Three Future Fellowships for the School of Social Sciences

Last week the ARC announced its Future Fellowship outcomes.

Dr Leanne Weber, Professor Jacqui True, and Dr Julian Millie

In a tribute to the outstanding researchers housed in our School, three fellowships were awarded to Jacqui True, Politics and International RelationsLeanne Weber, Criminology and Julian Millie, Anthropology. Our congratulations to our colleagues, whose hard work and current and future contribution to key social and political issues has been recognised in these awards. Monash University received 10 fellowships in total, reflecting the competitiveness and significance of these awards. The three in our School, following those previously awarded to Professor Sharon Pickering and Associate Professor Anita Harris, are testament to the strength of Social Sciences at Monash and in our School. Professor True holds a copy of her award winning book, The Political Economy of Violence Against Women, while Dr Weber carries the book she co-wrote with Professor Sharon Pickering, Globalisation and Borders, winner of the 2013 Christine M. Alder Criminology Book Prize.

In particular, it is notable that Monash Criminology has now held two of the seven Fellowships awarded in that discipline in Australia (Sharon Pickering and Leanne Weber) and two of four DECRAs (Marie Segrave and Anna Eriksson). This record reflects the exceptional contributions of our Criminology colleagues to important questions of security, borders and forms of enforcement.

In Anthropology three of our current staff now hold ARC fellowships: Dr Millie joins Associate Professor Andrea Whittaker as a Future Fellow and Dr Antje Missbach holds a DECRA.

Project details

Professor Jacqui True, Politics and International Relations, School of Social Sciences

The Political Economy of PostConflict Violence against Women
Post-conflict and political transitions are major opportunities for advancing women’s rights and participation. Yet an apparent spike in sexual and gender-based violence against women hinders these opportunities once armed conflict is stabilised or regime change is achieved. This project seeks to explain the causes of that violence and its consequences for women’s economic and political participation in different environments. The research will compare post-conflict, political transition and non-conflict countries across two regions, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East and North Africa, examining the gender inequalities, regional patterns, and global forces that appear to heighten violence against women and hinder women’s participation.
Dr Leanne Weber, Criminology, School of Social Sciences

Globalisation and the policing of internal borders

In Australia, as elsewhere in the developed world, internal border policing is intensifying and diversifying as globalisation increases anxieties about inclusion and belonging. This research program will explore the construction of internal borders that are sometimes aimed at physically excluding unwanted populations from Australia, and at other times are designed to keep subordinate groups in their place. It will critically analyse three types of internal borders operating within Australia: structurally embedded borders that enforce the boundary between legal and illegal immigration status; socially constructed borders produced by the policing of public places that reinforce notions of entitlement and belonging; and borders created by new forms of welfare policing which differentiate responsible from irresponsible citizens. Through a series of situated case studies, the project will explore the role played by race, place and inequalities in citizenship in maintaining these boundaries and identify strategies for enhanced inclusiveness in the face of rapid global change. The academic contribution of the research will be to enhance the theorisation of the border and to integrate literatures on border control, post-colonialism, globalisation, social inclusion and citizenship.

Dr Julian Millie, Anthropology, School of Social Sciences
Deliberation and publicness in Indonesia’s regional Islamic spheres

New Islamic public spheres are emerging around the world, raising questions about their capacity to facilitate democratic outcomes. This project aims to establish the ways in which Indonesia’s Islamic public spheres facilitate deliberation. Recognising that most of Indonesia’s 210 million Muslims engage with Islam by listening rather than reading, it will study the forms in which preachers perceive Islamic publics from the pulpit, and the modes of belonging experienced by listeners in oratorical mediation. It will also compare the ways in which print media and oratory provide coverage of ongoing ethical and moral contests in Indonesian society. The project aims to establish how pious listening facilitates deliberation, and will create knowledge about democratic futures in Islamic Indonesia.