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Postgraduate Research in the Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research

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Recent Centre Graduates with Director, Associate Professor JaneMaree Maher

Postgraduate research is a vital part of the Centre’s activities and postgraduate students are central to the intellectual life of the Centre. Research postgraduate students (Masters and PhD) are researching a range of key contemporary gender issues  in the social sciences and feminist cultural studies. The Centre also offers postgraduate coursework opportunities for interested students and we are happy to discuss your study needs with you. Our staff have significant research supervision expertise and individual staff are happy to talk with you about your topic.

 

Recently Graduated Students say

“Doing a Masters by research and coursework was like ‘killing two birds with one stone’. I got acquainted with emerging debates of the discipline and at the same time developed research experience in my area of interest. I have greatly benefited from the regular seminars, group discussions and cohort meetings which are always stimulating with the presence of professors and students with diverse research projects. My research project on motherhood experiences of women involved in armed conflict in Nepal has greatly benefited by supportive supervisors, who are familiar with international students’ issues. I highly recommend it to any international students who are looking for a great academic experience.”

Neeti Aryal Khanal, Master of Arts (Coursework and Research) 2010, Recipient of Australian Leadership Awards Scholarship(2008), Current position: Lecturer at the Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Tribhuvan University Nepal

 

 

 

 “My story so far with Women’s Studies at the CWSGR has been about OPTIONS. Options to travel for fieldwork, conferences and summer schools; to research creatively; to access guidance; to schedule my project; and to take ownership of my PhD work. I’ve felt a sense of freedom and growth, and have had control over my research in ways that would not have been possible without such options. The sense of being in a programme where your case is closely managed is also comforting. The PhD can feel like a juggling act, with many things to keep up in the air at the same time, but the CWSGR anticipates and breaks these demands down into manageable and doable tasks. The mentoring and supervision is attentive and, best of all, intuitive. I have benefited from a rigorous research culture that is kept in place by a diverse student body and a caring and supportive staff.”

Roshani Shermal Wijewardene, PhD (Women’s Studies) 2011, Recipient of Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2007)

 

 

 

Centre Alumnae 

Dr Kim Tofoletti completed her PhD thesis, Cartographies of the Posthuman in 2004. She currently convenes the Gender Studies program at DeakinUniversity.

“Undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the CWSGR opened me up to new and fresh ways of thinking about the world we live in. I was immediately hooked. One of the best aspects of this course was its interdisciplinary nature, which introduced me to critical theory, cultural studies and visual culture frameworks to approach gender issues. The staff provided a supportive learning environment to explore questions of gender difference and equipped me with the relevant knowledges, requisite skills and personal confidence to apply feminist theories to current day concerns and issues. During my PhD I was encouraged to pursue my own research interests in the visual representation of gender, technology and posthuman bodies—research which has now been published as a book.”

Dr Jennifer Mitchell, PhD 2008

Jennifer is currently lecturing in Literature at Trinity College, University of Melbourne, in the Foundation Studies Program for international students. Her role involves teaching poetry, short stories, novels and Shakespearean drama; developing the English language skills of international students preparing to enter the Australian University system.