Latest ARC success for the Faculty of Arts

The ARC has recently released the results for the Discovery Projects (DP) and Discovery Early-Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) showing the growing level of competitiveness of these schemes nationally; with a 17.7% success rate for DP and 16.4% for DECRA.

The Faculty has achieved an outstanding result this year with a total of 10 DPs and 3 DECRAs, putting the Faculty’s success rate (at 32% and 25% respectively) well above the national average.

The Faculty of Arts congratulates its successful applicants. They will work on an impressive range of cutting-edge research in projects that showcase the full range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Many of the Discovery projects consist of large interdisciplinary teams, with researchers from several institutions.

In addition to the projects listed below, Gary Bouma, Kerry O'Brien, Liam Brady, and Deane Williams were successful with project teams administered from other universities. It is especially gratifying to see three of our promising early career researchers rewarded with DECRAs.


  • Development volunteering programs and the cultural history of foreign aid, Agnieszka Sobocinska, National Centre for Australian Studies;
  • Australindia: An environmental history of Australia, India and Empire, Ruth Morgan, National Centre for Australian Studies;
  • Cinema and the brain:  Eisenstein-Vygotsky-Luria’s collaboration, Julia Vassilieva, School of Media, Film and Journalism.

Discovery Projects (DP16)

  • Talking through touch:  adapting sign languages for use by Deafblind people, Louisa Willoughby; Shimako Iwasaki; Howard Manns; Mayumi Bono; David McKee, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics;
  • Revitalising the Musical Arts of Indonesia's Lampung Province, Margaret Kartomi; Bart Barendregt; Rina Martiara, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music;
  • Children as health advocates in families: assessing the consequences, JaneMaree Maher; Janice Wright; Jo Lindsay; Claire Tanner; Deana Leahy, School of Social Sciences;
  • Transforming Cultural Identity: Media flows between Australia and East Asia, Koichi Iwabuchi; Francesca Martin; Audrey Yue; Olivia Khoo, Monash Asia Institute;
  • Social Futures & Life Pathways of Young People in Queensland: Waves 6 & 7, Zlatko Skrbis; Bruce Tranter; Cameron Parsell, School of Social Sciences;
  • Atrocity in warfare: a social and cultural history, Megan Cassidy-Welch, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies;
  • Interrogating the music city: cultural economy & popular music in Melbourne, Shane Homan; Seamus O'Hanlon; John Tebbutt; Catherine Strong, School of Media, Film and Journalism;
  • Australia's Asian garrisons and regional engagement, 1945-1988, Christina Twomey; Kevin Blackburn; Agnieszka Sobocinska; Ernest Koh; Matthew Augustine; Sean Brawley, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies;
  • Consciousness in the predictive mind, Jakob Hohwy; Sid Kouider; Anil Seth; Dr Felix Blankenburg, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies;
  • Place, Commonality and the Human: Towards a New Philosophical Anthropology, Andrew Benjamin; Jeffery Malpas, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies.

Further details can be accessed from the ARC website. Congratulations again to all those who were successful in this round.