Program

Our graduate research program is designed to enhance the experience of Masters and PhD students by creating an enriching cohort experience that develops an intellectual community and facilitates opportunities to deepen students’ academic knowledge and skills.


The program is informed by approaches to doctoral pedagogy grounded in student-centred and transformative praxis. Drawing on the work of Michelle Trudgett (2014) and inspiration from the Maori and Indigenous (MAI) (Pihama et al., 2019) and Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) (Pidgeon et al., 2014) programs, our graduate research program is based on and promotes Indigenous doctoral pedagogy as best practice for all students.

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Program is focused around a series of masterclasses delivered by scholars presenting in the Australian Centre's critical public conversation seminar series. The masterclasses are supplemented with a set of research development activities designed to accelerate research careers of students engaged in the program:

  • workshops focused on ethics, research methodology, approaches for communicating research to diverse audiences across and beyond the academy,
  • research symposium,
  • writing retreats.

In addition to the core program, the Australian Centre facilitates a range of regular, open events and activities that we warmly invite you to join, including the seminar series, our critical reading group, public lectures and film screenings. We also invite students in the program to meet regularly throughout each semester to share research progress and to participate in writing sessions.

2022 Program

February 2022

Welcome Event

Date: Friday 25 February

March 2022

Launch of the Australian Centre

Director Professor Sarah Maddison, deputy director Dr Julia Hurst and the team warmly invite you to the launch of the revitalised Australian Centre.

Date: Wednesday 9 March, 3:45pm - 6pm (AEDT)

Welcome to Country

Wurundjeri Woi wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation

Performances

Djirri Djirri, Wurundjeri women's dance group

Les Thomas, singer-songwriter

Speakers

Yoo-rrook Justice Commissioner Sue-Anne Hunter

Professor Ghassan Hage, Chair of the Australian Centre Advisory Board

Professor Russell Goulbourne, Dean of Arts

Professor Sarah Maddison and Dr Julia Hurst, Australian Centre Directors

Refreshments

Mabu Mabu, Indigenous Owned Events & Catering, Bar & Kitchen

Masterclass

An exclusive session with the presenters of this month’s Critical Public Conversation series, focused on exploring the key themes and questions raised in their presentation.

Presenters: Professor Sarah Maddison and Dr Julia Hurst

Date: Thursday 24 March, 10:30am - 12pm (AEDT)

April 2022

Research Ethics Workshop

An ethical starting point for relational work is the understanding that ‘the relations between Indigenous peoples, settlers, and the settler state [is] the focal point of inquiry rather than the lives and bodies of Indigenous peoples’ (Nakata & Maddison, 2019, p. 419). Thus we seek to decentre disciplinary authority to know Indigenous peoples, and prioritise the relations between Indigenous peoples and the settler order.

This workshop will explore both the ethical principles for relational research, and critical reflections on navigating ethics approval processes.

Presenters: Dale Wandin, Dr Julia Hurst and Dr Ligia (Licho) López López

Date: Friday 22 April, 2pm - 4pm (AEST)

Study circle/Work in Progress session

This is a forum for participants to present, discuss, and develop your scholarship and an opportunity to talk about your research, methodologies, challenges, aspirations, and more with an established academic and your peers from the Program. Participants can bring work in progress, a concept, idea, question, piece of writing, text that you’ve read, or anything that you would like to consider with others. Each session will have a member of the Australian Centre’s academic community in attendance and the space is available for dialogue, input, feedback and sharing.

Facilitator: Professor Karen Farquharson

Date: Thursday 28 April, 1pm - 3pm (AEST)

May 2022

Migrants, Settlers, Sovereignties: A Workshop on Migration and Colonialism

Studies of Mediterranean migrations and diasporas in Australia have often been explored within a celebratory settler national frame of analysis. That is, the stories of Maltese, Greek, Italian, Turkish, Egyptian, Syrian, and Lebanese migrants in Australia have been framed as central to nation building developments. Narratives that showcase the migrant experience as a story of “struggle and success” have become a celebrated aspect of Australia’s past. Indeed, the story that migrants who arrived in an Anglo-British world that was largely hostile to their presence, worked hard to climb the steep ladder of social mobility to become prosperous, integrated, and, yet hyphenated Australians has become commonplace in public memory. In this sense, the experience of Mediterranean migrants settling in Australia has become a central story of the nation’s multicultural ethos. The acceptance and promotion of this migrant contribution narrative has buttressed colonial nation-building and acted to dispel the implications of past and present settler colonialisms.

This workshop, in different ways, contests this limited national framing of migration and settlement to Australia. Together, we will explore how it might be possible to realign historical stories of migration so that they engage with past and ongoing dynamics of colonialism. We will draw upon studies of Indigenous sovereignty, multicultural settler colonial structures, and migrant subjectivity to both broaden our understanding of migration and diversify stories of colonialism. Designed to disrupt and disentangle the prevailing dichotomy between settler-coloniser and colonised, the workshop aims to unravel how an assortment of individuals and groups from the Mediterranean region positioned themselves – despite being positioned as precariously white – as loyal to settler colonial ideas. We will also discuss how the cultural specificities of diasporic cultures have contributed to how migrant groups lay claim to the settler colonial worlds that they have come to call home.

This is a joint workshop with students from the Grad Program and the Melbourne Social Equity Institute’s PhD Program in Migration, Statelessness and Refugee Studies

Presenter: Dr Andonis Piperoglou

Date: Friday 13 May 10:30am - 12pm (AEST)

Masterclass

An exclusive session with the presenters of this month’s Critical Public Conversation series, focused on exploring the key themes and questions raised in their presentation.

Presenters: Dr Elizabeth Strakosch

Date: Friday 27 May 11am - 12pm (AEST)

Study circle/Work in Progress session

This is a forum for participants to present, discuss, and develop your scholarship and an opportunity to talk about your research, methodologies, challenges, aspirations, and more with an established academic and your peers from the Program. Participants can bring work in progress, a concept, idea, question, piece of writing, text that you’ve read, or anything that you would like to consider with others. Each session will have a member of the Australian Centre’s academic community in attendance and the space is available for dialogue, input, feedback and sharing.

Facilitator: Dr Kim Alley

Date: Monday 30 May, 1pm - 3pm (AEST)

June 2022

Study circle/Work in Progress session

This is a forum for participants to present, discuss, and develop your scholarship and an opportunity to talk about your research, methodologies, challenges, aspirations, and more with an established academic and your peers from the Program. Participants can bring work in progress, a concept, idea, question, piece of writing, text that you’ve read, or anything that you would like to consider with others. Each session will have a member of the Australian Centre’s academic community in attendance and the space is available for dialogue, input, feedback and sharing.

Facilitator: Dr Lou Bennett

Date: Thursday 9 June, 10:30am – 12:30pm (AEST)

Masterclass

An exclusive session with the presenters of this month’s Critical Public Conversation series, focused on exploring the key themes and questions raised in their presentation.

Presenters: Dr Archie Thomas

Date: Wednesday 22 June, 11:30am - 12:30pm (AEST)

July 2022

Winter Writing Retreat

Writing Retreats provide participants with structure, time, and encouragement to make progress on their writing in the company of other scholars. They are designed to provide you with the space to write as part of a community of productive student researchers.

The program will include structured writing time, goal setting and debriefing sessions and the celebration of progress made.

Dates: Tuesday 19 - Thursday 21 July [online]

August 2022

Study circle/Work in Progress session

This is a forum for participants to present, discuss, and develop your scholarship and an opportunity to talk about your research, methodologies, challenges, aspirations, and more with an established academic and your peers from the Program. Participants can bring work in progress, a concept, idea, question, piece of writing, text that you’ve read, or anything that you would like to consider with others. Each session will have a member of the Australian Centre’s academic community in attendance and the space is available for dialogue, input, feedback and sharing.

Facilitator: Associate Professor Jennifer Balint

Date: Thursday 4 August, 1:30pm – 3pm (AEST)

Masterclass 1

An exclusive session with the presenters of this month’s Critical Public Conversation series, focused on exploring the key themes and questions raised in their presentation.

Presenters: Dr Amy Spiers and Genevieve Grieves

Date: Tuesday 9 August, 10:30am - 12pm (AEST)

Publishing workshop

The publishing workshop is focused on exploring opportunities for disseminating research and building a publication profile in the field of Indigenous-settler relations. Core topics include:

  • developing a publication plan
  • identifying suitable journals
  • understanding the difference between writing for the thesis and writing for journals
  • develop an ethical politics of citation in the field of Indigenous-settler relations.

Presenter: Dr Ashley Barnwell

Date: Thursday 11 August, 10am - 11:30am (AEST)

Masterclass 2

An exclusive session with the presenters of this month’s Critical Public Conversation series, focused on exploring the key themes and questions raised in their presentation.

Presenters: Associate Professor Jessica Gerrard, Professor Arathi Sriprakash and Dr Sophie Rudolph

Date: Friday 19 August 3pm - 4:30pm (AEST)

September 2022

Study circle/Work in Progress session

This is a forum for participants to present, discuss, and develop your scholarship and an opportunity to talk about your research, methodologies, challenges, aspirations, and more with an established academic and your peers from the Program. Participants can bring work in progress, a concept, idea, question, piece of writing, text that you’ve read, or anything that you would like to consider with others. Each session will have a member of the Australian Centre’s academic community in attendance and the space is available for dialogue, input, feedback and sharing.

Facilitator: Associate Professor Jeanine Leane

Date: Thursday 8 September, 10am - 12pm (AEST)

Masterclass

An exclusive session with the presenters of this month’s Critical Public Conversation series, focused on exploring the key themes and questions raised in their presentation.

Presenters: Professor Kirsty Gover

Date: Tuesday 20 September, 11am – 12:30pm (AEST)

Writing a research proposal workshop

Research proposals are a part of every academic’s working life, from PhD onwards. This workshop will introduce participants to a framework for developing a research proposal. Based around four simple questions, the framework will help participants to identify their central research question and outline a plan for how they will approach it. By the end of the workshop participants should have the tools they need to write a research proposal.

Presenter: Professor Sarah Maddison

Date: Tuesday 27 September, 2pm – 3:30pm (AEST)

October 2022

Insider/Outsider Research Workshop

Insider/outsider tensions imbue engaged qualitative research. How could they not? Who we are in the knowledge (co) production processes, and the relationships and distances we share with our fieldwork communities and spaces, matters intensely. In this session we unpack some of the entanglements that come from our relationships to, and connections with, the communities we research. We invite participants to reflect on theoretical and practical interventions with respect to these tensions.

This is a joint workshop with students from the Grad Program and the Melbourne Social Equity Institute’s PhD Program in Migration, Statelessness and Refugee Studies

Presenters: Dr Julia Hurst & Dr Nicholas Apoifis

Date: Friday 7 October, 1pm - 2:30pm (AEDT)

November 2022

Masterclass

An exclusive session with the presenter of October’s Critical Public Conversation series, focused on exploring the key themes and questions raised in their presentation.

Presenter: Professor Kevin Bruyneel

Date: Wednesday 2 November, 10am - 11am (AEDT)

Research Symposium

The Australian Centre Research Symposium invites participants to showcase and share their excellent and innovative work in the field of Indigenous settler relations. We invite attendees to share their questions and critiques, experience and knowledge. We seek to create a space to have difficult conversations, which are essential for justice and our collective futures. We will focus on developing learning communities and creating conversations that will generate collaboration amongst scholars in the university setting.

The main aims of the symposium are:

  • to bring together graduates working in different disciplines, within the Indigenous settler relations field, and to foster the exchange of information
  • to help HDR scholars to progress their research themes
  • to facilitate an opportunity for students to profile their topics and receive support/feedback from panels and peers
  • to present successful pathways for organising and producing a thesis in the field
  • to identify strategic issues in undertaking higher education in the field.
  • to create an engaging space for Indigenous settler relations research

Dates: Wednesday 23 - Thursday 24 November

The album from the 2021 Symposium is available on the Australian Centre’s Facebook page.

December 2022

Summer Writing Retreat

Writing retreats provide participants with structure, time, and encouragement to make progress on their writing in the company of other scholars. They are designed to provide you with the physical and mental space to write as part of a community of productive student researchers.

The program will include structured writing time, facilitated workshops, and informal discussions, debriefing sessions and the celebration of progress made.

The Summer Writing Retreat will be held at Seacroft Estate on the Great Ocean Road.

Dates: Sunday 4 - Friday 9 December

The album from the 2021 Writing Retreat is available on the Australian Centre’s Facebook page.

Australia Centre Research Room

Room E672 in John Medley East (Building 191) is available to graduate program students during working hours. The room includes computers, desks, lockable cabinets, telephones and a meeting area with a large display screen. There is also access to a shared kitchenette with a fridge and microwave available on level 6.

2021 Program

February 2021

Welcome Event

Date: Friday 26 February

March 2021

Launch of the Graduate Research Program 2021

On Thursday March 4th join us in celebrating the official launch of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Program.

Date: Thursday 4 March, 12pm - 2pm (AEDT)

Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony

Wurundjeri Woi wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation

Speakers

Professor Russell Goulbourne, Dean Of Arts

Professor Sarah Maddison and Associate Professor Sana Nakata, ISRC Co-Directors

Musical Performance

Dr Lou Bennett AM

Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung, Sovereign, singer, songwriter, language activist

Research Ethics Workshop

An ethical starting point for relational work is the understanding that ‘the relations between Indigenous peoples, settlers, and the settler state [is] the focal point of inquiry rather than the lives and bodies of Indigenous peoples’ (Nakata & Maddison, 2019, p. 419). Thus we seek to decenter disciplinary authority to know Indigenous peoples, and prioritise the relations between Indigenous peoples and the settler order.

This workshop will explore both the ethical principles for relational research, and critical reflections on navigating ethics approval processes.

Presenters: Dr Julia Hurst, Dr Ligia (Licho) López López, and Dale Wandin

Date: Friday 12 March, 2pm - 4pm (AEDT)

Masterclass

An exclusive session with the presenters of this month’s Critical Public Conversation series, focused on exploring the key themes and questions raised in their presentation.

Presenters: Professor Sarah Maddison and Associate Professor Sana Nakata

Date: Monday 29 March, 11am - 12pm (AEDT)

April 2021

Masterclass

An exclusive session with the presenters of this month’s Critical Public Conversation series, focused on exploring the key themes and questions raised in their presentation.

Presenters: Associate Professor Morgan Brigg and Dr Mary Graham

Date: Tuesday 13 April, 10am - 11am (AEST)

Research Methodology Workshop

The interdisciplinary methodological approach of the RHD program is a framework informed by relational ethics and self-reflexivity. Guided by the understanding that ‘research is not an innocent or distant academic exercise but an activity that has something at stake and that occurs in a set of political and social conditions’ (Smith, 2012, p. 5), the program seeks to encourage critical thought accompanied by research practices that are attentive to issues of accountability, respect, care, renewal and insurgency.

This workshop will focus on methodology: what it is and why it is at the centre of the research process – yet it is rendered almost completely invisible within Western research practices, regardless of methods used.

Presenter: Distinguished Professor Maggie Walter

Date: Thursday 22 April, 1pm - 3pm (AEST)

Critical Reading Group

Join article author Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in Race Relations Yin Paradies to discuss his recent publication Unsettling truths: modernity, (de-)coloniality and Indigenous futures. Bring your questions, comments, feedback, thoughts, ideas, and feelings.

Presenter: Professor Yin Paradies

Date: Monday 26 April, 12pm - 2pm (AEST)

May 2021

Collaborator workshop

Collaborator workshops are conducted in partnership with a member of the ISRC academic network and provide the opportunity to engage beyond the CPC series and academic development workshops to focus on a key area of Indigenous-settler relations.

Presenter: Professor Adrian Little

Date: Wednesday 12 May, 11am - 1pm (AEST)

Masterclass

An exclusive session with the presenter of this month’s Critical Public Conversation series, focused on exploring the key themes and questions raised in their presentation.

Presenter: Professor J. Kēhaulani Kauanui

Date: Friday 21 May, 10am - 12pm (AEST)

June 2021

Masterclass

An exclusive session with the presenter of this month’s Critical Public Conversation series, focused on exploring the key themes and questions raised in their presentation.

Presenter: Associate Professor Sheryl Lightfoot

Date: Wednesday 30 June, 11am - 12pm (AEST)

July 2021

Winter Writing Retreat

The ISRC Writing Retreats provide participants with structure, time, and encouragement to make progress on their writing in the company of other scholars. They are designed to provide you with the physical and mental space to write as part of a community of productive student researchers.

The program will include structured writing time, facilitated workshops, and informal discussions, debriefing sessions and the celebration of progress made.

Dates: Tuesday 22 July - Thursday 24 July

August 2021

Publishing workshop

The publishing workshop is focused on exploring opportunities for disseminating research and building a publication profile in the field of Indigenous-settler relations. Core topics include:

  • developing a publication plan
  • identifying suitable journals
  • understanding the difference between writing for the thesis and writing for journals
  • develop an ethical politics of citation in the field of Indigenous-settler relations

Presenter: Dr Ashley Barnwell

Date: Monday 2 August, 10am - 11:30am (AEST)

September 2021

Collaborator workshop

Collaborator workshops are conducted in partnership with a member of the ISRC academic network and provide the opportunity to engage beyond the CPC series and academic development workshops to focus on a key area of Indigenous-settler relations.

Presenter: Professor Karen Farquharson

Date: Tuesday 7 September, 10am - 12pm (AEST)

Masterclass

An exclusive session with the presenters of the joint ISRC/MSEI webinar The Politics of Solidarity and Anti-Racism in Settler Colonial Contexts, focused on exploring the key themes and questions raised in their presentation.

Presenters: Dr Kim Alley and Professor Karen Farquharson

Date: Thursday 30 September, 10am - 11:30am (AEST)

October 2021

Masterclass

An exclusive session with the presenter of this month’s Critical Public Conversation series, focused on exploring the key themes and questions raised in their presentation.

Presenter: Associate Professor Lorenzo Veracini

Date: Wednesday 28th October, 12pm - 1pm (AEDT)

December 2021

Masterclass

An exclusive session with the presenter of November’s Critical Public Conversation series, focused on exploring the key themes and questions raised in their presentation.

Presenter: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Date: Thursday 2 December, 11am - 12pm (AEDT)

Summer Writing Retreat

The ISRC Writing Retreats provide participants with structure, time, and encouragement to make progress on their writing in the company of other scholars. They are designed to provide you with the physical and mental space to write as part of a community of productive student researchers.

The program will include structured writing time, facilitated workshops, and informal discussions, debriefing sessions and the celebration of progress made.

Dates: Friday 3 December - Wednesday 8 December

The album from the 2021 Writing Retreat is available on the Australian Centre’s Facebook page.

Research Symposium

The ISRC Research Symposium invites participants to showcase and share their excellent and innovative work in the field of Indigenous-settler relations. We invite attendees to share their questions and critiques, experience and knowledge. We seek to create a space to have difficult conversations, which are essential for justice and our collective futures. We will focus on developing learning communities and creating conversations that will generate collaboration amongst scholars in the university setting.

The main aims of the symposium are:

  • to bring together graduates working in different disciplines, within the Indigenous-settler relations field
  • to allow students to profile their topics and receive support/feedback from panels and peers
  • to present successful pathways for organising and producing a thesis in the field
  • to identify strategic issues in undertaking higher education in the field

The symposium’s purpose is to foster the exchange of information, help HDR scholars to progress their research themes, provide/receive feedback, and create an engaging space for Indigenous-settler relations research.

Dates: Thursday 9 December - Friday 10 December

The album from the 2021 Symposium is available on the Australian Centre’s Facebook page.

2021 Program of regular events

  • 1st Friday of every month: Reading sprints
  • 2nd Friday of every month: Shut up and write
  • 3rd Friday of every month: Study circle
  • 4th Friday of every month: Shut up and write