La Trobe history scoops national awards

La Trobe history scoops national awards

15 Jul 2008

La Trobe history scholars came away with a clutch of top awards from the Australian Historical Association's 2008 Biennial Conference held last week in Melbourne.

In addition to scooping the major history prizes, Professor Marilyn Lake, who holds an ARC Professorial Research Fellowship at La Trobe , was elected Vice President/President Elect of the AHA.

"The outstanding success of La Trobe historians, including emerging and established scholars, is a testament to the vibrancy of the History Program's research culture and to the strong support offered to post-graduates and post-doctoral fellows within the Program," said Professor Lake.

"Recent new appointments to History, such as Tracey Banivanua-Mar, whose book, "Colonial Violence", was also highly commended by the AHA judges, will ensure that La Trobe maintains its reputation as one of the leading history programs in the country," said Professor Lake.

Dr Banivanua-Mar's book was also recently short-listed for two of the NSW Premier's prizes for history.

The major history prize winners from La Trobe were:

Marina Larsson, who received the 2008 Serle Award, for the best postgraduate thesis in Australian history examined in 2006 or 2007. Dr Larsson's winning work was 'The Burdens of Sacrifice: War Disability in Australian Families 1914-1939', PhD Thesis, La Trobe University, 2006. Dr Larsson now lectures in the History Program.

Robert Kenny, who currently holds an ARC Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the History Program, received the W.K. Hancock Prize, 2008, for the best first book in any field. His winning work was The Lamb Enters the Dreaming: Nathaniel Pepper and the Ruptured World (Melbourne: Scribe Publications, 2007). Dr Kenny also received his PhD from La Trobe University.

John Fitzgerald, who received the Ernest Scott Prize for the best book in Australasian History. His winning work was Big White Lie: Chinese Australians in White Australia. Based on Chinese and English language sources, it was considered to be an outstanding and timely contribution to the fields of Australian and transnational history. John Fitzgerald was based in Asian Studies at La Trobe, where he served as Head of the School of Social Sciences, before being appointed to head the Ford Foundation in China, where he now works.

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