Posthumanism at the edge of the world

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

29 October 2021

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

How might we image and imagine the posthuman on an island that sits on the 42nd southern parallel? Posthumanism at the edge of the world is a visual arts research area that seeks to expand knowledge of the posthuman through critical engagements with interdisciplinary creative speculations, experimental practice-led enquiries, and new discursivities of the more-than-human/human-to-come. This project explores practice-led and practice-based capacities to map and imagine new geographies, developing new possibilities that build on existing relations (e.g. with Antarctica and its Treaty System parties) and contributing to new constellations. Placing posthumanism within these new geographies, ecologies, and politics will demand the asking of essential questions relating to possibilities of place, of peoples, and practices.

We recognise lutruwita / Tasmania as a site of deep ecology and future possibilities and encourage any visual arts application that contributes to the advancement of new knowledge relevant to this region.

Topics may touch on one or more of the following potential avenues of research:

  • New archipelagos of the 42nd southern parallel
  • Redefining the ‘South’
  • The more-than-human: interspeciesism and place
  • Inter and intradisciplinary conditions of place in the imagined future
  • The jurisprudence of the human-to-come: interdisciplinary art, law, and the posthuman
  • Speculative aesthetics in extinction studies
  • Hydrofeminism and solidarities of water
  • Decolonising the machine: AI, data, and social justice
  • Transfeminist approaches to bioethics
  • Queering ecologies as sites of critical activism
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to death studies

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Toby Juliff

Funding

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.

Eligibility

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.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • A First-Class Honours degree in Fine Art or affiliated subject, with evidence of prior or upcoming publications (traditional and non-traditional)

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • A Masters by Research in Fine Art or affiliated subject, evidence of prior publications (traditional and non-traditional)

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 Toby Juliff, 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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