September 22, 2016 – 8:47 am
Dr Laura Rademaker, a postdoctoral research fellow in ACU’s Institute for Religion and Critical Enquiry in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, was recently awarded the 2016 Serle Award for her thesis, Language and the Mission: Talking and Translating on Groote Eylandt, 1943–1973.
Dr Rademaker’s thesis was an interdisciplinary work of history that made extensive use of oral history interviews with Aboriginal elders and missionaries as well as anthropological, musicological and linguistic data to tell a story of cross-cultural interactions and negotiations at Christian missions.
The Serle Award is is a prestigious prize awarded every two years by Australia’s peak body of historians, The Australian Historical Society. It is given to the best postgraduate thesis in Australian history.
Story via ACU Newsroom.
Read some of Dr Rademaker’s publications available through ACU Library:
Missions, Politics and Linguistic Research The case of the Anindilyakwa language of North Australia. (2015). Historiographia Linguistica, 42(2-3), 379-400.
Language and Australian Aboriginal History : Anindilyakwa and English on Groote Eylandt. (2014). History Australia, 11(2), 222-239.
‘I had More Children than Most People’ : Single Women’s Missionary Maternalism in Arnhem Land, 1908-1945. (2014). Lilith : A Feminist History Journal, 17-18, 7-21.
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