SLEW research

Our scholars in Screens, Languages, Digital Humanities, and English and Writing collaborate in a dynamic, innovative team offering a unique blend of critical and creative approach to their topics.

Research areas

English and Writing, and Digital Humanities have close links with the Hunter Writers Centre and the Newcastle Writers Festival, our team of engaged and experienced researches provide a nurturing environment to develop creative projects to their full potential.

Our team has produced an enviable list of writers who have won top awards like the Queensland Premier's Award for Short Fiction, The Commonwealth Book Prize, and the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

Teaching and research are mutually reinforcing in English and Writing, and Digital Humanities; the knowledge gained in research feeding our teaching and the insights gained from teaching fuelling our research. We employ interpretive analysis and close reading of texts, informed by knowledge of critical frameworks and theory.

Our research is also practice-led, focusing on the immediate relationship between research and outcomes, and recognising research as a process of discovery. We aim for a balance of criticism and creativity and engage with Indigenous ways of research and knowledge.

Film, Media and Cultural Studies research strengths include:

  • film theory and history
  • television studies
  • gender and sexuality in the media
  • film and philosophy, popular music and culture
  • the Internet and social media
  • audiences and consumption
  • identity and taste in consumer culture
  • media structures and institutions
  • new media technologies

FMCS is a productive discipline of researchers publishing in diverse, often interdisciplinary areas, such as:

  • sociology
  • literature
  • history
  • philosophy
  • creative and performing arts

Recent research outputs in the discipline include books, book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as a range of other diverse publications.

French studies

The French Studies discipline is mainly renowned for research in literary analysis and translation studies. Our most specific and internationally recognised areas of expertise are the French author Boris Vian and Crime Fiction. We also publish more broadly in the area of textual analysis, with an emphasis on deconstruction, post-structuralism and translation theories. The discipline is aligned internationally with the ReFrance research centre at Nottingham Trent University (UK).

Our academic staff publish regularly in journals rated highly by the Australian Research Council's (ARC) Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings. Our work is informed by post-structuralist thinkers, especially Roland Barthes, and the deconstructionists of the Yale School. More specifically, we have produced books on intertextuality, paratextuality and the prestigious French collection la Série Noire. French Studies at Newcastle benefits from the Kelver Hartley bequest fund.


Japanese Studies researchers explore diverse Japan-related areas such as intellectual, literary, cultural, social, political, and military history, international relations, and translation studies.

Our researchers specialise in intellectual history in the Meiji era and socio-economic conditions in Northeast and Southeast Asia during World War II.

Research networks and centres

Centre for Literary and Linguistic Computing

The Centre for Literary and Linguistic Computing was established to continue the development and application of statistical and computing tools for the analysis of (literary) texts.

Early Modern Women Research Network

The Early Modern Women Research Network is an Australian-based network of scholars which aims to bring the often institutionally-isolated scholars of early modern women's writing into dialogue with others in the field, both within Australia and internationally. EMWRN regularly meets at major conferences, sponsoring panels and symposia, often in conjunction with other early modern networks.

Centre for Early Modern Studies

The Centre for Early Modern Studies brings together a new group of scholars specialising in research on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with a concentration of expertise in the literature of Renaissance England, France and North America.

Detective Fiction on the Move Network

The Detective Fiction on the Move Network aims to correct an enduring prejudice regarding detective fiction, namely that it is a static genre stifled by conventions and rules and consequently lacking the sophistication of literary fiction. An Australian-based and international network of scholars working, in various ways, on crime fiction as a mobile and transnational genre.

The Centre for 21st Century Humanities

The Centre for 21st Century Humanities brings together leading University of Newcastle researchers. It promotes high quality humanities research, using new methods for the new century. Our vision is that by 2025 the University of Newcastle will be a world leader in humanities research.

External networks