Democracy & Justice Research Flagship - Study
The Swinburne Institute is currently seeking people to take up scholarships to undertake postgraduate research in the following areas:
- Settler Colonialism: A Global Phenomenon
- Dr Lorenzo Veracini
"Settler colonialism" and "settler society" have entered public discourse and have recently been the subject of extensive debate. Unlike other migrant groups, settler collectives are founders and shapers of political orders. A growing scholarly literature is now focusing on different aspects of this global phenomenon. This project will engage with this literature and contribute to this debate.
- Social memory and historical justice
- Prof Klaus Neumann
How is the victimisation of groups - say, on account of race or ethnicity or religion or politics - remembered in democratic societies? How do such societies work towards historical justice? How do communities actively negotiate the legacies of the past? What characterises particular memorial cultures? How do collective and individual memories interact? This project is concerned with these and other related questions across a wide range of countries, ranging from Australia to Chile, from Austria to Canada, and from Indonesia to Spain. Currently, five PhD students are working on aspects of this project (in Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Germany and Australia) at The Swinburne Institute, four of them under my supervision. I am looking for students who are theoretically literate, intensely curious, hard-working, keenly interested in writing and conversant in at least two languages, and who consider themselves independent thinkers. Ideally students should have a Masters degree in a humanities or social sciences discpline such as history or anthropology. I am particularly interested in students who would like to do ethnographic research.
- Mobility, memory, citizenship and identity (particularly in relation to refugees)
- Prof Klaus Neumann
How do the life-histories and memories of immigrants feature in broader 'national' memories and histories? How do recent immigrants draw on or surpress their pre-migration past? How do those who do not or no longer identify as immigrants reimagine themselves and their society in response to the presence of new arrivals? I am particularly interested in finding answers to these and related questions in relation to forced migrants (refugees and asylum seekers). Currently, I am supervising three PhD students in this area. I am looking for students who are theoretically literate, intensely curious, hard-working, keenly interested in writing and conversant in at least two languages, and who consider themselves independent thinkers. Ideally students should have a Masters degree in a humanities or social sciences discpline such as history or anthropology. I am particularly interested in students who would like to do ethnographic research.
The Swinburne Institute offers excellent opportunities for postgraduate study under the supervision of leading research academics in each of its four research flagships.
The institute is one of the largest social science and humanities research centres in Australia, with an international reputation for independent, innovative and timely work. Staff work across disciplines including sociology, economics, political science, history, philosophy, and media studies. Along with a range of research projects operated on behalf of, and/or with government, non-government and industry partners, The Swinburne Institute hosts the Public Interest Journalism Foundation and Democratic Audit of Australia. It is also a node of the ARC's Centre of Excellence in Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) and the Swinburne-Monash Research Centre of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI). The institute contributes to online public policy discussion through its websites Australian Policy Online, Creative Economyand Inside Story.
The Swinburne Institute boasts a range of highly qualified supervisors who are respected figures in their fields, regular contributors to Australian public policy debate and have an exceptional track record in supervising higher degree students through to completion. Staff profiles provide a list of their research interests and the research students they are currently supervising (and their topics).
The institute has a growing cohort of postgraduate students who work closely with research staff. They often take the opportunity to be involved in joint projects and The Swinburne Institute's broader research planning. Many are full-time and are supported by Australian Research Council scholarships and Linkage grants with industry, and by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute. Others come to The Swinburne Institute as part-time students building on their work experiences in the public, non-government and private sectors. As well as excellent supervision, The Swinburne Institute offers regular postgraduate activities. Students give papers and attend regular seminars, as well as participating in The Swinburne Institute's other social and collegial activities. International exchanges are available and encouraged, as is attendance at conferences.
The Swinburne Institute staff are happy to discuss options for scholarships and funding that might support a candidacy.
For scholarship guidelines and to make an application visit Swinburne Research.
For further information about postgraduate opportunities at The Swinburne Institute, contact the Postgraduate Co-ordinator:
Telephone: +61 3 9214 5286