Projects for Summer 2012-2013

HPRC Summer Research Scholars 2012-2013
Some of the 2012-2013 Scholars: Johanna Qualmann, Louise Ryan,
Brittany Johansson, Peter Cross, Johannah Bevis, Katelyn Klemm,
Rebecca Lush, Olivia Nowland, Anna Temby.

Area: Classics and Ancient History
Project Title:
Olympic Athletes Ancient and Modern
Project Leader: Dr Tom Stevenson   Email:
Summer Research Scholar:  Brittany Johansson
This project is part of ongoing research into athletes who were successful at the ancient Olympic Games with a view to writing a history of changes in the profiles of victorious athletes over time. An attempt will also be made, in greater detail this year, to compare the experiences of some of the ancient athletes, and the nature of their achievements, with the experiences of selected modern Olympians.


Area: The RD Milns Antiquities Museum & The Centre for the Government of Queensland
Project Title:
The RD Milns Antiquities Museum: The First 10 Years
Project Leaders:
Summer Research Scholars: Johanna Qualmann, Anna Temby
The RD Milns Antiquities Museum at The University of Queensland was established in 1963 as a teaching resource for the former Department of Classics. The Museum remains integral to the Discipline of Classics and Ancient History within the School. It holds significant collections that promote and support the study of the classical civilizations of Greece, Rome, Egypt and Western Asia within the University community and for the broader general public.
In 2013 The RD Milns Antiquities Museum will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. In preparation for this event, the two Summer Research Scholars will help research the history of the Museum from 1963-1973 and will work collaboratively to:
  • undertake archival and artefact research in the Antiquities Museum and amongst other relevant archives;
  • conduct oral interviews of donors, former academics and museum staff;
  • write reports documenting their research findings as a basis for a proposed booklet on the history of the Museum and collection to be published in 2013.
The Project is supervised by Dr Janette McWilliam (Classics) and Dr Geoff Ginn (History). Expertise, research advice and technical support will also be provided by staff from The RD Milns Antiquities Museum and the UQ Centre for the Government of Queensland.


Area: The Centre for the Government of Queensland
Project Title:
Oral History Project
Project Leader: Dr Danielle Miller   Email:
Summer Research Scholars: Johannah Bevis, Peter Cross, Louise Ryan
The Summer Research Scholars will be working on a new stage of the Queensland Speaks oral history project examining the trade union movement in Queensland. Scholars will write briefing notes on potential interviewees, formulate interview questions for upcoming interviews, and conduct at least one recorded interview. They will also have the opportunity to listen to completed interviews and produce interview summaries and short biographies of interviewees to be used on the website. Additionally, the Scholars will work with a staff member to produce a short article which they will present to an academic audience. Their papers will then be eligible for inclusion on the Queensland Speaks website.


Area: History
Project Title:
Personal stories, perilous crossings: multicultural colonial Queensland
Project Leader:
Sue Hutley (QSA) 
Summer Research Scholars: Tess Cohen, Katelyn Klemm, Daniel McKay
History Summer Research Scholars 2012-2013The Summer Research Scholars (pictured right: Daniel McKay, Tess Cohen and Katelyn Klemm) will work on an historical project jointly coordinated by Dr Dolly MacKinnon and industry partner Sue Hutley (Director, Collections and Access, Queensland State Archives) researching personal stories of involuntary and voluntary migration to Queensland between 1824 and 1860 using the extensive Queensland State Archives collections. The research outcomes will take the form of personal narratives that form part of QSA’s digitisation of archival resources project in the areas of migration and multiculturalism made available on the QSA website.


Area: History 
Project Title:
African Americans and the Pacific War, 1941-1945
Project Leader: Associate Professor Chris Dixon   Email: 
Summer Research Scholar: Rebecca Lush
This project will provide the first comprehensive examination of African Americans in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. After analysing black Americans' preconceptions of the Pacific – a region considered both primitive and exotic – it will consider African Americans' wartime experiences, examining the complex interplay between national identity, a racially segregated military culture, and the possibilities of transnational racial advancement, as black Americans contemplated not just their own oppression, but also that of the colonised people of the Pacific. The Summer Research Scholar will work with a number of public sources – newspapers, memoirs, etc – to learn more about African Americans' perceptions of the vast Pacific region and its peoples. This project will provide our Scholar not only an opportunity to engage in some important and valuable primary source research, and learn more about the historians' craft, but also to develop research skills that can be relevant across a number of areas.


Area: Studies in Religion 
Project Title:
Waterways in South East Queensland: Social and Sacred Dimensions
Project Leader: Dr Sylvie Shaw   Email: 
Summer Research Scholar: Olivia Nowland
The Summer Research Scholar will work with Dr Sylvie Shaw on the development of the literature review which will form part of the report for an ARC Linkage project Monitoring and evaluating Moreton Bay and its catchments as a social-ecological system. This project focuses on people’s values of and experiences with waterways across South East Queensland, including the catchments, creeks and rivers, and Moreton Bay and islands. Its eventual goal is the development of an ongoing monitoring and evaluation program for the Moreton Bay Marine Park, a marine sanctuary that is threatened by its proximity to Brisbane, by marine degradation, and by nutrient runoff from upstream areas.
The literature review will target studies on waterways. It will focus on social, spiritual and cultural values of watersheds, rivers and oceans, covering both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives. It may also be possible to participate in interviews with residents or observations of ways individuals use waterways across the region. Benefits of the project are both academic and practical. There is limited spiritual or socio-ecological research on people’s relationships not only towards Moreton Bay, and related rivers and catchments, but on waterways and marine areas generally in Australia. Adding detailed evidence of people’s perceptions, values and experiences of these areas adds to the academic study of ‘aquatic religion’ and water-place attachment, as well as establishing a human-environment profile of these unique and interconnected waterways.


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