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.
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
24 May 2021
Researchers from the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry's Religion and Theology program will present at the conference "Theological Genealogies of Modernity," which is jointly sponsored by AC...
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...