AUSTRALIA – The ABC and University of Sydney are proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 Top 5 Humanities and Social Sciences Media Residencies, which will enable some of Australia’s brightest minds to share their expertise with audiences hungry for credible and informed debate.
The five early-career researchers from Australian universities work on crucial issues such as environmental change, conflict in the Middle East and social isolation among the elderly. They were chosen from more than 150 applicants to undertake a two-week residency at ABC RN, learning from the nation’s leading journalists and broadcasters to communicate their ideas and develop outstanding content across radio, television and online.
Dr Jane Connors, ABC Editorial Adviser and Top 5 co-adjudicator, said: “The ABC has an unrivalled commitment to providing audiences with the accurate, unbiased information they need to make sense of the world around them. We are proud to partner with the University of Sydney on the Top 5 program to help some of the nation’s brightest minds and newest voices share their insights about the big issues of our time. This year’s recipients cover diverse topics but are united in searching for answers to important questions about identity, spirituality and meaning.”
Professor Duncan Ivison, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of Sydney, said: “Australia’s cultural, social and economic wellbeing depends on the contributions of our humanities and social sciences scholars. The University of Sydney is proud to have partnered with the ABC again on the Top 5 Media Residency Program to help researchers who are tackling some of the most difficult challenges our communities face to connect with new audiences in innovative ways.”
The Top 5 humanities recipients are:
- Dr Ruth Morgan: environmental historian at Monash University researching how societies make sense of environmental change, including climate science and water management.
- Dr Raihan Ismail: lecturer in the Australian National University’s Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, researching Middle Eastern politics and misconceptions about Islam.
- Dr Gareth Wearne: lecturer in biblical studies in the Australian Catholic University’s Faculty of Theology and Philosophy studying the Dead Sea Scrolls and their resonance within contemporary religious debates.
- Dr Darren C Fisher: lecturer in animation at the Swinburne University of Technology researching the autobiographical use of comics to understand what it means to be human.
- Dr Barbara Barbosa Neves: senior lecturer in sociology in Monash University’s School of Social Sciences, researching loneliness among the elderly and the potential of technology to address this issue.
The Top 5 program was launched for science scholars in 2015 and expanded to the humanities in 2018. Last year’s inaugural Top 5 humanities recipients have produced or featured in ABC programs such as The Philosopher’s Zone, Future Tense, The Minefield, Late Night Live and Life Matters.
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All images supplied by ABC. Feature image of Dr Darren C Fisher.