Research Projects - 2008


Culturalisation and Globalisation: Advancing Cultural Research in Sweden and Australia

Blue shapes of countries connected by curved lines and above a layer of binary code.Researchers: Professor David Rowe, Johan Fornas, Associate Professor Brett Neilson, Professor Kay Anderson
Partner/Funding: The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (opens in a new window)
Period: 2008-2012
Project webpage: Culturalisation and Globalisation: Advancing Cultural Research in Sweden and Australia

Researchers from the Institute for Culture and Society and the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden at Link√∂ping University, Sweden, are investigating the interfaces of culturalisation and globalisation. This research is funded by the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education under its Institutional Grants Program for the total amount of 1,600,000 SEK....Read more.

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Digital Storytelling: Urban Narratives of Migration and Sustainability of Community Media in Western Sydney

Researchers: Dr Juan Francisco Salazar, Associate Professor Hart Cohen
Partners: Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), Fairfield City Council (opens in a new window)
Funding:
University of Western Sydney Sustainability Research Initiatives Grant
Period: 2008

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Hot Science, Global Citizens: The Agency of the Museum Sector in Climate Change Debates

Researchers: Dr Fiona Cameron, Professor Bob Hodge, Associate Professor Brett Neilson, Dr Juan Francisco Salazar, Jan Conroy, David Karoly, S. Chan, Carolyn Meehan, Lynda Kelly, Graham Durant, Wayne LaBar, Richard Sandell
Partners: Powerhouse Museum (opens in a new window), Museum Victoria (opens in a new window), Australian Museum, Questacon (opens in a new window), Liberty Science Center (opens in a new window)(USA)
Funding: Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Linkage Project
Period: 2008-2010
Website: Hot Science - Global Citizens (opens in a new window)

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Reassessing Multicultural Education

Researchers: Dr Megan Watkins, Associate Professor Greg Noble
Partner: NSW Department of Education (opens in a new window)
Period: 2008-2010
Project webpage: Reassessing Multicultural Education

This project explores approaches to multicultural education in NSW government schools. It has become clear that multicultural education is in something of a crisis in Australia, and across the world. Some of the assumptions made about cultural diversity that formed the basis of multicultural education programs in the 1970s may no longer be appropriate. Diversity has become more diverse, shaped by intergenerational change, intermarriage and the different ways ethnic groups have accepted or rejected other cultural practices and beliefs. Students may claim three or four different cultural and linguistic heritages, and this makes it difficult to know what these students need, and how to provide it....Read more.

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Struggling for Possession: The Control and Use of Online Media Sport

A brown rugby ball sitting on top of a white keyboard.Researchers: Professor David Rowe, Brett Hutchins
Funding: Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Discovery Project
Period: 2008-2011
Project webpage: Struggling for Possession: The Control and Use of Online Media Sport

This project is exploring media ownership and sports coverage using digital outlets. Sport is immensely popular in many media forms, and has been dominated by broadcast television for over three decades. But when sport coverage is presented online, who owns it and who has a right to access it? Recent disputes over ownership of online sport content demonstrate its pivotal role in both media and sport development. Many questions regarding private ownership by media companies, and citizens' rights to access sport in new media environments, are still to be effectively answered....Read more.

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"Sweet Tonic" - Qualitative Research Proposal

Researcher: Elaine Lally
Partners: Campbelltown Arts Centre, Musica Viva Australia (opens in a new window)
Period: 2008
Project webpage: "Sweet Tonic" - Qualitative Research Proposal

This project explores the health and well-being benefits for participation in musical activities for older Australians. As Australia ages and demand for health and aging services grows, it is vital that the cultural sector engages with older citizens and their concerns. The "Sweet Tonic: Music for Life" program of singing workshops, delivered by Musica Viva Australia in participation with Campbelltown Arts Centre and the Australia Council for the Arts, is one such program. It aims to show that participation in singing and music training has demonstrable health and well-being benefits. This research project will study the "Sweet Tonic" workshops and attempt to identify the positive physical, mental, social and cultural outcomes of the "Sweet Tonic" music-based community cultural development initiative....Read more.

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The City After Dark: The Governance and Lived Experience of Urban Night-Time Culture

A shadow of a man in a dark street.Researchers: Professor David Rowe, Professor Deborah Stevenson, Professor Stephen Tomsen
Funding: Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Discovery Project
Period: 2008-2011
Project webpage: The City after Dark: The Governance and Lived Experience of Urban Night-Time Culture

The stimulation of a night-time economy can deliver great cultural, social and economic benefits to Australian cities, or result in social disruption and disputation, assaults, and serious injuries that drain criminal justice and health resources. The promotion and regulation of the city at night is amongst the most important issues facing communities, private enterprise and governments around the globe....Read more.

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Young Aboriginal Men, Informal Learning and the 'New Economy' in Redfern, Waterloo

Researcher: Dr George Morgan
Partner/ Funding: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (opens in a new window)(AIATSIS)
Period: 2008-2009
Project webpage: Young Aboriginal Men, Informal Learning and the 'New Economy' in Redfern, Waterloo

This project is looking at whether informal training programs for young indigenous men can lead to the development of skills suitable for employment. Many young indigenous men in the Redfern Waterloo area in Sydney lack formal job qualifications and have grown up in households characterised by long-term unemployment. They have not developed the vocational ambitions and work habits required to build careers and they have little enthusiasm for post-school formal education, having often been alienated from the competitive world of work and education in the past....Read more.

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