Kore Award for Best Dissertation

The Kore Award for Best Dissertation in Women and Mythology is conferred by the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology. The award was established in 2009 and is funded by the gift of a generous contributor.  The intention behind its founding is to create awareness of excellence in scholarship concerning Women and Mythology, and to provide an organizational framework for supporting graduate students in their work.  The award is presented at the biennial national conference, for dissertations completed and defended in 2015 and 2014.  Defense must be completed by December 31, 2015.

Applicants can be from any discipline, including but not limited to literature, religious studies, art or art history, classics, anthropology, and communications. Creative dissertations must include significant analysis of mythology in addition to creative work.   Applicants must be members of ASWM at time of submission.

Criteria for the award include excellence in communication, conceptual presentation and originality, and evidence of global, ethical and social awareness of the impact of the research.

Past winners of this award include Dr. Dawn Work-MaKinne (2010), Deity in Sisterhood: The Collective Female Sacred in Germanic Europe, Dr. Shannan Palma (2012), Tales as Old as Time: Myth, Gender and the Fairy Tale in Popular Culture, and Dr. Mary Beth Moser (2014), The Everyday Spirituality of Women in the Italian Alps.

Applicants must be members of ASWM upon submission of entry.  A letter of support from dissertation chair/director must accompany application.  Applicants will be urged to also propose a paper for the national conference, and to appear at and present work at national conference, if they receive award.


Schedule for 2016 award:

August, 2015:  Selection of judging panel.

Public release of information about award and application procedure. Dissertations to be considered must be completed and approved during the period January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2015.

Nov. 1, 2015 – Jan. 15, 2016:  Application window

Feb. 15, 2016: Selection and announcement of award winner.

Saturday, April 2, 2016:  Award presented national conference, Boston, MA


Application for Kore Award for Best Dissertation in Women and Mythology

Deadline for completion and defense: December 31, 2015

Time period for submission:  November 1, 2015-January 15, 2016

Award selection and announcement:  February 15, 2016

Award presentation: ASWM National Conference, April 1-2, 2016, Boston, MA



Mailing address:


Field of Study:

Title of Dissertation:

Date of graduation:

Institution degree granted by:

Dissertation advisor’s name:

Dissertation abstract:

Please submit this form via email to ASWM.KoreAward@gmail.com, with PDF or MSWord attachment of dissertation.  Please have dissertation director email letter of support, also in PDF or MSWord, to same address.

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