Tangata Whenua on the 2015 Ernest Scott Prize Shortlist!

Tangata Whenua has been shortlisted for the 2015 Ernest Scott Prize.

The Ernest Scott Prize is awarded to work based upon original research which is, in the opinion of the examiners, the most distinguished contribution to the history of Australia or New Zealand or to the history of colonisation.

The prize is proudly supported by the History Program in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne, and is worth approximately $13,000.

The judges for 2015 are Associate Professor Katie Pickles (University of Canterbury) and Professor David Lowe (Deakin University). They say about Tangata Whenua:

This mighty illustrated history manages to successfully negotiate a pathway that offers a source-rich comprehensive history of Maori, along with leading scholarship. It skilfully incorporates and draws from a wide variety of scholarly perspectives to come up with a wholly new understanding of a Maori past. This past runs from ancient origins to the early twenty-first century. ...

Tangata Whenua has managed to achieve a result that is greater than the sum of the parts contained within the pages. It renders the colonial past complex and worthy of challenge, and it opens up discussion concerning the present and the future.

The winner will be announced at the Australian Historical Association(AHA) 34th Annual Conference which will be held at The University of Sydney on Thursday 9 July 2015.

See the full press release here: http://articulation.arts.unimelb.edu.au/?p=4736.