Graduate Research

2017 Monash PhD in Indigenous Cultures and Histories

A PhD position is being sought in the Indigenous Cultures and Histories doctoral program in conjunction with the Deep Time Indigenous Ecologies Focus Program, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, and the Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation to explore the history and/ or archaeology of the Taungurung people of Central Victoria. Potential doctoral…

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Monash Bioethics Centre plays key role in development of first international guidelines for public health surveillance ethics

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has just released the first comprehensive international guidelines for public health surveillance ethics.*    Development of these guidelines was a project of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Bioethics, which is currently chaired by Monash University Professor Michael Selgelid who is also Director of the Monash Bioethics Centre.   The goal of the guideline development…

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First Australians lived through the Ice Age: what must we learn for our future?

For over 60,000 years Aboriginal Australians lived and thrived in the Australian landscape. They had sophisticated and complex social systems with languages and religions that were unrecognisable to 19th century Europeans. Today, more of the ingenuity and wisdom in Aboriginal Australian’s practices and knowledge systems is being uncovered – revealing significant potential solutions for our imminent…

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“Legacies of resistance we need to act upon”: PhD candidate Matteo Dutto

Sometimes dubbed the ‘black Ned Kelly’, Jandamarra of the Bunuba nation is an iconic figure in the history of Australian Indigenous armed resistance to colonial invasion, and while Indigenous Australians have always shared stories of both Jandamarra’s resistance and of other key Indigenous people, such as Yagan of the Whadjuk Noongar and Pemulwuy of the Bidjigal people, the wider Australian public…

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New PhD scholarship rounds

The recruitment of talented and high quality students worldwide is one of the key strategies of Monash University. To help achieve this goal, the university has reviewed current practice and announced two significant changes with regards to graduate research student recruitment: Increase from two to four graduate research scholarship rounds per year; and Separation of domestic and international…

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Part I: Raising the political stakes with Jeanne d’Arc and Dr Ali Alizadeh

Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc)’s controversial life and death are being depicted in a comprehensive new literary work by Dr Ali Alizadeh titled The Last Days of Jeanne D’Arc due out this year. We sat down with Dr Alizadeh to explore his decades-long research into the character of Jeanne d’Arc that brought up questions about…

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Killer Robots: Professor Robert Sparrow

In October 2016, acclaimed Professor Stephen Hawking warned against the rapid development of artificial intelligence, saying that “the rise of powerful AI will be either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity,” and predicting that robots could develop “powerful autonomous weapons” or new methods to “oppress the many.” The threat of lethal autonomous…

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Monash alumni launch new Australian women in film festival March 2017

Monash Arts Film & Screen Studies PhD alumni Sian Mitchell, Kirsten Stevens, Whitney Monaghan and Janice Loreck are behind the inaugural Melbourne Women in Film Festival (view the trailer) launching 3-4 March 2017 at Melbourne’s Treasury Theatre, the former State Film Centre. We explore the reasons behind why they started the festival and some of its highlights. Firstly, what got…

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The detective work behind the Budj Bim eel traps World Heritage bid

Ian J. McNiven, Monash University Last month, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull visited the Gunditjmara community of southwest Victoria to announce that the federal government had included the Budj Bim cultural landscape on its World Heritage Tentative List. It was, he said, the first area [in Australia] exclusively listed for its Aboriginal culture and heritage and…

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