Forum is co-created by staff and postgraduate students from across the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (SHAPS) at the University of Melbourne.
Forum aims to provide a digital home for SHAPS public-facing research and other activities, featuring news and commentary on the research and teaching happenings across the School.
It offers our students an opportunity to enrich their experience by participating in the life of the School more fully, building relationships with academic staff and fellow students, and taking part in public conversations about our work. Forum also offers a platform for showcasing the best work produced by our students, at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Forum is an initiative of the SHAPS Engagement Committee. The SHAPS Engagement Chair, Julie Fedor, and Discipline reps — Martin Bush (HPS), Matthew Champion (History), Dan Halliday (Philosophy), Frederik Vervaet (Classics & Archaeology), and Tim Ould (Grimwade) — oversee the site and provide mentoring and support to the Forum team.
The SHAPS Engagement committee also includes a postgrad representative (in 2022 Thea Gardiner, representing the History Postgraduate Association), Gerhard Wiesenfeldt (HPS, in his capacity as a member of the Arts Faculty’s International Committee) and the SHAPS Events Coordinator, Leanne Hunt.
The SHAPS Engagement committee’s brief is to advance the University of Melbourne’s three key Engagement commitments: public value; engaged students; and engaged research. Forum is designed to further all three of these aims.
Forum is generously supported by SHAPS.
If you would like to contribute content or to feature your project on Forum, email Julie Fedor.
All other enquiries regarding SHAPS should be directed to the SHAPS website. Information on the different programs within SHAPS can be found through the links below:
Classics and Archaeology
Classics and Archaeology is a leading program internationally for the study of the ancient world. It is home to cutting-edge research and field study undertaken by its staff, researchers and fellows
Cultural Materials Conservation
The Cultural Materials Conservation program is the only one of its kind in Australia combining both the theory and practice of cultural material conservation.
Our program explores the significance of gender and sexuality on a range of discourses embedded within culture, identity and global history.
Established in 1854, the History program at the University of Melbourne is one of the most distinguished and longest running in Australia.
History and Philosophy of Science
The History and Philosophy of Science program began in 1946 at the University of Melbourne as one of the first departments of its kind in the world.
Established in 1853, the Philosophy program has fostered generations of outstanding students and researchers.
The Program in Jewish Culture and Society
The Jewish and Hebrew Studies program has gained national and international recognition for scholarly excellence, educational initiatives and cultural outreach.