Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry

Established in 2014 to advance the University's strategic goal of making ACU world-leading institutions for studies in religion, philosophy, and history, IRCI comprises three collaborative and interdisciplinary research programs: Biblical and Early Christian Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Religion and Theology.

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Our people

Our global team of scholars are experts in the fields of religion, theology, history, and literature.

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Virtual Open Day, 1-2 September 2021

You are warmly invited to join us for online sessions to hear more about our PhD and MPhil programs. The Virtual Open Day includes the chance to hear from members of our research community across each of the institute’s programs, as well as opportunities for individual appointments with researchers.

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Applicants for PhD and MPhil programs

Applications to the PhD and MPhil programs will re-open for domestic and international Higher Degree Research candidates later in 2021.

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Biblical & Early Christian Studies

Biblical and early Christian studies

A major focus of research in this program is the extent to which different strands of early Christianity aimed to define themselves in relation to Jewish and Greco-Roman religious, philosophical, rhetorical, social, and cultural heritages.

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Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)

Medieval and early modern studies

The purpose of this program is to understand the origins of the modern world and to reframe the way it is understood through dynamic reinterpretations of the medieval and early modern past.

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Religion and Theology

Religion and theology

The IRCI’s Religion and Theology program supports constructive work in the study of religion that incorporates a wide range of methodologies.

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History of Emotions

ACU’s Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions approaches emotions studies in an interdisciplinary mode from the perspectives of religion, philosophy, history, health humanities and literature from antiquity to today.

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2020 Rome seminars postponed

Due to covid-19 the Rome seminars scheduled for 2020 will be rescheduled for 2021 once international travel bans are lifted.

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Mailing address

C/- 115 Victoria Pde
Fitzroy, VIC, 3065.