The Summer Research Scholarships are an opportunity for undergraduate and some postgraduate students to get involved in an exciting research project within the School during the summer. In 2015-2016 the School is offering one project from Classics and Ancient History, two from Studies in Religion and one from The RD Milns Antiquities Museum.
 
Program dates: November - February
Application deadline: 4pm Monday 31 August, 2015
Guidelines and application form: available from the UQ Summer Research Program page of the Office of Undergraduate Education website.
 
The School is a unit within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and incorporates four main disciplinary areas:
  • Classics and Ancient History - Ancient Greek and Latin, and the history of early Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome and the Celts
  • Studies in Religion - the study of various religious and spiritual experiences and practices, including the study of the major world religions, as well as new religious movements, religion and the environment, paganisms and esotericism
  • Philosophy - the appraisal of argument, the nature of thinking, the nature of the mind that thinks and what it thinks about
  • History - Australian, British and European, Asian, Pacific, the Middle East, the United States, and thematic areas
 
Please contact the Academic Administrator for further information or any questions related to the School's summer research scholarships. 
 

Projects for Summer 2015-2016

 
Area: The RD Milns Antiquities Museum
Project Title: Artefact Research, Collections and Database Management in the RD 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 RD 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: Studies in Religion
Project Title: Cosmology, the earth and politicised territory in the Mahābhārata
Project Leader:
Summer Research Scholar:
This project aims to analyse the ways in which the Mahābhārata develops an arguably new conception of the ‘earth’, which is grounded in both cosmological ideas of space and geographically attuned conceptions of political territory. These conceptions are linked to the earth’s eschatological crisis realised in the Mahābhārata war, that gird imperatives for mythological and narrative depictions of monarchical rule over a conceptually unified ‘earth’, which is itself identified in approximate geographical terms with the region referred to as South Asia today. This is arguably an innovative step in Sanskrit literature that reflected the emergence of ideas of South Asia as a cohesive cultural and political space that, nevertheless, stands in partial contrast to the known historical record, which indicates that South Asia in the period of the Mahābhārata’s composition was politically fractured. 
The Summer Research Scholar’s duties will be to:
1. Pursue their own research in parallel with the above research project (e.g. posing similar questions in other literary contexts, such as the Rāmāyaṇa or some other Sanskrit text).
2. Act as a research assistant to Dr. Adam Bowles as required.
Required prior experience: Some knowledge of Sanskrit, South Asian religions and South Asian history.
 
 
Area: Studies in Religion
Project Title: Teaching Science-Religion Conflict
Project Leader:
Summer Research Scholar:
This project seeks to analyse the ways in which the so-called conflict thesis of science-religion interactions continues to be perpetuated within university-level textbooks and reference materials. 21st century pedagogical materials will be analysed, with the intent of identifying the ways in which science-religion myths, and the notion that history has been replete with inevitable religion versus science warfare, are propagated to undergraduates. The study involves the examination of introductory texts from numerous academic fields, including the humanities, social sciences, and the sciences.
The Summer Research Scholar’s duties will be to:
1. Inspect a series of university-level textbooks and introductory books; collecting data on the treatment of such topics as the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and the theory of evolution.
2. Conduct their own research on a science-religion topic, perhaps related to the above detailed project, and write a paper on the findings.
 
 
Area: Classics and Ancient History
Project Title: Popular Perceptions of Roman Emperors from Augustus to Theodosius
Project Leader:
Summer Research Scholar:
This project will examine how Roman emperors were perceived by the inhabitants of their empire, from soldiers, slaves and freedmen to senatorial aristocrats. It has two main aims: (i) to explain the different ways in which the emperors’ military, judicial, religious and moral authority was conceived, interpreted and transmitted in the Roman world; and (ii) to analyze the continuities and changes in these aspects between the first and fourth centuries A.D. The overall project is funded by an Australian Research Council DECRA grant for 2015-2017.
Duties:
The Summer Research Scholar will design their own independent research project related to the theme of Dr. Davenport’s research on ‘Popular Perceptions of Roman Emperors’. The student will research and write a 5,000-word paper on their chosen topic.
 
Topics could include, but are not limited to, areas such as: the reception and ‘afterlife’ of a particular emperor, or an imperial dynasty; laughing at emperors; imperial names and nicknames; the role of gossip and rumour in shaping the perception of Roman emperors; the subversion of imperial ideology in the Roman world; the reception of imperial rule in provincial coins, inscriptions, and documents; emperors in the Greek world; the perception of Roman emperors in Christian writings. Candidates should indicate particular topics they are interested in pursuing in their application.
Required prior experience: Knowledge of Roman imperial history. At least one year of Latin or Ancient Greek.
 

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: g.burgh@uq.edu.au
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   Email:t.stevenson@uq.edu.au
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: c.salisbury@uq.edu.au

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.

 

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

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: t.stevenson@uq.edu.au
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: d.miller5@uq.edu.au
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: c.dixon1@uq.edu.au 
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: sylvie.shaw@uq.edu.au 
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.

 

2011-2012 Scholarships

 Emeritus Professor Robert Milns and Jonathan Devine
Over the summer of 2011-2012 Mr Devine undertook a project with Dr Tom Stevenson on “Olympic Athletes: Ancient and Modern.” His paper at the Olympics Conference explored his summer research project on Milo of Croton, an ancient Olympic wrestler (Milo, the famous malt and chocolate drink, is named after this athlete).
 
Dr Tom Stevenson offered another scholarship over summer 2012-2013 on Olympic Athletes Ancient and Modern. The details of the project are listed above.
 
Left: 2011 Summer Research Scholarship recipient, Jonathan Devine, is pictured with Emeritus Professor Robert Milns at the 2012 Olympic Athletes Conference.

 

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