A/Prof Steven Cooke
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Education
Melbourne Burwood Campus (with flexibility)
Reconceptualising training, travel, and trauma: Jewish emigres and their impact on Australian Society.
Jewish emigres who fled Nazi persecution and antisemitism before, during, and after the Holocaust had a significant impact on Australian life in a range of fields including art and design, architecture, industry, politics, and education. These emigres embody a history that is intrinsically geographical, and their material and imaginative travels did not end once they arrived in Australia.
Through an approach that foregrounds transnational and diasporic histories (Curthoys and Lake 2005; Hawcroft 2017; Peterson 2017; Erll 2011, 2014) this project will explore new ways of telling stories of travel, training, and trauma in exhibitions connected to the Holocaust and other genocides.
How did emigres’ education, professional practice and experiences travel with them, and influence their work? What are the micro and macro impacts on Australian society? How can these personal narratives be presented within wider histories? How can the charting of material and imaginative journeys of people and artefacts be used to inform new approaches to curatorial practice? How might these in turn illustrate a more nuanced reading of the impact of migration to Australia?
We welcome expressions of interest for a PhD project which address this broad theme.
This scholarship and research project is supported by the Sir Wilfred and CH Brookes Charitable Foundation.
Deakin University acknowledges with gratitude the support of the Sir Wilfred & C H (Roger) Brookes Charitable Foundation, particularly the late Roger Brookes.
This project is inspired by the life and work of Professor Fred Jevons AO. Jevons escaped Austria in 1939 on a Kindertransport, settling in the UK and becoming an innovative educator and researcher before migrating to Australia in 1976, and becoming Deakin University’s innovative first Vice Chancellor.
Applications will remain open until a candidate has been appointed
This scholarship is available over 3 years.
- $28,600 per annum tax exempt (2021 rate)
To be eligible you must:
- be either a domestic or international candidate currently residing in Australia (domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship).
- meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
- be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.
Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.
How to apply
Please apply using the expression of interest form
For more information about this scholarship, please contact A/Prof Steven Cooke
A/Prof Steven Cooke
Associate Head of School, International and Partnerships (Faculty of Arts and Education)
Email Steven Cooke
+61 3 924 46827
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