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Centre for 21st Century Humanities


Julie McIntyre

Dr Julie McIntyre (Director) is a historian whose research on agriculture and environments focuses on how the growing, making, selling, drinking and export of Australian grape wine is a window to human desire, changing identities and landscapes.

Professor Victoria Haskins

Professor Victoria Haskins' key research interests are in gender, labour and cross-cultural relationships. She has published widely in the area of Indigenous domestic service histories and colonization, and utilizes comparative and transnational approaches to history.

Marguerite Johnson

Professor Marguerite Johnson is an ancient history and classical languages researcher who preserves and shares the great works and ongoing legacies of the ancients. One of her projects researches the influence of antiquity on Australia's colonial period.

Hedda Askland

Dr Hedda Askland is an anthropologist currently conducting an ethnographic study in the Upper Hunter and Mid-Western regions, in which she explores people’s connection to place, their lived experiences of environmental and social change in the context of development.

Ray Siemens

Professor Ray Siemens is the University of Newcastle’s Global Innovation Chair in Digital Humanities and an international leader in the field that combines computing technologies with traditional humanities topics.

Professor Hugh craig

Emeritus Professor Craig's research interests are in Renaissance literature and, broadly speaking, the application of computer science to the humanities, especially via the analysis of large language samples.

Lyndall Ryan

Professor Lyndall Ryan is a distinguished scholar with expertise in Aboriginal, Australian and Feminist history. She has a particular interest in documenting violence in colonial frontiers.

Jesper Gulddal

Associate Professor Gulddal is researching crime fiction and movement control including passports, borders and immigration law from the point of view of literary history.

Bill Palmer

Associate Professor Bill Palmer is a specialist in Oceanic languages, who investigates the significance of dying languages on multiple levels.

Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen

Dr Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen's research focus is on a project funded by a 2016 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, that delves into the historical documentation of patients such as combatants, POWs, survivors of the holocaust and children separated from their parents during World War Two to uncover the conflict’s effect on modern day psychiatry.

Dr Chris Krogh is a social scientist whose current focus is the Gosford CBD project through which he contributes discipline-specific and analytic thinking about the processes of revitalising, reimagining and remaking Gosford CBD.

Gillian Arrighi

Dr Gillian Arrighi is a researcher in the fields of Circus Studies, Childhood Studies, and Performance Pedagogy. She is behind a study that investigates the benefits of recreational circus training, with her current focus on the contribution of professional child actors to global theatrical circuits.

Helen English

Dr Helen English is a musician who's overarching research focus is on Music and World-Building. Her interests are in music practices in the 19th century, music communities today, Australian music, social justice and equity, and music education.

Kate Ariotti

Dr Kate Ariotti is a historian who specialises in studying the Australian prisoners of war of the Ottoman Empire during the First World War.

Julia Coffey

Dr Julia Coffey’s work includes diverse research interests including the sociology of health and the body, gender, youth, education and development in academic and corporate environments.

Kiwako Ito

Associate Professor Kiwako Ito studies the effect of prosody, or rhythm and melody in speech and how people respond to it. Research on prosody is an important focus in many disciplines including Linguistics, Speech Pathology, Education, Psychology and Computer Science. Ito’s own empirical research into how people respond to the emphasis in speech is focused on children with developmental disorders, aging adults and hearing impaired individuals.

Duncan McDuie-ra

Professor Duncan McDuie-Ra is an urban sociologist who examines the relationship between rural-urban space migration and the kind of world this creates, particularly in the borderlands of India.

Erin McCarthy

Digital humanist and literary historian Dr Erin McCarthy looks to the literature of the past to help us understand our own culture. She specialises in the histories of reading and the book.

Nancy Cushing

Associate Professor Nancy Cushing is an environmental historian and her primary research area is Australian environmental history, in particular human animal relations, with a secondary interest in the history of Newcastle.

Justin Ellis

Dr Justin Ellis is a lecturer in Criminology. His research examines the impact of digital technologies on trust in public institutions. His current focus is the scrutiny of public order policing through sousveillance within the LGBTIQ+ community in Sydney. His broader research focus is on the impact of digital technologies on institutional accountability and responsible government.