Imagine an Island

Imagine an Island: using creativity to understand Tasmania’s history, identity, and future

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

Proposals are sought for PhD projects that explore innovative modes of creative artistic practice that engage with existing cultural material. The purpose is to remix, redefine, and reuse this material to forge new ways to understand a lutruwita/Tasmanian sense of place and, in a larger sense, the place of a remote but connected island. The research might reflect novel ways of understanding cultural heritage, investigating how new voices, imaginings and future narratives can emerge from the creative interventions in existing archival sources or cultural material.

Many approaches can be taken when considering cultural remixing. For example, a project might employ collage, pastiche or assemblage as ways to re-work existing sources. Other approaches might employ a visual language of movement, relocation, presence, absence, and meaning in flux. In addition, the project might seek out potential new meanings and understandings via processes of connection and interrelation. Thus, it applies to a wide range of creative practice and material investigation.

This research aims to use creative art and processes of cultural remixing to propose spaces, events, and images in which diverse communities can speculate on the future of lutruwita/Tasmania's unique place in the world and their identity within it.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Neil Haddon


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Neil Haddon, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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