The Cultural Studies and Stuart Hall Foundation Award for Early Career Researchers Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies


We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2017 Cultural Studies and Stuart Hall Foundation Award for Early Career Researchers is Laura Junka-Aikio's article, Can the Sámi speak Now? - Deconstructive research ethos and the debate on who is a Sámi in Finland, which is now free to view until the end of the year.

The Award

This award, a collaboration between the Stuart Hall Foundation and the Routledge, Taylor & Francis journal Cultural Studies, seeks to recognise the article by an early career scholar that best captures, and/or makes the most significant contribution to, cultural studies as Stuart Hall envisioned it:

  • a rigorous intellectual investigation in the service of political struggle and transformation
  • that engages in a self–reflective conversation between theory and empirical realities 
  • that starts with the contingency of actually existing relations and structures to ask how they were made and whether and how they could be made differently
  • that accepts the complexity of any context or phenomenon, and refuses any form of reductionism
  • that thinks contextually about the contexts of lived realities

While it could be an advantage if essays show some familiarity with Stuart Hall’s work and writings, this is not a necessary condition for the award. The award seeks to further Stuart’s interests, commitments and spirit as a political intellectual. 

In order to qualify for this award, eligible candidates must be undergraduate or graduate students or scholars who received their PhD fewer than seven years prior to submission. In some years, the award may not be presented.   

Articles will be shortlisted by the Journal’s Editors from papers published in the annual volume of the journal. The shortlist will then be evaluated by a panel comprising members of the Stuart Hall Foundation’s Scholarship & Fellowships Sub-Committee, and the Cultural Studies Editors-in-Chief.