Emerging Scholars Competition

Peter Lang is delighted to announce the results of the 2023 Peter Lang Emerging Scholars Competition in Indigenous Studies:

Winner in North American Indigenous Studies

Deondre Smiles
“Decolonized Afterlife”: Towards A New Understanding of the Spatial Politics of Indigenous Death

Honourable Mentions

Antonie Dvorakova
Academia is a Tool: Holistic Tribal Worldviews Facilitate Resilience in Scholars from US Indigenous Nations

Amanda Mironova-Stronge
“You are this universe and this universe is you”: An Ecocritical Study of Environmental Memory, Place, Cosmology and Orature in the Poetry of Joy Harjo

Planned for publication in the Critical Indigenous and American Indian Studies book series edited by Andrew Jolivette. 

Winner in Australian Indigenous Studies

Yan Zhang
The Journey in Recent Australian Fiction: Settler Colonial, Feminist and Indigenous Perspectives

Planned for publication in the Australian Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives book series edited by Anne Brewster.

Honourable Mention

Zac Roberts
Parallel Journeys: Indigenous and Jewish Relations since 1788

We congratulate our winners! Thank you to our distinguished editorial board and to all those who took part in the competition.  

The Peter Lang Emerging Scholars Competition is an annual competition in selected fields. Please check back here for announcements about upcoming competitions next year.  

For more information, please contact Dr Laurel Plapp (l.plapp@peterlang.com) or Dr Phil Dunshea, (p.dunshea@peterlang.com).

Our book series in Indigenous Studies:

Australian Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Critical Indigenous and American Indian Studies

Indigenous Cultures of Latin America

Reimagining Canada

World Science Fiction Studies


The Peter Lang Emerging Scholars Competition (previously known as the Young Scholars Competition) is an annual competition for early career researchers in selected fields. It has been held every year since 2011, in fields such as Black Studies, Irish Studies, Women’s Writing, Education, French Studies, and more.  

In each competition, book proposals for monographs are invited from emerging scholars to be evaluated by a distinguished editorial board. Winners receive a contract for a fully funded book and the title of winner. Runners-up and other participants may also have opportunities to publish. 

We’re proud to have a community of over 30 winners of the competition over the years, and we’re pleased to feature some of our winning books. Please watch the interviews with three winners of our 2019 French Studies competition – Polly GalisMathew Rickard, and Natalie Berkman – to learn what winning the competition has meant to them.