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Funding Success

9th November 2016

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Congratulations to Matt Tomlinson, Kirin Narayan, Ken George, Simon Haberle, Michele Langley and Katerina Teaiwa on their successful applications in this years ARC Discovery, DECRA and Marsden Fund announced recently.


Dr Michelle Langley

Australia's living technologies: Bone tools from first peoples to contact.

This project aims to study Indigenous Australian technologies made from animal bone and tooth to provide insights into pre-contact Australia and the development of human ingenuity. The project will use modern analytical techniques to examine Australia’s ancient bone tool industry, and apply use wear techniques to deduce the cognitive, social, and technological processes behind their manufacture and use. This project expects to contribute to knowledge of Australian and world prehistories of colonisation, environmental interaction, social interaction and innovation, and supply a material culture-based perspective on the cultural behaviour of humans’ earliest ancestors. $358,752.00

Discovery Projects


Professor Kirin Narayan; Professor Kenneth George; Professor Mahesh Sharma; Professor Vijaya Ramaswamy

Building India: Religion, craft and infrastructure in contemporary Asia

This project aims to show how Hinduism and the god Vishwakarma—literally, Maker of the Universe—frame and propel the infrastructural systems key to India’s rise as a 21st century economic powerhouse. The project will explore the unprecedented growth of Vishwakarma worship across India’s infrastructural and business enterprise sectors, and its role in mobilising a creative class of professionals. It will also investigate its role in instilling a spirit of craftsmanship among workers in Prime Minister Modi’s Make-in-India campaign. The project aims to deepen Australian understanding of Asian religion and economy as it seeks to navigate trade and investment opportunities in Asia. $328,000

Dr Matthew Tomlinson; Associate Professor Andrew Singleton

Social engagement in Spiritualism

This project aims to investigate the sociological, anthropological and historical dimensions of Spiritualism in Australia, a small but highly influential religious movement. 19th century Spiritualist ideas about the afterlife have shaped many citizens’ beliefs that individual personality survives death in a family-centred spirit realm. Combining both sociological and anthropological approaches, the project will map the production and effect of belief on family, civic participation and ethics. This project aims to give scholars a fuller, more accurate view of religious dynamics in Australia. $145,000


Macquarie University

Dr Kira Westaway; Professor Simon Haberle; Associate Professor Yingqi Zhang; Professor Russell Ciochon

Unravelling the mystery of the mighty ape's last stand

This project aims to study the fate of primates in southern Asia, where evidence for megafaunal extinction is rare. Why Gigantopithecus blacki, the largest ever primate, disappeared is unknown, while humans in the region survived. This project will model dating techniques across sites to identify a precise extinction window and compare behaviour and past environmental conditions to determine why the ape failed and man persevered. Outcomes will generate a new understanding of past environmental change as a driver of megafaunal extinction in comparison with human adaption and survival. $262,5003

Research Project funded by the Marsden Fund- The Royal Society of New Zealand

Principal Investigator: Dr. Polly Stupples, Victoria University of Wellington

Associate Investigator: Assoc. Professor Katerina Teaiwa, Australian National University

Associate Investigator: Dr. Christianne De Buekelaer, University of Melbourne

Stretching the Celluloid Ceiling: women in the Pacific Film Industry

This project aims to study the influence of women in the emergent Pacific film industry. It will map the involvement of women in key behind-camera roles, and investigates their aspirations, challenges, and opportunities as film-makers through personal interviews. This project will bring the voices of Pacific women film-makers into closer dialogue with each other, and with the bureaucratic process of ‘developing a creative economy’. As a result, it seeks to make the global debate more responsive to context, culture and gender. $300,000

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