Monday, 27 April 2015

What shutting up and writing can do for you (Emma Hughes)

Photo by Fredrik Rubensson |
In November 2014, Emma Hughes (PhD candidate in the Theatre and Drama Program, College of ASSC) participated in La Trobe University’s Academic Writing Month (#LTUacwrimo).

We were interested in hearing about her experiences, and she kindly agreed to an email interview.

About herself and her research work, here are Emma’s own words:

“My thesis is about the representation of mothers within contemporary Australian female authored drama (play-texts) and theatre (live performance). I have a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Honours) from Monash University and a Master of Arts from the Theatre and Drama Program at La Trobe University.”

Emma tweets at @melbtheatregrrl.

Now, onto the interview!

So, Emma, what prompted you to join in with the La Trobe University Academic Writing Month (#LTUacwrimo) in 2014?

I decided to sign up for #LTUacwrimo because I perceived that setting myself a public goal to work towards would help me achieve my aims, and because I like keeping a record of the study-tasks that I attempt and/or complete. Furthermore, I thought that I’d like to give “Shut up and Write” a try and I decided that #LTUacwrimo was a good time to do it.

Monday, 20 April 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS - La Trobe University Early Career Researcher (ECR) Network Conference (1 October 2015)

THURSDAY, 1 October 2015 (Sem 2 mid-semester break) 
Venue: La Trobe - Melbourne Campus 

This one-day conference aims to bring together ECRs from all La Trobe University campuses to present their research, creating a forum to discuss their work in a collegial, interdisciplinary environment, and build networks with colleagues from other campuses and fields. 

The conference showcases the wide diversity and innovative research being conducted by ECRs across the university, and serves as an opportunity for further reflection about the key role that ECRs play within the University’s research strategy. As well as presentations by ECRs, the conference will also feature workshops and invited talks from key research leaders and university units that focus on researcher education and support. 

This event will conclude with the ECR Conference Reception at a local restaurant.

Abstract submission: If you would like to present a 15-minute paper, please forward a 100-word abstract and 50-word bio to Jillian Garvey ( with “ECR conference – [YourLastName]” in the subject line. 

CLOSING DATE for abstracts: 22 May 2015.

Please save the conference date in your calendar! Full information, including registration and details about travel funds for La Trobe University's regional ECRs, will be online soon. Please note that the ECRs this conference refers to are those who have had their PhDs awared within the last 5-7 years. 

  • Jillian Garvey (Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Josie Barbaro (Autism Research Centre)
  • Marcella Carragher (Allied Health)
  • Raul Sanchez-Urribarri​ (Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Rachel Winterton (Rural Aged Care - John Richards Initiative)

Monday, 13 April 2015

One great way to stimulate research (Narelle Lemon)

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) entry
(Photo by Narelle Lemon)
This year, I had the opportunity to undertake a Visiting Research Fellowship with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) in Sydney.

A research fellowship is an opportunity to develop as a researcher in a collaborative and supportive environment. It provides you with concentrated time to focus on a specific research project in partnership with site experts and access to particular materials.

In my case, accepting a Visiting Research Fellowship with MAAS enabled me to spend a period of time with museum education, curatorial, media and communication, and digital and media teams in order to carry out focused research collaboratively.

I have chosen to split my time between two concentrated visits: one I have just completed in March, then I'll be back there in May.

Each time, I have negotiated to spend two weeks on site - an amazing and inspiring two weeks! This will allow me to maximize thinking time and build sustainable, long-term partnerships.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Don’t worry, it’s only a Human Research Ethics Committee! (Sara Paradowski)

Photo by Sylwia Bartyzel |
After working in the area of research governance for nearly 6 years, I’ve noticed that there’s one area of research that causes a strong emotional response from just about every researcher.

They’re usually stressed, frustrated, and/or anxious about it.

What’s causing these emotions?

One thing and one thing only: a potential close encounter with a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

I have thought about this a lot. Why are people so worried about an HREC review?

So, I thought I’d pass on a few tips to hopefully assist with navigating and writing a human research ethics application.