Summer Research Scholarship Program 2020/2021 

Applications CLOSED.


Why Literature Matters: Shakespeare and the Rise of the Novel

Project Duration: 10 weeks, commencing 30/11/2020 concluding 19/02/2021 (excluding two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period (21/12/20 to 03/01/21))

Project Description: This project examines the process of literary canonisation between the 17th and 20th centuries in a new and illuminating way. It does so by concentrating both on Shakespeare and the novel form. More specifically, it attempts to ascertain how the terms on which Shakespeare became the presiding genius of English literary culture from the end of the 17th century on related to the conditions in which the novel moved from being a popular form to a sanctioned and aestheticised literary form in the 19th century. This is an important question precisely because the criteria for anointing Shakespeare seem to be so different from the criteria used to sanction the novel.  And it will help us understand the situation today in which the literary canon is losing prestige even as ‘English' remains a national priority for Australian education.  

Expected outcomes and deliverables: 

  • An Australian Research Council Discovery grant application for the 2021 round.
  • Preliminary research for a pilot article publication.
  • Design and development of Continung and Professional Development (CPD) and outreach events for secondary teachers on reading the literary canon. The project draws on Prof Peter Holbrook’s experience delivering keynote lectures at conferences of the English Teachers’ Association of Queensland (ETAC) and of the Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE). The project will also on the team's experience working together in UQ Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, which delivered over 30 Continuing Professional Development seminars for teachers of the humanities (and English teachers in particular) in Brisbane. 

Suitable for: A high-performing Literature undergraduate (preferably but not necessarily with literary historical training) who wishes to pursue Hons or HDR study: duties will include preliminary database and archival research to identify, collect and/or collate relevant library materials nationally and internationally; assistance with grant budgeting and submission; liaising with peak bodies to gather initial data for the design of the outreach element of the grant project; visiting a selection of local schools and organisations to talk with head teachers and students about potential events for the project.

Primary Supervisor: A/Prof Lisa O'Connell

        Museums and COVID 19: How the Coronavirus is affecting museums

        Project Duration: 10 weeks, commencing 30/11/2020 concluding 19/02/2021 (excluding two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period (21/12/20 to 03/01/21))

        Project Description: COVID 19 has had significant implications for museums globally, with UNESCO reporting that 13% may never reopen due to a sudden loss of revenue. This research considers the various responses of museums and the transformation of these institutions as a result of the pandemic, many of whom are providing free online content. What are the new strategies being adopted by the museum and how is this changing understandings of these institutions as public spaces? Particular focus will be given to exploring the digital strategies used by these institutions in different countries and their ongoing role in the global pandemic response. 

        Expected outcomes and deliverables: A thematic analysis of museum COVID 19 related posts online and on digital  media platforms such as Twitter, Tik Tok  and Instagram.  Identification of current literature on the Coronavirus in relation to public space and its changing use, a fully developed bibliography, a brief summary of key research themes.

        Suitable for: This project is suited to a scholar with an interest in using digital research methods ideally also with a research interest in museology, media and/or cultural studies.

        Primary Supervisor: Dr Caroline Wilson-Barnao

            Converging Professions? Shifting Dynamics in a Digital Communication World Toning Down the Antagonism Between Communication and Journalism

            Project Duration: 10 weeks, commencing 30/11/2020 concluding 19/02/2021 (excluding two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period (21/12/20 to 03/01/21))

            Project Description: The growth of easy to use digital publishing technologies and related audience behavior influence public communication in general. We reached an era of “networked production of the public sphere”, with a concept of professional communicators working with the participation of the public and new communicator roles like citizen journalists or blogger, challenging our established principles and practices of communication under the labels of Journalism, PR or Marketing. The project at hand will examine to what extent the strategic communication and journalism professions are converging, and how, journalists and public relations practitioners make sense of their roles as professional ‘social communicators’. Semi-structured qualitative interviews will be conducted and analyzed with (n = 25) journalists public relations professionals in Australia with the aim of exploring three research questions: (1) How do journalists and public relations practitioners understand themselves, and each other, as communicators?; (2) How can we understand the professional dynamic between journalism and public relations, and how is it changing? (3) In the context of changing industries, can a combined or better converged journalist/public relations ‘professional communicator’ be imagined?

            Expected outcomes and deliverables: The Student will not only learn about, apply and experience the potential of qualitative, here narrative inquiries. Much more, this project is a unique chance to get in touch with both industry, media and journalism as well as Public Relations and strategic communication. Thus, the project will not only complement the existing skill sets of the student, but as well offer them a deep insight into regularities and irregularities of the world of professional communication.

            Suitable for: Students with some experience or interest in qualitative research methods/interviews.

            Primary Supervisor: Dr Franzisca Weder

            Into the Light: Recovering Australia’s Lost Women Artists 1870-1960s

            Project Duration: 10 weeks, commencing 30/11/2020 concluding 19/02/2021 (excluding two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period (21/12/20 to 03/01/21))

            Project Description: Conducted at the Griffith University Art Museum (GUAM) as part of a national collaborative research project with Sheila Foundation Ltd. Scholars will work closely with the Director of GUAM in researching archives, collections, and library and museum catalogues. Scholar's work may receive a publishing credit on the Sheila Foundation website. Participation in the project is also offered as part of the ARTT3200 Art Internship course for academic credit for suitable applicants. 

            Expected outcomes and deliverables: 

            • Experience in researching in professional art gallery context
            • Skill-building in working with gallery archives and collections
            • Experience in using art gallery database systems
            • Increased knowledge about Australian art and its context
            • Network opportunities with Australian art industry and prestigious Australian art research Foundation.

            Suitable for: Any student who has completed a course in Australian art and 2 introductory art history courses. An internship as part of the ARTT3200 enrolment requires student who has completed at least 6 art history courses with a GPA of 5.5.

            Primary Supervisor: A/Prof Sally Butler


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