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RMIT University are are seeking a prospective PhD candidate to be part of the ARC-funded project Representing Multicultural Australia in National and State Libraries. The offer includes:

  • a three-year scholarship (of approximately $30,000 p/a tax free)
  • expert supervision, and the opportunity to be closely involved in an exciting and topical collaborative research project.
  • The project’s chief investigators are Professor Klaus Neumann, Deakin University, and Dr Ian McShane, RMIT University.

The project aims to investigate how the collections of the National Library and three state libraries (NSW, SA and Victoria) represent the diversity of histories and cultures of people in Australia. As part of the broader research project, the PhD student will work on a self-contained study of the policies, programs and projects that have informed the collection of material related to the histories and cultures of Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds at the State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW). The research might focus broadly on the institution’s collection, or on parts of the collection, such as oral history or photography.

This study is co-funded by SLNSW. The student would ideally be based in Sydney, and commence in early 2019. SLNSW will provide desk accommodation, and the student will have an opportunity to work closely with SLNSW staff and collections.

Expressions of interest ought to include a covering letter, a CV, an academic transcript, the names and contact details of two academic referees, and two unpublished writing samples. Please direct all enquiries to Dr Ian McShane, Expressions of interest should be sent by email to that same address. Deadline:15 November 2018