HuSS Graduate Research Conference 2020

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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. This year’s conference is going online and will take place over the course of a week and will include paper presentations as well as panels discussing different aspects of professional development.

Monday 19 October 2020 until Thursday 22 October 2020 (Add to calendar)
HuSS Conference Committee
Presented by:
La Trobe University
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Attached documents:
HuSS Graduate Research Conference Program 2020.pdf [PDF, 921.7 KB]

All graduate researchers from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences are invited to attend the upcoming HuSS Graduate Research Conference.

This is a great opportunity to discover the diverse and cutting-edge research being undertaken by graduate researchers in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Red Unit have organised a series of workshops to help you prepare for the conference.

For information around individual sessions and speakers please view the HuSS Graduate Research Conference Program 2020 [PDF 922KB]

Monday October 19

Conference Welcome: 9.30 am-9.45 am

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 forum for presenting their research, fosters the development of professional skills and encourages the 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 (Head of School of Humanities & Social Sciences). Associate Professor Nicola Stern (Director of Graduate Research, Humanities & Social Sciences) will also outline important housekeeping information and guideline reminders.

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Professional Development Session - Research Outputs: 2 pm-3.30 pm

We are all expected to disseminate the results of our research to our discipline, our stakeholders and to the broader community of which we are a part. Professor Emerita Sue Martin, a distinguished scholar of English literature who has had long experience grappling with the way the nation’s research output is measured and documented, will open this session with a discussion of the issues to consider as you start to build a track record of research outputs. The panel discussion will explore different strategies for building a track-record of traditional and nontraditional outputs at different stages of your career.

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Tuesday October 20

Professional Development Session - Research Impact and Engagement: 2 pm-3.30 pm

Impact and engagement are one way in which granting agencies measure the quality and effectiveness of the nation’s research endeavours. The introductory talk by Dr Wade Kelly, from La Trobe’s Research Office, will review these concepts, the way they are measured and why they are deemed important, as well as making some suggestions about the aspirations that graduate researchers might consider during their candidature. The panelists will discuss their own pathways to research assessed as having high impact and/or engagement.

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Wednesday October 21

Professional Development Session - Careers: 2 pm-3.30 pm

Forging a career following the completion of a PhD has always presented challenges and uncertainties, but no more so than now. Geoffrey Guilfoyle, Careers Counsellor and Advisor at La Trobe University, will begin with a discussion of the strategies that can be employed to set goals for careers that may involve academic or non-academic pursuits, or both. A group of La Trobe graduates will talk about the pathways that led them to academic and non-academic careers they are currently pursuing.

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Thursday October 22

Prize Ceremony and Conference Close: 2 pm-3 pm

The HuSS Graduate Researcher Prizes are designed to recognise and celebrate the achievements of HDR candidates and their contributions to research activities. Each year the School offers 3 prizes to graduate researchers in the arenas of public engagement, research culture 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.
  • Graduate Research Achievement in Research Culture
    This prize recognizes achievements in enhancing the research culture of your discipline, department and/or the School of Humanities and Social Sciences by organising and promoting research activities that benefit both their graduate researchers and academic staff.
  • 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 that are not part of your PhD.

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Additional resources

The keynote address and the panel discussion from the 2019 HuSS Graduate Research Conference are available for viewing.

Keynote address, Professor Lawrie Zion, ‘What I Learnt from ‘History’’

Panel Session, ‘The Written Word and Beyond: Creative Ways of Disseminating Your Research’

View the previous HuSS Conference highlights, including the key note address presented by Kim Mahood in 2018.



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