Graduate Research

RUIAC supports and grows Indigenous research and researchers in the arts.

Graduate Research Program

The RUIAC graduate research program is an opportunity to join a diverse and growing Indigenous arts research community at The University of Melbourne.

Graduate researchers (Masters and PhD candidates) join a cohort of arts practitioners and researchers to develop and pursue their individual and/or community research projects. Graduate researchers access comprehensive academic facilities, group learning and study programs, and individual supervision.

Masters and PhD enrolments are made on a case-by-case basis, depending on the proposed study, the availability of appropriate supervisors within our unit, and University timelines and priorities.

Applicants are encouraged to contact a member of the RUIAC team to discuss their research proposal. RUIAC offers an annual Graduate Research Application Workshop, which new applicants are invited to attend. Applicants then apply to their program via the online university-wide application process. Admission is dependent on our internal and external supervision capacity based on your proposed project and discipline, research unit priorities, and University of Melbourne requirements.

Current Graduate Researchers

Andrew Morrumburri Dowding (Ngarluma), PhD candidate
Yirraama computer! Sing to me computer!: Locating Thabi song traditions in a digital world

Carissa Lee (Wemba Wemba), PhD candidate
Theatre as ceremony: cross-cultural collaboration, representation, and Indigeneity in Australian theatre

Ngardarb Francine Riches (Bardi-Jawi, Karajarri), PhD candidate
Healing through Art: My Practice

Nicole Paul (Métis, Cree, Sioux), Master of Fine Arts candidate
Intergenerational Knowledge Transmission: the Role of Art as Resilience and Cultural Reclamation

John Wayne Parsons (Yuggerra and Ugarem Le), Master of Fine Arts candidate
Finding Wakai (Voice) Finding Ged (Place): continuing Yuggera and Ugar cultural practice as a Melbourne-based performer

Rheannan Port (Lama Lama-Ayapathu-Kuku Yalanji)
Researching the connection between DNA, cultural epistemology, and identity through dance

Fred Gesha (Meriam Mer, South Sea Vanuatu – Kanaka)
How is Aboriginal living ceremony and protocol still practiced along the Murray River?

James Howard (Jaadwa)
Understanding connections to place through the application of sound technology and compositional practice

Contact us

Dr Reuben Brown
RUIAC Coordinator

Phone +61 3 9035 9410

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