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NEER would like to congratulate the following Network Participants on their success in the Australian Research Council funding round for 2009 (commencing 2009 and 2010):

Linkage Projects (Round 2) for funding commencing in 2009:

Em/Prof MM Manion; Prof BJ Muir; Mr S Carmody; Dr TN Burrows

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Australia: researching and relating Australia's manuscript holdings to new technologies and new readers

2009: $35,000; 2010: $72,500; 2011: $70,000; 2012: $32,500

Collaborating/Partner Organisation(s): State Library of Victoria

Administering Organisation: The University of Melbourne

Building on the productive partnership forged with the State Library of Victoria in the presentation of a recent large scale manuscript exhibition, this project will research the Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in Australia with reference to the interests of scholars and the general public. National and community benefits include access online to this precious heritage material and its global connections, and communication of research findings in publications and events designed for a variety of readers and audiences. The project will foster collaboration between curators, librarians and academic scholars and ensure Australia's timely participation in important international initiatives in this field.

Future Fellowships for funding commencing in 2009:

Dr JS Broad

Mary Astell (1666-1731): An Historical-Intellectual Role Model for Women in Philosophy

2009: $68,100; 2010: $138,900; 2011: $136,600; 2012: $131,600; 2013: $65,800

Administering Organisation: Monash University

Mary Astell was an early modern English philosopher of exceptional eloquence and skill. This project will produce the first overview of her philosophical thought, the first authoritative critical edition of her magnum opus, and the first assessment of her philosophical relevance today. These outputs have the potential to encourage women's participation in philosophy and in intellectual life more generally, outcomes that would be of tremendous benefit to Australia's social and economic fabric. The project will also enhance Australia's already outstanding scholarly reputation for early modern studies and the history of women's ideas.

Discovery Projects commencing 2009:

Prof P Allen; Dr BJ Neil

Approved Crisis management in late antiquity: the evidence of Episcopal letters

2010: $86,000; 2011: $84,000; 2012: $92,000

Administering Organisation: Australian Catholic University

Appropriate responses to environmental and social crises, by individuals, communities, governments, religious and charitable organisations, are increasingly under focus in the twenty-first century. Understanding the failures of past leaders as well as their successes is crucial for values-driven policy making. This project reinforces the international reputation of quality Australian research in late-antiquity studies by anchoring contemporary responses to management of crises such as natural disasters, climate change, population displacement, poverty, religious disputes, violence, and social abuses in their historical antecedents. The project will develop and reinforce existing links with scholars in Japan, Korea, Belgium and South Africa.


Prof MB Clunies Ross

Pre-Christian Religions of the North: A History of Research and Reception

2010: $111,000; 2011: $124,000; 2012: $122,000

Administering Organisation: The University of Sydney

The Australian community, like others that share a predominantly Western culture, is indebted to the conceptual world of pre-Christian Nordic religions for many fundamental ideas, artistic and literary expressions and significant misconceptions: consider the fantasies of Tolkien, the significance of naming a boat Loki in the 2008 Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race, and the underlying ideology of Nazism. This project will reveal our community's general debt to Nordic religions through a study of how people have understood and used them from the Middle Ages until now, thereby revealing one of our culture's major influences.


A/Prof T Fitzpatrick; Dr L Ginters; Dr JD Golder; Prof TP Stern

Rehearsal without a director: Rethinking theatre history

2010: $38,500; 2011: $24,000; 2012: $26,000

Administering Organisation: The University of Sydney

This project will enrich our understanding of the European tradition from which Australian theatre is descended: the key cultural role of theatre means that understanding the processes by which it is generated provides insights into the forces behind the construction of national identity. This research has broader repercussions: theatrical rehearsal, where group creativity is the driving force, is an exemplar of a broad range of group social processes. Our work will transform the field of rehearsal studies by developing its historical dimension, and will advance the international reputation of Australian researchers at the forefront of the field.


Prof SW Gaukroger; Dr AS Waldow

The rise of empiricism and the attempt to produce a unified understanding of the world, 1680-1750

2010: $89,000; 2011: $94,000; 2012: $90,000

Administering Organisation: The University of Sydney

Empiricism is often regarded as the characterising feature of modern scientific method, and, in those approaches to psychology and the social and economic sciences that seek to model themselves on successful scientific practice in the physical and life sciences, it often acts as a model of good practice. The project examines the original form of empiricism and shows how it was able to directly engage questions of value in a novel and revealing way, and how its connection with 'hard' sciences was not merely to provide a methodological gloss on these, but went to the core of what scientific explanation consisted in.


Prof B Caine; Prof PA Nestor; Dr CP James; Prof CJ Mews; Prof DT Garrioch; Prof FW Kent; Dr DG Barnes; Dr C Monagle

Continuities and change in the history of European women's letter-writing

2010: $100,000; 2011: $55,000; 2012: $65,944

Administering Organisation: Monash University

This project will enhance Australia's strong international reputation for cutting-edge work in European history. At a time when questions about communication, self-representation and personal life are of such very great interest, both academically and more generally, this project offers the possibility of bringing academic scholarship closer to issues that are of general interest to the wider community. There is also considerable national benefit in the innovative approach that this project proposes, which offers a new model for collaborative research in the humanities.


Prof CJ Mews; Dr DM Squire

Ethics and encyclopaedic culture in 13th-century France: adaptation, diffusion and contexts of innovation in the Speculum morale and its sources

2010: $83,000; 2011: $80,000; 2012: $85,000

Administering Organisation: Monash University

This project will contribute to awareness of the ethical foundations of the Western intellectual tradition, both philosophical and religious, through studying an influential encyclopaedia of ethical instruction from 1300, known as the Speculum morale and its relationship to the evolution of ethical teaching in France during the 13th century. It will develop text similarity detection software for use with Latin texts, and by implication within humanistic studies more generally. Through connecting with an international research project into medieval encyclopaedic culture, it will enable Australian expertise in both medieval studies and information technology to become internationally recognised.


A/Prof SM Broomhall; Dr J Van Gent; Dr S Protschky; Prof Dr M Hohkamp

Gender, power and identity in the early modern Nassau family

2010: $150,000; 2011: $88,000; 2012: $115,000; 2013: $106,000

APD: Dr S Protschky

Administering Organisation: The University of Western Australia

Our family identities shape our experiences of relationships, support structures, and interactions in broader communities around us but how do gender and power relationships affect expressions of family identities? Our project uses a case study of the early modern Nassau-Orange family, whose extensive and diverse sources include letters, art, architectural precincts, naming patterns, and even colonial endeavours. The word and colour orange today symbolise Protestantism and the Dutch worldwide as a result of this pivotal family's self-presentation in the early modern period. We will produce monographs, PhD thesis, and research training in an international humanities team led by Australian researchers.


Dr PC Maddern; Dr SL Tarbin; Dr C Jarzebowski

Living as a child: children's experiences in England c. 1400-1750

2010: $114,000; 2011: $133,000; 2012: $109,000; 2013: $32,000

Administering Organisation: The University of Western Australia

How we best nurture and socialize the next generation of Australians is currently a matter of critical debate. Yet modern Australian attitudes to childhood and practices of child-rearing were first formed in the crucible of pre-modern Europe. Our proposed history of children's experiences in England c. 1400-1750 will provide a rich understanding of the foundations of present-day theories and practices of child-rearing. It will enable us to distinguish universal features of child-rearing from those which change over time, and to maintain Australia's international reputation for top-class research and research training in pre-modern history and culture.

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