Humanities in the Regions

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The 2016 Humanities in the Regions event

University of Wollongong

September 28-29 2016

 

ACHRC Humanities in the Regions 2016

Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 September 2016  Register here https://pay.flinders.edu.au/soh/menu

Co-hosted by the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres and the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong

The Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC) is the peak representative body for Humanities research centres and institutes in Australia and New Zealand. The ACHRC has recently established a group dedicated to promoting Humanities-based research in regional areas of Australia, and to cascading peak body, state-of-play knowledge throughout regional institutions. The aim is to build research capacity, connectivity and institutional knowledge for Humanities research. One of our most successful member initiatives is “Humanities in the Region,” which acknowledges that research in the humanities is different in regional universities than it is in Group of 8 universities.

This two-day event combines presentations on practical aspects of working on Humanities-projects from the regions, expertise in collaboration and grant writing partnerships, and workshops aimed at generating research outcomes.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from a range of peak body organisations, and to learn strategies for building strong research connections across universities and cultural institutions at both local and international levels. A range of workshops have also been designed to collaboratively explore key issues in our research practice:

  • How do researchers in the Humanities build meaningful connections beyond their regional setting?
  • How do we build partnerships to demonstrate and accentuate our impact within our regions?
  • How do we develop strategies to maximise and communicate the benefits of our unique research environments when applying for grants?

Over two days, participants will hear keynote addresses from leading researchers, followed by panel discussions from a range of stakeholders, before engaging in workshops on the same topic with peers. The workshops will give opportunities to discuss ideas with experts and to reflect on how best practice can be applied at home institutions. The event will stimulate debate on future trajectories for research, will build cross-institutional connections and research synergies, and will enable strategies for funding success.

The event is presented with the support of Council for Humanities Arts Social Sciences,  Regional Universities Network,   Federation University Australia, and the University of Wollongong.

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Program

 Day 1: Wednesday 28 September

 

9.00 -9.30

 

 

Welcome from ACHRC Humanities in the Regions co-chairs Dr Jane Mummery and Dr Robert Mason

Welcome from Director of the ACHRC, Associate Professor Robert Phiddian

Welcome from Executive Dean Faculty Professor Amanda Lawson

 

9.30 -10.10

 

 

 

Session 1 – Value, Culture and Regional organisations

Keynote: Value, Culture and Regional organisations

Associate Professor Anna Johnston on building the University Tasmania Humanities engagement with heritage and culture regionally

Chair: Keir Reeves

10.10-11.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Responding Panel: Value, Culture and Regional organisations

Chair: Anna Johnson

Panellists:

  • Deborah Ely, Bundanon Trust and Siteworks project https://bundanon.com.au/
  • Dr Julie McIntyre (Research Fellow, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle | ARC Linkage Project Vines, Wine & Identity)
  • Professor Keir Reeves, (Founding Director Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History, Federation University)
  • Dr Tully Barnett, (Research Fellow, School of Humanities and Creative Arts, Flinders University| ARC Linkage Project Laboratory Adelaide: The Value of Culture)

Panellists are asked to talk for 10 minutes about the issues in relations to their own contexts or experience and to conclude their presentation with one or two most useful strategies to feed into the workshop component

11.10 – 11.45

 

 

Workshop: Value, Culture and Regional organisations

Break into small groups

  • How might productive alignments be built with regards to ‘value’ across sectors, funders and disciplines?
  • Which research alignments and projects might be possible between Humanities researchers and regional organisations in your area?
  • Are there obstacles in realising such alignments? How might they be overcome?
11.45 – 12.30 Small groups report back to the big group
12.30-1.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 2: Humanities visibility and advocacy in regional institution

Chair: Jane Mummery

Professor Amanda Lawson; Associate Professor Robert Phiddian (Deputy Dean,  and Professor Chris Gibson (Professor of Human Geography and Director, UOW Global Challenges Program

  • How do we make ourselves visible within our institutions?
  • How can we advocate for the humanities within the institutions within which we find ourselves?
  • How do Research Priority areas work strategically for regional universities?
  • What strategic planning processes can advance humanities nationally?

 

1.30-2.15 Lunch
2.15-3.00

 

 

 

Session 3:  ARC, ERA, Research Environment

Chair: Robert Phiddian

Professor Mark McLelland, ARC Future Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry, The University of Wollongong

Comprising 30 minute keynote plus 15 minute questions

3.00-4.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Responding Panel: ARC, ERA, Research Environment

Chair: Mark McLelland

Panellists:

  • Professor Keir Reeves, Founding Director Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History, Federation University
  • Dr Kate Bagnall, ARC DECRA Fellow, The University of Wollongong
  • Dr Frances Steel, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong
  • Dr Anna Potter, ARC DECRA Fellow, University of the Sunshine Coast

Panellists are asked to talk for 10 minutes about the issues in relations to their own contexts or experience and to conclude their presentation with one or two most useful strategies to feed into the workshop component

4.00-5.15

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop: ARC, ERA, Research Environment

Break into small groups

  • What are the criteria for outstanding research environment statements?
  • Are there obstacles to developing outstanding research environment statements with regards to your projects / your ERA codes? How might they be overcome?
  • How could notions of ‘regionality’ be most productively mapped onto and utilised in your projects and research environment statements?

Small groups report back to the big group

 

 

7.30 Dinner

Separate fee required

 

Day 2: Thursday 29 September

 

9.00  Coffee
9.30-10.10

 

 

Session 4: Internationalisation and Regional Futures

Keynote: “Leveraging the New Colombo Plan”

Dr Nigel Chang, Lecturer College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University.

Chair: Robert Mason

10.10-11.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Responding Panel: Internationalisation

Chair: Nigel Chang

Panellists:

  • Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley, Macquarie University
  • Dr Robert Mason, Griffith University
  • Associate Professor, Peter Grave, Archaeology, Chair of Research, School of Humanities, University of New England

Panellists are asked to talk for 10 minutes about the issues in relations to their own contexts or experience and to conclude their presentation with one or two most useful strategies to feed into the workshop component

11.10 – 12.30

 

 

 

Workshop: Internationalisation

  • What might be the basis for the development of international connections / collaborations for your projects?
  • How could international connections / collaborations be best engaged and maximised in your projects?
  • In what ways could institutions better support the development of international research collaborations?

 

12.30-1.30 Lunch
1.30-2.30

 

Session 5 – ACHRC Humanities Networking Project

Associate Professor Robert Phiddian (Director of the ACHRC), Dr Jane Mummery and Dr Robert Mason (co-chairs of the Humanities in the Regions Initiative of the ACHRC).

2.30-3.30

 

Discussion: What does the regional humanities sector need and what can the ACHRC do to advocate for that?

 

3.30 Close

 

Register here: https://pay.flinders.edu.au/soh/menu

 

Accommodation options for Wollongong

 

Beachside

Beachside accommodation is available in both the city, and at North Wollongong.

City

Hotels in the city are a few blocks back from the beach, but are closer to the CBD and restaurants. Corrimal Street has a variety of eateries including Indian, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, Lebanese and more.

UOW Accommodation

Value for money accommodation located on the fringe of Wollongong CBD and walking distance to some of Wollongong’s best cafes & restaurants. Keiraview has a range of room styles to meet individual stays, families and group bookings.

North Wollongong

North Wollongong has a small number of convenience stores, and restaurants, including two on the beach.

 

 

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Previous events

2015 Humanities in the Regions Event

The ACHRC has recently established a group dedicated to promoting Humanities-based research in regional areas of Australia, to cascade peak body, state-of-play knowledge throughout regional institutions. The aim is to build research capacity, connectivity and institutional knowledge for Humanities research in the regions.

The initiative was officially launched at the event “Humanities in the Regions: Building Capacity Through Connectivity and Knowledge,” hosted at the University of Southern Queensland‘s Toowoomba campus, 13-14 April 2015.

 

Co-chairs of the ACHRC Humanities in the Regions member initiative are Dr Jane Mummery, Federation University Australia (Ballarat campus) and Dr Robert Mason, University of Southern Queensland.

For more information or to become involved contact Tully Barnett