The organisers of Site and Space in Southeast Asia are currently seeking one individual to participate in the Yangon research team. Myanmar citizens, overseas Myanmar, and others with a personal connection to Yangon or Myanmar are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are welcomed from researchers from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds. 

Site and Space in Southeast Asia explores the intersections of urban space, art and culture in three cities—Yangon, Penang, and Huế—through collaborative, site-based research. With major funding from the Getty Foundation and partners from within and beyond the region, Site and Space in Southeast Asia seeks to support innovative research in the art and architectural histories of the region, foster professional networks among early career scholars, and expand engagement with an ever more global field.  

The concept of site offers a rich and multivalent point of entry for constructing connected histories of art, architecture, and cultural production. Engaging with cities as sites that generate cultural narratives, Site and Space in Southeast Asia will explore spaces of memory, interaction, and production across national and regional boundaries. With a chronological span from the colonial period through independence and into the contemporary, a period of dynamic, often divergent political and social development, Site and Space in Southeast Asia seeks to enrich the study of art and architectural histories of Southeast Asia through engagement with site and space.

Over the course of the two-year research period commencing in June 2018, three small teams of researchers will be funded to conduct field and archival research exploring the physical and cultural histories of three project cities, with a particular interest in their artistic and built environments. Annual whole-of cohort workshops will allow comparative discussion of findings and mapping of future research directions. During the first year, collaborative research will allow a “coming to terms” with the city as site and its intersecting art historical themes. During the second year, researchers will pursue individual projects emerging from these themes. The project will culminate in one or more collective outputs to be determined through discussions with participants and institutional partners.

Applications are invited from early career researchers working in related areas (including art and architectural history, landscape studies, urban studies, film studies, anthropology, etc.), and are particularly welcomed from those connected to institutions in the region; with experience in modes of spatial analysis in the humanities; and with interest in exploring digital methods in site-based research. Although research will be conducted in all appropriate languages, participants must have strong spoken and written capacity in English.

Organized in partnership by researchers at the University of Sydney, Nanyang Technological University, National Gallery Singapore, the University of Malaya, the University of Toulouse, and Dumbarton Oaks, Site and Space in Southeast Asia is primarily funded by the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative.  

Applications to participate in the Yangon research team close 1 August 2018. 

 Applications for all other positions in Site & Space are now closed.                                                 

Project leaders include:

Adrian Vickers (Sydney), Chief Investigator

Stephen Whiteman (Sydney), Chief Investigator, Project Director

To apply, please complete this form including basic biographical information, two short essays and current CV.

For questions relating to the project or the application process, please contact the project director, Dr Stephen Whiteman at

Deadline: 1 August 2018

About the prize

The Power Institute Foundation for Art and Visual Culture exists to bring contemporary ideas in the visual arts to Australia, and provide a space for the creation, discussion and dissemination of ideas about art in Australia and worldwide. Since the 1980s, the Power Institute’s publications arm, Power Publications, has published books in the area of art history, visual culture and film studies by Australian and international scholars, as well as translations of critical theory. Our publications aim to reach beyond the academic community, demonstrating the importance of art and visual culture in Australia and providing a continuing forum for new ideas. 

Through the Power Publications Dissertation Prize for Indigenous Art Research, we wish promote quality scholarship and support new writing on Indigenous art, widely understood

The Dissertation Prize, together with the the Power Publications Prize for Indigenous Art Writing, both seek to foster critical understandings of Australian Indigenous art and culture. The prizes will be awarded annually for three years, and are generously supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. The 2019 round is the third and final year of the award.

  • The recipient of the award will receive $2,000
  • The award will be judged by Professor Ian McLean, University of Melbourne


Power Publications will award a dissertation prize for the best PhD, MPhil or Master by Research written on Indigenous art. 

Unlike the Power Publications Indigenous Art Writing Prize, the Dissertation Prize is not restricted to authors of Indigenous heritage.

Candidates must present readers' reports with their applicaton and speak to the significance of the contribution to current research in the area of Australian Indigenous Art. Supervisors can also nominate and apply on behalf of candidates.

The prize is open to citizens and permanent residents of Australia.

Application requirements

The 2019 round of the award is currently open.

Candidates for the 2019 award must have completed and defended their dissertation in the calendar year 2018.

Applicants or those nominating them must fill out the application form. Two readers reports from the thesis must also be provided. 

The winner will be announced in 2019.

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