2015 Ruth Benedict Prize Call For Submissions (Deadline June 15, 2015)


Call for Submissions

The Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA) is proud to announce the 2015 Ruth Benedict Book Prize Competition for outstanding anthropological scholarship on a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer topic.

The Ruth Benedict Book Prize is presented each year at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting to acknowledge excellence in a scholarly book written from an anthropological perspective about a topic that engages issues and theoretical perspectives relevant to LGBTQ studies. The Prize is awarded in each of two separate categories, one for a single-authored monograph and another for an edited volume.

Submissions may be on any topic related to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, or other gender/sexual formations and categories from any world culture area. Topics may include the study of normativity, queer theory, and the social/historical construction of sexual and gender identities, discourses, and categories. Authors may represent any scholarly discipline, but the material submitted must engage anthropological theories and methods. Submissions may be self-nominated or may be sent by a press or another person.

Books submitted for the competition must have a publication date of 2014 or 2015 and may not have been submitted previously. Page proofs of books scheduled for 2015 publication are acceptable but must include a letter from the publisher confirming the anticipated publication date of 2015.

To nominate a work, please submit one copy of the book or edited volume to each of the four committee members listed below, with the author or editor’s name, mailing address, and email address, and telephone number printed clearly on a separate cover letter indicating that it is a submission for the Ruth Benedict Book Prize.

All submissions must be received by Monday, June 15, 2014.

Send inquiries to Ruth Benedict Book Prize Chair, Margot Weiss


2015 Ruth Benedict Book Prize Committee Members:

Jara M. Carrington
7 Kendall Blvd. Apt. B
Oaklyn, NJ 08107**


Naisargi Dave
19 Russell Street
Toronto, ON
M5S 2S2


Noelle Stout
c/o Dolores Gray
876 Lindo Ln.
Chico, CA 95973


Margot Weiss (chair)
Center for the Americas
Wesleyan University
255 High Street
Middletown, CT 06459

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