Major Projects

Ayahs and Amahs: Transcolonial Servants in Australia and Britain 1780-1945

Funded by a $191,437 ARC Discovery Project grant, Professor Victoria Haskins will explore the historical experiences and cultural memories of these earliest global domestic workers and aims to illuminate a broader transcolonial history of domestic work.

Landscape, language and culture in Indigenous Australia

Funded by a $455,000 ARC Discovery Project grant, Associate Professor Bill Palmer will conduct the first Australia-wide survey of Indigenous spatial description correlated with landscape, and the first large-scale investigation of diversity in spatial behaviour among individuals within communities. The findings are expected to inform crucial debates on the formative role of landscape in language, and advance our knowledge of human spatial cognition.

Between Death & Commemoration: An Australian History of the War Corpse

Funded by a $379,405 ARC DECRA grant, Dr Kate Ariotti's research aims to provide the first-ever account of changing policies, practices and attitudes that shaped how the physical remains of Australian war dead were dealt with between the First World War and wars in the Middle East between 1915 and 2015.

The Colonial Frontier Massacres Map

More than 250 Aboriginal massacres that occurred during the spread of pastoral settlement in Australia are documented in the online Colonial Frontier Massacres Map, created by a team led by Professor Lyndall Ryan.

Time Layered Cultural Map

Funded by a 2019 $420,000 ARC LIEF grant, the TLCMap will allow humanities researchers to build digital maps with pathways and search the data held in different Australian repositories by location and time and compile new data sets. The map is due for launch in early 2020.

Young hospitality workers and value creation in the service economy

Youth sociologist Dr Julia Coffey is part of this ARC funded $197,433 Discovery Project investigating the affective and immaterial forms of labour young people perform to create value in the night-time economy.

Enabling broader low-emissions advocacy coalitions in the NSW coal-related sectors

Anthropologist Dr Hedda Askland, is part of a $418,828 multi-institutional research project led by Dr Alfonso M. Arranz at the University of Melbourne, which aims to better understand and utilise the mechanics of “advocacy coalitions” for low-carbon technologies. Read more.

Intelligent Archive

Intelligent Archive is a Java application for managing corpora of texts for stylometry. It builds on a long history of world-leading stylometry research at the Centre for Literary and Linguistic Computing.

Visualising the Victoria Theatre, 1891

Dr Gillian Arrighi and the UON Innovation Team have created an immersive virtual reality experience allowing the public to see inside the forgotten Newcastle icon, the Victoria Theatre.

Small Grant Projects

Researchers are delving into projects that align with the Centre’s ongoing commitment to e-research, industry engagement and crossing disciplines.

Urban Smoke - Then and Now - Dr Erin McCarthy

This project applies comparative and digital approaches to the future-oriented language observers use to describe early modern and contemporary environmental disasters. The project will compare early modern and contemporary accounts of environmental crisis and apply digital methods, including n-grams, topic modeling, and sentiment analysis, to identify broader patterns and trends.

Dictionary of Newcastle - Dr Julie McIntyre

The project involves the development of a digital Dictionary of Newcastlewill bring online the city’s historical archives. The Dictionary of Newcastle will provide a reliable online, searchable source of historical knowledge on Newcastle past as it relates to coal and other forms of employment and culture.

Love Magic Performance – Professor Marguerite Johnson

This project involves a research production of Theocritus' Poem 2, Pharmakeutria, its Greek title translated for modern audiences to Love Magic. Prof Johnson will act as dramaturg during the rehearsal process, advising on the aspects of ancient magic in the ritual which the principal character, Simaitha, performs. Watch a summary below or the full performance.

Visualising Australian child performers touring schedules – Dr Gillian Arrighi

This project will create a digital map that will allow the visualisation of international touring undertaken by Australian child actors during the period 1981 to 1914. Derived from new research insights into the competencies of child performers and child actors’ contribution to the transmission of theatrical trends and culture across wide areas, the map will enable viewers to see time- and geo-coded representations of the children’s travels laid over historic geo-political maps from the era.

Australian Crime Fiction - Associate Professor Jesper Gulddal

This initiative that will generate new knowledge of the factors that respectively impede and facilitate the sale of Australian crime fiction licensing and translation rights, thereby enabling authors, literary agencies, publishers and governmental agencies to approach the international market in a more informed and strategic way. The project will offer significant national benefits for Australia in relation to economics, commerce, and culture.

Creative Aging: An exploration of creative activities engagement in the Hunter Region – Dr Helen English

This project is part of a large-scale interdisciplinary endeavour that is focussed on understanding the benefits of engagement with creative activities, such as in music, dance or art, for older members of society.

Archived projects

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.