Early career researcher recognised with humanities fellowship

Western Sydney University congratulates Dr Jason Tuckwell from the School of Humanities and Communications Arts who has been awarded a Humanities Travelling Fellowship from the prestigious Australian Academy of the Humanities.

The Humanities Travelling Fellowships aim to support early career researchers like Dr Tuckwell who studies the practice of technology and art. Recipients are connected to an international network of researchers, and will receive other support during their fellowships, including access to research material and travel when it is safe to do so.

Through his fellowship, Dr Tuckwell plans to present and engage with new research in Science and Technology Studies (STS) — a field of study that critically analyses technology from a humanist perspective.

“Building on a trip to Utrecht University in 2019 and my recent publications, I hope to strengthen the collaborative networks I have established,” said Dr Tuckwell.

“The fellowship will allow me to participate in the research activities and seminar programs at Radboud University and the University of Twente, and to travel to the Netherlands in the future.”

Dr Tuckwell’s project titled, Technological Mediation and Creative Praxis: Technē in Art and Technology, examines alternative ways to understand art, including the role new technology and creative strategies can play in our aesthetics and experiences.

“Through an alternative account, my research focuses on skills and considers how agents bring about change in their environments.”

“From the politics of anthropogenic climate change to the technologies of machine intelligence, automation and social media platforms, there is an urgent need to understand the role human agents play in technical systems.”

President of the Academy, Professor Joy Damousi, congratulated this year’s Fellowship recipients, and noted the importance of investment in the next-generation leaders of Australia’s humanities community, particularly in times of upheaval.

“This year has presented many challenges with deep impacts felt throughout the humanities community and higher education in Australia. Most vulnerable to these developments and their aftermath are early career humanities researchers. Grants and awards programs, like ours and others, seek to provide much sought-after support to ensure Australia’s humanities research continues to thrive,” said Professor Damousi.

Dr Tuckwell is currently developing a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award project with the University’s Writing and Society Research Centre and Philosophy Research Initiative, that focuses on techniques in art and technology. He is also working on a book for a series with Edinburgh University Press, on the history of artificial techniques in human and non-human agents.


14 September 2020

Ali Sardyga, Media Officer