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 — Dan Halliday (Philosophy), Catherine Kovesi (History), Robert Lazarus Lane (Grimwade Centre), Fallon Mody (HPS), and Gijs Tol (Classics & Archaeology) — oversee the site and provide mentoring and support to the Forum team.
The SHAPS Engagement committee also includes a postgrad representative (in 2020: Annabelle Williams, President of Student Conservators at Melbourne), 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:
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