The University of Newcastle, Australia

PhD student’s thesis wins 2020 CEW Bean Prize

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Former PhD student with the Centre for the Study of Violence, Bryce Abraham, has been awarded the 2020 CEW Bean Prize for his thesis “Valore Australis: Constructions of Australian Military Heroism from Sudan to Vietnam.”

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Bryce Abraham's winning thesis explores the concept of heroism as perceived and awarded by Australian military authorities.

The CEW Bean Prize is awarded by the Australian Army to honours or postgraduate students who have submitted a thesis that focuses on the history of the Australian Army.

Bryce’s thesis explores the concept of heroism as perceived and awarded by Australian military authorities. The thesis assessment panel who awarded the prize said “This is a well-researched thesis, neatly blending empirical research with social and cultural theoretical frameworks where appropriate. As such it engaged with historical sub-disciplines that are, unfortunately, often absent from more operationally focused military history. It also had the added benefit of being a joy to read.”

Director of the Centre for the Study of Violence, Professor Philip Dwyer said “This is an excellent achievement and well deserved. The thesis demonstrates Bryce’s vast knowledge and meticulous research into the history of the Australian military. Well done Bryce!”


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