Winners of The First Iaas & Baas Adam Matthew Digital Essay Prize Announced in Belfast

15 April 2016

Adam Matthew is delighted to announce the recipients of the first Adam Matthew / Irish (IAAS) and British Association for American Studies (BAAS) essay competitions are, Carmel Lambert (IAAS) from the National University of Ireland – Galway, and Patrick Doyle (BAAS) from Royal Holloway University, London.

Adam Matthew representatives attended the 2016 Irish and British Association for American Studies (IBAAS) conference at Queen’s University Belfast. This special conference saw the collaboration between the two American Studies associations, bringing together academics from both sides of the Irish Sea studying all matters of Americana to share ideas, papers and network with colleagues.

The competition winners were announced on the final day of the conference at the Gala Dinner held in the Titanic Suite at the historic Titanic Belfast. Applicants were invited to submit essays between 3000 and 5000 words that related to a topic covered by any one of Adam Matthew’s North American collections.

The IAAS chose Carmel Lambert as their winner for her essay “’The Love of Liberty Brought Us Here’: Writing American Identity in Liberia, 1830-1850”. Carmel was awarded £500 and one year’s access to an Adam Matthew digital primary source collection of her choice. Carmel chose Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice and was presented with her prizes on the steps of the Grand Staircase in the Titanic Suite.

Judges from the Executive Committee for BAAS awarded Patrick J. Doyle from Royal Holloway University, London, first prize for his essay titled "Replacement Rebels: Confederate Substitution and the Issue of Citizenship". Patrick also received £500 plus one year’s access to Adam Matthew’s American History, 1493-1945; digital primary sources from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York.

Adam Matthew would like congratulate both winners and thank all applicants for taking part.

Look out for further details of the next Adam Matthew Digital Essay Competition on the IAAS Facebook page and BAAS website.