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Stanner Awards recognising Indigenous academic excellence open for nominations

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The deadline for the Stanner Awards, recognising Indigenous excellence across all fields of academia, is right around the corner with entries closing at 5.00pm (AEDT) on 28 February.

Sponsored by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), the biennial award is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors of academic research.

The winning author will receive an inscribed glass sculpture by award-winning Arrernte artist Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, $5000 in prize money, and mentoring and editorial support to turn their manuscript into a publication.

Aboriginal Studies Press, the award-winning publishing arm of AIATSIS, will consider all entries for publication.

The Stanner Award was established in 1985 as part of the commitment by AIATSIS to facilitate and publish high-quality research in Australian Indigenous studies.

Named in honour of the late Emeritus Professor W.E.H. (Bill) Stanner, the award recognises the eminent anthropologist's life and work and his significant contribution to establishing the institute.

Previous winners of the Stanner Award over the past decade have covered a wide range of topics:

2021: Sarah Bourke - Making Cultures count: Transforming Indigenous Health Data in Australia.

2019: Dr Debbie Bargalli - Maintaining the racial contract: Everyday racism and the impact of racial microaggressions on "Indigenous employees" In the Australian Public Service.

2017: Dr Josie Douglas - Kin and knowledge: the meaning and acquisition of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge in the lives of young Aboriginal people in Central Australia.

2015: Dr Virginia Marshall - Overturning aqua nullius: securing Aboriginal Water rights.

2013: Dr Bronwyn Carlson - The politics of identity: who counts as Aboriginal today?

2011: Dr Hannah McGlade - Our greatest challenge: Aboriginal children and human rights.

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