The non-teaching week provides some respite to get some writing and reading done, as well as to offer some well- deserved congratulations to a number of our colleagues.
First of all, many congratulations indeed to Fiona Allon (GCS) and Martin Thomas (History) who each landed one of the much coveted ‘Future Fellowships’ recently announced by the Federal Government. This is a major coup for them and for us as the competition for these Fellowships was particularly fierce. I am very pleased their future will include us! The Faculty of Arts ended up receiving 3 FF’s (4 if you count a colleague who won one through another institution), which was slightly better than Melbourne, ANU and UNSW across similar disciplines, so a real achievement there. Overall the University received 17 Fellowships to Melbourne’s 25 and UNSW’s 15. There are 4 more rounds of this scheme to go and I am sure there are future future Fellows to come…
Congratulations and good luck to Judith Keene (History), whose recent book Treason on the Airwaves: Three Allied Broadcasters on Axis Radio during WWII (Praeger) has just been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Prize. Whatever happens on the night, this is terrific acknowledgement of Judith’s book…fingers crossed…..
Kudos as well to Dirk Moses (History) and his collaborators, who have been awarded a 2009 H-Soz-u-Kult Prize awarded by German speaking historians and historians of Germany for their book Empire, Colony, Genocide (Berghahn). Dirk was editor, and the volume included chapters from Ann Curthoys, Andrew Fitzmaurice, Bianca Tovias and John Docker. This prize is awarded on the basis of voting by a 70 member panel of historians from around the world. Even more remarkably, this is the second time Dirk has been awarded this prize; he won earlier this year for his German Intellectuals and the Nazi Past (CUP). For more information of the prize see: http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/index.asp?pn=forum&type=buchpreis&name=jury&year=2007
I am also pleased to report that the NSW History Council’s Max Kelly medal was awarded this year to one of our students, Isobelle Barrett-Meyering, for an essay titled ‘Abolitionism, settler violence and the case against corporal punishment: An assessment of Sir William Molesworth’s contribution to the transportation debate’. The essay was based on a chapter from her honours thesis supervised by Penny Russell (History). Many congratulations Isobelle! The Max Kelly Medal is awarded annually to a ‘beginning’ historian for a work of excellence in any aspect of Australian history. It has been awarded 12 times since its inauguration in 1997 – seven times to students from the Department of History at the University of Sydney, a remarkable achievement.