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Jean Martin Award (JMA)

This is a biennial Award. Nominations for the 2017 round will closed on April 1.

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Jean Martin: The Person (1923-1979)

The Jean Martin Award is only a part of the legacy of the late Jean Martin. Anyone who was fortunate enough to know Jean, and those of her colleagues who were aware of her contribution to Australian sociology, would see this award as only a small reminder of the effect she had on other’s personal and professional lives. At the same time, though, younger sociologists increasingly pose the question: who was Jean Martin?

This question was a topic of discussion over dinner after an executive meeting at the 2011 TASA conference in Newcastle. Among newer members of the association there seems to be a widening gap between acknowledgement of the importance of the Jean Martin Award and knowledge of the person who was the reason for its creation. In a sentence, I agreed to put a few personal thoughts together to attempt to narrow that gap because Jean Martin was not only my PhD supervisor and a friend, but also a greater influence on my life than I could have seen at that time.

A part of that influence stemmed from Jean’s interest in the sociology of migration. Her own work in this area, notably her most well known books: Refugee Settlers (1965), Community and Identity (1972) and The Migrant Presence (1978)-led to my own interest in ethnic relations and, ultimately, to my completion of her unfinished longitudinal study of Australia’s first Vietnamese refugees. After her death and with the assistance of her husband, Allan Martin, and Judith Ly, this study appeared as The First Wave (1985).

As important as her intellectual influence was, Jean Martin’s legacy goes beyond the academic domain. Over the seven years I knew her, both as Foundation Professor of Sociology at La Trobe University (1966-1974) and as a Senior Research Fellow at The Australian National University (1974-1979), her caring, generosity and helpfulness were her obvious and abiding qualities. Jean Martin represents for me, and others, an exemplar of what it is to be a person and a professional sociologist.

– Frank Lewins

Book Review: The Martin Presence: Jean Martin and the Making of the Social Sciences in Australia

The Award

The Jean Martin Award recognises excellence in scholarship in the field of Sociology and aims to assist with establishing the career of a recent PhD graduate.

This Award, which was given for the first time in 1980, is granted to the best PhD thesis in social science disciplines from an Australian tertiary institution submitted to the Award Committee. Theses may be on theoretical as well as empirical topics. Excellence in scholarship in the field of sociology, and the balanced treatment of sociological theory and research are the main criteria for deciding the Award. Work done in one of Jean Martin’s major areas of interest and which assesses implications for social policy are other criteria the judges will also take into account. Jean Martin’s research interests are defined as: migration, community and family studies, the concept of ‘ethnicity’, ethnic politics, social class, theories of culture and of social change.

Prize

The recipient will receive:

  • $500 from the Jean Martin Memorial Fund
  • A TASA JMA trophy and certificate
  • Complimentary registration to attend the annual TASA conference at which the Award is presented (including Conference dinner)
  • Invitation to contribute a synopsis of the thesis to be published in Nexus/TASA Blog
  • Invitation to be part of the next judging panel for the Award.

2017 Submission and Nomination details

Heads of Sociology departments/schools and interdisciplinary Social science departments and other departments with a major commitment to Sociological analysis within Australian tertiary institutions are invited to submit candidates for the Award.

Individuals may also submit their thesis on their own behalf. In either case, theses must have been formally awarded in the period as noted on the nomination form. All candidates must be members of TASA at the time of submission and include a processing fee, payable to TASA. Full details are available on the 2017 JMA nomination form. The nomination payment can be made via credit card online here.

Self nominations are acceptable.

Past Conveners and Panel Members

2015 Convenor & Panel Members

Convener
Bill Martin (University of Queensland)

Panel
Xiaoying Qi (Hong Kong Baptist University)
Christine Malatzky – TASA Executive representative (Melbourne University)
Leah Ruppanner (Melbourne University)
Suzi Adams (Flinders University)
Shaun Wilson (Macquarie University)

2013 Convenor & Panel Members

Convener
Adam Possamai (University of Western Sydney)

Panel
Glenda Ballantyne (Swinburne University)
Catriona Elder (University of Sydney)
Vince Marotta (Deakin University)
Katherine Carroll (University of Technology, Sydney)
Theresa Petray (James Cook University)

2011 Convenor & Panel Members

Convener
Adam Possamai (University of Western Sydney)

Panel
Glenda Ballantyne (Swinburne University)
Catriona Elder (University of Sydney)
Vince Marotta (Deakin University)
Peter Nugus (University of New South Wales)
Julie Matthews (University of Sunshine Coast)

2009 Convenor & Panel Members

Convener
Prof. Zlatko Skrbis (Convenor, Former TASA VP)

Panel
Dr Bruce Tranter
Dr Martin Forsey
Dr Millsom S Henry-Waring
Dr Jo Lindsay
Dr Deb king
Dr Belinda Hewitt

2007 Convenor and Panel Members

Convenor
Prof. Zlatko Skrbis (Convenor, Former TASA VP)

Panel Members
Prof. Michael Gilding (TASA President)
Dr Martin Forsey
Dr Millsom S Henry-Waring
Dr Sarah Maddison
Dr Anthony Moran

2005 Convenor and Panel Members

Conven0r
Helen Marshall
Panel Members
Scott Poynting
Terry Leahy
Daphne Habibis
Gavin Kendall
Marilyn Poole
John Germov (Past President TASA)
Ruth Webber
Lucinda Aberdeen

2003 Convenor and Panel Members

Convenor
Daniela Stehlik

Panel Members
John Germov (TASA President)
Zlatko Skrbis (TASA Vice President)
Dimitria Giorgas (Previous JMA recipient 2001)
Caroline Taylor (Previous JMA recipient 2001)
Adam Possamai
Gary Wickham

Jean Martin Award recipients list

  • 2015: Ben Gook
  • 2013: Xiaoying Sheila Qi
  • 2011: Katherine Carroll
  • 2009: Peter Nugus
  • 2007: Belinda Hewitt
  • 2005: Dr. Sarah Maddison
  • 2003: Millsom S. Henry-Waring
  • 2001: Dimitria Giorgas and S. Caroline Taylor (joint recipients)
  • 1999: Adam Possamai
  • 1997: Vera Ranki
  • 1995: Supriya Singh
  • 1993: Diana Olsberg
  • 1991: Kerry Carrington
  • 1989: Loucas Nicolaou
  • 1987: Andrew Metcalfe
  • 1985: Claudia Knapman
  • 1982: Evan Willis
  • 1980: Claire Williams – the inaugural winner

2015 JMA Winner Benjamin Gook

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Bill Martin (left) presenting the 2015 Jean Martin Award to Ben Gook.

2013 JMA Winner Xiaoying Sheila Qi

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November 2013

Jean Martin Award Acceptance Speech

Xiaoying Sheila Qi

It is a great honour to be awarded the Jean Martin Award and I want to thank the panel of judges and the panel’s convener, Associate Professor Adam Possamai, for the hard work they have put in to reaching their decision.

Although I never met her, I know from discussion with some of her contemporaries, and also from what I have read and seen of her achievements, that Jean Martin was a great Australian sociologist and a wonderful person. I am delighted, through this award, to be associated with her name and the continuing memorialization of her contribution to sociology. Read on…

2011 JMA Winner Katherine Carroll

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Katherine Carroll, from the University of Technology – Sydney, was the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Jean Martin Award for the best PhD thesis in a social science discipline from an Australian University from the Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

The thesis title is: “Unpredictable Predictables: Complexity Theory and the Construction of Order In Intensive Care”. Unfortunately, Katherine was overseas when the presentation of the Award was made during the annual conference dinner. Close friend Karen Willis, from the University of Tasmania, accepted the Award on Katherine’s behalf. A video of the presentation and acceptance speech will be available soon.  In the meantime, you can view a photo of Catriona Elder, Sydney University,  presenting the Award to Karen Willis. The second photograph shows TASA President, Debra King (right).

2009 JMA Winner Dr. Peter Nugus

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From the University of New South Wales, Peter Nugus was the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Jean Martin Award for the best PhD thesis in a social science discipline from an Australian University from the Australian Sociological Association (TASA)

The thesis title is: “The Organisational World of Emergency Clinicians”. The announcement and presentation of the Award was made during the annual TASA conference dinner, held at the Australian National University in Canberra, December 2009. You can view a synopsis of Peter’s thesis in Word (22kb) and PDF (115kb). To view Prof. Zlatko Skrbis’ presentation speech, click here.

2007 JMA Winner Dr. Belinda Hewitt

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From the University of Queensland, was the 2007 recipient of the prestigious Jean Martin Award for the best PhD thesis in a social science discipline from an Australian university from The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

The thesis title is: “Marriage Breakdown in Australia: social correlates, gender and initiator status”. The announcement and presentation of the Award was made during the annual TASA conference dinner, held at the University of Auckland, December, 2007.

2005 JMA Winner Dr. Sarah Maddison

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From the  University of Sydney , was the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Jean Martin Award for the best PhD thesis in a social science discipline from an Australian university from The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

The thesis title is: “Collective Identity And Australian Feminist Activism: Conceptualising A Third Wave”. The announcement and presentation of the Award was made during the annual TASA conference dinner, held at the University of Tasmania , December, 2005.

2002 JMA Winner Dr Millsom Henry-Waring

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A Lecturer in Sociology at the Department of Political Science at the University of Melbourne was awarded the prestigious Jean Martin Award for the best PhD thesis in a social science discipline from an Australian university from The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

The thesis title is: ‘Moving Beyond Otherness: (Re)vealing, (Re)centring and (Re)inscribing the Polyvocal Subjectivities of African Caribbean Women across the United Kingdom’ and was awarded in 2002 from Monash University. The announcement and presentation of the Award was made during the annual TASA conference dinner, held at the University of New England, December 4-6.

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