January 2016 Newsletter

Google group closing
PhD scholarships
Creative Arts Research symposium

Google group closing

The ASPERA google group has been replaced by a MailChimp email list. The google group is no longer being maintained and will be deleted in February 2016. If anyone has notices that they would like to circulate to the ASPERA community they have 3 options:

  1. ASPERA Facebook group: For short notice items, post an announcement to the ASPERA Facebook group which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/316925518392697/ This is a closed group so you’ll need to request to be a member but there are a few moderators so you won’t have to wait long for a response.
  2. ASPERA ‘monthly’ newsletter: For items with a bit more lead time, send text for your notice to secretary@aspera.org.au to be compiled for the email newsletter.
  3. Latest news section of the ASPERA website: email the text of your notice to secretary@aspera.org.au to get your notice posted to the front page of the website. Content received for the Facebook group or the newsletter may also be duplicated in this section of the website.

A reminder to keep the text succinct and to the point. We’d rather not include long sections of promotional text but are happy to include a link that readers can follow to get more information.


3 PhD Scholarships in Australian Film, Television and Media History

Three full-time, funded, scholarships available for PhD candidates to undertake research into Utilitarian Filmmaking in Australia 1945 – 1980, as part of a four-year Australian Research Council funded Discovery Project. This ground-breaking project will discover, document, analyse and compile a lasting archive of Utilitarian Filmmaking in Australia. ‘Utilitarian’ describes client-sponsored, instructional and governmental filmmaking existing outside the conventional theatrical contexts by which cinema is usually defined. The project will engage with major cultural institutions to generate conferences, books, articles, exhibitions and interactive archives as well as the three PhD dissertations. The successful applicants will become part of a leading research team across three Australian universities (University of Canberra, Murdoch University, Monash University,) and have the opportunity to work with experienced senior supervisors in traditional research modes as well as cutting edge, practice-led research outputs.

Expressions of interest are sought from outstanding candidates for PhD study in a wide range of fields including, but not limited to: screen studies, archival studies, cultural studies, communication studies, Australian history.

For further details eligibility criteria and forms:

University of Canberra
Murdoch University
Monash University

Deadline for expressions of interest: 19 February 2016

Professor Ross Gibson: Ross.Gibson@canberra.edu.au
Associate Professor Mick Broderick: m.broderick@murdoch.edu.au
Associate Professor Deane Williams: deane.williams@monash.edu.au


Docuverse: A symposium for expanded documentary practices

12 February 2016, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria
Due to technological developments, documentary practices are expanding to find new ways of capturing the world. This one-day postgraduate symposium in February 2016 aims to tackle questions including (but not limited to):

  • In what ways do digital/interactive/mobile affordances help us to create meaningful documentary work?
  • What happens to the notion of “documentary” when we start to use it as an umbrella term for such a diverse palette of practices?
  • What can we learn from other disciplines and their approach to documentary film-/video-making?
  • What is the role of industry in this expanding field and what does the Internet provide as an alternative site for documentary publication?

We are particularly interested in discussing and seeing work that is interactive, participatory, installation, locative, and essayist. The Docuverse Symposium will focus on individual documentary projects and their take on theory and practice, with the aim to facilitate critical discussions amongst different postgraduate makers and thinkers in the field.
By addressing these issues, we wish to constitute an interdisciplinary platform for debate on the matter of expanded documentary theories and practices in Australasia with the aim to establish an ongoing meet-up group to foster practitioners in the area. We therefore plan to document the Symposium in an audio-/visual format for our (yet to be built) website.
If you have a recent, current, or work-in-progress documentary project that falls in the intersection of new technologies and documentary practice or content, please email a description of your work, and a short bio to docuverse.symposium@gmail.com by the 31st of January. We will respond within a few days to advise you whether or not your proposal has been accepted.
We recognize that this call might be a bit short-notice and, thus, encourage you to get in contact and discuss your ideas or ask questions at any given time between now and the end of January.
Hannah Brasier | Nicholas Hansen | Kim Munro | Franziska Weidle
docuverse.symposium@gmail.com | docuverse.wordpress.com


Students in Creative Arts Research: exploring frameworks and models for the creative thesis

The University of Newcastle invites Deans and Directors of Creative Arts to sponsor their most outstanding postgraduate students attend and present at the forthcoming symposium: Students in Creative Arts Research: exploring frameworks and models for the creative thesis
The symposium is designed for currently enrolled Creative Arts postgraduate students to showcase their work. Students and supervisors can explore contemporary understandings of the creative output and exegesis/thesis nexus, and how this may assist them in their journey towards submission of their work. The symposium provides the opportunity to engage with the supportive and combined energies of creative arts students and staff.
Present at the symposium will be a number of invited national and international researchers.
The symposium brings together Creative Arts students and supervisors from PhD, M Phil, MFA programs, with the aim of informing the discourse on framing, structuring and submission possibilities for creative arts research and projects.
Date(s): Thursday 7 April to Saturday 9 April 2016
Location: University of Newcastle
University House, King Street NEWCASTLE NSW 2300
The Conservatorium, Cnr Auckland and Laman Streets NEWCASTLE NSW 2300
Registration: Registration is now open for the symposium, please register for each day you would like to attend
Students Registration is free for all currently enrolled students – click here to register
Staff & industry guests $30.00 per day ($90.00 for the full symposium) – click here to purchase your tickets
For registration enquiries contact (02) 4921 8902 or email SOCA-Admin@newcastle.edu.au
For symposium program enquiries contact Dr Philip Matthias, Senior Lecturer | School of Creative Arts (Music)

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