School of Humanities
Being human is an amazing journey
The study of humanities equips you to ask and answer the big questions, challenging you to explore where we came from, who we are and where we’re going.
Human experience is made meaningful through culture, language, literature, history and philosophy. Enrich your whole life by gaining a deep understanding of these threads that tie us all together.
Exploring the humanities provides you with the skills to power lifelong career success in any field, with enduring skills in critical thinking, communicating and influencing.
History is the study of the past and its legacies in the present.Find out more
Philosophy involves thinking about some of the big questions we ask in our lifetime.Find out more
Translation Studies explores a multitude of areas including cognitive translation studies, machine translation and cultural translation studies.Find out more
Gender is an everyday and embodied experience that shapes our public and private lives.Find out more
Become a bilingual citizen of the world at the largest language hub in WA
With four European, four Asian and two Classical languages on offer, UWA is the leading institution in WA for language learning.
Immerse yourself in another language. Learn to see the world in a new way. Move between cultures with ease.
Welcome from the Head of School Alexandra Ludewig
Hear about our new courses
Bachelor of Human Rights
The Bachelor of Human Rights is a unique, interdisciplinary program of study that equips you with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage with real-world issues in human rights. Hear about hands-on learning, practical experience and what you can expect to prepare you for a career in a range of areas.
Bachelor of Modern Languages
The Bachelor of Modern Languages enables students with a particular interest in world languages and cultures to study two languages in depth. We offer the largest range of languages of any WA university where you can choose from eight modern languages. Hear about how you can combine Modern Languages with a number of other degrees, including Engineering (Honours), Science and Business through multiple entry points, work integrated learning and what you can expect to prepare you for a career in a range of areas.
Professor Hélène Jaccomard
Professor Hélène Jaccomard is a multilingual researcher in the School of Humanities at UWA.Read more about Helene Jaccomard
Andrew Endrey is a professional Chinese translator and Associate Lecturer in the School of Humanities.Read more about Andrew Endrey
Dr Daniel Juckes
Dr Daniel Juckes is a writer, editor, teacher and researcher in the disciplines of Creative Writing and English and Literary Studies at the UWA School of Humanities.Read more about Daniel Juckes
Associate Professor Bonnie Thomas
Bonnie Thomas is an Associate Professor of French language and literature. A/Prof Thomas conducts research on francophone Caribbean literature and is nationally awarded for her teaching abilities.Read more about Bonnie Thomas
Professor Rob Wilson
Professor Rob Wilson is a philosopher and lecturer of philosophy at UWA in the School of Humanities.Read more about Rob Wilson
Dr Anna Gadd is a Lecturer in European languages within UWA’s School of Humanities.Read more about Anna Gadd
Professor John Kinder
Professor John Kinder is a respected linguist, Italian language and culture specialist, author, language researcher and educator at The University of Western Australia.Read more about John Kinder
Dr Ethan Blue
Ethan Blue is a multi-award-winning teacher, researcher and senior lecturer in History at UWA. His first book Doing Time in the Depression (2012) traces the origins of mass incarceration in the United States.Read more about Ethan Blue
Professor Susan Broomhall
Susan Broomhall is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor of History, researching the medieval and early modern world.Read more about Susan Broomhall
Dr Dale Adams
Dr Dale Adams is a lecturer in German language, literature and culture, and Deputy Head of Education (Enterprise) for the School of Humanities.Read more about Dale Adams
Dr Catherine Noske
Dr Catherine Noske is editor of Westerly magazine and a lecturer in English and creative writing within the School of Humanities at UWA.Read more about Catherine Noske
Professor Andrea Gaynor
Professor Andrea Gaynor is the Vice-President of the European Society for Environmental History.Read more about Andrea Gaynor
Dr Christopher Mallan
Dr Chris Mallan is a senior lecturer at The University of Western Australia. He is an internationally regarded educator, historian and researcher, with a particular focus on Ancient Rome.Read more about Christopher Mallan
Professor Tony Hughes-d'Aeth
Professor Tony Hughes-d'Aeth is Chair in Australian Literature, Discipline Chair for English and Literary Studies at UWA, and is the Director of the Westerly Centre.Read more about Tony Hughes-dAeth
The School of Humanities has a breadth of research expertise and hosts several internationally acclaimed journals and national centres, ensuring a vibrant research and postgraduate culture.
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Medieval and early modern studies research at UWA aims to uncover the pre-modern world and the effect the past has in modern times.Read more
Translation and Transcultural Research
Understanding the social and cultural issues of translation and multilingualism, migration, transcultural identity construction and communication.Read more
Centres and Journals
- Centre for Western Australian History
- ARC Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100 - 1800)
- Digital Humanities Research Cluster
- Ecology, People and Place (EcoPeoPle)
- Medieval & Early Modern Studies Research Group (MEMs)
- The Digitisation Centre of Western Australia
- Translation and Transcultural Research Cluster
- Westerly Group
- Australian Studies Research Network
Literary luminaries at 2023 Writers Weekend
Literary luminaries Damon Galgut, Amy Bloom , Sequoia Nagamatsu, Ben Macintyre, Jane Harper and Holly Ringland join a galaxy of stars at this year’s Writers Weekend.Read more
What can the Bildungsroman tell us about the Israel and Palestine conflict?
Bildungsroman is a German word that translates as “novel of education”. Might the literary genre of the Bildungsroman shed further light on the conflict?Read more
Time is arrested in Gail Jones’ beautiful new novel of war and art, Salonika Burning
The first pages of Gail Jones’ beautiful new novel, Salonika Burning, offer a vision. The image is of a city on fire, watched by soldiers at a distance who despite, or perhaps because of, their familiarity with devastation, are transfixed “with indecent pleasure” by the sight.Read more
New Fortune Theatre
The New Fortune Theatre is an exact reconstruction of London’s Fortune Playhouse originally built in 1600 as a rival to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.Read more about New Fortune Theatre