Bright futures: collaborative research opportunities through the Monash Arts Faculty

Advance your organisation’s goals and contribute towards your future success by joining with us to advance research excellence in the humanities and social sciences. Recent Australian Research Council (ARC) funding success at the Monash Arts Faculty demonstrates the excellence in collaborative research opportunities supported by our University. 

Research success by the Monash Arts Faculty

The Monash University Arts Faculty is pleased to announce a large number of successful and outstanding Australian Research Council (ARC) funding applications in 2013. As a result of these achievements, Monash Arts researchers have exciting plans to conduct research that will have a major social, cultural, economic and political impact.

ARC funding awarded within Monash Arts includes 10 successful ARC Discovery Projects, 1 Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA), 1 Future Fellowship and 2 Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRAs). Further, with the Monash Arts Faculty as the Administering Organisation (AO), there were an additional 7 grants that were accrued in the recent ARC results.

Up by nearly 20% in it’s overall ARC success rate since the 2011-12 funding round, Monash Arts is now firmly established as a hub of research excellence in the social sciences and humanities.

Research priorities with impact at Monash

Monash Arts is firmly represented within the University’s newly established four research priority areas which aim to bring together academic excellence through cross-disciplinary research collaboration. These areas link Monash to the Australian Government’s Strategic Research Priorities.

Recent Discovery Project ARC wins under each of the four priority areas below demonstrate the success of cross-discipline collaboration at Monash in advancing research excellence. These projects are due to commence in 2014.

Liveable Places and Sustainable Environments engages our researchers in the investigation of issues surround the global challenges of climate change and creating sustainable environments and more liveable cities and communities for future generations.

  • Extratropical Cyclones and their Associated Precipitation:  Understanding, Model Evaluation, and Future ProjectionsDr Jennifer Catto

Understanding Cultures promotes understandings of past, present and future cultural and social forces, and considers new and evolving forms of global citizenship. 

Resilient and Inclusive Societies research promotes resilient and inclusive communities at home and abroad to achieve greater social, mental and physical well being for the community.

Peace Security and Borders research works to advance our understanding of the sources of conflict, violence and harm at local, regional and international levels. 

  • Preventing Mass Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Conflict and Non-Conflict Countries, Prof Jacqui True
  • The Exploitation of unlawful migrant labour : crime, labour and regulationDr Marie Segrave (DECRA)

  • Rethinking the Victim: Gendered Violence in Australian Women’s WritingA/Prof Anne R Brewster (UNSW)

Join in the Monash Arts Faculty collaborative research success

Interested in partnering with us to extend the impact of what we do? 

We are seeking collaborative opportunities from industry, government and community groups who are mutually interested in supporting and contributing to the advancement of research excellence. We understand and support collaboration with stakeholders to strengthen and benefit research impact.  

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Brain injury research: Monash leading the way

acquired brain injuryAs reported in The Age, Monash researchers including Dr Anna Eriksson, are recipients of a grant to examine the experience of those with acquired brain injury in the Victorian criminal justice system, particularly  in Victorian prisons.



It has been recognised that there is a higher percentage of acquired brain injury amongst Victorian prisoners than the rate within the general community (42 per cent of men and 33 percent of women; compared to 2 percent in the general community), yet little is known about diagnosis and specialise support provided within and outside the prison system.

Criminology’s Anna Eriksson, together with Gaye Lansdell (Law) and Bernadette Saunders (Social Work) are leading this research. It will be conducted in 2014 as part of a suite of research projects seeking to ultimately identify how best to support those with acquired brain injury in the community and avoid contact with the criminal justice system.

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Staff Development 2014 – statistics and research

Staff Development is running training programs for SPSS (Statistical Package on Social Sciences), NVivo (qualitative data analysis package) and a suite of Research Skills workshops.

These workshops and training programs would be of benefit to researchers and staff in the faculty.

Research Skills workshops and training.

“There is increasing pressure on staff and students to produce good quality research within tight timelines. Many lack the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to do this effectively. This series of courses covers a variety of aspects of the research process that impact on the quality of research. These are designed for both students and staff wishing to improve their research skills in a supportive, non-threatening atmosphere.”

Read more about research skills.

Statistical Packages workshops

SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) is a powerful, but user friendly program for analysing data. 

AMOS is widely used in Structural equation modelling or SEM which is a multivariate statistical approach which incorporates the elements of factor analysis, path analysis and regression. 

NVivo has been designed for qualitative researchers working with rich text-based or multimedia information, and made to help organise and analyse non-numerical or unstructured data.

Read more about statistical package workshops.

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PR and Communications Internship with Haystac

Gain some valuable work-experience in the area of media and communication with a leading marketing communications agency based in Melbourne.

Haystac is a PR and marketing communications agency dedicated to delivering unique, breakthrough solutions. Their experienced team consists of energetic, innovative thinkers across a comprehensive set of disciplines.  In Australia, public relations covers a multitude of communications requirements, all needing a unique and innovative approach. Haystac has the people with the experience and genuine expertise to deliver.


Intern with the Haystac Consumer Brands PR team – 3 Places

Brief description

Assist the Haystac Consumer Brands PR team to execute PR campaigns for brands such as Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, Chadstone, Clarke Rubber, Snooze, Australia Post, and Schweppes.


 Task-based internship, Project report

Role of Student


Est. Commencement and conclusion dates

  • Place 1: 5th -30th May
  • Place 2: 2nd June – 4th July
  • Place 3: 7th July – 1st August

Minimum 3 days per week with full-time prefered during semester break


1. The students should meet the eligibility criteria to enrol in ATS3129 Arts Internship unit (completed 96 CP and have a distinction average). Check with Arts Student services if you have room in your degree for this 12 CP unit.

2. Undergraduate students from the following Areas of Study are eligible and can count this internship against their major:

Application process:

Please submit an updated resume along with a cover letter outlining how the project fits in with your major by Sunday, 27th April 2014 to

Shortlisted candidates shall be invited for an interview.

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PROV Internships – Aboriginal History and WW1 projects

Public Record Office Victoria is the archives of the State Government of Victoria. They hold approximately 100kms of records from the mid 1830s to today, which we manage for use by the Government and people of Victoria.

The Collection includes memories of events and decisions great and small that have shaped the history of the Colony and State of Victoria, as well as records of immigration and shipping, criminal trials and prisons, premiers and governors, royal commissions, boards of inquiry, wills and probates and more.

Currently there are two projects for students to take up over the Winter Semester as part of Arts Internship ATS3129.

Project 1 (2 places)


Koorie Records Unit – Improving Access to Aboriginal Records Project

Brief description

This project involves undertaking research into various thematic subjects focussing on Aboriginal history utilising the archival collection to improve access for researchers. 

 It is expected that each research guide will include:

  • an exploration/overview of the historical context of the topic (legislation, regulations)
  • identification of records relevant to the topic
  • a selection of digitised records as required, including appropriate description and citation

 Example topics/themes for selection include:

  • Aboriginal missions and reserves
  • Acts impacting on Aboriginal people
  • Fighting for country
  • Fighting for rights
  • Land
  • Language and culture
  • Massacres
  • Education

Upon completion the Intern should complete a reflection article for possible publication in PROV’s KRU Newsletter, or blog drawing on source document(s) or content from their research within the collection.

e.g. project report, literature review, discussion paper, information pamphlet

  • Research guides(s)
  • Article

Role of Student

With the guidance/support of the Koorie Records Unit the student will be expected to produce a research guide for publication on the PROV website. They will undertake independent research within the collection on a selected topic; produce a draft guide utilising templates; recommend records for digitisation.

Selection Criteria

Students should have a strong research interest in Aboriginal studies and/or history, ability to work with a degree of independence and have good time management.

Est. Commencement and conclusion dates

 June – July 2014

Project 2 (2 places)


Battle to Farm: WW1 Soldier Settlement in Victoria

Brief description

Assisting project by researching soldier settler families, gathering primary material for website display.

e.g. project report, literature review, discussion paper, information pamphlet

Project report and draft website content

Role of Student

Field work with community history groups

Selection Criteria

Students should have a strong research interest in History, Australian Studies, Anthropology or Sociology

Est. Commencement and conclusion dates

July – August 2014


1. The students should meet the eligibility criteria to enrol in ATS3129 Arts Internship unit (completed 96 CP and have a distinction average). Check with Arts Student services if you have room in your degree for this 12 CP unit.

2. Undergraduate students from the following Areas of Study are eligible and can count this internship against their major:

Application process:

Please submit an updated resume along with a cover letter outlining how the project fits in with your major by Sunday, 4th May 2014 to

Shortlisted candidates shall be invited for an interview.

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Arts and Creative Industries and the City: Sweden


Justin O’Connor will be giving two papers in Gothenburg and Stockholm in April.

On April 28, Professor Justin O’Connor will hold a seminar on cultural economy, cultural citizenship and the creative city in Frilagret in Göteborg.

“Since the 1980s cities have used art and culture to promote their image, regenerate older districts, attract tourists and creative professionals, and latterly, rolled into the creative industries as a new dynamic economic sector. There is no doubting the contribution all these approaches have made to the transformation of the urban landscape. But they have also provoked a growing crisis as to what exactly is the value of culture? Distinctions have been made between ‘intrinsic’ and ‘instrumental’ value; or different levels of cultural, social, economic and environmental ‘impact’; or even new kinds of ‘public value’ measures which use quasi-markets to valuate cultural assets of programs. A great many policy documents have used these and other models to try to ”fix” the value of culture for public policy.

This talk attempts to sidestep these debates by revisiting, first, the idea of cultural citizenship and second, that of cultural economy. I will suggest that these two ideas should not be separated into the socio-cultural and the economic but need to be combined in a new agenda for urban cultural policy.”

In Stockholm Justin will be presenting to a seminar organised by Konstnärsnämnden (The Swedish Arts Grants Committee).

It is 16 years since the UK Government launched their ‘creative industries’ agenda, in which the economic value of culture was to be inserted into the cognitive or creative economy. Culture, or creativity, or both were now to be part of the innovation system of post-industrial economies, a key source of competitive advantage against low wage manufacturing economies. 
The creative industries agenda has been routinely used and abused by the arts and cultural sector. For some it gets culture to the top table of policy, acknowledges the role of the non-subsidised sector in culture, and brings in the entrepreneurial energies of new actors with new technologies unencumbered by the elitism of the past. For others it has reduced culture to a purely instrumental role and cultural workers to human capital ‘input’ into an innovation system geared to endless commercialisation. 
In this talk I want, first, to review the idea of creative industries and how the arts and cultural sector was involved in its elaboration and promotion. Second, I want to suggest that the creative industries represented an attempt to remove the tensions, or even the distinctions, between ‘culture’ and ‘economy’ which were central to the earlier notion of ‘cultural industries’. Third I will argue that rather retreat the economic or re-assert the ‘intrinsic value’ of culture, a progressive approach needs to turn and face ‘the economic’ itself, to redefine what we mean by that ‘economic’. Finally, I will try to outline a new critical approach to the cultural economy which allows us to both to acknowledge the economic dimension of culture in a different register to mainstream economics, and to retrieve some of the aspirations of an earlier cultural industries moment in the context of a vastly different global landscape. 


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Photographs from 9 April Seminar: Securing Global Talent, A/Prof Nana Oishi

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A/Prof. Oishi, the University of Melbourne.

The Japanese Studies Centre was pleased to present this seminar in collaboration with MAI’s TransAsia Seminar Series.

Despite the rainy weather, there was a good number gathered to hear A/Professor Oishi’s paper on the occasion of her first visit to Monash and the JSC.

We thank her for her time and look forward to future collaborations !




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Koichi Iwabuchi, Nana Oishi, Shimako Iwasaki


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Hiroko Hashimoto, Jeremy Breaden, Robyn Spence-Brown


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Monash Warwick Alliance: Violence against Women Workshop

Under the auspices of the Monash Warwick Alliance, Professor Jacqui True (Monash), Dr Juanita Elias (Warwick) and Dr Nicola Pratt (Reader, Warwick).

Dr Nicola Pratt (Wrwick), Professor Rae Frances (Dean, Faculty of Arts, Monash), Dr Juanita Elias (Warwick), Professor Jacqui True (Monash).

Dr Nicola Pratt (Warwick), Professor Rae Frances (Dean, Faculty of Arts, Monash), Dr Juanita Elias (Warwick), Professor Jacqui True (Monash).

hosted a two day sponsored workshop (April 9-10) on new approaches to violence against women. Rethinking Violence Against Women- Comparative and Transnational Perspectives brought together key gender researchers including early career and doctoral researchers from the two institutions with two key objectives.

1) Explore the links between the gendered nature of structural inequalities and the forms of violence against women in three regional contexts (The Middle East and North Africa (MENA), South Asia and Southeast Asia),  and  

2) To develop an innovative theoretical approach to the study of VAW. 

Following the workshop, discussions about a collaborative research project are underway. 

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Borders are not a line, but a place

Detailing a recipe of a snack called Tostilocos or toothbrushes and toys left behind may not immediately bring to mind thoughts about the border. However, in a mix of striking images, stories from the mouths of migrants, and a myriad of details through podcasts and words which revolve around the Mexico/Us Border, a project evokes a broader picture of the border.

Borderland copyBorders are not a line, but a place, is the focus of National Public Radio’s series “Borderlands.” From a history of maps of this area to language spoken to a story of an Eritrean woman who traversed twelve countries to make it into the US, this project is both visually remarkable and full of innovative content for researchers and the public. Gathered over a 2,428 mile long road trip, this project included 22 podcasts, developed into 12 short stories, focusing on different aspects of the border. This site also details how many have vehicles and pedestrians have crossed the border, and how many people were detained during the time that the reader has been on the website.

Here at BOb, we found this website to be both inspiring and informative. Projects which focus on humanising the border experience and which detail the small realities of the borderlands can only help to encourage a human rights agenda in both the eyes of the public and policy makers.

Visit the site. Learn more about the project here.

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Video Production Internship

Excellent opportunity for students to intern at a Braeside based Production Company. They will experience the day to day working of the company and will have access to industry mentors.


Quatius - Derived from the words “Quality Technology”,Quatius was founded as an integrated manufacturer of Audiovisual and Computer electronics products. The company has experienced steady growth of the years which has created a stable platform from which to expand the business into various other segments such as online broadcasting.

The Cinavision platform provides a quick and easy broadcasting solution, allowing content to be accessed from the world wide web to your Smart devices, PC and Mac via your browser and only through Cinavision.


You would be required to produce some video content for example: a short film, interviews, promotional video, etc. The theme of the video should be related to university campus life.

For example:

  • Film and Screen studies students may produce a student experience video
  • Journalism students could produce a interview series with staff and students

Submit a one page project idea for the video content. This can also be a group project (maximum of 3 students).  Multiple projects maybe shortlisted and the students would have to complete the production.

The video will be uploaded on the company’s broadcasting channel and would be available online.

Students will receive credit for their work as part of Arts Internships ATS3129. The video will be considered as a significant part of the assessment for this unit.


1. The students should meet the eligibility criteria to enrol in ATS3129 Arts Internship unit (completed 96 CP and have a distinction average). Check with Arts Student services if you have room in your degree for this 12 CP unit.

2. Undergraduate students from the following Areas of Study are eligible and can count this internship against their major:

Duration: Students could complete this over Winter semester, Semester 2 or Summer A  2014.

Application process:

Please submit an updated resume along with a cover letter outlining the project idea for the video content by Sunday, 27th April 2014 to

For group submission all members should meet the eligibility criteria.

Shortlisted candidates shall be invited for an interview.

For queries contact : Mr Robin Chacko

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New Double Master Degree with Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan


Monash University and Kobe City University of Foreign Studies are pleased to announce a new double master in Interpreting and Translation studies.

The course will start in 2015. It will provide training for future translators and interpreters working in the English-Japanese pair, and will be taught by academics and professional translators and interpreters from both institutions. Students will also undertake practical training with industry partners, providing them with key contacts and excellent opportunities for their future career. Selected students will spend the first year of study in Australia, followed by a year in Japan. In Australia, they will complete theoretical and practical units on interpreting and translation and participate in a 160-hour internship program. In Japan, they will complete units from either a conference interpreting or media interpreting stream as well as further translation units. On completion of both programs students will be awarded two distinct Master’s degrees.

For further information on the double master Monash University-Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, please contact (Translation and Interpreting Studies) or (Japanese Studies).

For more information on Monash double master degrees in T&I, please click here

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Radio documentary based on Anzac Memories

ALBUM 68 FAMILY AND FARMHOUSEThe documentary “Searching for Hector Thomson” will be broadcast as a feature on ABC Radio National ‘Hindsight’ on Sunday 20 April at 1pm (and Thursday 24 April at 1pm).

It was scripted and narrated by Prof. Alistair Thomson for ABC producer Michelle Rayner.

The documentary in based on a chapter in the new edition of his book Anzac Memories. It’s about war’s lingering consequences, family secrets and healing histories, and how Repatriation files in the National Archives transform our understanding of the Great War and its impact.

After 20 April the program will be available as a podcast via the Hindsight website. Prof. Thomson has also produced this 3 minute digital history which tells a parallel women’s history ‘Finding Nell Thomson’.

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Open letter from Australian academics to PM: Closure of Manus Island and Nauru

Manus_Island_regional_processing_facility_2012_photo by DIACAn open letter calling for the immediate closure of Manus Island and Nauru offshore immigration detention centres addressed to Prime Minister Tony Abbot has garnered quite a buzz in the media, academic  circles and a mention by Senator Christine Milne in parliament recently.  Arguing in support of refugee rights, the letter advocates that offshore detention practices and claims determinations within Australia are fundamentally flawed. This letter demands that the Australia step up to its international legal obligations under the International Refugee Convention.

Written by academics for academics to sign, the letter has garnered signatures from over 1,278 academics representing all Australian universities to date. A number of academics from the Border Crossing Observatory have signed this letter in support.

Opening the topic of discussion with this exciting progress at the recent Academics and Advocates for Refugees meeting, set the tone for the lively and productive discussions which followed. Attended by a number of dedicated academics from several Melbourne universities and advocates from prominent local organisations, and led by Professor Philomena Murray who spearheaded the Letter from Academics to the Prime Minister, topics included the upcoming 13th of April Walk for Justice of Refugees, ideas for policy briefs on refugee and asylum seeker issues, and setting up an online public face of the group.

Want to join the mailing list and find a way to contribute? Email Prof. Murray at

Australian academics, read and sign the letter to support refugees.

To find out more about the Walk for Justice of Refugees, see the events page here.

Read Christine Milne’s mention of the letter

Photo credit: DIAC

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Competition: Australia and Italia / Foto and Photos

Australia & Italia // Foto & Photos is a photographic competition which aims to bring together visions of Italy and Australia, each seen from the other’s point of view.

There are two thematic categories in the competition, which can be freely interpreted:

  1. Italy through Australian eyes – images of Italy, open to individuals who hold Australian citizenship, an Australian permanent resident visa, or dual Australian-Italian citizenship.
  2. Australia through Italian eyes – images of Australia, open to individuals who hold Italian citizenship or dual Australian-Italian citizenship.

Organised by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Melbourne, the competition is open to professional and non-professional photographers living in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania at the time of submission.

The competition seeks to encourage dialogue about Italy and Australia by looking at how each sees the other, and through this dialogue, to encourage debate about cross-cultural communication and understanding.

Entry to the competition is free.

Individuals may submit a maximum total of three images.

The winning, highly commended and other selected images will be part of an official exhibition at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Melbourne.

Total prize money: $1000

Entries close 12:30pm on Friday 16 May 2014

For all the terms and conditions, FAQs and the entry form, please visit

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Congratulations PhD candidates

The MEEUC is very pleased to congratulate this month not one but two doctoral candidates on the award of their Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Alfonso Martinez Arranz researched a thesis titled “Promoting low-carbon technologies in the European Union” and Martin Obaya’s project was on “Technological trajectories in peripheral integration processes. The case of multinational companies in the MERCOSUR automotive space”.

Congratulations to both Alfonso and Martin for their excellent theses and for all their hard work throughout their candidatures.


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Monash graduate receives Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Nicholls, Emma_thumbRecent Arts graduate, Emma Nicholls has been awarded with prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. These highly competitive full-cost scholarships aim to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

Emma met the selection criteria by displaying ‘outstanding intellectual ability, leadership potential and showing a commitment to improving the lives of others’. In her application, Emma displayed a strong connection between her qualifications and aspirations and the postgraduate programme which she applied for.

Emma joins 94 other scholars from 27 countries who will spread across 45 departments and a range of Cambridge Colleges.

In 2013 Emma submitted her MA thesis on cultural history of silk in Renaissance Florence and this year co-directed the inaugural Australian Youth Humanities Forum.

Congratulations Emma and all of Monash wish you well in your doctoral studies.

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Gate Cambridge Scholarship

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Indian Elections 2014 What lies Beyond ?

Indian Elections 2014 What lies Beyond ?

Nirupama Subramanian- Senior Associate Editor, The Hindu

The election outcomes, their socio economic  implications and what lies in the future beyond elections is the topic of a special event jointly  organised by Centre Centre for Development  Economics and Sustainability (CDES), South Asia

Research Network (SARN) and Department of Economics at Monash University!

The event will be organised as a presentation by Ms Nirupama Subramanian, followed by an open discussion  and Q&As!

This is an open event. No RSVP required.

Kindly note the time and venue: 


Monday 07 April 2014

2:00PM – 4:00PM


Room 902, Bld 11 (Menzies), Clayton!


For more information/enquiries please contact Prof. Pushkar Maitra <> or Prof.  Sisira Jayasuriya <>.  


About the Presenter:

Ms Nirupama Subramanian is  Associate Editor at The Hindu

Newspaper in India, where she has  worked since 2000 . Ms  Subramanian is a writer on the

editorial board. Additionally, she also has news co-ordination. responsibilities, which involves management of news flow from the newspaper’s correspondents across the country. She is the author of “Sri Lanka: voices from a War Zone”, Penguin (2005)

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Transition Programs

Pal-Camp-11-300x200The Arts Transition Programs have kicked off with a bang in semester one. 

The PAL program commenced with the PAL camp at Lake Dewar Lodge, Myrniong  on the weekend of February 15-16.  The camp was a huge success and provided an opportunity for continuing members and new Ambassadors to undertake training on leadership skills, public speaking and mental health. On top of the formal training a lot of fun was had by all during the games and trivia nights.

PAL-Camp-3-300x200The First in the Family Network and PAL Program held it’s first movie night on Thursday, March 20.   The large turn up enjoyed a fun night of pizza and a viewing of the Pixar animated movie Up.

The annual Dinner with the Dean for the First in Family members also took place on Tuesday, March 20 at Taste Baguette.  This was a great opportunity for the First in the Family students to meet and talk with our Dean of Arts, Professor Rae Frances.   The students were given the opportunity to hear about the Dean’s role and background, and share their aspirations for the future.

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Access Monash Program

Access-Monash-223x300In 2014 the Office of the Associate Dean (Education) will be running three series of workshops under the “Access Monash” program, for Secondary School students in under-represented areas.

The workshops will involve academic staff presenting topics that the students are currently studying in their school classes, with the idea of showing them how their current studies can lead to further academic studies.  

The first series will be held in June of the theme of “Australian Indigenous Civil Rights since the 1960s”. Two full day workshops will be held for Year 10 students.
Later in the year workshops will be held for Year 8 students on the themes of “Medieval times” and “Natural Disasters”. Staff from a number of schools will be involved in presenting sessions on how different areas look at the same issues differently.
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Call for Papers – “Asian Cultural and Media Studies Now” International Conference

Call for papers

Asian Cultural and Media Studies Now  International Conference

Asian Cultural & Media Studies Research Cluster, Monash Asia Institute

Thu 6- Fri 7 Nov 2014   (Proposals due no later than 12 May)

The Asian Cultural & Media Studies Research Cluster of the Monash Asia Institute, Monash University will host an international conference, ‘Asian Cultural and Media Studies Now’ at Monash University, Caulfield campus in Melbourne on 6 and 7 November 2014.

The conference aims to critically revisit some of the key issues in the study of Asian culture, media and communications, which have been developed rapidly over the last twenty years, to discuss what kinds of new approaches and scholarly frameworks are required in the current socio-historical context. The conference will focus on four key areas of investigation, whose historical significance and transgressive potential requires reassessment in light of the advancement of market-driven processes of globalization and intensifying socio-economic disparity:
1) Alternative modernities and de-Westernization
2) Trans-Asian connections, dialogue and unevenness
3) Cultural convergence, citizenship and socio-cultural diversity
4) Mobility, imagined communities and cosmopolitanism
We are inviting proposals for paper presentations on these issues, although proposals that are in other ways relevant to the topic of Asian Cultural and Media Studies Now will also be considered.

The conference format will be discussion-oriented and all speakers will give a concise talk of the main points for 10-15 minutes. Speakers are not expected to present complete papers but to raise key theoretical questions with related empirical examination where relevant.

Please send your paper proposals (less than 300 words) with your affiliation details and e-mail address no later than 12 May to:
Please clearly put “Paper proposal for Asian Cultural and Media Studies Now” in the subject line. Acceptance of proposals will be notified in mid-June.

Please kindly be advised that we will not be able to offer financial support for participants’ travel costs. There will be no registration fees for the conference.

We look very much forward to receiving your proposals!

Best regards,

Koichi Iwabuchi, Olivia Khoo & Dan Black 
(Conveners, Monash University, Australia)

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TRANS-ASIA Joint Seminar Series 2014 – Japanese Studies Centre with Monash Asia Institute

Securing Global Talent?: Highly Skilled Migration in Japan and Asia presented by Associate Professor Nana Oishi

 The competition for global talent has been becoming fierce in Asia as the region continues to experience strong economic growth. Many countries have been adopting special schemes to promote the immigration of professionals. This presentation will focus on Japan which has been adopting one of the most open policies on highly skilled migration, and yet has not been successful in attracting global talent. Why is it that its open policy has not been effective?  

Is the new “point system” going to improve the current situation? It will provide the overview of recent policy development on and the future challenges of highly skilled migration in Japan.

The second part of the presentation will shed light on the real voices of highly skilled migrants in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore, particularly those who have been going through multiple moves. Which factors are crucial for them when they choose their destinations? This part of the presentation will examine the underlying motivations of global talent, the institutional structures that facilitated their multiple migrations, and their rights issues. It will also pose some policy questions about the increasing “temporariness” of permanent residency and citizenship.

About the Speaker:

Nana Oishi is Associate Professor in Japanese Studies and the Deputy Director of Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne in 2013, she was Professor of Sociology at Sophia University in Tokyo. Dr. Oishi has been working on international migration and integration issues, and have served on various national advisory boards on Japan’s immigration policies. Her work includes Women in Motion: Globalization, State Policies, and Labor Migration in Asia (Stanford University Press 2005) and “The Limits of Immigration Policies: The Challenges of Highly-Skilled Migration in Japan” (American Behavioral Scientist, 2012). Her current research examines the multiple migrations of highly skilled professionals in Asia and the Pacific. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Sociology from Harvard University.

View Flyer  TransAsia Joint Seminar

 Wednesday 9 April,

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Japanese Studies Centre Auditorium

Building 54

Monash Clayton Campus

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Monash Asia Institute




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United Nations University Migration Network

Centering on evidence-based policymaking, the United Nations University Migration Network attempts to connect people across disciplines and nations to encourage new thought and research in the field of migration.

Encompassing over 200 publications, 37 research projects, the launch of the Network promises a to fill a need for policymakers and researchers about migration. Recent news and events around the topic of migration are also available, along with education programs which have migration as the focus.

 “Migration is a complex phenomenon, embracing myriad key issues both for individuals and for governments/society”, said UNU Rector Dr. David Malone. “The new UNU Migration Network offers a unique opportunity for UNU scholars to address the interlinked dimensions of international migration and its positive role through collaborative, interdisciplinary research.”

Organizations currently involved range from institutes of health in Indonesia to environment and human security in Germany. This sort of global and interdisciplinary focus is integral in modern research to understanding the full picture of migration, especially as the number of people on the move continues to rise. Looking to the statistics, the number of international migrants grew by about 3.6 million last year, making a network like this essential. Explore it here.

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The Border Crossings Observatory

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Two decades on, what remains of Kurt Cobain?

Even if he wasn’t your bag, Cobain’s afterlife will have caught your attention. Erich Ferdinand

Even if he wasn’t your bag, Cobain’s afterlife will have caught your attention. Erich Ferdinand

By Catherine Strong

A few years ago a student of mine turned up to class wearing a T-shirt that had Kurt Cobain’s suicide note printed on it. I recognised it straight away – I suspect many people around my age spent a period of their youth examining that document looking for answers that would never come. The student, on the other hand, didn’t actually know what it was she had on; she just thought it was a nice design.

Death is often thought of as our final destination but, in the case of dead celebrities, it can be the starting point of hundreds of new stories as the memory of the person and their image are fought over, given new meanings and put to new uses.



That even something as intensely personal and important as a suicide note could be reduced to someone else’s fashion statement shows the strange places this process can take us, and also sometimes makes it difficult to not feel somewhat cynical about it.

In the lead up to the 20th anniversary of his death this week (April 5), it would be easy to bemoan the ways Cobain seems to have been gradually hollowed out and pressed further and further into a generic form, interchangeable with any number of other dead rock stars.

The way references to the 27 Club are thrown around in the media whenever another young musician dies (even if they aren’t exactly 27) and the way the similarities between the members of this group – Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse among others – are emphasised, and their differences downplayed, shows one way in which this interchangeability happens. 

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We can also see this occurring in some of the strange uses this cardboard cut-out version of Cobain is put to. He turned up recently in an advertisement for beer and has in the past also been spotted in shoe commercials.

In both cases, Cobain is simply one example in a line-up of dead icons – the beer ad also features Elvis and John Lennon, and the shoe ads repurpose Sid Vicious and Joey Ramone to sell their wares.

In this way, Cobain’s name and image can be swapped out for a whole variety of other people in these sorts of contexts without the conveyed meaning changing at all.

It would also be easy to concentrate on how we have recently seen the final steps in the incorporation of Cobain’s band Nirvana into the conventional rock ‘n’ roll canon – and indeed the civic establishment – in a way that once would have been very difficult to imagine.

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Nicolas Vadilonga
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On April 10, Nirvana will be officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at the same time as acts such as Hall and Oates and Linda Ronstadt (and, to be fair, harder acts like Kiss as well).

This gesture sees the band completely embraced by the mainstream of rock they once declared themselves against. When Nevermind (1991) knocked Michael Jackson off the top of the US charts it was seen as the symbolic destruction of the old order of music by something new and exciting, but now both acts sit happily in the Hall together. 

A fan lights a candle a decade ago, on the 10th anniversary of Cobain’s death. Barry Sweet/EPA

A fan lights a candle a decade ago, on the 10th anniversary of Cobain’s death. Barry Sweet/EPA

More recently, we have also seen the towns of Aberdeen(where Cobain was born and grew up – and which he was not complimentary towards) and nearby Hoquiam (where Cobain briefly lived before relocating to Seattle) competing to be the town to represent Nirvana.

On Cobain’s birthday in February this year, Aberdeen had its first Kurt Cobain Day, while on April 10 Hoquiam will mark Nirvana Day. That the anti-social, drug-addicted Cobain can now be used as a marker of civic pride is another example of the many meanings associated with him now that wouldn’t have been considered during his life.

Such events are, of course, not simply markers of pride but are based around the fact there’s money to be made from dead rock stars. Increasingly, entire tourism industries are being built up on the remains of the famous deceased. Aberdeen’s mayor recognised this when he said of Kurt Cobain Day that: 

Kurt Cobain lunch box. James Song

Kurt Cobain lunch box. James Song

None of this is to say Cobain’s image has been completely coopted by commercial forces. There are still plenty of voices that protest these representations, including fans, music journalists and people who knew Cobain. They point to the knowledge we have about the living, breathing man to argue for ways of remembering him that seem more true to who he was.

Many of the news reports of the events and ads discussed above are critical of the way these representations of Cobain just didn’t get it right.



But attempts like these to push back against “incorrect” representations of Cobain rely on a different set of well-used stories centred around “authenticity” in art. The notion of Cobain as a tortured soul ultimately destroyed by the same commercial forces that are now still using him to make money is in many ways an image as two-dimensional as the figure that is being used to sell beer. 

To blithely assume “he wouldn’t have wanted it this way” ignores both the reality of a Cobain who during his life actively pursued his goal of making it in the music industry and the tendency for once anti-commercial artists to change their tune as they age (see Bob Dylan’s recent Super Bowl ad.

Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, Cobain’s bandmates, are both turning up for Nirvana’s induction into the Hall of Fame, and given that they were all part of the anti-establishment ethos of grunge together it’s not crazy to suggest Cobain would have done the same.

Andrew Becraft

Andrew Becraft

The many Kurt Cobains that now circulate serve a purpose for the groups that use them, whether it be to make money, give people a sense of pride in their town, or to maintain an identity as a fan of rebellious music.

Twenty years after Cobain stopped being able to have a say himself there are more ways to think about him – and more arguments about these – than there ever were during his lifetime.

This article originally appeared in The Conversation. See the original article

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Collaborations between Monash School of Media, Film and Journalism and department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG) at Gothenburg University, Sweden

Professor Monika Djerf-Pierre is the Head of Research at the department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG) at Gothenburg University, Sweden. JMG and the School of Media, Film and Journalism (MFJ) have similar teaching and research goals. 

This seminar is an opportunity to hear about the research priorities at JMG and to discuss potential future collaborations.

 JMG is a research-intensive school and works closely with the Society, Opinion and Media institute (SOM). This research institute has conducted longitudinal audience research in the Scandinavian countries since 1986 and all of its data is now available online in English. Needless to say, this database is a publically available treasure trove for researchers.

Professor Monika Djerf-Pierre is an adjunct professor with MFJ 2014-2016.

 Dr Johan Lidberg will introduce Professor Djerf-Pierre and briefly outline the planned collaborations with JMG to date.

 Speakers 1:   Professor Monika Djerf-Pierre received her PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication at University of Gothenburg in 1996. Her research areas include: journalism (environmental journalism, journalism history, political journalism, gender and journalism), public service broadcasting, political communication, the sociology of journalism, media management, crisis communication, and gender and the media.Professor Djerf-Pierre has sole and co-authored more than 60 research texts 

 Speakers 2: Dr Johan Lidberg’s main research area is Freedom of Information and its impact on journalistic practice.  His research projects have laid the foundation for the first International Freedom of Information Index, ranking a number of FOI regimes according to how well they work in practice.  He was consulted by the federal government during the reform process of federal FOI in Australia and contributed to a senate hearing on the new legislation.

 His second research area is the accountability system governing the media industry. Based on his research he was recently invited to co-edit a themed issue of the Pacific Journalism Review on rebuilding trust in journalism.

MFJ Seminar Series-

Date:   Monday 7th April 2014    Time: 1‐2pm

Venue: Bld H Room HB.39    Caulfield Campus


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Graduate Tourism Program students participate in ITB Berlin

Students in the Master of Tourism and Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management programs recently spent a week in Berlin, Germany, as part of their ‘international industry engagement program”. Each student received a $500 travel grant from Monash Abroad to attend the symposium.

ITB Berlin Entrance

ITB Berlin entrance

“Being around passionate knowledgeable people”

Monash students at the ITB UNWTO stand

Monash students at the ITB UNWTO stand

“My experience attending ITB Berlin was incredible. Being around such passionate, knowledgeable people gave me a more in-depth, expansive and realistic view of the global industry. I was able to interact with people I’d never have otherwise met and hopefully made connections that will set me on the path to my goals. It’s an experience not to be missed.” – Ms Peyton Hinson, Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management (MISTM) student from the USA. “The opportunity to network with some of the world’s leading tourism entrepreneurs, leaders and policy makers including the United Nation’s World Tourism Organisation, was a career defining moment for me.” – Mr Peter Clay, Master of Tourism Student, Australia Students attended seminars on the latest trends and topics such as;

  • the continued growth of the industry (from 1 billion travellers in 2012 to 1.8 billion in 2030),
  • the major issues surrounding sustainable industry development,
  • the growth of corporate social responsibility within the sector and the latest strategies in social media marketing.

In addition students heard from industry experts in the fields of media management and destination marketing and were hosted by Tourism Australia at the Australia stand.

“A study tour with great learning and career opportunities”

“This study tour is a great opportunity for our students to hear about the latest trends in the industry as well as to gain an understanding of the global dimensions of the sector. A key theme this year has been the role of tourism as a tool for development in emerging economies. Students also have the opportunity to interact directly with their potential future employers” – Program coordinator Dr Jeff Jarvis.

Ms Jo Devine, UNWTO

Ms Jo Devine, UNWTO

The group also had the opportunity to hear from Alumna, Ms Jo Devine from the United Nations on her work on the UNWTO Silk Road Tourism development strategy. Prior to joining UNWTO, Jo worked in international destination marketing for Tourism Queensland – Australia, based in the UK. She also worked for local government in regional tourism development on the Great Ocean Road, Australia and spent time in Estonia conducting field research for the Estonian Tourism Board.

The opportunity to attend the world’s largest industry symposium and trade fair.

ITB Phillipines

An industry stand in the Asia Pacific hall of ITB

The Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin (ITB Berlin) is the world’s largest industry trade fair and symposium. The trade fair was attended by over 110,000 industry delegates and 189 nations were represented. From the ITB website: “As the Leading Travel Industry Think Tank the convention addresses the most important issues in the global tourism industry and presents solutions and best practice examples for current and future challenges. Exclusive empirical studies, expert panelists and innovative concepts offered indispensable insights into the major trends of the global tourism industry.”

Find out more about the Graduate Tourism programs at Monash

The Master of Tourism at Monash University, founded in 1989, recognises that the current era of rapid global change is increasing demands for highly skilled managers in the international tourism industry and associated industries. Find out more:

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Writers and Their World Seminar Series

The Writers and Their World Seminar Series is run by the HDR Program in Creative Writing, as part of the Literary and Cultural Studies Graduate Research Program. Audio and video of the papers presented in this series may be downloaded below.

Creativity in Science and Creative Writing

Professor Ed Byrne, AO
Monday 10th March, 2014

The nature of creativity in science and in the creative arts has been much discussed. Many scientists and prominent doctors are adept musicians. Some of the great writers in English have a medical background. Keats was a medical students at Guys hospital, Somerset Maughan famously gained many of his insights as a medical student in London. The creative impulse which leads to great science has many parallels with that which underpins creative writing. In this talk I will draw out the parallels between creation in science and literature and talk about my personal experience in both worlds.

Professor Ed Byrne became Vice Chancellor and President of Monash University on 6 July 2009. He began his career in Adelaide after graduating with first class honours from the University of Tasmania in 1974. He was made Neurology Registrar at Royal Adelaide Hospital in 1978. In 1983, he was appointed Director of Neurology at St Vincent’s Hospital and Professor Clinical Neurology at the University of Melbourne in 1992.

Professor Byrne was a founding director of the Melbourne Neuromuscular Research Institute and the Centre for Neuroscience in 1993. He was also made Professor of Experimental Neurology at the University of Melbourne in 2001. He first came to Monash University as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, a role he held from 2003 until 2007. Professor Byrne was then appointed the Vice Provost (Health) at University College London (UCL). He held that position until becoming the eighth Vice Chancellor at Monash University.

The University of Melbourne awarded him a Doctor of Science, a higher degree conferred in recognition of a demonstrated record of research excellence. He completed a Masters of Business Administration in 2005. Professor Byrne was admitted as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 and a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2014.

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Literature in the Age of Tourism: Cross-Cultural Experience in Novels by Julian Barnes, Murray Bail, Yasmine Gooneratne, and Jamaica Kincaid

Professor Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp
Monday 17th March 2014

Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp

Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp

Tourism, a cultural practice familiar to all of us, grounds on the construction of difference; even more so, it is based on the marketable myths of authenticity and exoticism – which the practice of tourism again debunks: the local or the foreign are manipulated in order to meet the demands of an international consumer public. The texts chosen for this paper all focus on tourism and address precisely the questions of reality and representation, of concepts of self and the other. They do not belong to travel writing; on the contrary, they question the claim to referentiality and documentation which is integral to travel writing. Instead, they share a marked skepticism about the possibility of experiencing otherness at all, at the same time that they question the stability of cultural origins. With that they raise questions about the nature or even possibility of cross-cultural experience. “Travel broadens the mind”, is a well-known saying. The texts I will discuss claim that it doesn’t.

Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp is Professor of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at the University of Bonn, Germany. Her main research interests are postcolonial studies and eighteenth-century British literature and culture in a comparative, European perspective. She is the author of Die verordnete Kultur: Stereotypien der australischen Literaturkritik (1990) – a study of the history of literary criticism in Australia – and Die Kunst der Kritik: zum Zusammenhang von Ethik und Ästhetik bei Shaftesbury (2000). She has edited/co-edited essay collections on cultural transfer in eighteenth-century Europe, on Europe and Turkey in the Eighteenth Century (2011) and most recently on Drink in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Pickering & Chatto 2014) as well as an anthology of Contemporary Indian Short Stories (2006). She has published articles on various aspects of eighteenth-century culture and on postcolonial theory and literatures, among them some 15 articles on Australian literature and culture. She serves on the board of the German Association for Australian Studies (GASt) and was a founding member of the European Association for Australian Studies (EASA).

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