Max Crawford Medal

Max Crawford medal

The Max Crawford Medal is Australia’s most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the humanities. It is presented to an Australian-based, early career scholar for outstanding achievement in the humanities, whose research and publications make an exceptional contribution to the understanding of their discipline by the general public.

The Medal has been awarded since 1992 and recipients have gone on to forge strong careers in the Australian humanities community.

R. M. CrawfordEmeritus Professor R. M. (Max) Crawford

The Medal celebrates the outstanding career of Emeritus Professor R. M. (Max) Crawford OBE FAHA (1906–91). He was an eminent historian who greatly influenced the teaching of history in Australian universities and schools, as well being one of the founders of Historical Studies (the first academic journal dedicated to Australian history), the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies and the Australian Humanities Research Centre. Professor Crawford played a critical role in creating the Australian Academy of the Humanities and is recognised as a Foundation Fellow.

This award has been made possible by a generous bequest to the Academy by Professor Crawford.

Joint recipients of the 2018 Max Crawford Medal

Dr Raihan Ismail of the Australian National University and Dr Ana Tanasoca of the University of Canberra are the joint recipients of the 2018 Max Crawford Medal.

This year’s recipients are both scholars whose cross-disciplinary approach to their research has resulted in work of distinct originality and excellence, and whose projects are notable for their public accessibility and national significance.

Dr Ismail is currently a lecturer at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the ANU. Her research interests include Islamic theology and Arab culture, Sunni-Shia relations, women in Islam, Political Islam, and Middle East politics. She co-convenes the Political Islam seminar series since 2015 for various government departments and agencies, including AGD and Defence and is also a regular commentator in Australian and international media on Islam and Middle East culture and politics including appearing as a panellist on the ABC Q&A program in 2016. She is the author of Saudi Clerics and Shia Islam, published by Oxford University Press in 2016 and is currently working on a book project on the Transnational Networks of Salafi Clerics in Egypt, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Dr Tanasoca is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy & Global Governance, University of Canberra. Her book The Ethics of Multiple Citizenship will be published in August 2018 by Cambridge University Press. She has broad interests across analytic normative political theory, in topics ranging from enfranchisement to climate change and her articles have appeared in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, the European Journal of Sociology, and Moral Philosophy and Politics. Her principal current research project explores the moral and epistemic dimensions of democratic deliberation, both theoretically and as applied to international deliberations on the Sustainable Development Goals.

We warmly congratulate Dr Ismail and Dr Tanasoca on their achievements and their success as joint recipients of the Max Crawford Medal for 2018.

Eligibility & how to apply

In order to further recognise and foster the outstanding work being undertaken by the future generation of humanities scholars, the Academy will award the Max Crawford Medal on an annual basis starting in 2019 to coincide with our 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Details of the next round of nominations will be posted here in February 2019.

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