GRIT is a research group based in the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Newcastle. The collaborative work of this group focuses on the philosophical, theological, cultural and historical study of religion and other intellectual traditions drawing on the discipline areas of Classics, History, Philosophy, Religion and Theology, Sociology and Anthropology. This cross-disciplinary approach to the study of religion and intellectual traditions is an area of growing international and national significance. GRIT aims to provide cutting edge interpretations of the changing religious cultures of today’s world and the worlds of the past.
Since 2003 GRIT and its predecessor RECER (Research Group for Religious Cultures, Ethics and Reason) has functioned informally as a research group with a research seminar, occasional workshops and capacity to provide support for individual researchers conducting ARC-funded research grants.
The research culture in religious and intellectual traditions at the University of Newcastle is second to none in Australia and attracts research students form all over the world to take up studies with our members. Religion and Religious Studies scored 4* in the recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, one of only four other universities in Australia to do so.