Professor Katie Holmes at La Trobe University is looking for a PhD student to join her ARC funded project ‘Parched: Cultures of drought in regional Victoria’. This is an environmental humanities project examining the changing ways Victorians have lived with, imagined, understood and represented drought. We aim to link cultural and media practices with climate histories to establish a new interdisciplinary model of drought cultures and generate new knowledge of the social and cultural dimensions of drought in rural and regional areas.

The project is led by Professor Katie Holmes and based in La Trobe’s Centre for the Study of the Inland. The interdisciplinary team of Chief Investigators comprises Profs Susan Martin and Lawrie Zion, A/Prof Jacqueline Millner, Drs Tom Ford, Linden Ashcroft and Karen Twigg. This scholarship opportunity offers the chance to work with this exceptionally strong team of environmental humanities scholars. A suggested focus for the research of the successful applicant is the WWII drought across three regions: Albury/Wodonga, Shepparton and Bendigo, although this is open to discussion.

This scholarship is only available to domestic applicants. Applicants living outside Victoria will be required to move to Victoria if successful (Albury resident excepted). Preference will be given to applicants with a background in an environmental humanities discipline, especially history, literature or media. Indigenous applicants are encouraged to apply.

Further details available at La Trobe University. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2021, but potential applicants should contact Prof Holmes before that date. For more information, please contact Katie Holmes