Summer and Winter Research Programs

The UQ Summer Research Scholarship Program provides UQ students with an opportunity to gain research experience working alongside some of the University’s leading academics and researchers.

Each year the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry offers research placement opportunities for students through the UQ Summer Research Scholarship Program.

Applications will open for the 2021-22 Summer Research Program on Monday, 23 August 2021 and will close 11.59pm on Sunday, 26 September 2021.

Participation is open to students with some background in our School's disciplines: Classics and Ancient History, Studies in Religion, Philosophy or History.  Below is the list of projects on offer.

 

Current Projects 2021 - 2022 

Project 1 

Queensland Atlas of Religion — Summer Scholarship

Project duration, hours of engagement & delivery mode

8 weeks at 20 hours per week

 

In the case of COVID-19 restrictions, the applicant will be able to work remotely, focussing on document-based research.

 

Description:

The Queensland Atlas of Religion (QAR) is an Australian Research Council Linkage project undertaken in partnership with the State Library of Queensland. The QAR aims to document the religious diversity of Queensland in approximately 150 essays and 30 oral history interviews to be published on a public reference website. The content of the site will reflect the diversity of religion within Queensland and shall be organised according to four broad themes: religious tradition, place, action, and story. The successful applicant for this scholarship will work under the direction of Dr Adam Bowles and Assoc. Prof. Geoff Ginn, the project's leaders, to develop materials towards one or more entries of the Atlas. This will include archival and site-based research. The specific objects of inquiry are open and shall be determined in discussion with the scholarship holder.

Expected outcomes and deliverables:

The successful applicant will assist in identifying candidates for QAR entries, which may include essays based on religious sites, organisations, or individuals in Brisbane. The scholar may be involved in site visits and informal interviews and will develop skills in data procurement and analysis. The scholar will contribute materials towards one or may entries for the Atlas and may be involved in writing (or co-writing) such an entry (an academic publication). The student may be asked to offer a presentation at the end of the scholarship period.

 

Suitable for:

We are looking for a motivated, independent learner, who is interested in local Brisbane stories. An interest or background in the academic study of religion would be helpful, but more important is a passion for discovering interesting stories from our present or our past. This is most suitable for students doing advanced level undergraduate subjects.

 

Primary Supervisor:

 

Dr Adam Bowles & Assoc. Prof. Geoff Ginn

 

Further info:

Please contact Dr Adam Bowles for more information.

 

Project 2

Gammon Utopias and Biggest Mob Tea Parties

Project duration, hours of engagement & delivery mode

8 weeks and 20 hours per week

 

The project can be undertaken remotely if COVID-19 lockdowns prohibit access to the St Lucia campus.  Ideally, most or all of the projects will be based on campus.

 

Description:

Upon returning from the Cape of Good Hope in 1789, John Hunter found Governor Arthur Phillip in a leaky tent taking tea with an abducted Aboriginal man named Arabanoo. Phillip had dreams of a colonial utopia based on a proto-socialist, moneyless society that could reclaim everything Europe had lost. By forcing Arabanoo to channel the spirits of European custom, Phillip understood himself as starting to fulfill his prophetic vision that either Aboriginal people would assimilate or there would be war: effectively, the burgeoning colonial world would either play host to a biggest mob tea party or a bloodbath. Ultimately, both assimilation and apocalypse began during his term as Governor. Utopian fantasies and delusions of progress continued decade after decade, but how this fed colonists’ will to colonise Australia remains undertheorised and largely unexplored. This project will problematise history – as a progressive, linear approach to time – and its operationalisation within colonialism in Australia. It will also contribute to the further development of an ironic strategy of Aboriginal history writing that builds from the contemporary Aboriginal artistic strategies of “history” painting.

Expected outcomes and deliverables:

• Compiling archetypical digital archival primary source materials that reveal continuities, discontinuities and resurrections of utopian idealism and representations of civilisation and modernity from the late seventeenth century to the middle of the twentieth century.

• Contribute toward preliminary research that will inform the production of two journal articles on the birth of Australian history and the will to colonise; and the leveraging of aesthetic constructions cast onto Aboriginal people.

• This research will contribute toward the formation of an ARC Indigenous Discovery Grant 2023 application.

Suitable for:

An undergraduate student who is preferably at least in their third year of study and has a primary concentration within the humanities. First Nations peoples or individuals from backgrounds that are underrepresented within the discipline of history are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Primary Supervisor:

 

Dr Maxwell John Brierty

 

Further info:

Students interested in applying are welcome to contact Dr Maxwell John Brierty . 

Past Projects

2019 - 2020

2018 - 2019

2016 - 2017

2015 - 2016

 

The UQ Winter Research Scholarship Program provides students with an opportunity to gain research experience working alongside some of the University's leading academics and researchers.

Each year the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry offers research placement opportunities for students through the UQ Winter Research Scholarship Program.

Applications will open for the Winter Research Program 2021 on Monday, 22 March 2021 and will close 11.59pm on Sunday, 18 April 2021.

Participation is open to students with some background in our School's disciplines: Classics and Ancient History, Studies in Religion, Philosophy or History.  Below is the list of projects on offer.

Current Projects

2021

1. Project title: Modern Marks on Ancient Artefacts

Project duration: 5 weeks - 21 June to 23 July 2021

Expected hours per week: 20 hours/week

This project contributes to ongoing research at the RD Milns Antiquities Museum into the various modern marks that appear on its collection of ancient artefacts. These marks include museum accession numbers, private collection identification numbers, handwritten labels and notes, export tags, and residues from these markings.

These modern marks are part of the story of these ancient artefacts, and can be linked to complex concepts in modern museums including provenance, identification, colonialism, looting, ethics, and collection management.

Winter Scholars will work with the Manager/Curator of the Museum to survey the antiquities museum collection for different kinds of these marks, document them, research the associated history of different marks, and update the museum collection database accordingly. This ongoing work will contribute to a public database of these marks to aid other museums around the world in researching the history of their collections.

Expected outcomes and deliverables

  • Develop Research Skills
  • Experience the operations of a small university museum
  • Develop knowledge in the areas of provenance research and museum documentation
  • Develop database and other specialist software skills
  • Contribute to a planned future exhibition of the Antiquities Museum
  • Contribute to a planned online database of the project’s findings.

Suitable for

  • Advanced Undergraduate or postgraduate students in the areas of:
  • Ancient History
  • Archaeology
  • Museum Studies
  • Art History
Supervisor
James Donaldson
Manager/Curator
R D Milns Antiquities Museum
07 3365 7490
 
Further information
Students should contact the supervisor prior to applying to discuss their application

2. Project Title: The Ethics of Climate Change Education

Project duration: 4 weeks - 21 June 2021 - 16 July 2021

Expected hours per week: 20 hours/week

Climate change is a complex and pressing problem which requires multiple solutions from all areas of human inquiry. For education, climate change raises not only problems of how to teach students about climate change effectively and accurately according to the latest science, but also how to teach students about climate change ethically. Climate change itself, and certainly the solutions to it raise a myriad of ethical challenges that can be hard to navigate, especially for those who lack ethical training. The project seeks to explore and address the challenges that teachers face. 

Expected outcomes and deliverables

The student will produce a literature review and a paper to be submitted for publication on the ethics of climate change education aimed at advancing the debate surrounding teacher training in relation to climate change and environmental education more broadly.

Suitable for

Students with background and interest in climate change, ethics or education. 

Supervisor

Dr Simone Thornton

Lecturer in Philosophy

Further information

Students should contact the supervisor prior to applying to discuss their application

 

Past Projects

2020

Fuzzy Logics for Graded Reasoning in Applied Contexts

2018-2019

Experiential Learning and Multicultural Citizenship