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The Arts Research in Creative Humanities (ARCH) cluster is an association of scholars connected through their capacity to harness creativity, narrative and cultural enquiry as their central pillars of research. ARCH aims to increase the wider community’s capacity to negotiate a rapidly changing world through creativity, multi-disciplinary enquiry, critical thinking and cultural exchange.

ARCH seeks to build a collaborative, supportive research culture facilitating mentoring, partnerships and projects. Research outputs include original creative works (eg illustrated books, exhibition curatorship); research into the creative industries and creative works (eg new media, screen production, literary and curatorial studies); and research involving creative processes (eg visual, technology-mediated research, narrative, performance).

ARCH research streams
Creative arts

The ARCH Creative Arts stream includes research into the Visual and Performing Arts and Creative Writing. Academics in the three areas produce traditional scholarly research, while there is also a strong emphasis on the creation of original works and the publication, performance and/or exhibition of such works within this stream.

Media studies

The Media Studies stream of ARCH investigates a range of screen and media industries, with a focus on journalism, film and TV production and media policy. Researchers are concerned with investigating how screen and media represents and shapes society, as well as the impact of digitization on the ways in which media content is produced, distributed and consumed. The high quality of screen and media research at USC is supported by our industry partnerships in Australia and internationally. We welcome enquiries regarding industry research collaborations and from prospective PhD, MA and Honours students.

Historical, critical and cultural studies

The historical, critical and cultural studies strand of ARCH investigates from a multidisciplinary perspective intergenerational and transcultural memories and identities. Researchers are particularly interested in the complex relationships between past, present and future within multicultural societies. They work on developing new emotional, creative and critical approaches to history, geography, and cultural studies that include and value non-western and Indigenous perspectives.

Research areas

ARCH researchers use different creative paradigms. These paradigms encompass the following research areas:

  • Art and design
  • Gaming and animation
  • Creative writing
  • Culture / visual culture
  • Curatorship and museums
  • Human animal studies
  • Children and youth
  • Screen production and policy
  • Environment
  • History
  • Indigenous art and literature
  • Migration
  • Social change
  • Social media
  • Sustainability
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