Announcing the 2020 Publication Subsidy Scheme recipients

AAH News Media release

We are delighted to announce the recipients of this year’s Publication Subsidy Scheme, one of the Academy’s longest running awards programs.

Our Publication Subsidy Scheme supports quality publication in the humanities. Subsidies are awarded to early career researchers to support costs associated with publication, such as illustrations, maps, and copyright fees.

The projects from this year’s 12 recipients cover a vast array of topics, and take up pressing areas of inquiry for the humanities community and the nation at large: from the impacts of climate change and the development of environmental attitudes in Australia and the US, to the use of digital visualisation in solving archaeological problems, to the role of art in reflecting and mobilising social change.

In a year that has brought us a devastating global health crisis and major disruptions to the higher education sector, the Academy recognises that there may be delays and changes within university presses and publishing houses as well as disruptions to the research schedules of our early career scholars. We are committed to ensuring that the work of these outstanding researchers is supported at all stages and will work with recipients in the event that an extension on their subsidy is required.

Awards Committee member Terri-ann White congratulated the recipients and remarked on the breadth and quality of the projects: “There were a number of compelling applications in this round” she said. “Some of them included opportunities to take scholarship further into the reaches of people who don’t work in higher education, demonstrating the broad value of the humanities across society. That mix of global specialist and general publishing outlets was a sign for the committee of robustness in the humanities, even during this difficult era we are living through.”

We congratulate the following recipients and are proud to support their projects:

Dr Gretchen Coombs
The Lure of the Social: Encounters with Contemporary Artists is an intimate and personal exploration into the key individuals, institutions, and gatherings that make up the field of
socially engaged art. It takes the reader inside the cultural politics of social practice and shows the utility and the limits of art as social change.

Dr Marnie Feneley
Constructing God: The West Mebon Viṣṇu is the first comprehensive book on the massive bronze sculpture known as The West Mebon Viṣṇu, arguably one of the largest and most important sculptures ever found in Southeast Asia. The book sets out to reappraise the issues surrounding the date when the statue was commissioned and emplaced by combining interdisciplinary approaches: art historical, archaeological, historical and digital visualisation.

Dr Emma Gleadhill
Macquarie University
Taking Travel Home: The Souvenir Material Culture of British Women Tourists, 1770-1830 draws from the theory of the souvenir as a nostalgic narrative instrument to consider how eighteenth-century women enlisted the objects they collected during their travels to realise their social, economic and political ambitions.

Dr Jarrod Hore
Macquarie University and State Library of NSW
Visions of Nature: How Landscape Photography Made Territoriality in Australasia and California revives and examines the work of a cast of important late nineteenth-century landscape photographers who shaped the environmental attitudes of settlers in Australasia and California. The book traces out a wider world of settler colonial visuality across the full spectrum of landscape photography.

Dr Stephen Joyce
Monash University
The Legacy of Gildas: Constructions of Authority in the Early Medieval West explores how the fifth- or sixth-century British ecclesiastical figure, Gildas, influenced the evolution of authority in the early medieval West. In connecting Gildas to subsequent Insular and Continental authorities such as Columbanus, Gregory the Great, and Bede, his legacy will be established within a wider context.

Dr Sarah Kirby
University of Melbourne
Exhibitions, Music and the British Empire is the first comprehensive history of music at international exhibitions held in the British Empire, and covers the period between 1879 and 1890. It will contribute new material and perspectives to, and advance knowledge in, the fields of British, Australian, and colonial musical history as well as exhibition studies.

Dr Chari Larsson
Griffith University
Didi-Huberman and the Image. With a body of work spanning four decades, Georges Didi-Huberman is considered one of the most innovative and influential critical thinkers writing in France today. This book is the first extensive English-language study of his research on images and places him in relation to major historical and philosophical frameworks.

Dr Isobelle Barrett Meyering
Macquarie University
Children of the Revolution: A New History of Australian Feminism draws on extensive archival research and oral histories with prominent activists to show that children’s rights were central to the second-wave feminist agenda, despite the ‘anti-mother’ stereotype that has long overshadowed the movement’s history.

Dr Rachel Orzech
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne
Wagner in Parisian Perspective 1933-44: From Universalism to Collaboration (provisional title) examines the shifting attitudes toward Wagner reflected in the Parisian press during the period of the Third Reich.

Dr Will Smith
Deakin University
Mountains of Blame: Climate and Culpability in the Philippine Uplands locates Indigenous people’s efforts to navigate the impacts of climate change in the forested uplands of Palawan Island against decades of punitive and intensive efforts by the Philippine state aimed at making customary livelihoods modern and sustainable.

Dr Tyne Daile Sumner
University of Melbourne
Lyric Eye: The Poetics of Twentieth-Century Surveillance presents the first detailed study of the relationship between poetry and surveillance. It critically examines the close connection between American lyric poetry and a burgeoning U.S. state surveillance apparatus from 1920 through the 1960s, roughly the period during which J. Edgar Hoover ran the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Dr Esther Theiler
La Trobe University
Sitters and Painters in Early Seventeenth-Century Rome: Portraits of the Soul investigates developments in the manner of projecting identity in portraiture in Rome in the early Baroque period. It explores how artists rendered the drama of being human and offers fascinating examples of the “modernity” of the early modern period.