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Article Prize

Each year, nominations are called for the AAS Article Prize, awarded for the best scholarly article published in an Australian journal. The call is sent out to the editor(s) of the following five eligible journals, who are responsible for nominating candidates.

  • Anthropological Forum
  • Oceania
  • The Australian Journal of Anthropology (TAJA)
  • The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology (TAPJA)
  • Australian Aboriginal Studies (anthropological articles only)

Nominated articles are judged by a panel of three judges against the following criteria:

  • Theoretical sophistication
  • Ethnographic depth
  • Lucid writing
  • Originality

The winner is formally announced at the Annual General Meeting and the prize awarded at the Annual Conference dinner. The winner receive a written certificate, a monetary prize (AUD500), as well as registration and a dinner ticket for that year’s conference.In the event that the winning article is co-authored, the prize money is to be split between all contributors and the AAS will provide a maximum of two conference registrations and two dinner tickets. Articles submitted for the prize in previous years may not be resubmitted.


Prize Recipients

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Best Article Prize Winners
Best Article Prize Winners


Anderson, Drew (2023). Intra-Action in a Central Australian Community Development Project. Oceania. 92(2): 195-212.  


Pini, Sarah (2022). Autoethnography and 'chimeric-thinking': A phenomenological reconsideration of illness and alterity. The Australian Journal of Anthropology 33(1): 34-46.


Scott, Michael W (2021). How the Missionary got his Mana: Charles Elliot Fox and the Power of Name-Exchange in Solomon Islands. Oceania 91(1): 106-127.


Gibson, Thomas (2019). From Tribal Hut to Royal Palace: The Dialectic of Equality and Hierarchy in Austronesian Southeast Asia. Anthropological Forum 29(3): 234-248


Roberts, Jason (2019). 'We Live Like This': Local Inequalities and Disproportionate Risk in the Context of Extractive Development and Climate Change on New Hanover Island, Papua New Guinea. Oceania 89(1): 68–88.


Pertierra, Anna Cristina (2018). Televisual experiences of poverty and abundance: Entertainment television in the Philippines. The Australian Journal of Anthropology 29(1): 3-18.


Dawson, Andrew (2017). Driven to sanity: An ethnographic critique of the senses in automobilities. The Australian Journal of Anthropology 28(1): 3-20.


Gillison, Gillian (2016). Whatever Happened to the Mother? A New Look at the Old Problem of the Mother’s Brother in Three New Guinea Societies: Gimi, Daribi, and Iatmul. Oceania 86(1): 2-24.


Schram, Ryan (2015). Notes on the Sociology of Wontoks in Papua New Guinea. Anthropological Forum 25(1): 3-20.


Plueckhahn, Rebekah (2014). Fortune, Emotion and Poetics: The Intersubjective Experience of Mongolian Musical Sociality. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 15(2): 123-140.


Hetherington, Tracy (2013). Remodelling the Fortress of Conservation. Anthropological Forum 22(2): 165-185.


Biersack, Aletta 2011. The Sun and the Shakers, Again: Enga, Ipili, and Somaip Perspectives on the Cult of Ain. Oceania 81(2): 113-136; (3): 225-243. (Part 1 and Part 2)


Sansom, B. 2010. The Refusal of Holy Engagement: How Man-making Can Fail. Oceania 80(1): 24-57.


Telle, K. 2009. Spirited places and ritual dynamics among Sasak Muslims on Lombok. Anthropological Forum 19(3): 289-306.


Rollason, Will 2008. Counterparts: Clothing, Value and the Sites of Otherness in Panapompom Ethnographic Encounters. Anthropological Forum 18(1): 17-35.

2009 Special Commendation

Telban, Borut 2008. The Poetics of the Crocodile: Changing Cultural perspectives in Ambonwari. Oceania 78(2): 217-235.


Scott, Michael 2007. Neither “New Melanesian History” nor “New Melanesian Ethnography”: Recovering Emplaced Matrilineages in Southeast Solomon Islands. Oceania 77(3): 337-354.

2008 Special Commendation

Ram, Kalpana 2007. Untimeliness as Moral Indictment: Tamil Agricultural Labouring Women’s Use of Lament as Life Narrative. The Australian Journal of Anthropology 18(2): 138-153.