Emerging Scholar Awards

A small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. The Award provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and lasting connections. Awardees are invited to attend the conference to present their work and play a critical organizational role in the conference by leading discussions, chairing parallel sessions, and providing assistance in session rooms.

Applications are open to those pursuing research degrees, post- and graduate students, as well as early career faculty.

To apply, follow the link below. You may also view further instructions by selecting our "Step-By-Step Guide."

Final Deadline: 26 May 2020

2020 Recipients

Remie Cibis

Remie Cibis

RMIT University, Australia

Remie Cibis is a practice-based fashion researcher whose work explores how clothes can be understood as images and what this means for wearers. Combining garment making, performance, photography, and interactive workshops, she seeks to understand how fashion images are produced and to design new opportunities for wears to take control of their own representation. Cibis’ work has been shown as part of VAMFF, LMFF, and MSFW, as well as at various galleries including Sarah Scout Presents and Federation Square's FedTV. She holds a master's of fine art (interdisciplinary arts practice) from Melbourne University, 2017, and a bachelor's of design (fashion, with honors) from RMIT University, 2011. Cibis is currently undertaking her PhD with RMIT University’s School of Fashion and Textiles.

Nik Orr

Nik Orr

University of Newcastle, Australia

"What should we do with our controversial statues?" is the question that guides Nik Orr’s current research. As part of a PhD bridging fine arts and world history, he aims to challenge calls to do away with colonial statues in Australia. Long frustrated by the disappearance of contested historical markers, such as the wholesale removal of dictator Francisco Franco’s statues in his adoptive country, Spain, Nik looks at how visual artists can help solve the so-called "statue wars."

Nik graduated from a bachelor's of visual arts with first-class honours at Sydney College of the Arts in 2005 before pursuing a 10-year publishing career. In 2013 he completed a master's in contemporary art history and visual culture in Madrid. He is currently a PhD student and VC’s HDR Training Scholarship-holder at the University of Newcastle, where he teaches creative industries courses.

Stuart McBratney

Stuart McBratney

University of Newcastle, Australia

Dr. Stuart McBratney is a lecturer in transmedia storytelling at the University of Newcastle, where he is the deputy convenor of the bachelor of communications. His professional background is in filmmaking; he’s directed three movies, a tv series, and hundreds of commercials. In 2018 he was awarded a PhD for his thesis "Pragmatism and Bricolage in Microbudget Feature Filmmaking." Its accompanying creative work was the feature film "Pop-Up," which was invited to 22 international festivals and led to his Hollywood representation. His subsequent film, "Don't Read This on a Plane," was filmed in ten countries and is currently in post-production.

​Juhi Shah

​Juhi Shah

India

Juhi Shah has a master's degree in the field of entertainment, media, and advertising from the University of Mumbai. She currently works as a copywriter in an advertising and media agency. Her professional experience includes being a graphic designer, actor, published writer, and research scholar. Her latest research revolved around the concepts of typography and advertising. Her fervor for art, music, movies, and books rises to the occasion when she breaks out of monotony. Known as a person of strong opinions, she is regarded to be a great conversationalist among her friends and family.

Janelle Simmons

Janelle Simmons

United States

Dr. Janelle Christine Simmons (Ed.D.) is a native New Yorker. Regarding her education, she earned a BA in psychology and pre-law from Michigan State University in 1998. She then earned an MA in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Then Janelle studied Korean overseas on scholarship at Yonsei University and eventually earned an master's of divinity in theology from Torch Trinity Graduate School of Theology (now TTGU) in Seoul, South Korea. Upon returning to the United States, she began teaching psychology. Eventually, she re-commenced her studies and earned a Ed.S. in curriculum and instruction and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Liberty University. Currently, Janelle is consulting and working on establishing a music museum.

Suzanne Crowley

Suzanne Crowley

University of Tasmania, Australia

Suzanne Crowley is a PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania. Her experience is in interdisciplinarity. She is a practicing artist and works in a number of media; her current focus being installation. She has worked as an educational researcher and in project management, most recently on two STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) projects. Suzanne's PhD explores the synergies between the visual arts, geometry, and geometric form as a way of visually articulating interdisciplinarity. The study is informed by Bresler’s use of interculturality as an analogy for interdisciplinarity. Suzanne lives in rural Tasmania.

Arpit Gaind

Arpit Gaind

Ashoka University and Ambedkar University, India

Arpit Gaind works as a teaching fellow at Ashoka University near Delhi and as a research curator at Ambedkar University, Delhi. Moreover, he has been working as a research assistant to author and professor Vinay Sitapati on his upcoming book since 2018. Arpit completed his MPhil in development practice in 2018 from Ambedkar University Delhi where he action-researched for eight months with the Ho Community in an adivasi village called Turibasa, located in the West Singhum district of Jharkhand. Arpit completed his master’s in development studies from Ambedkar University, after which he worked for a year in diverse capacities in the research and development sector. His interest areas include looking at alternative methodologies in development, life-worlds, migration, memory studies, and community art practices.

In Their Words

My favorite part of the conference experience was meeting my fellow Graduate Scholars. We're at approximately the same stage in our academic careers and everyone is doing fascinating work."

Jason Derouin, 2014 Awardee

Presenting my paper to an interdiciplinary audience and recieving their feedback has provided me with valuable input into the ways of approaching my future research."

Pat Naldi, 2014 Awardee

I really loved being an active participant in the operational side of the conference. It made this conference stand out for me in comparison with other conferences at which I have attended and presented papers."

Ulrike Sturm, 2014 Awardee