Guidelines for 2017 Jo-Anne Duggan Prize

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With the generous support of Kevin Bayley and The Colour Factory, the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies invites submissions for the biennial Jo-Anne Duggan Prize to be awarded in 2017.

Jo-Anne Duggan (1962-2011) was a great artist and a real 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 aim of the Prize is to foster and expand Jo-Anne Duggan’s rich creative, artistic and scholarly legacy in order to encourage continuing enquiry into the nexus between creative practice and research, especially among younger/emerging scholars. The Prize is awarded to entries of original quality on any aspect of Italian culture, history and/or visual culture, and engaging with any aspect of Jo-Anne’s own research or creative output.


Up to three awards may be made:

  • $1,000 for the best entry (essay or creative work with accompanying exegesis); it will also be mentored for submission in a top quartile journal for publication;
  • $250 each for two highly-commended entries (essay or creative work with accompanying exegesis).

All three award-winners will be invited to present their submissions at the ACIS biennial conference at the Monash Prato Centre (Italy), 4-7 July 2017, for which their full conference registration will be paid.

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.4,000 words or a creative work with exegesis of c.2,000 words on any topic relating to Italian culture, history and/or visual communication.

Submissions – whether in the form of an essay or a creative work with accompanying exegesis – should address works, themes or issues which inspired Jo-Anne Duggan or which she herself inspired. Submissions that use the author’s own research and the ways it is inspired by Jo-Anne’s work are encouraged.

Jo-Anne Duggan’s photographic images include five main exhibitions:

  • “Wondrous Possessions”
  • “Impossible Gaze”
  • “Sites of Convergence”
  • “Before the Museum”
  • “Other Spaces”

These exhibitions, as well as Jo-Anne’s CV, can be viewed at The Colour Factory.

Copies of some of Jo-Anne’s published research can be accessed via the page ‘Jo-Anne Duggan’s Writings’ on the ACIS menu under Prize.


The deadline for submission of entries is 3 MARCH 2017.


Entry to the Prize is open to anyone who was awarded a higher degree (PhD, MA or equivalent) from a university in Australia or New Zealand since 1 January 2011 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.


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

1. Essay category

Originality; argument; conceptual framework (cultural and/or historical context); approach/methodology; engagement with any aspect of Duggan’s research or creative output; knowledge of scholarship in field; critical analysis; focus; written expression/style; structure; referencing.

2. Creative work with accompanying exegesis category:

Creative work: originality; competence in the specialized 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; engagement with any aspect of Duggan’s research or creative output; knowledge of scholarship in field; focus; written expression/style; structure; referencing.

Note: Typical creative works include a painting or drawing, a short story, photomedia, short film, or a sculpture. Further guidelines on how to compose an exegesis can be provided on request.

Specific guidelines for the creative work and its exegesis can be found here.


Entries 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 3 MARCH 2017. 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 April 2017. It 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.


Queries and requests for further information should be emailed to:

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

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