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LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre UK Postgraduate Dissertation Prize

The LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre UK Postgraduate Dissertation Prize is a new scheme launched by the Centre in the 2019/2020 academic year, to showcase outstanding social science research on Southeast Asia from postgraduate students in the UK.

2020 WINNER 

Isabelle Lim

Winner: Isabelle Lim
Dissertation titlePlanting Feet: Environmental Imagination in the Poetry of Edwin Thumboo
Degree title: MPhil in Criticism and Culture
University: University of Cambridge 

Isabelle Lim is a writer interested in environment, literature, and postcolonial criticism. She holds an MPhil from the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge where she focused on postcolonial ecocriticism, tracing the contours of an environmental imagination in the work of Edwin Thumboo. She edits for Mynah Magazine, a long form annual publication featuring Singapore stories, and her writing appears in CHA: An Asian Journal. She currently reports on the environment, climate change, and data for Channel News Asia.

Quote from one of SEAC's reviewers: "Extremely well written and insightful analysis of Thumboo’s poetry from a ‘green’ perspective"



2020 Highly Commended: Joshua Chee
Dissertation title:The Growth of Colonial Intelligence Networks in Singapore during the Great War, 1914-1918
Degree Title: MSc in History of International Relations
University: London School of Economics and Political Science

Joshua Chee graduated from LSE's MSc History of International Relations programme with distinction. His dissertation on the growth of colonial intelligence networks in Singapore during the Great War (1914-18) won the Medlicott Prize for best MSc dissertation in the International History Department (2018-19). Joshua obtained his B.A. (Hons.) in History from the National University of Singapore.

Quote from one of SEAC's reviewers"Full of extraordinary data and insights"



Summary and guidelines for the prize

*Please note The deadline for submissions has now passed and the next round will be announced in Autumn 2020. A summary of the prize guidelines and criteria is below.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Dissertations must have been submitted as part of a taught postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MPhil; unfortunately undergraduate dissertations are ineligible for this scheme) in the 2018/2019 academic year
  • Dissertations must clearly relate to the Southeast Asia region
  • Dissertations should align with one or more of SEAC’s core research themes.

Submission Guidelines:

In order to be taken into consideration, submissions must be nominated by their academic department and nominations should be sent to seac.admin@lse.ac.uk with the subject heading “SEAC PG Dissertation Prize Nomination”. The dissertation must be attached either as a Word document or as PDF, and the message body should include the name, degree title and email address of the student, and the internally agreed grade (even if provisional), in addition to internal marker comments. Only dissertations achieving a distinction / first class or equivalent internal grade will be considered for the prize. All submissions will be fully anonymised by SEAC prior to review.

Students cannot submit their own dissertations. SEAC will only accept department nominations.Students interested in having their dissertations submitted should contact their home department for their nomination

Review process:

Dissertations will be reviewed independently by a judging panel of academic faculty representing multiple disciplines specialising in the Southeast Asia region, and the criteria will include appropriate alignment with SEAC’s research themes as well as research quality, originality and academic contribution.

Dissertations will be fully anonymised so that any identifying information, including document author properties, is removed before being sent to the review panel.

Any queries about the prize should be sent to SEAC Centre Manager Dr. Lee Mager  ( a.l.mager@lse.ac.uk).