Happy New Year


As 2020 comes to a close, we would like to express our gratitude for the support and care from our community this challenging year. Western Sydney University will be closed from the 17th December 2020 to the 4th January 2021 and we look forward to the many events, collaborations and conversations in 2021.

Best wishes for a safe and healthy Australian summer,
Heather A. Horst


Whether it is Australia or Serbia, Africa or the USA, huge challenges are preventing new mothers, their infants and adolescents from eating healthy food and getting adequate nutrition, shows new research from the UNICEF and the Young and Resilient Research Centre.
Congratulations to ICS researchers Dr Emma Power, Professor Gay Hawkins, Dr Stephen Healy, Dr Fiona Cameron, Distinguished Professor Ien Ang and their colleagues for their success in the latest rounds of Australian Research Council Discovery and Linkage Grants.
COVID has led to children spending more time on screens using social networks, communication apps, chat rooms and online gaming. While this has undoubtedly allowed them to keep in touch with friends, or connect with new ones, during the pandemic, they are also being exposed to increased levels of online hate.
Congratulations to Dr Michelle Fitts who has been awarded an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) to explore the lived experiences of Indigenous Australian women with traumatic brain injury.


The Cultural Infrastructure Research Group is a collection of ICS researchers who have developed a body of work which analyses and identifies the needs for cultural infrastructure in Greater Metropolitan Sydney.
Audience at the Mapping the Humanities event.
The ICS Seminar Series presents an exciting breadth of social and cultural research from the Institute’s renowned staff and doctoral candidates as well as a range of national and international visiting scholars.
The work of ICS researchers is featured in the latest issue of the University’s FutureMakers magazine. Read about their research successes, impact and partnerships.
Issues is a journal of short essays, housed at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. We encourage each author to write in English and one other language.