Anthony Scott and Sarah Veale recently won the CSSR’s 2015-2016 Graduate Essay Contest.

Photo of Anthony ScottScott won the PhD award with his essay titled “Bibles in the Badlands: Colonial Dinosaur discoveries and the Making of Canadian Origin Myths.” His essay explores how dinosaur fossil excavation and collection in 19th century Canada participated in the colonizing project of First Nations’ lands and geology. The review committee argued for the importance of Scott’s paper, especially after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, writing, “the paper prepares us to move forward as a Religious Studies academy towards decolonization and a new narrative of deep healing.”

Photo of Sarah VealeVeale’s paper “Refutatio Romana: The Political Dimensions of Religious Alterity in Tacitus’ Histories 5” won the MA award. Her essay focused on the otherness in Tacitus, relying on a wide-ranging set of analytical tools. As the review committee wrote, “Using primary and secondary sources on Plutarch’s and Tacitus’ writings, a strong methodological approach emerges that displays a breadth and depth of anthropological, postcolonial and literary analyses. Bringing ancient texts forward to contemporary relevancy in an engaging and well-constructed argument is accomplished with a good degree of self-awareness in terms of methodology, theory and self-location. This paper emphasises the ongoing need for strong textual analysis within the realm of Religious Studies.”

Congratulations to both!