The Multilingual Australia research team is looking for a PhD scholar with a background in history, cultural studies and literary studies to undertake research in one or more migrant languages other than English. The project follows the highest Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project funding awarded to the University in its 2021 round.
Accounts of key events in Australian history have typically been based on English language sources, but a wealth of settler and migrant materials is available in languages other than English on such events. Using this ‘multilingual archive’, the project aims to re-examine six significant events in the development of national consciousness. By identifying and analysing relevant materials, it seeks to demonstrate how users of languages other than English participate in Australian society.
The innovative project combines the study of languages with the study of Australian history, thus creating new knowledge on key events and how people imagine themselves as being – or not being – Australian. The creation of the archive and framework for analysis will benefit researchers and enhance the capacity of historians and libraries, and open up new perspectives on Australian history.
The project uses archival and library sources in non-Indigenous languages other than English to re-examine six key topics in Australian history:
By broadening Australia's understanding of the social, cultural and intellectual history of nation-building, the intended outcome is to create a new inclusiveness in identifying with Australia.
The successful PhD scholar will be trained by a leading multidisciplinary team in range of research methods, and gain experience in working in archives and libraries. The project engages an international network of researchers and provides an exciting academic environment.
Applicants are invited to submit a proposal for PhD research that aligns directly to this project.
Prospective candidates may qualify for direct entry into the PhD program if their research proposal (see above) is accepted and they satisfy at least one of the criteria listed below.
For more information regarding applying for a PhD, refer to the course details for Doctor of Philosophy (Arts and Social Sciences).
Please also refer to guidelines for preparing a research proposal.
In addition to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Research Scholarship, a number of scholarships are available to support your studies:
These scholarships will provide a stipend allowance of $35,629 per annum for up to 3.5 years. Successful international students will also receive a tuition fee scholarship for up to 3.5 years.
For other scholarship opportunities, refer to our Faculty Research Scholarships (Domestic) or Faculty Research Scholarships (International).