On 4 November the latest round of Australian Research Council Discovery Grants, a highly competitive scheme that funds research of national benefit, was announced. Less than 15% of applications across all academic disciplines are successful in securing these grants.
The School of Music warmly congratulates two of its staff members - Dr Irving and A/Prof Corn - for having received ARC Discovery grants in this round, a level of success unmatched anywhere in the country.
Dr David Irving's project examines the history and practice of Malay music traditions on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island through a pioneering ethnomusicological study of music and dance, examining these traditions as key factors in preserving and strengthening unique cultural identities. It also considers how Malay music culture was transplanted to these islands from the nineteenth century onwards.
A/Prof Aaron Corn's project will investigate the seminal work of the the Aboriginal Artists Agency (AAA), the first national body to administer copyrights for indigenous artists, create international demand for Australian culture and pioneer ways for Indigenous artists to reach audiences and markets worldwide. This project aims to analyse the AAA's exclusive primary collection and assess the vast corporate knowledge of its personnel through new interviews.