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Australian Research Council and Institute for International Studies, UTS Stipendiary Scholarships for 2006-2008.

University of Technology, Sydney

Australian Research Council and Institute for International Studies, UTS Two Postgraduate Stipendiary Scholarships are offered for 2006-2008. These are situated at the Institute for International Studies at University of Technology, Sydney and are funded by the Australian Research Council. The scholarships cover living costs at the rate agreed for APA scholarships. Australian students will be offered a fee waiver. Fee waivers may be available for international applicants in some circumstances. Some field work costs will also be met.

The scholarships are funded as part of a wider project: The Cultivation of Middle Class Taste: Reading, Tourism, and Education Choices in Urban China.

The chief investigators on the project will also act as supervisors for the postgraduate scholars: Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald and Dr Yi Zheng.

Project Summary: In the English-speaking world the middle classes are often assumed to be the drivers and guarantors of a democratic modernity.
This project questions that assumption, by investigating the role of aesthetics, reading and choice in the cultivation of the middle class in China. It investigates how the priorities of the Party-State, individual wealth creation, education, and the international mainstream converge in the tastes of this substantial, aspirational group. Combining close analysis of the popular "manuals of elite civility" (Donald and Zheng,
2005) with dynamic, ethnographic snapshots of readers and producers, the project promises a significant contribution to Chinese Cultural Studies, and to understanding class, education and social change.

Criteria: 1. Prospective candidates should have training in one or more of the following disciplines: Education Studies, Sociology, Politics and Economics, Cultural or Literary Theory, Anthropology, Modern Chinese Studies. 1.2. A knowledge of modern standard Chinese is highly desirable, although training is available for those candidates who would need to improve their language skills in order to conduct fieldwork. 1.3. An excellent first degree, or/and evidence of other learning experiences, publications, or research expertise is required. 1.4. Ability to work on one's own and as part of a team will be necessary.

2.1 Proposals should address the main theme of the proposal summary but display the capacity for an original piece of work to supplement and support aspects of the work proposed 2.2 Proposals should develop
(ideally) aspects of tourism, education, and reading practices OR should tackle wider themes such as national development, taste structures, class theory, 2.3 Proposals should display some understanding of the field in which they engage through reference to appropriate literature, 2.4 Proposals should be written in clear, scholarly English. Applications in Chinese will also be considered, if an English language summary page is appended.

Candidates should send 1. a letter of application addressing the criteria above, 2. full resume, 3. information on nationality status, and a two page proposal (plus references) to the Institute by 16th January 2005. A selection committee will examine the applications and contact applicants by mid February. Scholarships would commence immediately. Please send to:

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald
Professor International Studies
Director: Institute for International Studies UTS PO Box 123 Broadway NWS 2007
Mob: 0417415333

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