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Dr James Bennett

Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science (History)

Disrupting entrenched inequalities in higher education

Challenging everyday taken-for-granted assumptions and unrecognised historical habits is key to achieving more equitable education systems.

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Sociologist Dr Anna Bennett works to identify the underlying powerful, but often ‘invisible’, assumptions that serve to continue enduring inequities in higher education. Identifying and then disrupting these assumptions and habits is the goal of her research.

Dr Bennett believes education systems have a responsibility to the people they serve - to challenge inaccurate, socio-culturally biased and outdated assumptions at broader systematic and everyday levels rather than continuing to better serve those already more advantaged in society.

“Inclusion, social justice and mutual engagement need to be front-and-centre of higher education and central to the design and delivery of course content,” said Dr Bennett.

Dr Bennett explains that mainstream education is still based on a relatively narrow and linear notion of performance to indicate ability and that it is becoming more focussed on measurement rather than learning. This limits, rather than develops, opportunities to benefit from education.

“The elephant-in-the-classroom is the set of presumptions made about who is suitable for higher education. It is very concerning that judgements about who is academically able—or not—are continuing to be made very early in children’s lives. This approach limits opportunities for students who have had educational challenges in the past for many different reasons and it undermines what education is about: opportunities and learning for all in systems that do not limit future success only to those who have already been judged ‘academically capable’ early in school.”

CAPABILITY IS RELATIONAL

In a recent study, Capability Belonging and Equity in Higher Education (2015), Dr Bennett and colleagues found that there are serious consequences to deeply held, widespread assumptions and related stereotypes about who belongs and is capable in higher education and who is not, because this fosters fears of incapability and a sense of a lack of belonging for many students.

“Our assumptions about what education is, and especially what capability, talent and potential are, are currently disconnected from the significance of our relationships with others, location, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and recognition of the importance of change in meeting new needs specific to historical context.”

“We need to reconsider and redraft educational frameworks to suit new approaches to learning that better serve our diverse populations. The expertise and alternatives are there, and drawing on these features and principles to lead the way is not difficult.”

EVIDENCE OF IMPACT

Dr Bennett explains that evidence collected through a major national study she recently led shows that the most effective equity programs are student and stakeholder-centred and context-specific. Conducted with colleagues from the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, the Critical Interventions Framework 2 (CIF 2) study was commissioned by the Australian Government and identifies initiatives that provide evidence they are effective, from school outreach through to postgraduate programs. “It is the first national rigorous review to capture effective initiatives across Australian higher education. Importantly, the study also shows that research is very important for evaluating equity programs to ensure that money invested is money well spent” says Dr Bennett.

Dr Bennett is proud to be Convenor of the Open Foundation program, which is the oldest and largest open-access enabling program in Australia. “The program is free and open to everyone and because of this, its scale and its success in enabling approx. 40,000 people of all ages and backgrounds to access and succeed at university, for well over 40 years, it is impressive on a global scale. It is a model many institutions continue to be inspired and influenced by.”

Dr Bennett is also currently exploring the importance of time and how it impacts on a student through a project funded by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education.

Disrupting entrenched inequalities in higher education

Dr Anna Bennett is challenging everyday taken-for-granted assumptions and unrecognised historical habits to achieve more equitable education systems

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ANZACS, anarchists and aversion therapists

Because he doesn't believe the present can be understood without acknowledging the past, Dr James Bennett is casting a critical eye over a broad slice of twentieth century Australia and New Zealand.

James Bennett 

Beginning his postgraduate journey with a thesis that had a major focus on transnational labour movements of the early 20th century, James' research has since broadened into several interconnected strands with the relationship between Australia and New Zealand as their central organising principle.

Every thread fascinating in its own right, the sometimes surprising linkage between his focal points, and their continuing impact, imbues each with added significance.

To date, James has turned his attention to representing history in film, incidents of resistance in the history of the city of Newcastle, the First World War, the medicalisation and demedicalisation of homosexuality, the ANZAC legend, and the critical pedagogy of tertiary level history.

A Senior Lecturer in History, James' own recent past has seen him fulfill the duties of Head of the History discipline in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, and Student Academic Conduct Officer for that School.

RADICAL NEWCASTLE

James' interest in early labour movements recently translated to his involvement in a project culminating with the launch of the book Radical Newcastle by the Vice-Chancellor at the Newcastle Writers' Festival in early 2015.

Co-edited by James in collaboration with the UON's Dr Nancy Cushing and Federation University's Professor Erik Eklund, the book contains short essays by more than 30 contributors.

Opening with accounts from the Newcastle penal settlement of 1804, the book surveys episodes of dissent, protest, and fighting back through to the recent battles of the Newcastle Inner City Residents Alliance against perceived corruption and overdevelopment.

James is also working toward a book comprehensively reviewing all English language films and documentaries depicting the First World War's Gallipoli campaign.

An extensive array of source material from Australian, New Zealand, and UK filmmakers will feature.

Due to his expertise in this area, James has also been asked to submit a chapter detailing the representation of ANZAC and the Gallipoli campaign in the context of Australian cinema and transnational threads for an upcoming Wiley-Blackwell screen companion. 

UNPACKING ANZAC

James suggests that depictions of Australia's involvement in the First World War are often idealised, with the typical narrative nationalistic and narrow. Being confronted with differing perspectives to those perpetuated by the media and legend is challenging for some Australians. 

"The most problematic content in the first year survey course on Australian history is the ANZAC component," James says.

"Partly because it is all around us like wallpaper and the tendency of students can be to regurgitate aspects of the Australian legend. It can be difficult to stand back and think about it critically."

James and colleagues are currently exploring critical pedagogical strategies, such as the use of documentary film and group discussion, to assist these students in rethinking their stance.

"We are looking at that research-teaching nexus and the anxieties in the classroom for the teachers, and to some extent for students, and trying to take a more critical approach," James discloses. 

These targeted strategies, and data relating to the baseline attitudes of students, will be presented by James and his colleague Dr Margot Ford at the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society (ANZHES) Conference 2015.

On top of that, James and Margot were recently awarded a competitive Faculty grant to organise a workshop in Newcastle in 2016 that will form and cement an international network on education and modern conflict in international comparative perspective.

The network will work towards submission of a large external grant application in 2017.

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON AUSTRALIA'S FIRST WORLD WAR

Early in 2015, James co-convened the international conference, 'The First World War: Local, Global and Imperial Perspectives'.

The conference explored the social and cultural impacts of the First World War through a critical and multidisciplinary lens.

"In some profound ways, the legacies of the First World War continue with us today," James asserts.

James and fellow UON historian, Dr Kate Ariotti, are working to assemble a collection of works based on conference papers and resultant explorations.

Local and international academics will contribute work around issues such as women and war, Australian prisoners of war, the home front and remembrance. 

"There will also be a chapter on the labour movement in the First World War, so the kind of industrial troubles that were happening on the home front but were informed by international events."

"This conference and the book are actually about globalising Australia's involvement in the First World War," James explains. 

"Most of the writing concerning that war has been quite inward looking and nationalistic in focus, but we have tried to create a good blend of local and international."

HEAVENLY CREATURES

On a research trip to New Zealand in the 1990s, a now deceased aunt of James' divulged that his medico grandfather had been involved in New Zealand's most famous trial, that of matricide killer Pauline Parker and her accomplice Juliet Hulme. 

This family connection, together with a feature film about the case by New Zealand director Peter Jackson, combined to firmly capture James' interest.

"Jackson is an exceedingly interesting film maker working at a highly interesting time in the development of New Zealand film, and to have an ancestor who's implicated in the story raised all sorts of questions for me," James confides.

Extensive cultural shifts have compelled James to contrast original representations of the case to more recent depictions, with a focus on gendered constructions, social class, and national identity.

The medicalisation of homosexuality in Australia and New Zealand during the second half of the 20th century is another area of interest raised by the Parker-Hulme case. James presented at a UK conference marking the 50thanniversary of the Wolfenden Report, which led to the eventual decriminalisation of homosexuality in England.

CROSSING THE TASMAN

James' thesis explored Maori encounters with, and resistance to, the 'White Australia' Policy. Those stories are being echoed in a strand of research related to current relations between the two nations.

James suggests that the theoretically reciprocal relationship between the two countries, although historically taken for granted, is becoming increasingly one sided.

"There was a major shift in 2001 when people born in New Zealand, but living in Australia, were no longer able to access the services that they were once entitled to," James says. 

"Taking out citizenship has become more difficult since 2001 and some New Zealanders have been caught between the cracks."

The deportation of New Zealanders who have served a combined jail sentence in Australia for longer than a year has become what James describes as a 'hot button issue' in his native country.

"The deportees may have no cultural memory of New Zealand, or friends and family there. That isn't taken into account."

James suggests that there is a growing dissatisfaction on the part of the New Zealand public and Opposition benches, with the current New Zealand and Australian governments' perceived lack of action on this fading reciprocity.

"It is an interesting and still developing aspect of Trans-Tasman relations."

"There are questions being asked. If we are mates with an intertwined history, why are people being treated like this?"

"Is it now a case of 'Once Were Mates'?"

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Career Summary

Biography

James Bennett is a Senior Lecturer in History, formerly Head of the History discipline in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle (2013-14) and Student Academic Conduct Officer for that School (2011-13). His professional memberships include the International Society for First World War Studies, the Australian Historical Association and Friends of the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

His most significant recent achievements include co-editing the rich and diverse collection, Radical Newcastle, on that city's submerged 'radical' past. The book was published by NewSouth Publishing and released to coincide with the Newcastle Writers' Festival in March, 2015 and the University's 50th birthday commemorations. The project has returned him to his early career roots in the field of labour history which led to publication of his first monograph, 'Rats and Revolutionaries': The Labour Movement in Australia and New Zealand 1890-1940 (Otago University Press, 2004) based on part of his PhD thesis.

He co-convened the international conference, 'The First World War: Local, Global and Imperial Perspectives' at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle from 25 to 27 March, 2015. The purpose of the conference was to provide a rejoinder to the customary hubris of national commemorations, and to stimulate awareness of the conflict’s often submerged local, global and imperial contexts. Among the key themes were marginalised experiences of the war (notably women and Indigenous service personnel), approaches to commemoration, cultural representations of the conflict and dissent. 

Recent publications have been focused on the representation of history on film and television, notably the collection published as Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand (I.B. Tauris, 2011), which he co-edited and contributed to. More recently his emphasis has been on documentary representations of the First World War through articles on international documentaries that marked the 90th anniversary of the campaign (Continuum, 28:5, 2014) as well as television documentaries dealing with Aboriginal service and sacrifice (Journal of Australian Studies, 38:4, 2014).

He has had articles published in many national and international journals on Australian history, New Zealand history, transnational history, sexual history and film and history including the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, History Compass, Australian Journal of Politics and History, Social History of Medicine, War and Society and Journal of New Zealand Studies. In 2006 he co-edited a special issue on gender readings in history and film for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies.

He was an interviewee for the 2010 American feature length documentary Reflections of the Past: An Open Discussion on the Parker-Hulme Case arising from his publications on the seminal 1954 New Zealand murder case and its representations in film and media.

Research Expertise
- Historical Studies 

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Melbourne
  • Master of Arts (Honours), University of Canterbury - New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Canterbury - New Zealand
  • Royal Society of Arts Certificate in TEFL, International House London

Keywords

  • Australia and the Pacific
  • Australian history
  • Documentary film
  • Gender and sexuality
  • History, film and representation
  • The First World War especially film and representation
  • The Labour movement
  • War and society

Languages

  • German (Working)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
220299 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields not elsewhere classified 5
219999 History and Archaeology not elsewhere classified 45
210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Co-Editor - Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies University of Newcastle
Australia
1/11/2005 - 1/12/2005 Acting Secretary NZ Historical Assocation Conference
New Zealand
1/08/2004 - 1/02/2007 Lecturer The University of Auckland
Department of History
New Zealand
1/08/2004 - 1/02/2007 Lecturer The University of Auckland
Comparative History
New Zealand
1/01/2001 - 1/12/2001 Conference Co-convenor - Interdiscipinary Gender Studies Interdiscipinary Gender Studies Conference
Australia
1/01/2001 - 1/12/2001 Conference Co-convenor Australian Homosexual Histories Conference
Australia
1/04/1991 - 1/12/1992 Assistant Lecturer International Pacific College
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies- English as a Foreign Language
New Zealand

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Member - Acting Secretary - New Zealand Historical Association Executive New Zealand Historical Association
New Zealand
1/01/2005 - 1/12/2005 Member - British World Conference IV Program Committee British World Conference IV Program Committee
Australia

Awards

Research Award

Year Award
2002 Faculty Enhancement Program award (FEP)
International Council for Canadian Studies

Teaching Award

Year Award
2012 Vice Chancellor's Citations on Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for HIST1051: The Australian Experience (joint winner)
The University of Newcastle

Invitations

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2007 Associate Prof Malcolm Campbell
Organisation: University of Auckland Description: I was asked to assess and prepare a report on a Masters thesis which had been examined by 1 internal and 1 external examiner. There was a wide discrepancy between the two grades. My compromise grade was adopted.
2007 Associate Prof Malcolm Campbell
Organisation: University of Auckland Description: I was asked to assess and prepare a report on a Masters thesis which had been examined by 1 internal and 1 external examiner. There was a wide discrepancy between the two grades. My compromise grade was adopted.
2007 Dr David Pomfret
Organisation: Hong Kong University Description: Personal invitation based on my published work from the new convenor of the HKU History Department seminar series, which is very international in orientation. Accommodation expenses are paid.
2007 Trans Tasman Labour History Conference
Organisation: Auckland University of Technology Description: Paper invited by virtue of my published monograph, 'Rats and Revolutionaries'(2004)
2007 Dr Graham Willett
Organisation: Australia Centre, University of Melbourne Description: Personal invitation to give a paper at the Wolfenden 50 Conference (50 years since publication of the Wolfenden Report) at King's College in London. This arises from my work on transnationalism and on sexual identities.
2005 Dr Graeme Ball
Organisation: Auckland History Teachers' Association Description: Invitation to speak at the Auckland History Teachers' Professional Development conference at St. Cuthbert's College in Auckland. The paper was based on my research work around identities, film and representation.
2004 Associate Prof Anna Green
Organisation: University of Waikato Description: Shortly after my appointment at the University of Auckland I was invited by the Chairperson of the History Department at the University of Waikato in Hamilton (c. 1.5 hours south of Auckland0 to run an upper level course in social history.

Thesis Examinations

Year Level Discipline Thesis
2013 PHD Humanities Representations of Aboriginies in Australian Documentary Film, 1901-2009
2008 PHD Humanities The Communist Party of Australia and Proletariat Internationalism
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Bennett JE, Cushing N, Eklund E, Radical Newcastle: Unearthing the radical past and present of Newcastle and the Hunter Region, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney, xxi, 333 (2015) [A3]
Co-authors Nancy Cushing
2011 Beirne RC, Bennett JE, Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand, I. B. Tauris, London, 296 (2011) [A3]
Co-authors Rebecca Beirne
2004 Bennett JE, Rats & Revolutionaries: The Labour Movement in Australia & New Zealand 1890-1940, University of Otago Press, Dunedin, 214 (2004) [A1]

Chapter (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Cushing NE, Eklund E, Bennett J, 'Introduction', Radical Newcastle, NewSouth, Sydney 1-14 (2015) [B1]
Co-authors Nancy Cushing
2015 Cushing NE, Eklund E, Bennett J, 'Introduction', Radical Newcastle, NewSouth, Sydney 1-14 (2015) [B1]
Co-authors Nancy Cushing
2011 Bennett JE, 'Heavenly Creatures: The 1954 Parker-Hulme case', Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand, I. B. Tauris, London 199-204 (2011) [B2]
2011 Bennett JE, Beirne RC, 'Introduction', Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand, I. B. Tauris, London xvii-xxiii (2011) [B2]
Co-authors Rebecca Beirne
2004 Bennett JE, 'The New Zealand Labour Movement and International Communism 1921 to c.1938', Lenin's Legacy Down Under: New Zealand's Cold War, University of Otago Press, Dunedin, New Zealand 73-91 (2004) [B1]
1997 Bennett J, ''Close Encounters of the Dissident Kind: Radicalism in the Labour Movements of Australia and New Zealand, 1917 - circa. 1930'', , University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia (1997) [B1]
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Journal article (23 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Bennett J, 'Breaking out of the nationalist/ic paradigm: international screen texts on the 1915 Gallipoli campaign', Continuum, 28 640-653 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/10304312.2014.942023
2014 Bennett JE, 'Lest we forget black diggers: recovering Aboriginal Anzacs on television', Journal of Australian Studies, 38 457-475 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/14443058.2014.952762
2013 Bennett JE, Boucher L, Cokley J, Delofski M, Parsons TG, Taylor J, 'Diasporas of Australian Cinema, Catherine Simpson, Renata Murawska and Anthony Lambert (Eds), (2009) Bristol, UK: Chicago, USA: Intellect', Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 2 307-308 (2013) [C3]
DOI 10.1386/ajpc.2.2.307_5
2012 Bennett JE, 'Man alone and men together: Maurice Shadbolt, William Malone and Chunuk Bair', Journal of New Zealand Studies, 46-61 (2012) [C1]
2012 Bennett JE, 'New Zealand cinema: Interpreting the past, edited by Alistair Fox, Barry Keith Grant and Hilary Radner [Book review]', Senses of Cinema, - (2012) [C3]
2011 Bennett JE, 'Bob Hawke's legacy', History Australia, 8 255-257 (2011) [C3]
2011 Bennett JE, 'Eric Richards, Destination Australia. Migration to Australia since 1901', Australian Economic History Review, 51 101-103 (2011) [C3]
2010 Bennett JE, 'Keeping the Wolfenden from the door? Homosexuality and the 'Medical Model' in New Zealand', Social History of Medicine, 23 134-152 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1093/shm/hkp056
2009 Bennett JE, 'Reflections on writing comparative and transnational labour history', History Compass, 7 376-394 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1478-0542.2008.00583.x
2009 Bennett JE, 'Remaking the Tasman World', Labour History, 97 227-229 (2009) [C3]
2009 Bennett JE, 'Homophobia: An Australian history', Journal of Australian Studies, 3 238-239 (2009) [C3]
DOI 10.1080/14443050902883447
2008 Bennett JE, 'Revolution: The 1913 great strike in New Zealand', Labor History, 49 521-523 (2008) [C3]
DOI 10.1080/00236560802377035
2007 Bennett JE, 'The longest decade', Australian Economic History Review, 47 323-324 (2007) [C3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8446.2007.00216.x
2006 Bennett JE, 'Fifty Years of Parker and Hulme: A Survey of Some Major Textual Representations and their Ideological Significance', Journal of New Zealand Studies, 11-37 (2006) [C1]
2006 Bennett JE, May JR, 'Introduction', Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 10 i-ix (2006) [C3]
2006 Bennett JE, 'Medicine, Sexuality, and High Anxiety in 1950s New Zealand: Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures (1994)', Health and History, 8 147-175 (2006) [C1]
2006 Bennett JE, 'The great labor schism: A retrospective', Australian Economic History Review, 46 190-192 (2006) [C3]
2004 Bennett JE, 'Review of The Shaping of History: Essays from the New Zealand Journal of History', Australian Historical Studies, 34 422-424 (2004) [C3]
2004 Bennett JE, 'Review of David Coad, Gender Trouble Down Under: Australian Masculinities', Journal of interdisciplinary gender studies, 9 157-160 (2004) [C3]
2003 Bennett JE, 'Massey's Sunday School Picnic Party: The Other Anzacs or Honorary Australians?', War & Society, 21 23-54 (2003) [C1]
2001 Bennett JE, 'Maori as Honorary Members of the White Tribe', The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 29 33-54 (2001) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/03086530108583126
Citations Scopus - 14
1999 Bennett JE, 'The Contamination of Arcadia? Class, Trans-National Interactions and the Construction of Identity, 1890-1913', New Zealand Journal of History, 33 No 1 20-42 (1999) [C1]
1997 Bennett J, ''Social Security, the "Money Power" and the Great Depression: The International Dimension to Australian and New Zealand Labour in Office'', Australian Journal of Politics and History, 43 312-330 (1997) [C1]
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Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Ford M, Bennett JE, Debenham J, Kilmister M, 'Challenging Anzac at the tertiary chalk face: student engagement with critical pedagogy', Book of Abstracts (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Margot Ford, Jennifer Debenham
2001 Bennett JE, 'Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures: a personal perspective', Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (2001) [E2]

Creative Work (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Bennett JE, Reflections of the Past: An Open Discussion on the Parker-Hulme Murder Case, Los Angeles (2010)
2008 Bennett JE, Putting the A in Anzac, Perspective (2008)
2005 Bennett JE, The Films of Peter Jackson, ABC Radio National and Radio Australia (2005)
2005 Bennett JE, Arbitration in Australia and New Zealand, ABC Radio National and Radio Australia (2005)
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Other (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Bennett JE, 'Who tells our stories on the small screen?', (2015)
2014 Bennett JE, 'Aboriginal servicemen ignored for far too long', ( pp.13-13) (2014)
2012 Bennett JE, 'Unfair conflict clouds Anzac centenary plan', ( pp.11-11). Newcastle (2012)
2009 Bennett JE, 'Anzac Airbrushing', . Newcastle (2009)
1999 Bennett J, 'Central Coast Campus: A Pictorial History', ( pp.1-32). Newcastle: The University of Newcastle (1999)
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Grushka K, Bennett J, Parkes RJ, Beirne R, Donnelly D, Falzon C, et al., 'Visual media texts: Teaching and assessing the humanities & social sciences in a post-literate age', Centre for Learning and Teaching, 18 (2013) [R1]
Co-authors Chris Falzon, Robert Imre, Kath Grushka, Robert Parkes, Debra Donnelly, Rebecca Beirne, Heather Sharp
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 20
Total funding $79,123

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20162 grants / $24,727

Teaching and Learning War: Education and Modern Conflict in an International Comparative Perspective$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team

Dr James Bennett; Dr Nargot Ford; Prof Bill Nasson; Dr Catriona Pennell; Dr Mark Sheehan; Dr Timothy Winegard; Prof Tim Cook; Dr Anne-Maree Einhaus; Prof Stuart Foster; Prof Ashley Jackson; Dr Jenny Mcleod, Dr Jane Potter; Dr Dan Todman

Scheme FEDUA Strategic Networks and Pilot Projects Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Global Newcastle: Regional Identity and Digital History$9,727

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Catharine Coleborne, Doctor Julie McIntyre, Doctor Nancy Cushing, Doctor James Bennett
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600837
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20151 grants / $1,000

Teaching ANZAC in the 21st Century$1,000

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Scheme Seed grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20141 grants / $1,000

Teaching Anzac in the 21st Century$1,000

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Scheme Seed grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20112 grants / $11,000

Visual Media Artefacts: Teaching and Assessment in a Post-literate Age$10,000

 Within our growing knowledge economy, students increasingly encounter disciplines such as history, politics, philosophy, and education through the intersection of new media technologies and popular culture, rather than through the once typical encounter with ‘the book’. Recognising that we live at a time when students prefer to engage with visual media rather than written text, Rosenstone (2001) has dubbed the present age ‘post-literate’, an age where everyone can read but no one will. Prensky (2007) describes the current generation transitioning from schools into the workforce and tertiary education as ‘digital natives’, for whom graphics precede written text as one of the defining features of their engagement in learning. This project recognises that significant work using screen media texts in teaching and learning is occurring across the university. Through developing a dialogue across the disciplines, and developing a web-based repository of texts and practices, this project will explore how, for what purpose, and to what effect, visual media (including film, television, still images, vodcasts, animation, social media and imaging technologies) are used by academics in the Humanities and Social Sciences to produce 21st century professionals and enhance the student experience. It will, through surveys and focus group interviews, develop an understanding of the variety of texts, assessment strategies and pedagogical approaches used by academics. The project will establish exemplars of innovative pedagogical practice in order to explore curriculum renewal opportunities.

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team

James Bennett, Robert Parkes, Kath Grushka

Scheme Teaching and Learning Project Grant 2011
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Offshore Processes: International Perspectives on Australian Film and Television, 8-11 July 2012$1,000

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Scheme Ourimbah research development
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20101 grants / $3,400

Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and NZ$3,400

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Project Team

James Bennett; Rebecca Beirne

Scheme Humanities Research Institute Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20092 grants / $10,715

Collegial Conversations: Enhancing the Teaching Environment in Humanities and Teacher education at the Central Coast$10,000

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Project Team

C. Webb; J. Bennett; M. Ford; N. Cushing; M. Johnston; R. Reynolds, J. Brown

Scheme Discovery Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Australian Historical Association Conference 2009, Queensland, 30 June - 3 July 2009$715

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor James Bennett
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190383
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $3,000

Pilot Grant$3,000

Funding body: The University of Newcastle

Funding body The University of Newcastle
Scheme School of Humanities and Social Science Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20071 grants / $2,500

Wolfenden 50, King's College London, 28/6/2007 - 30/6/2007$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Bennett
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187775
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20042 grants / $5,200

Research travel grants in aid$5,000

Funding body: University of Auckland

Funding body University of Auckland
Project Team

Dr James Bennett

Scheme Faculty of Arts and History Department conference grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2006
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON N

12th Biennial Conference of the Australian Historical Association, 5-9 July 2004$200

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Bennett
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184455
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20031 grants / $2,400

British World Conference, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-12 July, 2003$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Bennett
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183075
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20023 grants / $13,440

Putting History on Film: The Parker-Hulme Case and Peter Jackson's Cinematic Representation, Heavenly Creatures$7,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Bennett
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0182149
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Faculty Enhancement Program$5,500

Funding body: International Council for Canadian Studies

Funding body International Council for Canadian Studies
Project Team

Dr James Bennett

Scheme Faculty Enhancement Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON N

Australian Historical Association 11th Biennial Conference, Brisbane, Queensland 3-7 July, 2002$440

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Bennett
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0182069
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20012 grants / $486

8th Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Conference, 29 June 2001$391

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Bennett, Associate Professor Marguerite Johnson
Scheme Conference Establishment Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0180957
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Australian Homosexual Histories Conference #4 University of Adelaide 19-20 October 2001$95

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Bennett
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0181524
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19991 grants / $255

Australian Historical Association Regional Conference 1999, Hobart Tasmania, 29 September - 1 October 1999$255

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor James Bennett
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo G0179102
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed5
Current8

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.2
PhD1.95

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Modern Dating Rituals in Australia, 1940 - 1970.
PhD (History), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Valour Down Under: Constructions of Australian Military Heroism from Sudan to Afghanistan, 1885 - 2015
PhD (History), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD The Relationship between struggles for Aboriginal Liberation and the Socialist and Trade Union Movements in Australia 1912 - 1945
PhD (History), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD The Enduring Commitment: Australian Middle East Strategy, 1885 to 2015
PhD (History), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD The Geo-Political Imperative: Continuity in Australia¿s Regionalism, Great Power Alliances and Policy Making Assessments, 1859 ¿ 1941
PhD (History), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD The Return of the 1920s
PhD (Cultural Studies), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 Masters The Making of the Newcastle Industrial Hub 1930-1945: Economic Depression, War and Newcastle's Industrial Revolution
M Philosophy (History), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Sir John Grieg Latham: A Political Biography
PhD (History), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD The Electricity Commission of New South Wales and its Place in the Rise of Centralised Coordination of Bulk Electricity Generation and Transmission 1888 - 2003
PhD (History), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD National Identity, the Auteur and the Greek World on Film
PhD (Classics), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2007 PhD Sex education in New Zealand, 1940-1985
History, The University of Auckland
Co-Supervisor
2006 PhD Psychiatric nursing in New Zealand, 1938-1972
History, The University of Auckland
Co-Supervisor
2006 Masters Heroic donkeys and legendary men
History, The University of Auckland
Principal Supervisor
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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
Australia 7
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News

Radical Newcastle launch

Radical Newcastle launched at Newcastle Writers Festival

March 24, 2015

Watch talks by Newcastle radicals Vera Deacon, Professor John Maynard and Dr Daniela Heil, along with an official launch by Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen of the Radical Newcastle book.

Radical Newcastle book

Unearthing Newcastle's radical past

October 24, 2014

Historians Dr James Bennett and Dr Nancy Cushing from the University of Newcastle (UON), along with Dr Erik Eklund from Federation University, VIC, bring together a selection of essays about Newcastle's radical past, and consider its impact on the present and future.

Dr James Bennett

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

History

Contact Details

Email j.bennett@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4348 4057 (Ourimbah and Callaghan)
Fax (02) 4348 4075

Office

Room HO1.13 (Ourimbah) W325 (Callaghan)
Building Humanities Offices (Ourimbah) Behavioural Sciences (Callaghan)
Location Ourimbah and Callagahan
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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