Research Projects - 2011

Decolonising the Human: Towards a Postcolonial Ecology

A side view of the human brain within the shape of a person - illustration.Researcher: Professor Kay Anderson
Funding: Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Discovery Project
Period: 2011-2013
Project webpage: Decolonising the Human: Towards a Postcolonial Ecology

Do you think you're human? This project interrogates how the notion of mind has come to shape western attitudes about what it means to be human. Focusing on the notorious head measuring practices of colonial times, it provokes a rethinking of our cherished claim of being privileged among other life forms.

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Everyday Geopolitics: Nationalist Subjectivities and ANZAC Thanatourism

Red poppies on an ANZAC memorial.Researcher: Dr Emma Waterton
Funding: UWS International Research Initiatives Scheme
Period: 2011-2012
Project webpage: Everyday Geopolitics: Nationalist Subjectivities and ANZAC Thanatourism

This project explores the affective experiences of memorial visitors using methodological innovations that can open up collective experiences of place and related intensities of affect. The research questions are both theoretical and methodological: First, how are affective spaces of thanatourism produced via specific practices, materials and relations? Second, how do we best capture this affective dimension?...Read more.

Homicide and the Night-Time Economy

A group of people at a bar - one is raising their drink for a toast.Researchers: Professor Stephen Tomsen , Jason Payne
Funding: Criminology Research Council (opens in a new window)
Period: 2011-2013
Project webpage: Homicide and the Night-Time Economy

This project is examining the prevalence, locations and trends in homicide linked to commercial night-time leisure, problematic drinking and drug use. Recent research has focused on levels of violence and crime and its links with public socialising at night. Assaults peak on weekend nights and follow the rhythms of night socialising, in the direct confines of the night-time economy or by indirect relation to it. These crimes include serious confrontational violence in and around licensed premises, and those with a 'spill' on to other after dark locations that include public transport, street and domestic settings....Read more.

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Intergenerational Attitudes to Cyber-Safety and Social Networking: A Living Lab

Researchers: Dr Amanda Third, Dr Philippa Collin, Natalie Bolzan, Ingrid Richardson, Lucas Walsh, Kitty Rahilly
Funding: Google Australia Pty Ltd (opens in a new window)
Period: 2011

Museum, Field, Metropolis, Colony: Practices of Social Governance

Michel Leiris typing the first report on the Dakar-Djibouti Mission, 13 May 1932. � 2011. Mus�e du quai Branly/Scala, Florence.Researchers: Professor Tony Bennett , Dr Fiona Cameron, Professor Nélia Dias (opens in a new window), Dr Ben Dibley, Dr Ira Jacknis, Dr Rodney Harrison (opens in a new window), Dr Conal McCarthy (opens in a new window)
Funding: Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Discovery Project
Period: 2011-2014
Project webpage: Museum, Field, Metropolis, Colony: Practices of Social Governance
» Fact sheet (opens in a new window)(PDF, 203KB)

This project studies early twentieth-century museums in Australia, Europe, North America, and New Zealand. Examining the relations between anthropological fieldwork, collections and social governance in colonial and metropolitan settings it highlights the roles of museums in culturally diverse societies....Read more.

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NSW Healthy Children Initiative: Social Marketing to Young People

Researchers: Dr Philippa Collin, Suzan Burton, Kathy Tannous, Ann Dadich
Funding: Health Administration Corporation
Period: 2011-2012 (phase 1)

Rethinking Multiculturalism/Reassessing Multicultural Education

A group of young children in school uniforms standing together.Researchers: Dr Megan Watkins , Associate Professor Greg Noble, Kevin Dunn, Nell Lynes, Amanda Bourke, Robyn Mamouney
Funding: Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Linkage Project
Period: 2011-2013
Website: Rethinking Multiculturalism/Reassessing Multicultural Education (opens in a new window)
» Fact sheet (opens in a new window)(PDF, 94KB)

This project aims to shed light on the challenges posed by increasing cultural complexity in schools and their communities. It is examining approaches to multiculturalism in NSW government schools in urban and rural areas and how these link to the role of education in promoting social inclusion. The project explores the relation between perceptions of difference that shape teaching practice and the rationales of multicultural programs through an analysis of policy discourse, a statewide survey of teachers and focus groups with teachers, parents and students. These will then inform professional learning for teachers and action research projects in schools developing innovative approaches to meeting the needs of culturally diverse communities and improving teacher knowledge.

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World War One Refugees in Austria-Hungary and the International Community, 1914-1923

A map showing Austria and Hungary.Researcher: Dr Julie Thorpe
Funding: Australian Research Council (opens in a new window), Discovery Project
Period: 2011-2013
Project webpage: World War One Refugees in Austria-Hungary and the International Community, 1914-1923

This project will examine how WWI refugee movements have contributed to the displacement of national communities and European states. The research is divided into two main parts: examining the situation in Austria-Hungary during WWI; and exploring how the League of Nations High Commission for Refugees assisted refugees with their resettlement after the war....Read more.

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Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre

A young man stands against a brick wall with his hands in his pockets. His face is not visible.Researchers: Dr Amanda Third , Dr Philippa Collin, Professor Bob Hodge
Funding: Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Period: 2011-2016
Website: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (opens in a new window)

The Cooperative Research Centre for Young People, Technology and Wellbeing (YAW-CRC) will conduct research to understand the role of online and networked media for improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 12 to 25. YAW-CRC brings together young people with researchers, practitioners and innovators from 63 organisations, from across the not-for- profit, academic, government and corporate sectors to conduct research which helps us better understand how technologies can be used to ensure that all young Australians are safe, happy healthy and resilient.

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