The International Association for the Study of Popular Music Australia-New Zealand (IASPM-ANZ) Branch Conference was recently held in Dunedin, New Zealand. It was announced during the conference that the 2014 Rebecca Coyle Prize for the best paper on popular music in the Australia-New Zealand region published in 2013 was awarded to my article, co-authored with Alison Huber, called 'Locating the canon in Tamworth: Historical narratives, cultural memory and Australia's "Country Music Capital"'.
This article, published in Popular Music (vol.32, no.2: 223-240), was deemed by the judging panel to make 'an important contribution to discourse around white Australian identities' by way of 'an excellent ethnography' that is 'well written and effective' and with 'good theorisation of canon and memory'.
As indicated on the IASPM-ANZ website, 'The Rebecca Coyle Prize is awarded to the best paper on popular music in the Australia-New Zealand region in a given year. The prize in named in honour of long time IASPM-ANZ member Rebecca Coyle in commemoration of her work advancing popular music studies and mentoring emerging academic talent. ... [The prize is] awarded by a panel of senior IASPM-ANZ members'.