The IRCI comprises three research programs: Biblical and Early Christian Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and Religion and Theology, and a node of the History of Emotions Centre for Excellence.

Within these research programs, the Institute brings together scholars who have established international research track records in New Testament studies, early Christian studies, medieval and early modern studies, historical and constructive theology, and religious studies.

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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