Winter Research Scholarship Program 2019

Applications open 11 March 2019.


Into the Light
Project Duration: 6 weeks.
Project Description: This project is conducted in conjunction with UQ Art History, Griffith University Art Museum, and the Sheila Foundation. Students will be researching Australian women artists who were working before 1960 and have not been sufficiently recognised or documented in Australian art history.

Expected outcomes and deliverables: SThe aim of the project is to enable crucial archival research to be undertaken on women artists working from 1870 to 1960 throughout Australia, and have this research made available via an online database. ‘Filling the Gap’ (working title of the project)  Stage 1 (NSW) was managed by Dr Juliette Peers, funded by the Cruthers Art Foundation. The project was auspiced by Museums & Galleries NSW. Stages 2 and 3 will be conducted by research assistants/teams specific to Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, ACT, Victoria and South Australia. 

Suitable for: Internships are suitable for students who are enrolled in an Art History major and preferably have concluded the Australian art history course. The internship will be conducted throughout June and July 2019 and will be of 6 weeks duration.

Primary Supervisor: A/Prof Sally Butler


Digital Visual Effects in Cinema, 1976 –

Project Duration: 4-6 weeks.

Project Description: Digital visual effects are central to the contemporary entertainment industry: films, TV, games. They support the visualisation of the story worlds, characters, and expressive action of our superhero, fantasy, and science fiction screen texts, as well as the persuasiveness of other kinds of films and TV in less visible ways. Moreover, the image manipulation software they have spawned is now readily available online and in our phones, and contributing to an emerging crisis in the status of the image. How did this come to be? This project examines the development of photorealistic digital images and digital effects in the cinema. The cinema is the arena in which the photorealistic and image manipulation capacities of digital imaging were first hothoused, narrativised, and spectacularised. This project traces the many strands – including people, technology, money, screen texts, cultural reception -- of this history from the mid-1970s onwards. The early part of the project is highly reliant on digital archive research, looking for relevant information in newspapers, magazines, and industry journals. 

Primary Supervisor: Dr Lisa Bode

    Journalism on Ice: The chilling effect of anti-terror legislation on public interest journalism in Australia

    Project Duration: 4-6 weeks.

    Project Description: This inter-disciplinary project seeks to understand the cumulative impact of over sixty pieces of anti-terror legislation on public interest journalism in Australia. As a UQ Winter Research Scholar as part of our research program, you will be joining a diverse group of scholars led by the UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communication, Prof Peter Greste. You will be working alongside researchers from the School of Communication and Arts, the School of Political Science and International Studies, and the TC Beirne School of Law on meaningful projects in defence of Australian democracy. Your role over winter will be working closely with Prof Peter Greste and Richard Murray conducting data analysis of a series of interviews with leading Australian journalists on their views of the chilling effect in Australian journalism. Along the way you will learn and be guided in techniques of qualitative data analysis as well as gaining experience in working in a dynamic team environment. 

    Expected outcomes and deliverables: Students will have an opportunity to develop an in-depth academic and practical knowledge of contemporary journalism; a chance to be part of a team shaping the future and journalism and democracy.

    Suitable for: The ideal scholar will have a deep interest in public interest journalism. Some knowledge of the legal frameworks around Australian journalism is an advantage but not a must. Most of all, we are looking for a motivated scholar looking to roll their sleeves up and get the job done!

    Primary Supervisor: Prof Peter Greste

    Journalists in the line of fire: Challenges of conflict reporting in evolving and difficult environments  

    Project Duration: 4-6 weeks.

    Project Description: One of the most risky assignments that journalists undertake is the coverage of international, regional, and local conflicts. Many journalists have been killed while reporting conflicts either because they were caught in the line of fire or they were targeted by the fighters or because the fighting groups disregarded international rules of how to treat prisoners of war. A growing number of journalists are losing their lives in war zones for a number of reasons, including lack of training (e.g., increasing number of untrained freelance foreign correspondents), the changing nature of modern warfare, lack of understanding among militant groups about the role of journalists in reporting conflicts, general disregard by combatants of the Geneva Conventions that outline the rules of warfare, as well as the different rules of treatment of non-combatant civilians and armed soldiers.

    The growing number of journalists who lose their lives while covering conflicts has compelled news organisations to reconsider training and safety measures that journalists should undertake before, during, and after their assignment. 

    This project, essentially an in-depth literature review, serves as a pilot of a forthcoming ARC Discovery Project that will examine systematically and critically the challenges that journalists face in reporting conflicts in evolving but difficult environments. 

    The literature review will explore, identify, and critically analyse the following issues:

    • How social media have affected the rules of engagement (code of conduct) for journalists reporting on conflicts.
    • The role of social media as a professional tool for reporting conflicts or a narrow window through which journalists look at and report events across the world.
    • How journalists reporting on conflicts seek to understand the environments in which they operate, how they understand the language and culture of the combatants, how they develop their own operational security (i.e., security measures), etc. 
    • Reasons why freelance foreign correspondents/journalists expose themselves to greater danger in reporting conflict than more experienced journalists who work with established media.
    • Ethical and moral issues in reporting conflicts, including obligations that media organisations which hire freelance foreign correspondents have to ensure their safety when reporting on conflict.

    Expected outcomes and deliverables: The successful Research Assistant would have developed skills in literature review, as well as research management skills. The person will have an opportunity to co-author a journal article with me. 

    Suitable for: This project is open to students in Year 3 or Year 4 of undergraduate study who have the relevant research methods and literature review skills required to undertake the project.  

    Primary Supervisor: Dr Levi Obijiofor


    Culinary transmission: foreign chefs in Australia and Australian chefs abroad

    Project Duration: 4-6 weeks.

    Project Description: In 1956 Australia had to look to imported chefs and cooks to feed the thousands of athletes, support staff and tourists that visited Melbourne for the Olympic Games. Some stayed to work in the fledging restaurant industry and several were important in shaping the emerging fine dining scene.  As the restaurant industry grew in the 1970s and 1980 Australian-born chefs often looked to international experience and traditions as essential to the development of expert culinary knowledge. But as Australia’s restaurant industry ‘matured’ Australian chefs began to make their mark internationally. Gay Bilson, for example, was in demand in the 1980s as a guest chef at first-class hotels in Asia showcasing her version of Australian cuisine. Today the ‘Australian café’ is a hit in cities in the United States and Europe.

    This research aims to trace the development of international influences on Australia’s fine dining chefs and culture and the transmission by Australian chefs of understandings of Australian cuisine and food culture. 

    Expected outcomes and deliverables:

    • collection of data to be used for article/book project on dining out in Australia (outcome for scholar);
    • development of high-level research skills including archival, newspaper and online research (deliverable for student)

    Suitable for: students with the following attributes:

    • experience (or willingness to learn) using databases to undertake primary and secondary literature searches;
    • ability to organise data in a useable manner;
    • attention to detail

    Primary Supervisor: Dr Melissa Harper

    Story-telling on Stage, Screen, and Online

    Project Duration: 4-6 weeks.

    Project Description: Have you heard of the Australian writers Dorothy Blewett (no, not Hewett), or Millicent Armstrong, Max Afford, Betty Roland, or Catherine Shepherd? How about Kester Berwick, Furnley Maurice, or Lottie Lyle?

    Are you, or do you think you could be, a persistent researcher who enjoys piecing together stories from old books, ephemeral information, newspaper reports, and archives?

    You are unlikely to have heard of the people listed above and that’s because the stories of their contributions to Australian theatre and literary history have been lost and they have suffered from the passage of time and a lack of interest in their work. You could help to reinstate them to their rightful place by helping to research and tell the stories of these writers who were well-known during their lives but ignored after their death.

    Take part in a project identifying, researching, and digitising plays and other works from before 1960. Act as researcher and editorial assistant for the publications by AustLit (, the internationally renowned and respected SCA research and publishing platform hosted in our own School. We are also working with Playlab ( to publish some of these texts in the New Vintage Collection.

    Apply to become a Winter Scholar with the AustLit team of researchers and content developers. Add your name to the list of researchers who are rewriting the history of Australian theatre in the early twentieth century. Help us build a fabulous digital archive of plays and secondary resources, undertake research on the works and the writers who made them. Create dynamic online exhibitions and deepen your understanding of the lives and careers of Australian writers from a time when writing for performance was a Sisyphean task of trying and trying again to find a stage or screen for your Australian story.

    Primary Supervisor: Kerry Kilner



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