Recipients of the 2022 Publication Subsidy Scheme

Having supported hundreds of scholars over more than five decades, the Publication Subsidy Scheme is one of the Academy’s longest running awards programs.

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

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

Dr Diti Bhattacharya

Griffith University

About the project:
This book unfolds the boipara, or the second-hand book market of Calcutta in India, attending to movements between the material, the sensory, the human, between experience, memory and imagination. This work reconsiders how we can think about space, place and spatialization using the book market.  Focussing on everyday lived and imagined experiences within the space, the author aims to provide insights into the intricacies, complexities and mobilities involved in the many ways in which temporal, material, structural and sensorial experiences of spaces are inter-implicated.

Twitter: @diti121688

Dr Georgia Curran

University of Sydney
About the project:
Warlpiri songs hold together the ceremonies that structure and bind social relationships, and encode detailed information about Warlpiri country, cosmology and kinship. This book draws together insights from senior Warlpiri singers and custodians of these song traditions, profiling a number of singers and their views of the changes that they have witnessed over their lifetimes. The chapters in this book feature cases studies of particular ceremonials songs that ultimately uncover the complexity entailed in maintaining Warlpiri song traditions alongside the deep desires of Warlpiri people to hold on to this important element of their cultural identity into the future.

Dr Patricia Di Risio

Monash College
About the project:

This book argues that representations of unconventional women had an important effect on 1990s Hollywood genre filmmaking practices. The case studies examine female protagonists in genres traditionally considered male oriented (e.g. crime thriller, road movie, western, film noir, war film, sci-fi, horror). These portrayals represent a cinematic deconstruction of gender resulting in unexpected and highly innovative changes. I challenge the perception that commercial cinema is considered impervious to progressive agendas such as queer theory and politics. The study identifies an incongruous combination of genres which produce an intensification of genre subversion and intertextuality via the use of irony, allusion, pastiche, and hybridity, characteristic of the social and historical context.

Twitter: @patriciadear2

Dr Andreas Dorrer

University of Melbourne

About the project:
Andreas Dorrer, Thomas Petraschka (eds.): Der Erste Weltkrieg: Erinnerungskulturen in Deutschland und Australien // The First World War: Cultures of Remembrance in Germany and Australia

Many developments that led to WWII and the Cold War, whose ongoing consequences the world is currently facing, were prefigured during WWI. In this perspective, WWI appears as the defining historical event of the 20th century. The aim of this bilingual volume is to understand how the First World War was remembered in Australia and Germany from the immediate post-war period onwards and is still remembered today. In three sections (Politics and Society; Culture, History and Cultural History; Art, Literature and Film) scholars and from a variety of different disciplines develop new, cross-cultural perspectives on the ways in which the ‘seminal catastrophe of the 20th century’ has culturally impacted both countries.

Dr Benjamin Hegarty

University of Melbourne

About the project:
The Made-Up State (Cornell University Press, 2022) investigates the relationship between technology and transgender history in Indonesia. At the dawn of the New Order regime in the late 1960s, new regulations related to public order and morality sought to authorize what forms of gender presentation could be tolerated on the streets of the capital city, Jakarta. The book invites new possibilities for conceptualizing the historical role of femininity in defining and defending the meanings of public and belonging within it. At its core, the book draws on ethnographic and historical evidence to rethink the relationship between “waria,” a modern Indonesian concept of trans femininity, and histories of transgender in the context of Southeast Asian postcolonial modernity. The Made-Up State sheds light on the inequality, promise, and shaping power of technology on making up the gendered body and its implications for citizenship in the modern state.

Twitter: @benj_hegarty

Dr Kate Judith

University of Southern Queensland

About the project:
Mangroves thrive in intertidal zones, where they gather organisms and objects from land, river, and ocean. They develop into complex ecologies in these dynamic in-between spaces. Mobilising resources drawn from semiotic materialism and the environmental humanities, this book seeks a form of social theory from the mangroves; that is to think interstitiality from the perspective of mangroves themselves, exploring the crafty and tenacious world-making they are engaged in.

Exploring Interstitiality with Mangroves is a lyrically crafted philosophical analysis that will appeal to scholars, researchers and students interesting in the developing frontiers of more-than-human post-anthropocentric writing, theory and methodologies.

Twitter: @katejudith1

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