Professor receives international recognition

April 11, 2013

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Murdoch University Professor of History and South-east Asian Studies Jim Warren has been internationally recognised for his lifetime of work on the history of the Philippines.

Professor Warren was recently awarded one of the most prestigious international prizes in Asian Studies – the Grant Goodman Prize – by the Philippine Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies at a presentation evening in San Diego, California.

He is one of only seven people from around the world to ever receive the prize.

A scholar for more than four decades, Professor Warren was recognised for his outstanding contribution to Philippine historical studies and the significance of his writings, in particular the publications The Sulu Zone 1768-1898 (1981) and Iranun and Balangingi (2002).

Professor Warren was also commended for his many articles dealing with issues of slavery, external trade, the meaning and constitution of ‘culture’ and ethnogenesis, which is how ethnic identities have been constructed and reconstructed through space and time.

He was acknowledged for his energetic and productive academic career at Murdoch and in postgraduate teaching positions at the National University of Singapore and Kyoto University in Japan, and for his mentoring of young scholars in Australia and overseas.

He said he was thrilled to have received the award, particularly on behalf of his postgraduate students, colleagues and the University.

“I have great respect and admiration for the six other people who have received this award and it is an honour to receive such recognition for my work,” he said.

Professor Warren obtained his PhD in South-east Asian History from the Australian National University (ANU) in 1975 after serving in the United States Peace Corps in Sabah, East Malaysia, from 1967-69. He moved from the ANU to Murdoch University in 1976.

Murdoch University Asia Research Centre Director Dr Caroline Hughes said it was the first time the Grant Goodman Prize had been awarded to an Australian scholar.

“It says a lot for the study of Asian History at Murdoch that one of our senior academics has won this coveted prize,” Dr Hughes said.

The prize was established in 1990 by Grant Goodman, an Emeritus Professor from the Department of History at the University of Kansas.

To hear Professor Warren talk about the award and his career, go here.

Comments (One response)

Katie Scott April 11, 2013

What a fantastic achievement! Warmest congratulations Jim.

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