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.
Our global team of scholars are experts in the fields of religion, theology, history, and literature.
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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Applications to the PhD and MPhil programs will re-open for domestic and international Higher Degree Research candidates later in 2021.
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
12 July 2021
Australian Catholic University has recruited some of the world’s leading Catholic theologians to spearhead a new international project aimed at reconstructing theologies of Catholicity.
6 July 2021
In this secular age, fewer people are engaging in religious ritual but many still seek spiritual experience.