Humanities and Social Sciences in the 21st Century The Third Annual HDR Conference


Lecture Theatre South, Building 30

Northcott Drive

UNSW Canberra at ADFA


8.30am to 5.00pm


The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to organise the third Higher Degree Research Conference at UNSW Canberra. The conference provides HDR and Honours students with an opportunity to showcase their research and its relevance today. It seeks to build an interactive community connecting emerging researchers across different universities and create a space to receive guidance from well-established scholars.

Organised by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences since 2017, the conference has been attended by Higher Degree Research students from Canberra and Sydney universities, who have found the "reality-based" presentations of great value. 

 -  “I appreciate closed-group sessions, and found discussions by fellow participant most interesting”

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Students are invited to submit a 250-word abstract and brief bio by: Monday 22nd July 2019 to E:

Papers in History, Politics, English, International Relations, Media Studies, Indonesian Studies, and all other areas of the humanities and social sciences are welcome.



Associate Professor Bina D'Costa, Australian National University


We are pleased to announce that Associate Professor Bina D’Costa, Australian National University, will deliver the Keynote Presentation.

Bina is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. She is also the school’s Deputy Director (Education). At the height of Europe’s refugee emergency, she moved to UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti as its senior migration and displacement research specialist to build its Migration and Displacement program (2016-2018). Bina’s research interests span migration, children & conflict, gender & war crimes, human rights, and justice.

She has undertaken studies on refugees, stateless communities and IDPs, and has provided inputs and technical advice to Human Rights bodies, UN agencies and NGOs. Most recently, she has served in UNICEF’s Rohingya Emergency Response Team in Cox’s Bazar Bangladesh. She has published seven books including  Cascades of Violence: War, Crime and Peacebuilding Across South Asia (co-authored with John Braithwaite, ANU Press, 2018); Children and Violence: The Politics of Conflict in South Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2016); and  Nationbuilding, Gender and War Crimes in South Asia (Routledge, 2011, 2013).

Bina has held visiting fellowships at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva (2012-14); the Refugee Studies Center, Oxford University (2011-12) and the Global Justice Center, New York (2008). Bina has also served as the Asia Rapporteur for the Asia-Europe 55 member states ASEM global meeting on Children and Human Rights in 2017.




I appreciate closed-group sessions, and found discussions by fellow participant most interesting.



I found that the symposium covered a number of areas that I need support in. I particularly liked the keynote on academic blogging.





                 Very professional and enjoyable!