Associate Investigators

Our Associate Investigators (AIs) are Australian humanities researchers working on projects that correlate with the Centre's research aims and goals.


Meet our Associate Investigators (AIs):


CHE's innovative Associate Investigators program has continued to expand in 2015. This program, established in 2011, provides for selected Australian humanities scholars, working on projects that correlate with the Centre's research aims and goals, to work with the Centre and its broader network.  The Associate Investigators are provided with up to $3000 per year in research support and are invited to participate in CHE academic events.

The program has significant mutual benefits for CHE and for the Associate Investigators. The range and depth of the Centre's research is exponentially enriched and the opportunities of collaboration extended, through the AI program.  Individual scholars benefit from the contact with a large and diverse group of researchers from a range of disciplines, as the feedback received from Associate Investigators who participate in CHE academic events shows.  

 'I came away from the conference with a great sense of elation at what has been achieved so far, amazed at the diversity of ideas and research, and the positive energy for the future. I've come back with a stack of references, ideas and names to follow up, which will spur me on to look at expanding my research networks', wrote one participant.

Associate Investigators are also able to use their involvement with the Centre as leverage when applying for grants or other funding.   We would like to congratulate the following AIs who were awarded nationally competitive research grants in 2012:  Louise D'Arcens, Future Fellowship - 'Comic medievalism and the modern world'; Clare Monagle, DECRA - 'Sexing scholasticism: gender in medieval thought 1150-1520'; Constant Mews, Discovery Project - 'Encountering diversity: communities of learning, intellectual confrontations and transformations of religious thinking in Latin Europe, 1050-1350' ; Lisa O'Connell and Alison Scott (with Simon During), Discovery Project - 'Secularisation and British Literature, 1600-1800'; Samantha  Owens, Discovery Project - 'The Well-travelled Musician: John Sigismond Cousser and cultures of musical exchange in Baroque Europe'. 

The Centre had 41 Associate Investigators in 2012, and 31 Associate Investigators in 2013.  A further call was issued during the year for the 2014 program. Sixty-seven applications were received, with the applicants coming from a variety of Australian academic and cultural institutions and a broad range of disciplines.  After considerable deliberation, 24 scholars were invited to become Associate Investigators in 2014.