HDR Summer School 2015

20-22 16 February 2015
Deakin University,
Geelong Waterfront Campus

 Waterfront Campus



11:30am - 1:00pm

Compelling, delightful, inspirational - rethinking presentation skills for academic contexts

Dr Antonia Pont

This workshop will encourage you to consider your approach to academic presentations, affirming that it is possible for both creativity and rigour to inform your communications at conferences and with your colleagues. An academic audience is no different to other audiences in so far as it is made up of people keen to hear about what you know. Learn how to approach the task of presenting with ease and enthusiasm, using qualities you already have to get your message across generously and memorably. Informative, informed, practical, and perhaps even entertaining. Bring your anxieties, bravado, general reluctance or megalomania.


Methodology one

Professor Deb Verhoeven

Evidently: New methodologies for humanities research.

"The humanities" encompasses a broad collection of disciplines with a loosely defined set of approaches to the discovery and creation of knowledge.

In recent years we have seen the expansion of humanities scholarship sometimes described as series of "turns". There's been the "spatial turn", the "material turn", the "linguistic turn", the "performative turn", the "computational turn", even the "neuro-scientific turn". Scholars in the humanities are now faced with an array of new methodological practices that both challenge and advance the field and which have given rise to emerging disciplines:

  • Digital humanities
  • Spatial humanities
  • New materialism
  • Object ontologies
  • Economies of the humanities
  • Algorithmic humanities

This workshop will explore some of the benefits of an expanded approach to humanities research

  • New materialism
  • Object ontologies
  • Economies of the humanities
  • Algorithmic humanities

This workshop will explore some of the benefits of an expanded approach to humanities research


Quantitative Research for Beginners

Dr Bonnie Yim and Dr Louise Paatsch

This is an introductory workshop on fundamental ideas of descriptive and inferential statistics. It is oriented towards participants with no or very little prior knowledge of statistics who intend to use it for the management, analysis and visualisation of quantitative data. It covers the basic concepts of statistics and test theory. The course will be held in a computer lab where SPSS and Excel will be installed on computers. Participants who wish to do the course’s exercises on their laptop should have SPSS and Excel installed.


Analysing the structure of arguments

Professor Stan van Hooft

How to identify the point that an author is arguing for and the steps in the argument the author is mounting. There will be discussion of the logical structure of successful arguments and also of the most common fallacies found in scholarly literature. The inverse of this analystic process is the constructive process of mounting an argument that is free of fallacies. This will be a practical workshop so bring pen and paper.


4:25pm - 5:30pm (all summer school participants)

Productive Roles: Managing the Student/Supervisor Dynamic

Dr Antonia Pont

The space within which students and supervisors meet is arguably a very public one – nestled within a large institution and involving clear differences in power, role and responsibility.
Taking up some of the provocative offerings of the thinker Richard Sennett and his work on public and private spheres, behaviour, expression and the idea of roles, this session will look at other ways to frame what happens in the public space of the supervisory relation.
Supervisors from Deakin across Arts and Education will engage in conversation with panel chair, Antonia Pont, to unpack some approaches to supervision, and to propose productive ways to inhabit this very particular 'friendly' but professional interaction.
Notions from Sennett will be used to spark discussion. Those interested can contact the panel organisers for references to readings.
This session will be part-presentation/part-panel discussion, with time allowed for audience participation and general conversation.


9:30am - 10:20am (all summer school participants)

Should I Be an Online Academic and is my Research YouTube-Worthy...?

Dr Adam Brown

Do you have your own blog? Are you on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Academia, LinkedIn, Vimeo, and all those others? Do you really need to be? This presentation will survey some of the ways in which - and reasons why - researchers might make use (or choose not to make use) of present day technological innovations. Informed by recent research into online persona and the firsthand experiences of several Early Career Researchers, the presentation combines reflections on the opportunities and potential risks of online media with practical advice on how some free and user-friendly applications can be used.

10:20am - 10:50am (all summer school participants)

An HDR Journey

An insight into the complexities of the HDR journey by a recent graduate (tba)


11:10am - 12:40pm

Rethinking Your Career

David Essex, Manager, Careers and Employment, Division of Student Life

This session will explore the essential ingredients of effective career planning. Covering both the theory of career planning and practical tips in navigating their careers participants will have the opportunity to review their current career plans and understand how to compete in the fluid labour market of the 21st Century.

David is currently the Manager of career and employment services at Deakin University, Australia. He has a cross-university role on developing career management skills and implementing effective WIL programs.  His team comprises 20 staff and collectively they serve the career needs of Deakin’s 44000 students including 13000 studying off-campus.

With a varied background in careers counselling and education management that has taken him from the cities and shires of northern England to the Australian tertiary sector, firstly at Monash and now at Deakin. David has a passion for helping individuals with effective accessible advice and services.  This has included, inner city communities, minority groups, people in remote areas and now the student community at Deakin. At both Monash and Deakin universities, David has specialised in career issues related to PhD candidates.


Writing for Short-Form Academic Publication

Dr Patrick West

Writing for academic publication can be a frustrating and exhausting experience. On top of writing your thesis and teaching, how can you find the time to construct a scholarly piece of work? Not only do many people find the time restrictions around writing a problem, but the act of ‘sitting down and starting it’ can sometimes seem to take forever! In this short workshop, I will draw on my experiences as a researcher over more than twenty years to provide you with some tips for starting that paper and working towards publication. We will discuss writing tactics, editors expectations and work on your own thesis to short-form academic publication project


Methodology two

Associate Professor Julianne Moss and Dr Shaun Rawolle

Theory and reading theoretical work in early stage research design

The workshop is designed for early stage post graduate researchers. In recent years questions of theory in social science research and it implications and complications for novice and experts have become key issues. In the RHD context supervisors lament the absence of depth, beginning educational researchers wonder and wander and get lost fearfully rather than cheerfully amidst social theory. Qualitative research in the social sciences can produce a rich palette, yet the hues utilised by the researchers are predominately black on white. The novice researcher is often reluctant to move beyond taken-for granted assumptions of how research works and can work. The workshop invites early stage researchers to consider which theories and methods can be put to work to undo and redo questions of ethics, identity, culture and change. In the workshop examples produced over the past decade of those who dare will be shared and analysed. Principally the examples draw from visuality and show how digital imagery, video and metaphor work readily assemble alongside the theories of Foucault, Deleuze and Bourdieu constructing a new imaginary for social science research


NVivo for Beginners

Associate Professor Damain Blake

This is a hands on workshop for beginners that looks at the concept of the NVivo. What is it? What does it do? How do you work with it?

Reading Groups

When registering please select your preferred reading group. Only two selections are available for each attendee. If your first two preferences are not available, you will be allocated to your next preference so it is important to select all groups in order of preference.

The readings for each reading group will be distributed prior to summer School. If you would like to access the readings at any time prior, please check the webpage to see if you group's readings are available.


TITLE: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Subjectivity
Rosalind Gill and Christina Scharff published an edited collection in 2011 entitled New Femininities: Postfeminism, neoliberalism and subjectivity. The book consists of twenty original essays situated in a moment of ‘rapid technological change, global interconnectedness and the growing cultural dominance of neoliberalism and postfeminism’. The essays attempt to ‘think through the ways in which experiences and representations of femininity are changing in the twenty-first century’. In this reading group we well explore some of these concepts and the kinds of analytic tools used by the authors to critically engage with the current moment by reading, discussing and analysing two chapters from this book.

Readings for group 1 are now available
Room/space - Gallery area of John Hay courtyard
Facilitator: Associate Professor Lyn Harrison

Group 2

TITLE: Hidden in plain sight: Using the public record as a rich source of research data
Gathering dust on the shelves of library and archives, or sitting unvisited on the internet, is a vast repository of data just waiting for researchers to make use of it. Ironically, the very fact that it is already publicly available often means that it is neglected. There is more street cred, perhaps, in fieldwork and seeking interviews: getting data which is hard. Whatever the reason, Australian scholarship is the poorer. There are some areas of inquiry which require fieldwork, of course, but there are others where the public record offers great advantages. Royal commissions and other public inquiries generate long reports and collect voluminous evidence. These make news at the time, but often get quickly forgotten – but for the scholar interested in the human condition there are riches to be mined: detailed evidence on police corruption, or behaviour during disasters, or deaths in custody.
In this session, we will explore how to find, access and use neglected public-record material for your research.

Readings for group 2 now available
Room/space - Gallery area of John Hay courtyard
Facilitator: Dr Richard Evans


TITLE: Cultural ‘authenticity’ - what is it and who has it?
The notion of ‘authenticity’ is meaningful in contemporary discourses about ‘culture’. What culture is, however, and what constitutes real or true or authentic culture is a complex question with tangible implications, both in terms of people’s experience of their own collective identity, and how they are engaged – denied or ignored – by a variety state institutions. In this reading group we consider two papers in which the notion of ‘cultural authenticity’ is critiqued: one considers the Embera people of Panama and other discusses the Celts of Europe

Readings for group 3 are now available
Room/space D2.211
Facilitator: Dr Tanya King

Group 4

TITLE: News media power and mediatisation
Couldry, Nick (2003). Media meta-capital: Extending the range of Bourdieu's field theory. Theory and Society 32, pp. 653-677
This article considers the question of media power in a broad sense – Couldry asks 'how are we to theorise the long-term impacts of media institutions on social theory?' This question is explored through French theorist Pierre Bourdieu's field theory, which Couldry argues provides a robust framework for considering how media power operates. This reading will be useful to researchers who are exploring how media impacts on other fields of social life, such as politics or education, as well as those who are looking at other research questions through the lens of Bourdieu's tradition of field-based research. The group will be led by Dr Lisa Waller, a senior lecturer in Journalism in the School of Communication and Creative Arts.

Readings for group 4 are now available
Room/space - D2.212
Facilitator: Dr Lisa Waller

Group 5

TITLE: Resisting dominant discourses: implications of indigenous, African feminist theory and methods for gender and education research
In an increasingly globalised world the notion of 'difference' appears to remain a major challenge for many communities and individuals. Despite the discourse that suggests difference is something that should be celebrated and embraced, the urge for 'McDonaldisation' seems to hang around as intractably as the Big Mac (TM). This appears to be particularly so with the discourses the surround the notion of feminism. Thus, in this forum, we will attempt to 'upsize' the ideas about what feminism might mean in a contemporary, global society. This forum will be of interest to anyone examining concepts about difference, inclusivity and identities

Readings for group 5 are now available
Room/space - D4.105
Facilitator: Dr Janet Moles

Group 6

TITLE: The forms of capital
This seminal paper introduces and discusses Pierre Bourdieu’s notion of capital, one of Bourdieu’s key ‘thinking tools’. The discussion of this chapter will be suitable for those who are just beginning to read Bourdieu (or who are struggling to start) as well as for those who have been working with Bourdieu for some time.

Readings for group 6 are now available

Room/space - D4.106
Facilitator: Dr Julie Rowlands


TITLE: Globlisation, identity, difference

The terms and conditions that define the ways that people define their identities are framed by deep seated and unequally empowered notions which define who-we-are and the relationships between ourselves and others within social contexts, The logic of identity and an-other identity which structures the ways that we have come to define ourselves has become more complex as the world has become increasingly globalised and seemingly fluid in its interactions
Of interest tin this session is the exploration of these identities we construct for others and the identities we construct for ourselves as a relationship between selves and others in- process ithin a context and to explore the consequences of this for commonplace understandings of identity and their critique. The session takes a a socio cultural approach represented in particular by a paper by Stuart Hall. I have also included papers by Zigmunt Bauman and Fazal Rizvi for your further reading.

Readings for group 7 are now available
Room/space - D4.107
Facilitator: Dr Ruth Arber


TITLE: Interviewing across the disciplines
This methodological reading group looks at how interviewing as a method is used in research fields as diverse as English, public health, and sociology. The readings will facilitate exploration of ways in which interviews can be designed to yield different kinds of data - not just accumulation of ‘facts’ but cultural discourses and ways of thinking that can be useful as a complement to other types of analysis in research projects within and across disciplines.

Readings for group 8 are now available
Room/space - D4.108
Facilitator: Dr Leonie Rutherford / Dr Karen Lane


TITLE: Ethnography, narrative and data
The reading group ‘Ethnography, narrative and data’ (as the name suggests) will explore how ethnography might be a useful tool for those looking to develop a 'fine grain understanding' of their data. The group will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of an ethnographic approach, how to represent data, the power of case studies and how 'stories' allow the reader to develop a potent insight into what Van Maanen calls a 'thick description' of everyday practice.

Readings for group 9 are now available
Room/space - D4.109
Facilitator: Dr Tony Chalkley

Group 10

TITLE: Race, Agency and Settler Colonialism: Recent Debates
In this group we will examine some of the recent debates among historians and other humanities scholars regarding the nature of settler colonialism and its consequences for humanities scholarship. Humanities scholarship across the disciplines has been deeply influenced, in the past 20 years, by the recognition of the enduring power of colonial structures in both the past and present life of settler colonies, identified as diversely as Northern Ireland, Siberia, the United States, Israel and Australia. This has had widespread implications for how Australian scholars have written about race (especially Whiteness), individual agency, government policy and humanitarianism in both historical and contemporary contexts. We will consider the influential theories of Patrick Wolfe, regarding the underlying logic of settler colonialism, as well as some recent critiques of this approach. 

Readings for group 10 not yet available
Room/space -
Facilitators: Dr Joanna Cruickshank



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