John Legge Prize

John Legge Prize

John Legge Prize

ASAA President Professor Kate McGregor was delighted  to announce yesterday that the 2022 John Legge Prize for the best thesis in Asian studies in Australia in 2021 has been awarded to Dr Kaira Zoe Alburo Cañete a graduate from the University of New South Wales for the thesis titled “Becoming Resilient: Disaster Recovery in Post-Yolanda Philippines through Women’s Eyes.”

The judges have also awarded a runners-up prize, to a second outstanding thesis this year. The thesis on Indonesia titled “The Precarious Past: Historical Practices in Indic Java” was written by Dr Jarrah Sastrawan from the University of Sydney.

The ASAA would like to congratulate the two winners on these outstanding theses and thank all who also entered their work for consideration this round. We had a very strong field this year which is wonderful to see.

The John Legge Prize is one of seven prize/grant schemes offered by the ASAA. This prize recognizes cutting edge research performed by postgraduates across our broad field of research.

A citation for the winning thesis by Kaira Zoe Alburo Cañete has been prepared by our three judges Associate Professor James Leibold (Latrobe University), Dr Sophie Chao (Sydney University) and Dr Kayoko Hashimoto (The University of Queensland). The citation is available to read on our website.

Please see below for further details, regulations and the nomination form. Nominations for the prize for the best thesis in 2022 will be announced in the first half of 2023.

The Prize

The first prize consists of a cash award of $2,000. The writer of the selected thesis will also receive a certificate and priority consideration for publication in one of the ASAA monograph series.

A prize of $1,000 may be awarded to a second outstanding thesis.

Judging panel:

2022: Dr Sophie Chao (Sydney University) Associate Professor James Leibold (Latrobe University) Dr Kayoko Hashimoto (University of Queensland) 2021: Associate Professor Michael Barr (Flinders University) Professor Devleena Ghosh (University of Technology Sydney) Professor Anne McLaren (The University of Melbourne)

In 2023 the thesis must have been conferred by an Australian university in 2022.

The thesis must deal wholly with a country or countries of Asia or with Australia’s relationship with Asia.

The thesis must be in humanities or social sciences disciplines, broadly defined.

Nominations for the next John Legge Prize or the Best Thesis in Asian Studies are now closed.

Nominations for the prize for the best thesis in 2022 will be announced in the first half of 2023.

When nominations open, those who wish to be considered for the prize will be required to fill out the John Legge Prize form and submit a nomination letter prepared by two current ASAA members outlining the merits of the thesis (maximum of two pages), a copy of the thesis and thesis examination reports (where possible) to the ASAA John Legge prize page.

The ASAA Executive will appoint a small committee of ASAA Council members (3-5 people) to review applications on their merits. 

  • Applications open: TBA early 2023
  • Applications close: TBA mid 2023
  • Announcement of winner TBA (expected mid-year)

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