HDR Summer School 2015

20-22 February 2015

Deakin University
Geelong Waterfront Campus

Writing Workshop

18-19 February 2015

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.

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 abrown@deakin.edu.au to book a time.

Program Information

The draft program is now available, it will be updated as sessions are confirmed. Final copies of the program will be available on the first day of summer school.

Keynote speaker

David Pledger

David Pledger 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). In 2002 David developed a whole-of-college interdisciplinary program for the Victorian College of the Arts (2002). 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 on a research scholarship undertaking doctoral studies at the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University Melbourne.

A recipient of the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award and the Kenneth Myer Performing Arts Medal for his work as a director and actor. He was also recognised by the Victorian Green Room Awards for his work in theatre, dance and opera. As a writer, he has been commissioned by SBS, Sydney Opera House, Playbox Theatre, Circe Films and cinemedia, and recognised by the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards (his play Blowback was short-listed for the Louis Esson Prize for Drama) and Australian Writers Guild for New Media Writing (Eavesdrop). David is a recipient of Fellowships from the Churchill Memorial Trust and the Australia Korea Foundation and he has undertaken residencies at the Centre for Art and Media (ZKM) and the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre (Asialink)

David is alsothe founding artistic director of Not Yet It's Difficult, an interdisciplinary arts company. He built a cross-sectoral dramaturgy, enabling collaborations with sociologists, cultural theorists, scientists, computer programmers, media artists and performers. His practice interests include the body, the digital realm and public space and his thematic interests include the politics of power, sport, suburbia and landscape. His documentaries, media art, live performances, installations and interactive artworks have been presented in various locations including theatres, galleries, museums, a car-park, a stables, a cattleyard, a suburban house, a film studio and at the Australian Institute of Sport.


Guest speakers

Dr Deb WaterhouseWatson

Associate Professor Helen Gardner



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 accommodtion.Other accommodation options are available online.

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

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 particpate 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

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.

Registration - not yet open

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


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

Reimbursements 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 for with your receipts.



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