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Darcy Leigh joint winner of BISA thesis prize 2016

We are delighted to announce that Dr Darcy Leigh is the joint winner of the 2016 Michael Nicolson Thesis Prize awarded by BISA.

Dr Leigh's thesis, titled, Post-liberal agency: Decolonizing politics and universities in the Canadian Arctic was described by the external examiner, Cynthia Webber, “[as] one of the best I've ever read - certainly one of the boldest, most creative and most critically self-reflective.”

darcy leigh with prize

The dissertation explores attempts to establish a formal legal education in indigenous communities in Northern Canada. Through the lens of decolonisation and using the work of post-structuralist theorists such as Butler and Foucault, it explores the ways in which agency and power are refracted through practices and discourses of ‘late liberalism’. It offers an original application of theory to empirical realities of agency for indigenous – and non-indigenous – people living in the Canadian Arctic. It was especially noteworthy for being both compelling and unique in its methodologically. 

We are delighted by this much-deserved recognition of one of our PhD students who has contributed much to the department as a student and colleague. 

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