THEORY RACE AND COLONIALISM ESSAY (TRACE) AWARD
This prize to honour the memory and continue the work of Tracey Banivanua-Mar was proposed and agreed to at the ANZLHS AGM in Christchurch in December 2017.
Terms and Conditions of the award:The prize to be of an agreed value of $500 min. In 2018 the executive committee agreed to a prize of $AU 1000.
To be awarded by ANZLHS from ANZLHS funds for the best article published in law&history that engages theoretically with the themes of race and colonialism over the previous 2 calendar years (max. 4 issues of the journal).
The award recipient to be announced at the annual conference (usually held after issue no.2 for the year) by judges appointed by ANZLHS Executive, with the Editor(s) to decide their eligibility.
All authors will be eligible to be considered, except the Editor(s).
ANZLHS reserves the right not to make the award in any particular year.
The judges’ report will be published on the ANZLHS website.
The report for the 2020 award recipient appears below:
Congratulations to Tim Calabria who has won our TRACE award for his article ‘The Bungalow and the Transformation of the “Half-Caste” category in Central Australia: Race and Law at the Limits of a Settler Colony 1914-1937’ which appeared in volume 7 issue 1 of law&history.
This engaging article makes a significant new contribution to our understanding of how racialized categories worked not only to eliminate or erase Aboriginality but were tied to the exploitation of Aboriginal labour in and around Alice Springs. Its nuanced examination of the fluctuating and often ambiguous legal category of ‘half-caste’ was applied at the Bungalow in Central Australia reveals how the category was used not only to racialize Aboriginal people but to create a particular class of people who would fill settler colonial demands for labour. Its attentiveness to considerations of affect and emotions reveals the limited explanatory power of legal frameworks for understanding the mass institutionalisation of ‘half caste’ children. Rather, it sheds important new light on affectual encounters in this history. Through painstaking research and analytical insight, the article deftly weaves back and forth between the story of an individual caught up in these laws – Emily Geesing and her sovereign acts to escape these laws – to broad themes in the historiography, revealing how her experiences present us with important new ways to understand the logics of the settler-colonial project in Central Australia.
The report for the 2018 award recipient appears below:
Congratulations to Penny Edmonds who has won our inaugural TRACE award for her article ‘Emancipation Acts on the Oceanic Frontier?’ in volume 4 issue 2 of law&history.
In a strong field, which made judging very difficult, the judges were most impressed with the theoretical depth and originality demonstrated by Penny Edmonds’ article ‘Emancipation Acts on the Oceanic Frontier?’, vol.4:2 (2017). Edmonds’s essay covers considerable historiographical ground to produce a new way of thinking about the colonial history of the Bass Strait, combining Van Diemen’s Land and Port Phillip histories to explore questions of political diplomacy and gendered governance. She brings together questions of race, gender, humanitarianism, interpersonal and frontier violence, and colonial governance in an original and compelling way that sets a high standard for scholars to follow, and makes this a worthy winner of the ANZLHS Theory Race and Colonialism Essay (TRACE) Award for 2018.