literary history as a discipline. The Passion of Charles Péguy is a testament to the growing contemporary stature of Péguy as a literary, historical, and philosophical thinker who for too long has been overlooked.” – Antoine Compagnon, Collège de France

Glenn Roe is a Lecturer in the Centre for Digital Humanities Research, RSHA

The French Research Cluster (FRC) launches publications by Leslie Barnes, Knox Peden and Glenn Roe

Updated: 24 November 2017/ Responsible Officer:  Head, HRC / Page Contact:  HRC administration