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Call for Nominations and Submissions: SHCY Dissertation Award 2020

The Society for the History of Children and Youth Launches Dissertation Prize
Tamara Myers, President of the Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY) is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the 2021 inaugural award for the best doctoral dissertation on the history of children, childhood, or youth (broadly construed).

Eligible dissertations must be defended in 2020 and in English, or translated into English. Submissions will be assessed by a panel of childhood and youth history experts and copyright will be respected.

Nominations must be received electronically by March 31, 2021.


Nominations should include:

1) an electronic copy of the successfully defended doctoral dissertation;

2) a brief (no more than 250 words) explanation of the dissertation’s contribution to the field of children and youth history;

3) a letter of support sent directly to the award committee from the dissertation advisor (or one of the evaluators) attesting to the dissertation’s significance and contribution to the field;

4) the report on the dissertation, if available;

5) proof that the doctoral dissertation has been successfully passed or deposited (please include author, title of dissertation, where the dissertation was successfully defended/deposited, defense date, names of dissertation evaluation committee members).


Nominations should be sent to all three members of the Dissertation Award Committee.


The award consists of $500US and a two-year membership in the SHCY.  A shortlist will be announced in the spring with the winner announced at the biennial conference at Galway in late June 2021.



Dissertation Award Committee Members:


Steven Mintz

Professor of History

University of Texas at Austin



Lydia Murdoch

Professor and Chair of the Department of History

Vassar College



Simon Sleight

Reader in Urban History, Historical Youth Cultures and Australian History

Department of History and Menzies Australia Institute
King's College London