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Thesis Prize

Since 1999, we have offered a biennial prize for the best fourth-year thesis (honours or equivalent, of about 10,000 words) submitted at an Australian university in LGBTIQ+ studies.

An entry can be in any discipline from history to health sciences and beyond and must have as its major concern some aspect of either contemporary or historical LGBTIQ+ experience. Once submitted, theses become part of our collection.

Previous Thesis Prize winners:

  • 2019/2020: Robin Eames, ‘Harry Crawford v History: Problem bodies, queertrans cosmogonies, and historiographical ethics in cases of gender transgression in late nineteenth-early twentieth century Australia’
  • 2016/2017: Geraldine Fela, ‘Critical Care: Nurses, their unions and the AIDS crisis’
  • 2015: Michael McDermott, ‘Queerbaiting: Narrative, Fandom and Contests over the meaning of Supernatural’
  • 2014: Benjamin Bolton, ‘Refracting trans gender: The kaleidoscopic experience of gender for assigned female at birth trans people’
  • 2013: Jaan Butler, ‘Oscar Wilde and Australia: Colonial homosexuality and masculinity in the late nineteenth century’
  • 2012: Curtis Dickson, ‘“There’s a place for us”: LGBTIQ people’s experiences of belonging and participation in Christian Community in Sydney Australia’
  • 2011: Annaline Pippard, ‘At Coogee’s Ladies’ Baths: or One for the Archive’
  • 2010: Senthorun Sunil Raj, ‘Moving Representations: Queer refugee subjectivities and the law’
  • 2008/2009: Leigh Hetherton, ‘Death of a movement? : The Australian gay movement and its contemporary manifestation’
  • 2007: Simon Matthews, ‘The adventures of Captain Moonlite and his companions: A performed construction of an alternate bushranging masculinity’
  • 2006: Susan Kentlyn, ‘Who’s the man and who’s the woman?: Gender and domestic labour in same sex households’
  • 2005: Kate Davison, ‘Pinks under the bed?: Homosexuality, communism and nationalist sentiment in Cold War Australia’
  • 2004: Ewan Evans, ‘(Un)Representing Queer: A cultural critique of representations of gay men in the mainstream media’
  • 2003: Gilbert Caluya, ‘Memoirs of a Gaysha: Losing face on the gay scene’
  • 2002: Danielle Thornton, ‘A Scandalous Trial’
  • 2001: Mark Pendleton, ‘Capitalism and Gay and Lesbian Identity in Japan’
  • 2000: Lyndon Barei, ‘Attribution of Culpability in Sexual Domestic Violence: The effects of sexuality and level of resistance’
  • 1999: Lim Hong San, ‘Gendered Aspects of Workplace Culture’