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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.

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Best Article Prize Winners

2020

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

2019

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.

2018

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

2017

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

2016

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.

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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)

2011

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

2010

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

2009

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.

2008

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.