Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Research (ICCR)

ICCR Program intro

 A Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Program

The Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Research (ICCR) HDR program offers a unique opportunity to explore new modes of research, as well as use traditional scholarly methods, to provide innovative insights into the different ways that cross-cultural relations, histories and public and applied humanities are constructed and represented.

Through its supportive environment the ICCR program encourages new modes of research while it also supports traditional scholarly methods of inquiry. The program is led by internationally renowned scholars from across the ANU Research School of Humanities and the Arts (RSHA).

A unique opportunity

We offer expert supervision within and across a range of disciplinary boundaries including but not limited to heritage and museum studies, digital humanities, public history, biography, visual anthropology, art history, musicology, literature, and the visual arts.

You will be encouraged to adopt an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective in your research. Expert advisers are available from across the university and a range of national cultural institutions located in Canberra including the National Museum of Australia, the National Library of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

By undertaking research in the ICCR program you will be able to take advantage of intellectual and multimedia collaborations and have opportunities to be involved in the production of exhibitions, colloquia and multimedia projects, as well as to undertake short, practical internships. The program provides unique opportunities for research training in the context of collaborative team research, in partnership with cultural institutions and industries.

    Off-campus study

    The program also caters for students who wish to be based off-campus. For Melbourne-based students regular seminars are held at ANU House. A program for Sydney-based students will commence in 2018-19.

    Supervision

    Supervision in the ICCR programme is available from academics across the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) and beyond. However, the ICCR is the core graduate programme for three of the university’s leading centres of research excellence in the humanities: the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, the Centre for Digital Humanities Research and the Humanities Research Centre.

    Research Centres

    Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies

    The Centre for Heritage & Museum Studies aims to promote and develop critical heritage and museum studies as an interdisciplinary area of academic analysis, and explore its intersections with memory studies and public history, as well as anthropology, archaeology and tourism studies. We want to stimulate new ways of thinking about and understanding the cultural and political phenomenon of ‘heritage’, and the way this interacts with cultural and public policy, management practices, cultural institutions and community and other grassroots expressions of identity, citizenship, nation and sense of place. A particular focus of research and teaching in the Centre is the interlinking of a range of social justice issues with expressions of material heritage and/or intangible heritage, and staff at the Centre are at the forefront of the Critical Heritage Studies movement. Our work has explored, amongst other issues, working with marginalised communities, social justice issues and social activism in museums, the commemorative and memorial practices of working class communities and the trade union movement, Aboriginal critiques of heritage, multiculturalism and museums. We aim to attract postgraduate research students who are interested in pushing the boundaries of what critical heritage, museum studies, memory studies and public history and studies of tourism can do. It is possible to include a creative component such as an exhibition in your project.

    Centre for Digital Humanities Research

    The Centre for Digital Humanities Research (CDHR) is a national hub of activity that includes researchers and developers with expertise in areas ranging from literature and art history to anthropology and web science. The CDHR’s recently-established Digital Humanities Lab provides students with access to cutting-edge technologies and methodological expertise that will enable and enhance the next generation of humanities researchers. Digital Humanities is a new and dynamic program at the ANU that supports students and researchers working with digital technology in a range of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. The ANU is one of only a few universities in the world to offer a PhD in Digital Humanities. Our PhD / Higher Degree by Research program offers unique opportunities to work with leading researchers in the field applying digital methods to cultural objects and analyses, while also allowing students to turn a critical eye upon the rapidly changing digital world in which we live. The CDHR welcomes HDR student projects that seek to apply digital methods to humanities disciplines and questions and also those that seek to critically engage with digital cultural objects from a humanistic perspective.

    Humanities Research Centre

    The Humanities Research Centre (HRC) was established in 1972 as a national and international centre for excellence in the humanities and for more than four decades has been a catalyst for innovative and interdisciplinary research. The HRC interprets the ‘humanities’ generously, recognising that new methods of theoretical enquiry have done much to break down the traditional distinction between the humanities and the social sciences, the humanities and the creative arts, and the humanities and the natural and technological sciences. Within the University, the HRC coordinates disciplinary and interdisciplinary strengths in literature, history, art, film, philosophy and intellectual history, music, languages, environmental and medical humanities, and indigenous heritage, art, and culture. The Centre encourages adventurous interdisciplinary and comparative work and welcomes HDR students across the humanities.

    Apply to the ICCR Program

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    Prior to preparing an application for admission, prospective students should contact the ICCR Convenor, Dr Kate Bowan and consult the CASS PhD and MPhil applications in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences page. The website provides detailed information to assist in the application process and proposal preparation.

    For applicants interested in incorporating a creative component into their thesis, such as an exhibition or digital work the ANU offers the Thesis by Creative Works. This is developed in conjunction with the potential supervisor.

    HDR Coursework requirements

    All ICCR candidates commencing a PhD or MPhil are required to complete 24 units of coursework.

    The course HUMN 9001 Interdisciplinary Humanities Research: Theories and Skills is required for ICCR candidates. The remaining 18 units are to be agreed upon with the supervisory panel. HUMN9001 is based on a participatory learning model and features guest seminar leaders drawn from among the RHSA’s faculty members, fellows and adjunct professors, as well as faculty located in other programmes across the University. It begins in mid-April and will run for approximately 7 weeks.

    First Year Conference

    The first-year HDR student conference, typically held in late August/early September, is the event when all first year ICCR students present their Thesis Proposal Review.

    Read Details of the Thesis Proposal Review and other key HDR milestones.

    Financial support

    Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarships are available for both domestic and international students. The deadline for international student applications is 31 August. Domestic students must apply for admission by 31 October. In addition to these, the ANU offers a range of other scholarships.

    Students are entitled to a fixed amount of funding to support their research. Funding may be used for fieldwork, to attend academic conferences and other presentations, or other research activities as approved. Applications should be developed in consultation with and approved by the principal supervisor. Amounts over an agreed figure must be approved by a Prescribed Authority within the School. Students should contact the relevant administrative staff within their centre or school for information on how to apply.

    Contact

    Dr Kate Bowan
    |HDR Convenor
    Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural program
    Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies
    School of Archaeology and Anthropology, RSHA, CASS
    T: +61 2 6125 4251
    E: kate.bowan@anu.edu.au

    Dr Lan Tran
    HDR Program and Student Coordinator
    School of Archaeology and Anthropology, RSHA, CASS
    T: +61 2 6125 4812
    E: lan.tran@anu.edu.au
    F: +61 2 6125 1285

    Supervision

    Given the broad nature of the program it is possible to select suitable supervisors from across the university. Advice on selecting prospective supervisors may be sought from the convenor. Possible supervisors include:

    • Dr Kate Bowan (cultural musicology, music and politics, intangible heritage, Australian music history, music and international relations)
    • Professor Will Christie (British and Irish literature, comparative literature, literary theory, biography)
    • Dr Alexandra Dellios (migrant cultural studies, Australian history, heritage and cultural conservation, oral history, memory studies)
    • Emeritus Professor Bill Gammage (Australian history, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History and Environmental Knowledge, Pacific history)
    • Dr Katrina Grant (digital art history, Baroque Art, set design and visual culture of theatre)
    • Dr Maya Haviland (social and cultural anthropology, museum studies, Pacific cultural studies, visual cultures, curatorial and related studies)
    • Dr Amanda Laugesen (US and Australian cultural and intellectual history, social and cultural history of war, history of the book, cultural studies)
    • Dr Melissa Lovell (social policy, political theory and political philosphy, race and ethnic relations, Australian government and politics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy)
    • Associate Professor Kylie Message (museum studies, cultural studies, social activism and protest movements)
    • Professor Desmond Manderson (law and society, cultural studies, poststructuralism, art theory and criticism)
    • Emeritus Professor Howard Morphy (studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander society, social and cultural anthropology, visual cultures, multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies, biography)
    • Dr Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller (digital humanities, museum studies, Web science, Middle Eastern and African history and languages)
    • Professor Paul Pickering (historical studies, British history, biography, public memory)
    • Dr Glenn Roe (digital humanities, literature in French, comparative literature, communication technology and digital media studies)
    • Professor Laurajane Smith (critical heritage studies, memory studies, politics of heritage)
    • Emeritus Professor Ken Taylor (cultural heritage management, landscape heritage)
    • Dr Caroline Turner (art history, Asian cultural studies, museum studies, multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies)
    • Dr Yujie Zhu (politics of heritage, cultural tourism, social memory, material culture, heritage and religion)

    For locating other possible supervisors see the ANU Researchers website.

    Current ICCR Research Students include:

    Andrews, Jilda. Encounters with cultural material in museum collections: an Indigenous perspective.

    Browne, Kieran. Computing Culture: a humanities approach to artificial neural networks.

    Bullock, Veronica. Weaving a wicked discourse: the (mis)framing of Australian Government heritage and sustainability policy.

    Catt, Emily. Cultural diplomacy in the Keating years: Asian Australian dialogues and the visual arts.

    Chiu, Tzu Yu. Museum as a public sphere: exploring the potential of the City Museum.

    Edelstein, Ian. Interrogating myths, misconceptions and propaganda in South African history. A radical re-appraisal of the Sharpeville Massacre and the legacy of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe using theatre and virtual history as constructs.

    Findlay, Gavin. Theatre as ecosystem: combining tangible and intangible heritage through a digital humanities approach to the Splinters Theatre archive.

    Harris, Shelini. Religious proselytism and its promotion by the human rights regime as an impediment to emancipatory struggles.

    Kinsman, Martha. Separate but Equal: The rise and demise of the Australian TAFE Teachers Association (TAFETA), 1964-1992.

    Lamb, Karina. Objects can speak: Indigenous language and the object in Australian and New Zealand museums.

    Liew, Martha. The emergence of a new public art in China from 1990 to 2012.

    Macnicol, Douglas. A cultural history of violin pedagogy, ca 1780 – 1880.

    Menzies, Isa. Horses for discourses: the historic, cultural, and symbolic power of the horse in Australia.

    Neale, Jodi. Converging domains: An ethnographic biography of Doris Eaton.

    Parker, Laura. Police museums.

    Sturrock, Angela. Stopping the boats: the discursive legitimisation and normalisation of Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker policies.

    Past Topics

    The ICCR programme has graduated over 120 students. For a sense of the breadth and depth of the programme see the following list of past topics:

    Antoinette, Michelle Marie. Images that quiver: the in/visible geographies of 'Southeast Asian' contemporary art (2005).

    Burrows, Genna. The politics of Arabic script (2016).

    Carpenter, Eric. Footstepping to Federation (2016).

    Carty, John. Creating Country: Abstraction, economics and the social life of style in Balgo art (2011).

    Choo, Simon. Malaysian and Australian Food Identities: Migration, Tradition, authenticity and Change (2008).

    Close, Natalie. Hierarchies of a Japanese Community Festival (2018).

    Coghlan, Rachel. Imagined conservations: the powerful (and power-shifting) potential of museum participation (2018).

    Cook, Laura. The monarchy is more than the monarch: Australian perceptions of the public life of Edward, Prince of Wales, 1916-1936 (2016).

    Eggerking, Kitty. Landmarks: Reading the Gove Peninsula (2013).

    Jones, Ann. No Truck with the Chilean Junta!: Trade Union Internationalism, Australia and Britain 1973-1980.

    Dianne McGowan. Consuming the Devil’s Idols: (re)presenting Tibetan Art in the United States (2010).

    Massolo, C. A.. Living the heritage, not curating the past: A study of lirrgarn, agency & art in the Warmun Community (2016).

    McLachlan, Cameron. The Little Spark and the General Blaze: Speech, Narrative and Fact in James Boswell’s "Life of Johnson" (2016).

    McKenzie, Robyn. One continuous loop: making and meaning in the string figures of Yirrkala (2016).

    Plueckhahn, Rebekah. Musical Sociality: The Significance of Musical Engagement among the Mongolian Altai Urianghai (2014).

    Robertson, Christopher. From Ruskin to Aalto: Prophets with a Message (2017).

    Scollay, Moira. 'Homes for the People: The Peter Lalor Home Building Co-operative 1946 – 2004 (2010).

    Salvestro, Denise Yvonne. Printmaking by Yolngu artists of Northeast Arnhem Land: 'Another way of telling our stories' (2016).

    Zhang, Rouran. 'Value in Change': What do World Heritage Nominations Bring to Chinese World Heritage Sites? (2016).

     

    Support

    The ICCR program offers:

    • The opportunity to work with staff members, adjunct faculty, post-doctoral fellows and visiting academics – all with international reputations in a range of disciplines. The RSHA has very active Visiting Fellows and Conference programs, both of which attract significant numbers of international scholars annually.
    • Opportunities to present work-in-progress in a number of forms, including conferences, seminar series, and workshops.
    • Involvement in a structured programme of education in humanities research, including a specialised interdisciplinary theory and method course (HUMN9001), a first year conference and a thesis writing group.
    • Office space with computing facilities and access to state-of-the-art multimedia facilities.
    • Participation in occasional visiting scholars’ programs and master classes.
    • Access to some of the most extensive library and archival holdings in Australia and in some of the best cultural institutions in Australia including the National Library of Australia and specialist collections in the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, National Film and Sound Archives, the National Museum of Australia, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the Australian War Memorial and the National Archives of Australia.
    • Students are eligible for fieldwork support and scholarship holders receive an allowance for thesis preparation.

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