Research Grants within the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry

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SOPHI is a leading centre for research in the Humanities in Australia and our staff regularly receive highly competitive Australian Research Council (ARC) grants and fellowships. We attract a considerable number of ARC funded postdoctoral fellows who are keen to work with our continuing staff, and we are home to over 250 PhD students. Here are the current ARC funded research projects underway in SOPHI (check our staff research pages to learn more).

2014

ARC Discovery Project – Indigenous

Name Department Project Title Duration
(years)
Dr Victoria Grieves
Gender and Cultural Studies
Children of War: Australia and the War in the Pacific 1941 - 1944 3

ARC Discovery Projects

Name Department Project Title Duration
(years)
Prof Elspeth Probyn Gender and Cultural Studies Sustainable Fish: a material analysis of cultures of consumption & production  
Prof Alison Bashford and
Prof Joyce Chaplin
History Malthus and the New World
3
Prof Stuart Macintyre, Mr Gwilym Croucher, Prof Stephen Garton,
Prof Glyn Davis and Dr Julia Horne
History   2

2013

ARC Discovery Projects

Name Department Project Title Duration
(years)
Prof Robert Aldrich  History Banishing potentates: European colonialists and indigenous rules in the British and French overseas empires 3
Assoc Prof Alison Betts,Prof Frantz Grenet and Prof N Vadim Archaeology Kingship, art and cult practice: decoding symbolism in an ancient Central Asian royal city 3

Prof Sheila Fitzpatrick and Prof Mark Edele

History War and displacement: from the Soviet Union to Australia in the wake of the Second World War 3
Prof Paul Griffiths Philosophy A methodological analysis of the application of evolutionary medicine to non-communicable diseases 2
Assoc Prof Michael McDonnell, Dr Clare Corbould and Prof William Brundage

History The revolution in Black American life: memory and history in the making of African America 3
Ms Frances Muecke and Dr Maurizio Cambanelli Classics and Ancient History The invention of Rome: Biondo Flavio's Roma triumphans and its worlds 3
Prof Peter Read, Dr Elizabeth Rechniewski, Dr Marivic Wyndham, Assoc Prof Judith Keene and Prof Adrian Vickers History Judging the past in a post-cold War world 3
Prof Paul Redding Philosophy Analysis in the idealist tradition: the development of Leibniz's analytic method by Kant and Hegel and its implications for contemporary philosophy 3
Prof Shane White History The Prince of Darkness: Wall Street's first black millionaire  

DECRA

Name Department Project Title Duration
(years)
Dr Jodi Frawley
Gender and Cultural Studies
Shoal waters: estuary histories, local knowledge and sustainable fishing in Eastern Australia   3

2012

ARC Indigenous Discovery Project

Name Department Project Title Duration
(years)
Dr Victoria Grieves
Gender and Cultural Studies
More than family history: race, gender and the Aboriginal family in Australian history 
3

ARC Discovery Projects

Name Department Project Title Duration
(years)

Assoc Prof Rick Benitez; Dr Julia Kindt; Assoc Prof Dirk C Baltzly, ; Dr Marguerite Johnson; Prof Harold A Tarrant

Philosophy, Classics and Ancient History
Plato's myth voice: the identification and interpretation of 'inspired speech' in Plato 3

Prof Mark Colyvan

Philosophy Mathematical notation: a philosophical account 3

Emeritus Prof Roy MacLeod

History The Mineral factor: strategic minerals, imperial resources and global politics (1895-1995) 3

Prof Meg Miller; Dr Lesley Beaumont; Dr Stavros A Paspalas

Archaeology Settlement sustainability and societal change in the ancient Mediterranean: the case of Zagora 3

Dr Kane Race

Gender and Cultural Studies Changing spaces of HIV prevention: a cultural analysis of transformations in sexual sociability 3
Assoc Prof Penny Russell; Prof Nigel Worden  History Empires of honour: violence and virtue in colonial societies, 1750-1850  3
Prof Warwick Anderson; Prof Ian MacKay History Disease and the modern self: becoming autoimmune 3

ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship

Name Department Project Title Duration
(years)
Prof Warwick Anderson   History Southern racial conceptions: comparative histories and contemporary legacies    5

2011

ARC Discovery Projects

Name Department Title Duration
(years)
Dr Dougald J O'Reilly, Dr Louise G Shewan, Dr Damian H Evans, Dr Kathryn M Domett, Prof Charles F Higham, Prof Elizabeth (Lisa) A Matisoo-Smith, Dr Thomas F Higham, Dr Sian E Halcrow, Dr Thomas O Pryce, Prof Rethy Chhem Archaeology From Paddy to Pura: the origins of Angkor  3
Prof Iain D McCalman History Redeeming the Great Barrier Reef. Science, romanticism and indigenous knowledge in the cultural and ecological history of the reef, c.1850-1950 3
Dr Kirsten E McKenzie History Personal liberty, British identity and surveillance in the antipodes, 1780s - 1830s 3
Prof Cassandra J Pybus, Dr Kit Candlin History Enterprising women: race, gender and power in the revolutionary Atlantic, 1770-1820 4
Prof Shane White, A/Prof Stephen M Robertson, Prof Stephen R Garton History Year of the riot: Harlem, 1935 5
Prof David Braddon-Mitchell, Dr Kristie L Miller Philosophy A theory of theory choice 5
Prof Paul Thom Philosophy Critical edition of Robert Kilwardby's commentary on Aristotle's Prior Analytics, with historical / philosophical introduction and analytical notes 2

2010

Name Department Title Duration
(years)
Prof Roland Fletcher; Prof J Riegel; Dr B Li; A/Prof C Pottier; Prof M Stark; Dr JN Miksic; Dr C Ang Archaeology Greater Angkor from ancestry to abandonment: the growth, daily life and transformation of the suburbs of Angkor 5
Dr Martin Gibbs Archaeology Beyond the New World: A 16th century Spanish colony and its impact on indigenous populations in the Solomon Islands 3
Prof EG Csapo; Prof PJ Wilson; Em/Prof JR Green; Dr EG Robinson; Dr SG Nervegna Classics and Ancient History The Theatrical Revolution: The Expansion of Theatre Outside Athens 5
Dr Andrew Hartwig Classics and Ancient History Plato Comicus and Greek comedy: a study of his dramatic career 4
Dr Emma Cristopher History Slavery, freedom and colonial development: Robert Bostock and his legacy 5
Dr James Curran History Australian/American relations in the era of the new nationalism 3
Assoc Prof Chris Hilliard History The politics of reading: Citizenship, law, and literacy in England, 1867-1960 5
Dr Martin Thomas; A/Prof LM Barwick; Prof AJ Marett History Intercultural inquiry in a transnational context: Exploring the legacy of the 1948 American Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land 5
Mr Richard White History Touring the past: tourism and history in Australia 1850-2010 3
Dr Natalya Lusty; Dr HG Groth Gender and Cultural Studies Dreams: A Cultural History, 1840-1940 3
Prof Stephen Gaukroger; Dr Anik Waldow Philosophy The rise of empiricism and the attempt to produce a unified understanding of the world, 1680-1750 3

2009

Name

Department

Title

Duration
(years)

Dr T E Doelman; Dr P Jia Archaeology Crossing Borders: The Use and Distribution of Volcanic Glass Artefacts in Northeast Asia 2
Dr MJ Hendrickson; Dr C Pottier; Prof Dr HJ Leisen; Dr DE Cook; Dr Q Hua (APD Dr MJ Hendrickson) Archaeology Industries of Angkor: Material Production and the Decline of the Khmer Empire (11th to 15th centuries CE) 3
Dr D O'Reilly; Dr RA Armstrong; Dr KM Domett; Dr LG Shewan; Prof CF Higham; Prof R Chhem; Dr N Beavan Athfield; Dr C Pottier Archaeology History in their bones: A diachronic, bioarchaeological study of diet, mobility and social organisation from Cambodian skeletal assemblages 3
Prof DT Potts (APF) Archaeology From village to empire in the Zagros highlands:
Archaeological investigations at Tole Nurabad (Fars Province, Iran)
5
Dr R Torrence; Mrs NA Kononenko; Dr EA Carter (APD Mrs NA Kononenko) Archaeology Valuing Stones: obsidian stemmed tools in the creation of social complexity in Papua New Guinea 4
Dr CA Driscoll; Dr K Bowles; Prof K Darian Smith; A/Prof CR Gibson; Dr D Nichols; A/Prof G Waitt Gender and Cultural Studies Cultural sustainability in Australian country towns: amenity, mobility, and everyday life 3
Prof EC Probyn Gender and Cultural Studies Taste and Place: the transglobal production and consumption
of food and drink
3
Prof WH Anderson; Dr RL Jones (APD Dr RL Jones) History Anatomies of Empire: Race, Evolution and Scientific Networks in the Twentieth Century British World 3
A/Prof AC Bashford; Dr J McAdam; Dr SS Amrith History Immigration Restriction and the Racial State, c. 1880 to the present 4
Dr MA McDonnell History Charles Langlade, the Anishinaabeg, and the making and unmaking of the Atlantic World 3
Dr AD Moses History Genocide: Critical History of an Idea 3
Prof CJ Pybus; Prof RL Isaac; Prof I Berlin; Prof OV Burton; Prof J Sidbury History Interrogating the Book of Negroes: explorations of slavery and freedom in the Atlantic world in the era of the American Revolution. 1
 Prof PJ Read (APF)  History  A history of Aboriginal Sydney since 1788  5
 Prof GA Sluga  History  The International History of Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism, 1814-1822  4
Prof SW Gaukroger (APF)  Philosophy  Science and the Shaping of Modernity, 1690-1755  5
 Dr KL Miller  Philosophy  Fundamental Ways the World Could Be: Challenging Metaphysical Orthodoxy  3
 Prof PM Redding; Dr PD Bubbio (APD  Dr PD Bubbio)  Philosophy The God of Hegel's PostKantian Idealism  4
 Dr JS Wilkins; Prof PE Griffiths (APD Dr JS Wilkins)   Philosophy  Contemporary scientific explanations of religion: A methodological and philosophical analysis  3
 Dr D Rickles (ARF)  Philosophy  The Development of Quantum Gravity  5

2008

Name

Department

Title

Duration
(years)

Prof Warwick Anderson

History

Reproductive frontiers: the 20th century sciences of human hybridity

3

A/Prof Alison Betts; Prof V NYagodin; Dr Fiona Kidd

Archaeology

A study of a newly discovered corpus of early Central Asian wall paintings

4

Dr Melissa Carter

Archaeology

With or without pots: investigating the archaeology of human settlement on Santa Isobel, western Solomon Islands

4

Dr Emma Christopher; Dr M S Delofski; Prof P E Lovejoy

History

Sierra Leone and Australia: a case of the vanishing twin

3

Prof Mark Colyvan

Philosophy

Ethics and formal theories of decision

3

Dr Nicholas Eckstein

History

The anatomy and physiology of Renaissance Florence: the dynamics of social change in the 15th century

3

Dr Damien Evans

Archaeology

Hydraulic systems and state development in early Cambodia: mapping the engineered landscapes of the Khmer using remote sensing

3

Prof Paul Griffiths; Dr Karola Stotz

Philosophy

Postgenomic perspectives on human nature

5

Prof Duncan Ivison

Philosophy

The uneasy alliance between democracy and justice

4

Prof Huw Price; Dr Guido Bacciagaluppi; Dr M A Schlosshauer

Philosophy

Time-asymmetry and the Bohmian view of the quantum world

3

Dr Stephen Robertson

History

Private eyes and ears: covert surveillance in American life, 1865-1941

3

Dr Nicholas J J Smith

Philosophy

A computational solution to the problem of reference

3