The Academy is delighted to announce that Dr Tom Murray, Department of Media, Music, Communications and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, has been awarded the 2014 Max Crawford Medal
. The Max Crawford Medal is Australia’s most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the humanities. It is presented biennially to an Australian-based, early-career scholar working and publishing in the humanities, whose publications contribute towards an understanding of their discipline by the general public.
The Academy is grateful to all who put forward a nominee and would like to acknowledge this year’s impressive field of candidates.
Dr Tom Murray’s research utilises visual anthropology-based research techniques to investigate historical and contemporary representations of ‘otherness’, particularly with respect to indigenous communities and individuals. His work has been authored in feature-length audio-visual forms, such as ‘Love in Our Own Time’ (2013), ‘In My Father’s Country’(2008), ‘Dhakiyarr vs the King’ (2004), and in short screen forms in collaboration with indigenous communities.
Dr Murray’s work has successfully communicated complex ideas in public broadcast, gallery, festival, DVD and web-based formats that have reached over a million people, had popular and academic impact, and enriched the cultural life of Australia. His work has been screened in all of Australia’s major international film festivals (Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane International Film Festivals) and many of the most prestigious festivals in the world including the ‘World Documentaries’ section of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and the ‘Best New Director’ section of the 2008 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam.
The Crawford Medal will be presented to Dr Murray at the 2014 Annual Fellows’ Dinner on Friday 21 November.
PHOTO: COURTESY MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY/TOM MURRAY