Welcome to Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities

The Institute unites humanities and creative arts-based researchers engaged in creative and reflective investigations of culture and thought. The Institute fosters individual, collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects across a wide range of fields in the Humanities and Creative Arts, in particular through the Institute’s yearly research theme and individual fellowships for selected Institute members. The Institute has a particular commitment to supporting Research Higher Degree students and Early Career Researchers in the Humanities and Creative Arts.

Associate Professor Craig Taylor
Director, Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities (FIRtH)



October 2017

Poets in th Studio
poetry reading and book launch Friday 20 October 2017


 Join Adelaide-based poets Steve Brock, Alison Flett, Bronwyn Lovell and Molly Murn, and visiting poet Jaydeep Sarangi (India), for an afternoon of readings.

Jaydeep will read from his latest volume of poems, Faithfully, I Wait: Poems on rain, thunder and lightning at Jhargram and beyond (Cyberwit, 2017), which the Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities (FIRtH) is pleased to launch.

This event is hosted in The Studio to coincide with The Collections Project: Fran Callen, an exhibition developed between Guildhouse and Flinders University Art Museum that provides artists with the opportunity to engage with the Museum’s collections and staff to create new work.

Drinks and nibbles provided.

To RSVP or for more details: melinda.graefe@flinders.edu.au                                      

3:45pm   Arrival 
4:00pm   Book launch
4:30pm   Reading
5:30pm   Q&A

The Studio, Ground Floor, Professional Services Building, Located behind Grind and Press Café , Flinders University, Bedford Park                                                                                  

Click here for more inforamtion about the poets. 

September 2017

The New Yorker Unearths our very own Alice Gorman

Congratulations to Dr Alice Gorman (a.k.a. Dr Space Junk) for being featured in the New Yorker as a “Person of Interest”.

The article entitled, “Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos”, written by Ceridwen Dovey, September 1, 2017, can be found here: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/persons-of-interest/dr-space-junk-unearths-the-cultural-landscape-of-the-cosmos

 (Illustration by Chloe Scheffe Photographs by GraphicaArtis)

January 2017

We are pleased to annouce that Dr Alice Gorman will be acting as Deputy Director of FIRtH.

Upcoming Conferences and Events


Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA) 2017 Conference
Friday and Saturday, 22 and 23 September 2017
Flinders University, Bedford Park

The 2017 AIMA conference theme Claimed by the Sea covers both tangible and related tangible cultural heritage in order to provide a complete and holistic picture of maritime archaeological studies and projects of societal importance. Maritime archaeology today is multidisciplinary and combines approaches and methodologies of cultural heritage preservation, museology, social sciences and humanities, and environmental sciences.

FIRtH is a silver sponsor of the event.



"Undisciplined Austen" - one day symposium

Tuesday, 31 October 2017, 10am - 4pm
Noel Stockdale Room, Central Library, Flinders University, Bedford Park

This one day symposium follows our May gathering during which we asked participants to consider Austen’s connection with their own disciplines in order to initiate interdisciplinary exchange. Each participant will share their more developed papers (20 minutes), with a view to publishing a special journal issue comprised of articles that collectively considers Austen culture unwedded from her disciplinary home of English studies.

If you are interested in joining us, please email Eric Parisot (eric.parisot@flinders.edu.au and immortal.austen@flinders.edu.au)