Journal of Australian Studies

untitledThe Journal of Australian Studies (JAS) is the journal of the International Australian Studies Association. 

JAS is a fully refereed international quarterly, which publishes scholarly articles and reviews on Australian culture, society, politics, history and literature.

The editors are particularly interested in multi and interdisciplinary work. First published in 1977, the journal is now published by Taylor & Francis.


Maggie NolanAustralian Catholic University

Julie KimberSwinburne University

Nell Musgrove – Australian Catholic University

Carolyn Holbrook
James Keating
Laura Rademaker
Thomas Rogers
Ellen Smith


Michael Lefcourt  – University of Queensland


Ien Ang – University of Western Sydney
Yasue Arimitsu – Doshisha University, Japan
Barbara Baird – Flinders University
Susan Ballyn – University of Barcelona
Deb Narayan Bandyopadhyay – Burdwan University, India
Nicholas Birns – The New School, New York
Frank Bongiorno – Australian National University
David Carter – University of Queensland
Ann Curthoys – University of Sydney
Kate Darian-Smith – University of Melbourne
Robert Dixon – University of Sydney
Catriona Elder – University of Sydney
Melissa Harper – University of Queensland
Ian Henderson – King’s College, London
Jenny Hocking – Monash University
Lars Jensen – Roskilde University
Jacqueline Lo – Australian National University
Stuart Macintyre – University of Melbourne
John Maynard – University of Newcastle
Ian McLean – University of Wollongong
Hou Minyue – East China Normal University (Shanghai)
Stephen Muecke – University of New South Wales
Lyndall Ryan – University of Newcastle
Hsu-Ming Teo – Macquarie University

Special Issues: Each year JAS has special themed issues. If you are interested in proposing an issue please contact the editors.

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The John Barrett Prize

Dr John Barrett (1931-1997) established this award by way of a bequest to La Trobe University in 1987. Dr John Barrett was a lecturer and reader at La Trobe University from 1969 until his retirement in 1990. His research specialisation was 20th century Australian history, particularly national involvement in the world wars. Dr Barrett was a member of the Journal of Australian Studies editorial board from 1979-1990.

The John Barrett Award for Australian Studies is awarded annually for the best written article published by the Journal of Australian Studies (JAS). The award is administered by the International Australian Studies Association.

Two prizes are awarded each year:

  • the best article by a scholar (open)
  • the best article by a scholar (post-graduate).

The award comprises a cash prize of AUD$500 plus a two year membership to InASA (including a subscription to the Journal of Australian Studies).

A prize committee established by the International Australian Studies Association (InASA) executive makes the award each year. The prize committee for the 2016 awards comprised:

  • Dr Kiera Lindsey (University of South Australia)
  • Professor Kate Darian-Smith (University of Melbourne
  • Professor Gillian Cowlishaw (University of Sydney)


John Barrett Award: Open Category


Bartlett, Alison and Margaret Henderson, ‘What is a Feminist Object?” Feminist Material Culture and the Making of the Activist Object’, Journal of Australian Studies, Vol.40 No.2 (June) (2016): 156-171.

Bartlett and Henderson take up an ambitious analytic project. While focussing on defining feminist objects, this is more than an exercise in categorisation. Drawing on Baudrillard, Susan Pearce and others the essay provides an original contribution to museology in a number of ways. They provide a compelling argument and illustrations of the essentially political nature of feminism and thus the shifting dynamic of collections of feminist objects.


John Barrett Award: Postgraduate Category


Mosmann, Petra, ‘Encountering feminist things: generations, interpretations and encountering Adelaide’s “scrap heap”’, Journal of Australian Studies, Vol.40 No.2 (June) (2016): 172-189.

Petra Mosmann’s article offers a rich meditation on relationships between feminist objects, institutional responses and feminist scholarship, highlighting the changing significance of objects over time and generations. Objects that meant a great deal to her activist forebears are unfamiliar to the author who is tasked with constructing a feminist archive from the scattered ‘scrap heap’ of second wave feminist objects — banners, badges, posters and papers. She reflects upon the way that ‘touching history’ can produce an intimate encounter that not only evokes both memory and futurity but also provides opportunity for the ‘re/making of feminist identity’.


John Barrett Award: Highly Commended (Postgraduate Category)

The judging panel identified one essay for High Commendation.

Irving, Nick, ‘Answering the “international Call”: Contextualising Sydney Anti-Nuclear and Anti-War Activism in the 1960s’, Journal of Australian Studies, Vol.40 No.3 (September) 2016: 291-301.

Nick Irving makes a new contribution to scholarship concerned with ‘peace movements’ and anti-war protests in twentieth-century Australia. While it has been previously assumed Australian activist traditions were exclusively influenced by the radical forms of USA New Left responses to the Vietnam War, Irving demonstrates how Australian movements also drew inspiration from non-violent and legal forms of activism from the British Campaigns for Nuclear Disarmament.


2015 Winners:

John Barrett Award: Open Category. Kumi Kato, ‘Australia’s Whaling Discourse: Global Norm, Green Consciousness and Identity’, Journal of Australian Studies, Vol.39 No.4 (December) (2015): 477-493.

John Barrett Award: Postgraduate Category. Chelsea Barnett, ‘Man’s Man: Representations of Australian Post-War Masculinity in Man Magazine’, Journal of Australian Studies, Vol.39 No.2 (June) (2015): 151-169.

John Barrett Award: Highly Commended (Open Category). Alana Piper, ‘“I’ll have no man”: Female Families in Melbourne’s Criminal Subcultures, 1860-1920’, Journal of Australian Studies, Vol.39 No.4 (December) (2015): 444-460.

The citations can be read here.



Subscriptions to JAS are $105 per year.
 Subscription comes as part of InASA membership. JAS subscribers receive other benefits such as discounts to conferences. Click here to download a membership form. JAS is published by Taylor and Francis.

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