Call for entries: Jo-Anne Duggan Prize 2019

The Jo-Anne Duggan Prize 2019

With the generous support of Kevin Bayley and The Colour Factory, the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS) invites submissions for the biennial Jo-Anne Duggan Prize to be awarded in 2019.

 Jo-Anne Duggan (1962-2011) was a great artist and a great friend of ACIS. Her artistic practice left what is arguably the richest and most compelling recent collection of photographs by an Australian artist to engage with Italian culture, history and art. Her work demonstrates not only artistic rigour and depth but also remarkable breadth, spanning from public spaces/places of Italian diaspora in Australia to enquiries into the re-contextualisation and museification of Renaissance art, from Australian archives of Italian migration to complex case studies on the legacy of the Gonzagas. In her research-led and interdisciplinary endeavour, Jo-Anne asked crucial questions and opened up original paths with regard to the construction of space/place, our relationship with the past and its reception, and the role of photographic art in mobilising and questioning the viewer’s gaze, starting from what she called her ‘postcolonial eye’. The Prize, awarded every two years, is designed to honour her work.


The aim of the Prize is to encourage enquiry and original research in Italian Studies, broadly conceived within disciplinary or interdisciplinary areas such as, but not limited to, Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Cultural Studies, History, Legal and Political Studies, Linguistic and Languages, Literature, Media Studies, Museum Studies, Philosophy, Studies of Religion, Translation Studies, and Visual Arts.

The Prize is awarded to entries of original quality on any aspect of Italian culture, history and/or visual communication by younger/emerging scholars.

The Prize

Up to four awards may be made, two for essays and two for creative work:

  • $1,000 for the best essay entry;
  • $250 for one highly-commended essay entry;
  • $1,000 for the best creative work entry, with accompanying exegesis;
  • $250 for one highly-commended creative work entry, with accompanying exegesis.

The best essay and best creative work entries will be mentored for submission for publication in a top quartile journal

All four award-winners will be invited to present their submissions at the 10th ACIS Biennial Conference in Wellington, New Zealand on 7-10 February, 2019. Full conference registration will be paid.

At least one award will be reserved for an entry of sufficient merit by a student.


Early career researchers, higher degree students and undergraduate students from Australasian institutions (see below on eligibility) are invited to submit either an essay of c.5000-6000 words or a creative work with exegesis of c.2000-3000 words on any topic relating to Italian culture, history and/or visual communication.

The deadline for submission of entries is 29 October 2018.


This competition is open to anyone who has been awarded a higher degree (PhD, MA or equivalent) from a university in Australia or New Zealand since 1 January 2013 or is a current postgraduate or undergraduate student at an Australian or New Zealand university. Previous Jo-Anne Duggan prizewinners are not eligible.

Proof of previous or present attachment to an Australasian university (copy of higher degree certificate for early career researcher or current enrolment for students) must be submitted with the entry.

Selection panel

Entries will be assessed by a panel which will include Dr Malcolm Angelucci (The University of Melbourne) and Dr Catherine Dewhirst (University of Southern Queensland). The Panel reserves the right not to make an award if it considers that no entries of sufficient merit have been submitted. The Panel’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Criteria for assessment

The assessment criteria will be weighted appropriately for each of the two categories:

  • Essay category:

Originality; Argument; Conceptual framework (cultural and/or historical context); Approach/methodology; Knowledge of scholarship in field; Critical analysis; Focus; Written expression/style; Structure; Referencing.

  • Creative work with accompanying exegesis category:

Originality of creative work; competence in the specialised medium and its artistic/industry standards;

Exegesis (a critical interpretation informing the creative work): Purpose/process of the creative practice/product; Conceptual framework (artistic, cultural and/or historical context); Approach/methodology; Knowledge of scholarship in field; Focus; Written expression/style; Structure; Referencing.

Entries should ideally engage with the relevant scholarship/creative works within the field, including recent publications in order to reflect familiarity with and critical awareness of scholarship in the field of discussion at both a wide and specific level.

Note: Typical creative works include a painting or drawing, a short story, photomedia, short film, or a sculpture. Refer to the ‘Guidelines for Creative Work Exegesis’ on how to compose an exegesis:

Essays may be submitted in either English or Italian.


All entries, including the proof of attachment to an Australasian university or cultural institution, must be submitted electronically by 29 October 2018. Late submissions will not be considered. For creative works, the submission of the exegesis should follow the above rules. The submission of the actual work will be discussed case-by-case.

Electronic copies should be sent to both Dr Malcolm Angelucci and Dr Catherine Dewhirst (email addresses below).

The Panel expects to announce its decision by 30 November 2018.

Information on Jo-Anne Duggan’s work

Photographic images, as well as Jo-Anne’s CV, are housed at The Colour Factory:

Copies of some of Jo-Anne’s published research can be found at ACIS: ‘Jo-Anne Duggan’s Writings’:

Further information

Queries and requests for further information should be addressed to:

Dr Malcolm Angelucci  (Cassamarca Lecturer in Italian Studies , University of Melbourne

Dr Catherine Dewhirst (Senior Lecturer in History, University of Southern Queensland)