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Our Research

Centre members contribute specialised knowledge about how culture is both made and understood through:

  • creative writing and acts of representation
  • contemporary poetry and creativity
  • creative practice and knowledge
  • material and visual poetics

Central to this theme is the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI), whose members focus on the connections between poetry and knowledge, and which publishes the journal Axon: Creative Explorations.

Centre members are working on projects that aim to enrich knowledge about heritage practices, applied narratives and cultural landscapes. 

  • communities, cultural institutions and digital heritage practice
  • Indigenous knowledges and cultural landscapes
  • cultural representation and design
  • applied narrative and simulation

The Future Heritage flagship program and the Digital Treasures PhD program are central to this theme.

This research theme focuses on cultural work and creative practice. Researchers investigate the specific contexts in which the value of cultural and creative practice is produced and articulated, whether in work, educational or community settings. Projects focus on:

  • creative education and cultural employment
  • play and creativity
  • creative vocations
  • cultural policy

Flagship programs

Programs are a focused area of collaborative research activity committed to outreach and engagement. Research themes cut across programs.

International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI)

IPSI conducts research related to poetry and publishes and promulgates the outcomes of this research internationally. IPSI aims to develop new communities of poetry and to make new links between poets wherever they are. It aims to celebrate the complexity and variety of poetry and, while doing so, to bring poetry to the attention of as wide an audience as possible.

Future Heritage

The Future Heritage theme recognises heritage as a rapidly evolving field of contemporary cultural practices. It has a focus on research that maps and describes changing forms of practice and participation, and on practical collaborations with cultural institutions and communities that conserve and enliven tangible and intangible heritage, build new forms of heritage and create new knowledge.

The following 'labs' sit under the banner of Future Heritage: