Association of Art Historians Dissertation Prize 2017

Publish Date: May 26, 2017

Deadline: Aug 01, 2017

Dissertation Prize

For undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in art history

Dissertation Prize 2016  - Winners announced
We are delighted to announce the winners of, and those shortlisted, for the 2016 Dissertation Prize.
Undergraduate winner:

Amy Moore (studying History and History of Art at University of York),  'The Physician’s Folding Almanac: A Misnomer of the Medievalist?'
Alice Cawley (studying French and History of Art at University of Leeds), 'Oh Bondage, up yours!': Tracey Emin and the punks'
Nathan Stazicker
(studying History of Art at University of Oxford), 'Space and Style in Inter-war British Cinema: The Granada Tooting'.
James Ward, (studying History of Art at University of York), 'Assertions of Ecclesiastical Importance and Righteous Leadership through Imperial Authority: To what extent, and for what reasons, did Ravenna appropriate the iconography of Roman imperial
power in its bid for status as the center of the Christian world?'

Postgraduate winner:

Gaja Golija (studying History of Art on Global Conceptualism at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London),  'Mending Walls on Shifting Grounds: Negotiating History and Identity Construction in the Works of Marjetica Potrc?'.
Anna Jamieson
(studying History of Art at Birkbeck), 'Dark Tourists at Bedlam: Madness and Spectacle in eighteenth century London'
Kirsten MacQuarrie (studying MLITT Art History: History of Collecting and Collections at University of Glasgow), ‘Fearfully, Wonderfully and Weirdly “New”: Margaret Macdonald, Frances Macdonald and Japonisme in Fin-de-siècle Art'
Molly Eckel (studying History of Art on Victorian and Edwardian Interiors at Courtauld Institute of Art),  'Exploration, Exchange, and Empire in Julia Margaret Cameron’s Herschel Album'
The 2016 prize is for dissertations written during the 2015-16 academic year.

Dissertation Prize 2017

If you would like to apply or you would like to nominate a student, here are the details for this year's application periods.
Undergraduate submissions: 1 August 2017, 5pm
Postgraduate submissions: 1 December 2017, 5pm

The AAH Dissertation Prize is awarded each year. There are two awards: one for undergraduate dissertations and one for postgraduate (Master’s-level) dissertations.

The 2017 prize is for dissertations written during the 2016-17 academic year.

Online submission forms will appear in due course.

The Dissertation Prizes

The winning entry for undergraduate and postgraduate submissions will receive:

  • A £200 cash prize
  • Book tokens to the value of £150
  • Free AAH membership for one year
  • Publication of a 300-word abstract of the winning entry in the AAH Bulletin
  • Free admission to the AAH Annual Conference and Bookfair*, where the Prize will be formally awarded.

* The prizewinners will be entitled to free admission to the Annual Conference but they must pay for their own travel and accommodation.

Who can apply

  • Entries are invited from students enrolled in (or recently graduated from) courses in the history of art and visual culture or courses in fine arts at UK institutions. The history of art and visual culture is to be understood in its broadest sense; for example, past winning entries have included studies of trade union imagery, tomb sculpture and media coverage of the first Gulf War.
  • Dissertations must have been submitted in fulfilment of coursework requirements (long essay/dissertation) within the past academic year (2015-2016).
  • Dissertations entered for the Undergraduate Dissertation Prize must have been submitted as part of the entrant’s first undergraduate degree in the arts and humanities.
  • Dissertations must not have been previously published.
  • Entries must be endorsed by an academic nominator (the student’s supervisor or another representative from their university/college) via the nomination form (see ‘Submissions’ section below).
  • Essays can be submitted by either the academic nominator or the student entrant. All documentation – dissertation, abstract, entry form and nomination form (see ‘Submission’ section below) – must be attached to the same email.
  • The dissertation and abstract documents must be entirely anonymous. There must be absolutely no trace of your name, institution, or any other identifying information. This includes, but is not limited to, omitting any supervisor names and any other named acknowledgements. The file name of the dissertation document must be the title only (e.g. a dissertation entitled ‘Picasso and Modernism’ must be submitted as ‘PicassoandModernism.pdf’ and its abstract as ‘PicassoandModernismAbstract’); do not include your name, or any other information. Also, any identifying information in the files’ metadata should be removed where possible. Any dissertations or abstracts arriving with any identifying information in them will automatically be declared invalid.
  • Dissertations which are not submitted according to these regulations will not be accepted.

Submitting your dissertation for this prize

To enter the prize the following must be submitted by either the student or their academic nominator, as separate documents attached to the same email:

  • A complete electronic copy of the dissertation in PDF or Microsoft Word format
  • A 300-word abstract in PDF or Microsoft Word format.
  • A completed entry form in PDF or Word format.
  • A scanned image or PDF of the completed nomination form, signed by the applicant’s academic nominator.

The total size of attachments must not exceed 6MB. You may need to down-res any images used in order to meet this limit.
Please also refer to the Regulations listed above (especially with regards to anonymity) when preparing your submission.
Submissions should be emailed to:

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

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