HDR Summer School

Summer School is an opportunity for Faculty of Arts and Education Higher Degree by Research candidates to immerse themselves in a rich research environment.

20-22 February 2015

Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus


Writing Workshop

18-19 February 2015

Deakin Light Cube

About Summer School

About Summer School 2015

Summer school is an opportunity for Faculty of Arts and Education Higher Degree by Research candidates to immerse themselves in a rich research environment from Friday morning until Sunday lunch time.

Each summer school participant will be asked to give an two minute, informal, oral presentation of their work to the relevant school groups. Only late phase candidates will be invited to reply to the call for papers to undertake a 20 minute presentation.

The poster session is open to all candidates to showcase their work, please consider this as an alternative to a formal presentation. A poster presentation provides a forum to share your work with the colleagues who are most interested in your field of research. You can download tips for assisting with your poster presentation. (PDF, 149.9 KB)

Candidates must sign up for workshops at the time of registration.

Summer School participants can commence building their own eportfolio and social media presence by creating a 3 minute video about their research. Adam Brown from Media Studies will film informal conversations with any students who are interested in learning how to communicate their research topic in an accessible way. No prior preparation is needed. This is not as intimidating as it sounds! If you are interested, please email Rea Dennis to book a time.

Program Information

The final program is now available. Copies of the program will be available on the first day of summer school.

Keynote speakers

Keynote speaker

David Pledger


David Pledger 

An Artist's Guide to the Re:search Universe

As an artist whose practice has been the subject of consistent inquiry from researchers working across live performance, visual arts and media art, David Pledger turns the blowtorch on himself in his doctoral research. A hallmark of his approach is the construction of an expansive dramaturgy that works across artistic disciplines, cultures and sectors requiring the creation of new language that accommodates their differences and intersections. In this keynote he will unpack some of his processes and thinking in regard to particular projects and the role research has played in their realisation. Inherent in this is the tension between the role of research in artistic practice and the practice of research in scholarship.

David graduated from Monash University, Melbourne with a BA (Politics, Cinema) and an MA (Asian Studies). He is also a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA, Acting). He has twice held the position of Visiting Lecturer at the Korean National University of Arts (1994, 1997) and, in 2002, developed a whole-of-college interdisciplinary program for the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2008 David was invited to present an Alfred Deakin Innovation Lecture on the relationship between art, sport and science.

He is currently a member of the Research Unit in Public Cultures at Melbourne University and is undertaking doctoral studies at the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University, Melbourne.

A contemporary artist widely exhibited in Australia, Asia and Europe, David's work is notable for building new artworks that integrate movement, image, sound and word and for engaging publics in productive and provocative ways. His documentaries, media art, live performances, installations and interactive artworks have been presented in theatres, galleries, museums, a car-park, a stables, a cattleyard, a suburban house, a film studio and at the Australian Institute of Sport. He has developed a cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral dramaturgy in which a central platform is engaging with artists across artforms and experts from social, scientific and academic fields. His practice interests include the body, the digital realm and public space and his thematic interests are the politics of power, sport, suburbia and landscape. In 1995, he co-founded not yet it's difficult (NYID), one of Australia's leading interdisciplinary arts companies.

A recipient of the Sydney Myer Performing Arts Award and the Kenneth Myer Performing Arts Medal for his work as director, actor and teacher of live performance, his direction and design have received multiple nominations in theatre, dance and opera from the Victorian Green Room Awards. As a writer, he has been commissioned by Sydney Opera House, Playbox Theatre Centre, Theatreworks, Circe Films, SBS Independent, cinemedia and recognised by the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards (Drama) and the Australian Writers Guild (New Media Writing). He has received fellowships from Churchill Memorial Trust, Australia-Korea Foundation and Asialink and received numerous production grants from local, state, federal and international arts agencies for his production, touring, residency and pedagogy.

His current projects include transporting a boat from Darwin to Melbourne by road; mapping brainwave activity in durational running; creating a new performance language with the body as a musical axis and establishing surfing as a performing art.

Guest speakers

Dr Deb Waterhouse-Watson

'There and Back Again': A Non-Hobbit's PhD tale of survival, reach, and visibility'

What happens after the PhD? How do you 'survive' and then succeed after it's all over? The answer to these questions can be influenced in important ways by what happens during candidature – what you do now. Drawing on experiences as a lecturer, supervisor, researcher and PhD candidate, this presentation provides practical advice covering issues such as: supervision changes and difficulties; coping with post-PhD depression (PPhDD); how to connect and engage with other researchers and the community; making yourself 'visible', both online and off; developing a compelling Curriculum Vitae to help make your job applications compelling in highly competitive environments.

Associate Professor Helen Gardner

'Lost in the PhD void'.

An invitation for students to contribute and share their shameful secrets, their study tactics, their struggles with the imposter syndrome and what to do when cleaning the oven seems more important than finishing that chapter. I will consider the problem of the never-ending thesis, the danger of writing the 'best thesis ever', the long struggle of the middle year and the best means of tackling the writing up period



Special rates have been negotiated for Deakin Summer School participants with the Mercure Hotel in Geelong. You must contact the Geelong Mercure directly and you must confirm the rate when booking using the promotion code provided by the Faculty office.

The Quality Hotel Bayside (formerly the Chifley Hotel) located on the beachfront is also an easy walk to Deakin and has reasonably priced accommodation. Other accommodation options are available online.

As always, please book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment.

Workshops and Reading Groups

Workshops / Reading Groups

There are multiple reading groups covering a range of different interests which will accommodate all participants in small working groups. Each reading group has a theme and a short reading or readings that all participants are expected to have read! Each reading group is repeated so candidates will participate in two groups. Dare to stretch yourself into areas you are unfamiliar with.

Allocations to both workshops and reading groups will be on a first come first serve basis. Full session will be removed from options available at registration. You will find a full listing online once registrations are open. It is expected that all Summer School attendees participate in the reading groups.



Call for Expressions of Interest in Presenting: Presentations for 2015 will be restricted to late phase candidates in the first instance and then candidates who have completed their data collection who are in a position to present (preliminary) findings. Among the criteria to be used in selecting presentations will be potential for the presentation to be advanced toward Journal publication.

Presenters will have 30 minutes - 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions.

Submissions should take the form of a 250 word abstract. Please include the Identification of a Journal that a fully prepared manuscript (emanating from the presentation) could be sent to.

Writing Workshop

Writing Workshop

This workshop will be at the Waterfront campus. There may be some preparation work required prior to the commencement of this workshop. Interested participants should register as part of the summer school online registration. Further information will be sent to those attending.



Robyn Ficnerski
HDR Officer
Faculty of Arts and Education
Deakin University
Locked Bag 20000
Geelong VIC 3220

Ph +61 3 522 72226
Email: robyn.ficnerski@deakin.edu.au or artsed-research@deakin.edu.au


Registration - now closed

All participants are required to complete registration form. Full outlines of workshops and reading groups are available by selecting the workshop tab at the top of the page.



Will only be processed prior to summer school for candidates who are arranging travel, ie airfares. The remainder will be processed as soon as possible after summer school. Reimbursement requests must be lodged on the TEMS system by 20 March 2015. You must upload the Summer School reimbursement (PDF, 529.9 KB) form with your receipts.

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