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.
Our global team of scholars are experts in the fields of religion, theology, history, and literature.
Applications to the PhD and MPhil programs are now open for domestic and international Higher Degree Research candidates commencing in 2021. Intended research topics should align with the IRCI’s areas of expertise in New Testament studies, early Christianity from late antiquity to Byzantium, medieval and early modern studies, and religion and theology.
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.Explore research
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.Explore research
The IRCI’s Religion and Theology program supports constructive work in the study of religion that incorporates a wide range of methodologies.Explore research
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.Explore research
3 February 2021
As we return to work and study after summer, alarms are ubiquitous. ACU researcher Matthew Champion explores how past generations used birds, prayers, percussion, and early clocks to get them out of b...
30 June 2020
The ACU Faculty of Theology and Philosophy is pleased to announce that PhD candidate in Historical Theology, Mr Jonatan Simons, was awarded the Graduate Student Paper Prize by the North American Patri...
1 June 2020
Religion and Theology online Research seminar series
1 June 2020
IRCI is pleased to be relaunching the Biblical and Early Christian Studies program seminar series for 2020 via Zoom with an outstanding array of international speakers.
7 May 2020
Medieval policing, early modern art, and the history of choice making are among some of the topics featured in the MEMS online seminar series for 2020.
20 April 2020
Seven new research centres will enhance ACU’s reputation in the arts, education, health, and theology and philosophy.
3 April 2020
Thinking Philosophy brings the research of ACU philosophers to anyone interested in an an examined life.
24 February 2020
IRCI researchers, Matthew Crawford, Michael Hanaghan, and Sarah Parkhouse have been awarded prestigious fellowships in Washington, Frankfurt, and London in 2020.