Friday, 28 May 2010

Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History: Tamerlane Award

The Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, an online-only journal published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, has announced it will award a prize for an outstanding article by a young scholar.

The Tamerlane Award will be given every three years to a contributor who has never published a full book or monograph. Academics from the Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia will be eligible for the honor.

“We want to encourage scholars from developing countries to submit articles to the journal in hopes of winning this award,” said Towson University history professor Patricia Romero, founder and editor of the journal. “Our focus of colonialism and imperialism opens the doors for all sorts of topics from across the world.”

The award takes its name from Tamerlane, a 14th-century conqueror of much of western and central Asia. Also known as Timur, he was a patron of the arts and much of the architecture he commissioned remains today in modern Uzbekistan.

The first award will be announced in 2011 for articles published between 2008 and 2010. The winner will receive a small honorarium.

A committee of editorial board members will choose the winning essay. Committee members will be Johns Hopkins University professor Franklin Knight, Antoinette Burton, former co-editor of Journal of Women’s Studies, and History Chair at the University of Illinois, and John Lonsdale, Emeritus Professor of Modern African History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Founded in 2000, the interdisciplinary journal features essays covering the period from the tenth century to modern times that deal with broad aspects of colonialism and imperialism. The journal is published three times a year.

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