Monash Historians recognised by Australian Historical Association

It’s been a great week for Monash Historians, as the Australian Historical Association shortlisted three Monash Arts academics for the W.K. Hancock Prize.

The W.K. Hancock Prize shortlist, announced June 9th, was made up of three Monash Arts Academics. The Prize recognises and encourages an Australian scholar who has published a first book in any field of history in 2014 or 2015. The $2,000 prize was instituted in 1987 by the AHA to honour the contribution to the study and writing of history in Australia by Sir Keith Hancock.


The shortlisted academics are:

  • Adam ClulowThe Company and The Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan (Columbia University Press, 2014)
  • Reto HofmannThe Fascist Effect: Japan and Italy, 1915–1952 (Cornell University Press, 2015)
  • Ruth MorganRunning Out? Water in Western Australia (UWA Publishing, 2015)

Ruth Morgan has also been shortlisted for a fellowship to advance research on her current project. The Allan Martin Award is a research fellowship to assist early career historians further their research in Australian history. The biennial award of up to $4,000 will assist with the expenses of a research trip undertaken in Australia or overseas in support of a project in Australian history. Dr Morgan’s project, ‘Australindia: Australia, India and the Ecologies of Empire, 1788–1901’, is also supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2016-18).

Winners of the W.K. Hancock Prize will be announced in early July. 

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