HuSS Graduate Research Conference 2021

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Male on webcam on left with female watching computer. Text overlay: HuSS Graduate Research Conference 2021 The HuSS Graduate Research Conference provides not only a friendly and encouraging space for graduate researchers to sharpen their presentation skills or check off a milestone requirement, but to also share their research experiences and achievements with peers and mentors and contribute to rebuilding our research cultures in the new normal. Recognizing our new normal in graduate research, all themed sessions for this year’s conference as well as all other activities will be held online over the course of two (2) days.

Monday 18 October 2021 until Tuesday 19 October 2021 (Add to calendar)
HuSS Conference Committee
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La Trobe University
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Download the 2021 Graduate Research Conference Program [PDF. 3.6 MB]


Call for papers is now closed. Late applicants please contact

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.

HuSS Graduate Research Conference 2021 Resources

Monday October 18

Conference Welcome: 9.00 am AEST LIVE

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.

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Professional Development Session 1 – Rebuilding Research Cultures: 12.00 pm AEST LIVE

The last 18 months have seen an undeniable disruption to the Humanities and Social Sciences, due to the pandemic response and broader funding cuts to the higher education sector. This has also coincided with a denigration of the standing of these disciplines within universities. This panel looks toward the future, bringing together seasoned researchers and HDRs to discuss how we can respond to today's conditions and rebuild research cultures. It discusses the relevance of the Humanities and Social Sciences in the world today, and the key contributions that these disciplines make to our local and global communities. On a personal level, the panel discusses how we can foster connections and create a stronger sense of community, as both emerging and established researchers. It also provides an insight into practical pathways forward, such as involvement in interdisciplinary projects, shedding light on the way such projects can come about and the benefits and challenges involved.

Please note that panelists, speakers, and chairpersons will receive their own individual links directly from the HuSS Conference committee.

For more information on the panel, click here.

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Lunchtime Socials – Musical Performance by Michael Johnson: 1.00 pm AEST LIVE

A lunchtime gift of beautiful music. We are all in some challenging time right now. The HuSS Conference Committee offers you a chance to relax, de-stress, and unwind.

You are invited to have your break in the comforts of your home wherever you are in the world while listening to tranquil music of Michael Johnson and his blue harp. Make sure you click on the link below and listen to the promo video to whet your appetite!

Harpist and composer, Michael Johnson has been performing in major concert venues and festivals throughout Australia.

He has been the resident musician at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne for over two decades, performing in the Harp the Gardens recitals, Wednesday Concerts in Spring, Concerts on the Lake and the Twilight Music concert Series, providing his music for thousands of overseas guests and visitors to the gardens. His compositions are regularly aired on national radio and television. He performs regularly as a solo artist and with his groups, Cosmos, Breathe Music and Time Traveller.

You can listen to Mike’s performance of The Smell of Dust After Rain here.

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Tuesday October 19

Professional Development Session 2 – Publishing in Journals: Perspectives from Editors and Emerging Scholars: 11.20 am AEST LIVE

Publishing is essential for scholars and researchers, from graduate students to more established academics. This panel brings together two groups: HDRs who have begun building their publication records even while still working on their theses and seasoned researchers who have done editorial work for journals across a broad range of disciplines. The conversation that emerges from this panel will provide stories about the work and processes involved in the publication of journal articles, combining insiders’ views of the complex work that editors perform with insights from HDRs who have begun participating in this academic rite of passage.

Please note that panelists, speakers, and chairpersons will receive their own individual links directly from the HuSS Conference committee.

For more information on the panel, click here.

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Lunchtime Socials – La Trobe’s Got Talent: 12.20 pm AEST

La Trobe’s got talent! Of course, we do! The HuSS Conference Committee offers you an avenue to showcase your talent for a lunch hour of entertainment.

Do you love to sing? Do you make videos or animations? Do you play an instrument? You tell stories? Do comedy? Dance? All HuSS staff and HDRs are invited to send in your 5-minute video entries for the first ever La Trobe’s Got Talent. We’ll choose a set of videos from the entries to showcase during lunchtime.

The deadline for sending in your entries is Monday. 4 October 2021.

You can send in your entry by uploading you video in your OneDrive and sharing it with

For more information, click here.

Prize Ceremony and Conference Close: 3.40pm AEST LIVE

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 3 prizes to graduate researchers in the arenas of public engagement, research culture and research outputs. Join Professor Lawrie Zion, Assoc Provost (Research & Industry Engagement) and Associate Professor Nicola Stern, Deputy Head of School (Research & Strategy) in congratulating recipients; and Associate Professor Anthony Moran, School Director of Graduate Research at Conference Close.

Social Media

Our social media updates will be available soon.

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Equity and Diversity

If you have any accessibility concerns, please contact Deua Stojanovska at

Deua 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 Deua.

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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