The Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies was established in 2000 with the support of the Vice-Chancellor's Strategic Development fund and the Faculty of Arts, now the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Centre's objective is to develop humanities research within the University and to promote its benefits within the wider community.
From 4 August, the Centre will become part of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities (IASH). Supported by strategic funding from the UQ Senior Executive and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the new institute will initially encompass the existing research programmes of CCCS and CHED, with an additional programme devoted to Science Communication. The UQ node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in History of Emotions will also be linked to the new Institute. The current CHED director, Peter Harrison, will assume directorship of the Institute, and academic staff of the existing research centres will transition into the Institute. Two new research-focused appointments in Cultural Studies, initially tenurable in the Institute are currently advertised. The IASH webpage, currently under development, will provide further information about its mission, personnel, and activities.