Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry

About us


The IRCI is a Research Institute which aims to promote interdisciplinary and collaborative research on religion internationally. The Institute brings together scholars from multiple disciplinary perspectives including philosophy, theology, history, and literature. Established in 2014 to advance the University’s strategic goal of making ACU Australia’s leading institution for religious and philosophical studies, it comprises four research centres: the Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies; the Centre for Catholic Thought and Practice; the Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Culture; and the Centre for Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics. It also houses the Julfa Cemetery Digital Repatriation Project, a significant cultural preservation initiative at the cutting edge of digital humanities research.