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Postgraduate retreat

Contextualising the thesis in Southeast Asia

Postgraduate students researching Southeast Asia are invited to attend our annual postgraduate retreat. This three-day program is designed to strengthen your research and writing by contextualising your thesis within the Southeast Asian region, as well as within your disciplinary framework. 

When: 9am-4pm, 19-21 November 2018

Where: HC Coombs Centre, Kirribilli, Sydney

Context has implications for the framing, significance and implementation of most PhD research. But many postgraduate students struggle to contextualise their research empirically and theoretically.

In this retreat, postgraduate students will learn how to conceptualise and contextualise their research questions both within the region, and also within a disciplinary – and multi-disciplinary – framework.

Through three days of roundtables, workshops and practical group exercises, postgraduate students will develop strategies for contextualising their research, identifying the wider problems and debates to which their research contributes, and demonstrating the significance of their work through the debates and perspectives which inform it. 

Registration is now closed.

Retreat information

Date

Time

Session

Speakers

Monday 19 November

9:30am

Welcome and introduction

Ms Natali Pearson

10am

Session 1: The challenge

Ms Natali Pearson

10:30am

Morning tea

 

11am

Session 2: Positioning yourself within your discipline and beyond

Ms Natali Pearson

12:30pm

Lunch

 

1:30pm

Session 4: Bridging the divide – reflection

TBC

4:30pm

Day’s close

 

Tuesday 20 November

9:30am

Session 5: The Southeast Asian context: fieldwork, data collection and positionality

TBC

10:30am

Morning tea

 

11am

Session 6: The Southeast Asian context: ethics and power

TBC

12:30am

Lunch

 

2pm

Session 7: Lessons learnt: What I wish I had known

Dr Jess Melvin

Dr Emma Calgaro

Others TBC

 

3pm

Afternoon tea

 

3:30pm

Session 8: Time to work on presentation

 

4:30pm

Day’s close

 

Wednesday 21 November

9:30am

Session 9: The nature of the field: why context matters

Ms Natali Pearson

10:30am

Morning tea

 

11am

Session 10: Repositioning yourself after your degree

TBC

12:30pm

Lunch

 

1:30pm

Session 11: Presentations

 

3pm

Afternoon tea

 

3:30pm

Session 11: announce winner and close

 

4pm

Close of program

 

To register for this retreat, students must be Higher Degree Research students at an Australian university. Course work postgraduate students are not eligible.

Priority will be given to University of Sydney students, however, students from universities across Australia are eligible to register.

A limited number of travel grants are available for students based outside of Sydney to participate in the program. The grant can be used for travel, accommodation and any other costs associated with participation.

Grants will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Please indicate in the registration form if you wish to be considered for a grant.

Grant amount

Travelling from

$500

 NSW (outside Sydney), ACT

$750

 VIC, QLD, SA

$1000

 WA, NT, TAS

2018: Contextualising your thesis in Southeast Asia

2017: Leadership in academia

2016: Interdisciplinary collaboration

2015: Finding your voice

2014: Working across disciplines