Embodied Identity and Social Justice

Degree type


Closing date

27 March 2023



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

Culturally shared, institutionally embedded impressions of selves—who they are, and what they can and cannot do—continue to construct identity-based collectives. Yet no community is made of disembodied actors; the social meaning of bodies, and one's experiential familiarity of the same, converge. Analysing this interplay produces tangible insights on the nature of sex, gender, ability, and orientation-based oppression. In a world structured by identity-based hierarchies, social justice movements have much to gain from interrogating the lived experiences of harm these social dynamic produce. We welcome projects that propose to undertake analysis of socially salient identity at the junction where corporeal experience and social imaginings converge to produce meaning-generating narratives and compelling normative expectations. The proposed philosophical framework is open, however, the project will have its foundations in feminist philosophy.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Louise Richardson-Self


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 $31,500 per annum (2023 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.


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

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

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:

  • Applications are open to applications from a Philosophy or Gender Studies background only

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Louise Richardson-Self to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. 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 by the advertised outcome date.

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