[ASA] Yarramundi Scholarship on outer space for Indigenous student

Ray Norris Ray.Norris at westernsydney.edu.au
Tue Apr 21 11:57:23 AEST 2020

Dear colleague

WSU has a PhD scholarship available for an Indigenous student wishing to work on the project described below. Could you please forward this to any suitable candidates?

Requests for further information can be sent to Prof. Juan Francisco Salazar on J.Salazar at westernsydney.edu.au

Many thanks


The project is funded through the Australian Research Council and investigates the challenges, opportunities and implications of outer space as a site of economic, political, environmental and cultural interest. Combining ethnography, science and technology studies, and creative practice, the project analyses how a range of imaginaries of outer space are produced through a series of case studies including: the development of Australia’s National Space Agency; the role of new venture capital firms; scientific research on alien life in terrestrial analogue sites; and Indigenous imaginaries of outer space.

The scholarship is explicitly designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants from a range of backgrounds, who are keen to apply their knowledge and critical approaches to social studies of outer space and connecting science, storytelling and Indigenous science. The research topics are open, but the project is suitable for candidates who might be interested in questions of decolonization (of space imaginaries); environmental justice; Indigenous representation in the astronomical and space sciences in Australia; Aboriginal astronomical knowledge traditions and practices; science communication; among other possible topics. 

This is the link to more information and the application process. The application closes on 31 May.

Prof. Ray Norris
Project Leader, Evolutionary Map of the Universe
School of Science, Western Sydney University,
& CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science,
Tel: +61 417 288 307

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