Projects for Summer 2014-2015

Area: Philosophy
Project Title:
The philosophical development of ‘community of inquiry’ in educational discourse
Project Leader: Dr Gilbert Burgh   Email:
Summer Research Scholar:

This project will cover Matthew Lipman’s influence on the development of the notion of ‘community of inquiry’ in educational discourse in Australia. Lipman’s educational philosophy is grounded in the concept of a community of inquiry, a term he adopted from C.S. Peirce and extensively developed using John Dewey’s theory of democracy and education to inform his pedagogical practice in which the practice of philosophy is the methodology of education.

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: Classics and Ancient History
Project Title:
Olympic Athletes: Ancient and Modern
Project Leader: Dr Tom Stevenson
Summer Research Scholar: 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: Studies in Religion
Project Title: Spiritual and Religious Connections to Waterways in South East Queensland: From Catchment to River and Ocean
Project Leader:
Summer Research Scholar:

We are seeking a student interested in exploring the connection between religion and the natural environment, in particular, the spiritual and religious values about water and waterways held by religious leaders.

This study is part of a larger study on people’s values and their waterways connections, from the catchment, through the creeks and rivers, to Moreton Bay and its islands.

The purpose of the scholarship work is to interview a number of religious leaders from a range of faiths and denominations about the religious and spiritual significance and values of water and waterways, specifically in South East Queensland. The student will then develop a research paper based on their findings.

The scholarship is valuable as it adds the views from religion and religious leaders about the waterways environment. Values from a multifaith perspective will bring an important aspect to the research study and will provide useful information about the role of religion and religious organisations in environmental and waterways care.


Area: The R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum
Project Title: Artefact Research, Collections and Database Management in the R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum
Project Leader:
Summer Research Scholar: This project will introduce the Summer Scholar to various aspects of the collection and to database management in the R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum. The Summer Scholar will work on management of the collection and on data integrity in the catalogue with Museum staff, and undertake research on an artefact from the collection.


Area: The Centre for the Government of Queensland
Project Title:
Queensland Speaks
Project Leader: 

Dr Chris Salisbury   Email:

Summer Research Scholar: 

Within the Centre, Summer Research Scholars will be working on a new stage of the Queensland Speaks oral history project examining the work of leading Queensland artists. 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 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 to an academic audience at the conclusion of the summer semester. Their papers will then be eligible for inclusion on the Queensland Speaks website and there is also the possibility of writing an article for the Queensland Historical Atlas website.

The Scholarships will commence in late November 2014 and run for approximately eight weeks, with a 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’s social and artistic history, the construction of research projects, and digital and oral history. During this week Scholars will be able to meet leading curators who have studied artistic developments in Queensland. Scholars are also exposed to a range of cultural institutions, including the Queensland Art Gallery and the University of Queensland Art Museum.


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