Graduate Collaborative Research Awards Enrich Member Engagement 

Art and Conflict: Investigating Cross-Disciplinary Methodologies: Laura Petersen, University of Melbourne 

The GCRA awards encourage doctoral candidates to think innovatively about how their research could benefit from engagement with other members of the U21 network. Awards of up to US$5,000 are available for projects, with a total of US$30,000 available each year.  

Six projects were awarded funding in 2018 and one of those was a project on Art and Conflict carried out at the University of Melbourne

The GCRA funding enabled not only the Art and Conflict project members, but also other emerging and established scholars and artists from different disciplines and Universities (Amsterdam, Queensland and Connecticut) to come together over two eventful days in Melbourne. The gathering was designed to encourage cross-methodological thinking by inhabiting art institutions and encouraging the experience of particular art works in particular settings. Our research project Art and Conflict has been enormously enriched by the workshop – not only for the new directions and research areas the discussions opened up – but also through the new networks and opportunities it has created.  

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Art and Conflict - GCRA funded project

The next step for the project is to draft a proposal for a Special Issue of a relevant peer-reviewed journal that enables some of the findings of the workshop to be published in a wider forum. Project members are also planning talks regarding continued collaborations with different institutions (for example with the Victorian College of the Arts) in order to continue the work of the Art and Conflict project in other University and public forums in the future. 

Laura Petersen said, 'Our research project Art and Conflict has been enormously enriched by the workshop – not only for the new directions and research areas the discussions opened up – but also through the new networks and opportunities it has created.'

The group has also produced a blog which is now aimed at listing events, research publications and information on the themes of art and conflict. 

Impact: 

  • Continued collaborations with different institutions 

Art and Conflict - GCRA project
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