Projects for Summer 2013-2014

 
Area: The Centre for the Government of Queensland
Project Title:
Queensland Speaks
Project Leader:
Summer Research Scholar: 
Summer Research Scholars will work on a new stage of the Queensland Speaks oral history project examining the trade union movement in Queensland. Scholars will write briefing notes on 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 project website. Additionally, Scholars will work with a Centre staff member to produce a short article, with research based partly on interview evidence, which they will present at the conclusion of the summer semester. Their papers will then be eligible for inclusion on the Queensland Speaks website.
 
The Scholarships will commence in late November 2013 and run for approximately ten weeks, with a short break over the Christmas period. The Scholarship program begins with a week-long orientation training schedule, where Scholars will be provided with a background in Queensland political history, the construction of research projects, and digital and oral history. Academic historians, industrial relations experts and former and current unionists are expected to address Scholars in orientation sessions.
 
 
 
Area: Philosophy
Project Title:
A philosophical conception of ethical restoration after political violence and oppression
Project Leader:
Summer Research Scholar:
This project will cover Contemporary political ethics has to face the question of how to repair relations which have broken down after crimes, violence, and oppression. Using the work of European and feminist philosophers to examine historical and recent examples, this on-going project develops a philosophical account of ethical restoration through focusing on just punishment, forgiveness, and reconciliation, building trust, and atonement.
 
The Summer Scholar will develop a bibliography of recent works in the area, prepare summaries of the most important texts, and write a paper on one of the aspects of the project.
 
 
 
Area: Studies in Religion
Project Title:
Waterways, Values and Plastic Water Bottles
Project Leader:
Summer Research Scholar: 
The School is offering a Summer Scholarship for one student to work with the organisation Healthy Waterways on its waterway litter campaign. The campaign aims for a regional behaviour change to reduce waterway litter behaviour in South East Queensland (SEQ).
 
You will be helping Healthy Waterways’ campaign aimed at changing people’s behaviour about litter in SEQ. In particular, the campaign seeks to reduce the high incidence of plastics and plastic bottles ending up in local creeks, rivers and Moreton Bay.
 
Litter is the number one community concern about water quality in SEQ waterways but there is limited research in Australia on how to change people’s behaviours towards littering. 
 
Research conducted by The University of Queensland’s Moreton Bay Research Station in 2010 showed that up to 30% of turtle deaths in Moreton Bay are caused by the ingestion of plastic litter.
 
Scholarship research: Healthy Waterways is seeking support in the development of a research paper to guide their decision making around which waterway litter behaviour to target in its campaign. This will include research into the likely penetration, impact and probability of affecting people’s waterway litter behaviours.
 
Project coordination:  
  • The University of Queensland: Dr Sylvie Shaw and Dr Kathy Witt (School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry)
  • Healthy Waterways: Anna Costas and Rachel Nasplezes (Communication, Education and Motivation Program)
The Healthy Waterways Strategic Plan 2012-2022 highlights that one of the key strategic outcomes is to ‘inspire and support collective action amongst the general community’. This project targeting community behavioural change meets that important objective. 
 
 
 
Area: Classics and Ancient History
Project Title:
The Equestrian Order in the Roman Empire
Project Leader: Dr Caillan Davenport   Email: c.davenport@uq.edu.au
Summer Research Scholar: 
This project forms part of the research for Dr Davenport’s book on the equestrian order in Roman government and society. Over the summer, we will focus on the imperial period, from the reign of Augustus to the fourth century A.D., analysing the roles played by equestrians in the army, administration, religion, and cultural and social life. The major sources of evidence will be literary accounts (Tacitus, Suetonius, Pliny the Younger, Cassius Dio) and the inscriptional evidence. Inscriptions have been used to analyse government careers of equestrians, but there is much more that they can tell us about the identities, aspirations, and social concerns of the equites and their families.
 
The Summer Research Scholar’s duties will be two-fold:
1) To pursue their own independent research project on the equestrian order in the Roman imperial period (e.g. equites in the provinces, equites as priests, equites in the theatre, the life of an individual eques).
2) To act as a research assistant to Dr. Caillan Davenport on his book project, working with the inscriptional evidence in particular. The Summer Research Scholar will receive one-on-one mentoring and training in the interpretation of Roman inscriptions.
 
Required prior experience: Since the majority of the inscriptional evidence is not available in English translation, the Summer Research Scholar will need to have expertise in Latin to at least the intermediate level. Some knowledge of Ancient Greek would also be an advantage.

  

Area: Classics and Ancient History
Project Title:
Colour and Language Acquisition
Project Leaders:
Dr Janette McWilliam and Dr Jason Lodge   Email: j.mcwilliam@uq.edu.au
Summer Research Scholar: 
This project will explore the potential role that colour can play in the acquisition and retention of highly inflected languages such as Latin. Resources have been created for the Introductory Latin Course at UQ based on the idea that symbolic processing is enhanced by colour-coding, making use of cross-modal associations to aid acquisition and retention.
 
We are seeking one student for this project.The successful student will have a background in psychology and be required to help run experiments testing the impact of colour on language retention, and to undertake associated research.
  
 
 
Area: The R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum
Project Title:
The History of the R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum
Project Leaders:
Summer Research Scholar: 
The R.D. 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 R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Last summer we began a research project on the History of the Museum. In Summer 2014 we intend to continue this project.
 
We are seeking one student for this project. The successful students will be required to work collaboratively to:
  • undertake archival and artefact research in the Antiquities Museum and amongst other relevant archives;
  • write reports documenting their research
  • Collate existing research into reports
Requirements:
  • Background in Classics and Ancient History
  • Have good interpersonal and writing skills
  • Be self-motivated

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