ASAA prizes

ASAA prizes

Asian Art Research Now

“Asian art research in Australia and New Zealand remains stubbornly diffuse. Specialists are often separated by institutional and disciplinary divides, as well as real (or perceived) geographic distances… Despite a rich tradition of Asian art scholarship here, distinct in significant ways from the field as it is practiced in Europe and North America, we still …

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“The Storytelling State: Performing Life Histories in Singapore”, by Cheng Nien Yuan John Legge Thesis Prize Winner

Can you tell us a bit about your thesis. What’s the problem it explores and what did you find? My thesis identifies and explores Singapore’s newfound interest in a specific form of narration as a phenomenon I call the storytelling state. Over the last decade, public (auto)biographical storytelling, elicited through visualised narrative interviews, have proliferated …

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The Nguyen Weather-world – ASAA thesis prize winner

Dr Kathryn Dyt was awarded the 2018 John Legge Prize for best thesis in Asian Studies, here she tells us about her work. Can you tell us a bit about your thesis. What’s the problem it explores and what did you find? My thesis, The Nguyen Weather-world: Environment, Emotion and Governance in Nineteenth-Century Vietnam, is …

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Gendered Narratives of Development and Modernity from Indonesian-Occupied East Timor

Dr Hannah Loney was awarded the 2017 ASAA Postdoctoral Fellowship, here she tells us more about her work on East Timor. Can you tell us a bit about your research? What’s the problem it explores? As part of my ASAA Postdoctoral Fellowship, I am developing a short piece on violence, biopolitics, and regimes of the …

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Children’s Stories and Development in India – ASAA thesis prize winner

Dr Annie McCarthy was awarded the 2017 John Legge Prize for best thesis in Asian Studies, here she tells us about her work. Can you tell us a bit about your thesis. What’s the problem it explores and what did you find? My thesis ethnographically explored the relationship between children and the development industry, particularly …

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