HuSS Graduate Research Conference

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The HuSS Graduate Research Conference provides a friendly and engaging space for research students to sharpen their presentation skills, build interdisciplinary networks, check off a milestone requirement, and share their research with like-minded colleagues. For this year’s conference, all themed sessions for the presentation of research results, professional development workshops and panels will be held online over the course of 2 days.

Monday 17 October 2022 09:00 am until Tuesday 18 October 2022 04:30 pm (Add to calendar)
HuSS Conference Committee
Presented by:
Humanities and Social Sciences
Type of Event:
Attached documents:
HuSS Graduate Research Achievement in Public Engagement Application [PDF, 177.2 KB]
Graduate Research Achievement in Research Output Application [PDF, 142.0 KB]
HUSS GR Conference 2022 FAQs [PDF, 109.0 KB]
Meet the Conference Committee [PDF, 190.1 KB]

Photo of David Myers Building with text reading HUSS Graduate Research Conference 2022 Online Conference 17-18 October


Supervisor/Progress Committee Registration

Attendees/Discussants will not be required to register. Daily schedules with zoom links will be listed in the program distributed and emailed the morning of each day.

Conference Committee

Meet the Conference Committee [PDF 190.1 KB]

Frequently Asked Questions

HuSS GR Conference 2022 FAQs [PDF 109.0 KB]

Equity and Diversity

Photo of Andrew Tang If you have any accessibility concerns, please contact Andrew Tang at

Andrew will be acting as a point of contact for Equity & Diversity students and those with accessibility needs on this year's conference organising committee. If you have specific needs on the day or would like particular accessibility questions or suggestions considered in the conference planning process, please don’t hesitate to email Andrew.

Monday October 17

Conference Welcome: 9.00 am AEST

The Graduate Research Conference is an important part of the intellectual climate within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The event provides HDR candidates with a supportive and encouraging space not only for presenting their research outputs, but also for fostering the development of professional skills and building of interdisciplinary networks.

This year, the conference is being held as a virtual Zoom event. Please join us for the official conference welcome from Professor Nick Bisley (Dean of School of Humanities & Social Sciences). Associate Professor Anthony Moran (Director of Graduate Research, Humanities & Social Sciences) will also outline important housekeeping information and guideline reminders.

Professional Development Session – The Interdependent Researcher: Collaboration and Connection for Graduate Researchers 12.00 pm AEST

Doing a Masters or PhD is often imagined as mostly solitary. On one side is the drive towards gaining invaluable experiences through developing your skills as an independent researcher. On the other side, however, is the isolation and loneliness often accepted as a given element in the life of Masters and PhD students. Positively and negatively, images of ‘the solitary postgrad” abound. This panel discussion explores another perspective: how collaboration is also embedded in research life.

Academic collaboration takes various forms and experiences, depending on one’s current needs. Seasoned researchers with substantial publication records collaborate with fellow experts in other areas. Early-career researchers can build their professional reputations by connecting with others to form teams for working together. As graduate researchers learning the ropes, opportunities to engage with others in similar ways are also available, offering many advantages that can enrich your life as a researcher now and in the future.

Going beyond the baseline of the supervisory relationship, this panel opens conversations toward activities that may include:

  • co-authorship in research outputs
  • joining and/or forming reading clubs, research teams, or support groups
  • organising activities to support one’s own development by contributing to research culture: connecting to wider contexts through seminars, talks and symposia, public events involving non-academic participants, creative and artistic engagements and projects, social activism and community outreach.

Bridging these discussions is meticulous attention to the specific contexts of graduate researchers in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Lunchtime Session - 3 Minute Float-a-Paper 1:15 - 2:15pm

Test a thesis! Pitch a pipe dream paper! It’s like an academic shark tank without the sharks. We are hosting a ‘three minute thesis-type competition’ - only it is not a competition! - for all of your fledgling ideas for papers, theses and books (academic or otherwise!). If there’s a discipline or journal you’ve been tempted to dip your toe into, or an argument you need to ruminate on, then join us for a creative environment to find a place for it!

We strongly support submissions daring to create collaboration and cross disciplinary boundaries  - like visual arts/microbiology or humanities/media like in past submissions. To assist in this, We have designed a template to make this connection: “I’m doing a project rooted in my perspective in Discipline A. I’m hoping to connect it with those of you in disciplines B, C, D, etc. Would you be interested in something like this?”

But it could also be something along the lines of, “Hi, my dream is to finally get started working on Project X, because I know Y and can frame these issues from these angles. However, to get Project X off the drawing board, I’d need someone who knows Z, because I have no background in that, and it’s necessary to round out the project. Any takers? Let me know what you can contribute and how much time you have.”

  • Your name
  • Your discipline and department
  • Your supervisors’ names
  • Your thesis topic/title
  • Your bio (50 words or less)

Tuesday October 18

Special Session - Trauma Studies as a Theoretical Lens for Multidisciplinary Social Science​ 11:15 - 12:15

Applying the lens of trauma to a number of disciplines within the social sciences, this panel discussion explores a multitude of contributions in this perspective: from how trauma informed research understands the formative experiences with structural violence that creates mass violence, intergenerational trauma in producing coercive control, the understanding of colonial violence as a trauma infliction, victimisation and perpetration of family violence, to how the reflexive understanding of trauma allows for safer research practices and wellbeing.

Drawing from not only traditional social sciences in CJLS, anthropology and sociology, we also engage perspectives from subdisciplines including critical psychology, internet studies, alternative economies and organisational studies.

The panelists speak to their research. This opens up conversations that include:

  • Family violence in the South Sudanese Community (Akuch), and in Indigenous communities (Jovana). Including Traditional customary law, and indigenous lead health centres as responses to each respectively. Seeing trauma as a product of colonialism
  • The physical, psychological and economic abuse in relationships of coercive control (Kristy)
  • Trauma as it relates to masculinity leaves men with vulnerability to ideological manipulation and radicalisation (Georgia)
  • Understanding dramas of kinship, social and economic practices within political communities to heal and harm these movements (Andrew)

Bringing together these contributions paints a picture of a coherent interdisciplinary theme, theoretical and practical lens.

Prize Ceremony and Conference Close 3:30 - 4.00pm AEST

The HuSS Graduate Researcher Prizes are designed to recognise and celebrate the achievements of HDR candidates and their contributions to activities. Each year the School offers two prizes to graduate researchers in the arenas of public engagement and research outputs.

Graduate Research Achievement in Public Engagement

This prize celebrates achievements in communicating research to the public, beyond the realms of traditional academic discourse (i.e. activities that are not part of your PhD thesis). This includes, for example, public lectures, workshops, exhibitions or events, non- scholarly articles (print, electronic or social media), podcasts, blogs, film, radio or television commentary.

Apply now [PDF 177.2 KB]

Graduate Research Achievement in Research Output

This prize celebrates the publication of high quality, peer-reviewed work which may include scholarly journal articles, a book, book chapter, creative work or other nontraditional research outputs.

Apply now [PDF 142.0 KB]

Social Media

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Past Conferences

2020 Conference Highlights

Rebuilding Research Cultures

Professor Katie Holmes, Dr Tseen Khoo, Susannah Ostojic, Dipjyoti Goswami

2019 Conference Highlights

What I Learnt from “History”

Keynote Speaker: Professor Lawrie Zion,

The Written Word and Beyond: Creative Ways of Disseminating Your Research

Dr Angie Black, Dr Margaret Mayhew, Dr Larisa Bardsley, Dr Yves Rees

2018 Conference Highlights

Mapping hidden geographies – the writer as cartographer

Keynote Speaker: Kim Mahood

PhD and Beyond - Panel of La Trobe Graduates: Dr Sarah MacLean, Dr James Burford, Dr Lauren Gawne and Dr Bronwyn Hinz

2017 Conference Highlights

Why Arts Matter

Keynote Speaker: Professor Dennis Altman AM

Work and Career Beyond the PhD

Panel of La Trobe Graduates: Dr Gustavo Portes, Dr Mark Mallman, Dr Robyn Sampson, Dr Damir Mitric

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