Get your nominations in for the 2014 Chass Australia Prizes!

Awarded by the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Science (CHASS), the CHASS Australia Prizes honour the amazing achievements made by Aussies working, studying and training in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) fields.

Never heard of the prizes before? That might be because 2014 is the first time the prizes are being given out, making it even more exciting and significant for all involved. We at The Co-op are super pumped to be one of the proud sponsors of the awards, which will see $9,500 worth of prizes handed out.

Here’s a rundown of the awards to bring you up to speed.

The Awards

There are four prizes in total, all of them relating to the HASS fields and each honouring unique achievements.

CHASS Australia Prize for a Student in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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This one’s sponsored by us (woo hoo!), and is open to any student enrolled at an educational institution within Australia. The prize will be awarded to the essay, exhibition, performance, project or thesis that the judges believe best demonstrates the contribution of HASS areas to our understanding of ourselves and nation.

The nominated work must have been completed between 1 July 2012 and 31 121100-Award_290x290December 2013, and all works must be in English. Find all the important deets and nitty gritties here.

CHASS Australia Prize for a Future Leader in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Sponsored by Future Leaders, this prize will go to a person who demonstrates awesome leadership skills in the arts, humanities or social sciences areas. To be eligible, nominees must have been under 35 years of age before 31 December 2013. Check out all the details here.

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CHASS Australia Prize for a Book in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


If you published a book (e-books included!) in a HASS area between 1 July 2012 and 31 December 2013 you could be nominated for this prize! The winner will be the author whose book, in the opinion of the judges, contributes most to Australian cultural and intellectual life. See here for more info.

CHASS Australia Prize for Distinctive Work in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


This prize is for a performance, exhibition, project or a specific advance in policy development in any HASS field. Performances or exhibitions must have been open to the public between 1 July 2012 and 31 December 2013. Get all the deets here.

Nominations are still open …

Do you know someone you think deserves recognition?! Nominations are still open, but you better be quick – the submissions door closes at 5pm on 30 June. You can even nominate yourself if you feel you deserve it! J There’s no application or submission fee, so there’s no excuse for you not to nominate. The nomination form can be downloaded here.

All awards will be presented at the annual CHASS National Forum Dinner, which will be held at Parliament House, Melbourne on 8 October 2014.


The Judging Panel

  • Lindy Allen, Acting Executive Director, Regional Arts Australia
  • Associate Professor Peta Ashworth, Leader – Science into Society Group, CSIRO
  • Chris Bowen, CEO, Music Council of Australia
  • Emeritus Professor Max Coltheart, Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University
  • Dr. Nigel Erskine, Research Manager, Australian National Maritime Museum
  • Julie Hobbs FDIA, National President Elect, Design Institute of Australia
  • Associate Professor Jo Lindsay, Convenor – Sociology and Gender Studies, Monash University; President,
  • The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
  • Dr Tom Karmel, Former Managing Director, National Centre for Vocational Education Research
  • Professor Catriona Mackenzie, President, Australasian Association of Philosophy
  • Edel McIvor, Assistant Buyer, The Co-Op Bookstore
  • Professor Joseph Siracusa, Deputy Dean – Global & Language Studies, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University
  • Vicki Sowry, Director, Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT)
  • Colin Steele, Emeritus Fellow, Australian National University
  • Dr. Helen Sykes AM, Director, Future Leaders; President, Trust for Young Australian; Chair, The Australian Collaboration
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