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.

19-21 February 2016

Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus


Writing Workshop

17-18 February 2016

Deakin Light Cube

About Summer School

About Summer School 2016

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 Adam Brown (adam.brown@deakin.edu.au)  to book a time.

Program Information

The final program is now available

Keynote speakers

Keynote speaker 

Dr Cordelia Fine 

Dr Cordelia Fine is an academic psychologist and writer.

Cordelia has been described as "that rare academic who's also an excellent writer" (Library Journal), a "cognitive neuroscientist with a sharp sense of humour and an intelligent sense of reality" (The Times), "a brilliant feminist critic of the neurosciences" (Times HES), "a science writer to watch"(Metro) and a Myth Busting Hero (CARE).

Cordelia's latest book, Delusions of Gender: How our minds, society, and neurosexism create difference was short-listed for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the Best Book of Ideas Prize 2011, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2010 and the biannual international cross-genre Warwick Prize 2013. Cordelia is a regular contributor to the popular media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Monthly and New Statesman. She also wrote the introduction for the Britannica Guide to the Brain.

Cordelia studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, followed by an M.Phil in Criminology at Cambridge University. She was awarded a Ph.D in Psychology from University College London. Between 2002 to 2011 she held research positions at Monash University, the Australian National University, then Macquarie University.

She is currently an ARC Future Fellow in Psychological Sciences and Associate Professor at the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne




When booking accommodation, it is preferable to stay in the Geelong Waterfront area for easy access to the Waterfront campus. You can claim the accommodation only by submitting a summer school reimbursement form post Summer School. There is a cap of $145 per night.  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 2016 will again 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 (17 & 18 February 2016)

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 is now open

All participants are required to complete a 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 Fraedom (University finance) system by 20 March 2016. You must upload the Summer School reimbursement (PDF, 529.9 KB) form with your receipts.

School Think Tank Sessions

Communication and Creative Arts

Thursday 18 February 2016
Waterfront Campus
2 to 5 pm (followed by BBQ 6 to 8 pm)  

1 -  Professional & Creative Writing (Patrick West): D4.203

2 - Visual Communication Design (Meghan Kelly): D4.204

3 - Photography (Anne Wilson): D4.208

4 -  Journalism and Public Relations (Lisa Waller & Kristin Demetrious): D2.04

5 - Literary Studies (Ann Vickery & Geoff Boucher): D2.05

6 - Visual Arts (Cameron Bishop): D3.206

7 - Dance and Drama (Rea Dennis, Yoni Prior & Shaun McLeod): D4.206 


Thursday 18 February 2016
Waterfront Campus
2 to 5 pm

Q & A session D2.211/D2.212

Humanities and Social Sciences - tba

Thursday 18 February 2016
Waterfront Campus
2 to 5 pm

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