[Humanist] 31.757 PhD studentship (Western Sydney)

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 31, No. 757.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2018 09:24:06 +0000
        From: Francesco Borghesi <francesco.borghesi at sydney.edu.au>
        Subject: DH PhD scholarship available at WSU

Fully funded PhD position in Digital Humanities available (with focus on the pre-history of Oceania). Fee waiver and scholarship included.

Application deadline May 11 2018

The Digital Humanities Research Group at Western Sydney University, Australia, has recently received a national research grant (ARC Discovery): ‘Waves of Words: Mapping and Modelling Australia’s Pacific Past’ (DP180100893). The primary aim of this project is to understand Australia’s prehistory as a networked agent in a complex web of Asia-Pacific interaction. In order to achieve this, we aim to determine the extent and nature of early relationships between first peoples of Australia and the rest of Oceania by bringing together, comparing, and modelling the linguistic, anthropological and archaeological evidence.

As a result of this research we also aim to:

  *   discover what kinds of social configurations underlie different linguistic outcomes in language contact situations; and
  *   improve our understanding of the relationship between language change and socio-cultural change and feed this back into improvements to linguistic and anthropological theory.
  *   develop a toolkit of methods and software for integrating linguistic, anthropological and archaeological data that can be used in other regions as well.

The PhD position is intended to take on a self-contained subproject within this larger scope, with some flexibility for the student’s own research interests. Examples of possible subprojects include (but are not limited to) the following:

  *   Semantic maps for Wanderwörter in Oceania
  *   Agent-based modelling of population interactions in the early Pacific (or pre-colonial Australia)
  *   Development of an interdisciplinary data-visualisation platform for linguistics, anthropology and archaeology
  *   Integration of time-based data visualisation into geographical platforms
  *   3D/Virtual Reality humanities data visualisation
  *   Text mining and automatic extraction of structured data from humanities publications

If a technical topic such as one of the above is chosen, the PhD project may include data from the broad area of interest to the ARC project (Oceania). Alternatively, a student with a stronger background in linguistics, anthropology or archaeology may wish to focus on a particular region that is of interest for the relationship between Australia and the Pacific (the Torres Islands, the relationship between Vanuatu and Australia, between PNG and Australia, or between parts of Indonesia and Australia (e.g. Sulawesi and/or Maluku) for example), or on a subset of the thematic domains that are of interest, e.g. plants and animals, material culture (e.g. canoes, fish hooks, and other tools), social structures (chieftainship, kinship, religion).

The student will be supervised by Associate Professor Rachel Hendery (Digital Humanities Research Group) and Professor Simeon Simoff (School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics).

For further context, please see the full project description linked here: https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/dhrg/digital_humanities/featured/waves_of_words . To apply, please send a CV, together with a short proposal for your project (1-2 pages) by May 4, 2018. We will then invite shortlisted candidates to submit a more detailed proposal and attend an interview (which may be via teleconference).


Dr Rachel Hendery
Associate Professor of Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities Research Group
School of Humanities and Communication Arts
Western Sydney University

Ph +61 2 9683 8164
Office: Parramatta South ED. G.81
Twitter: @DH_Western
Treasurer, Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (AADH)
NSW Coordinator for the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzClo)

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