The Association for Feminist Anthropology is delighted to announce that the 2019 Michelle Z. Rosaldo Book Prize will be awarded to Juno Parreñas for her book, Decolonizing Extinction: The Work of Care in Orangutan Rehabilitation. Durham: Duke University Press (2018).

At a global moment of environmental crises and family separations, Parreñas presents an account of care and hope in the face of extinction. Situated in rehabilitation centers for traumatized and endangered orangutans in Sarawak, Malaysia, Decolonizing Extinction courageously calls for creative approaches to bio-cultural scholarship by asking how feminist analyses of violence might offer humane alternatives to the “palliative care” the species currently receives due to deforestation and industrial agriculture. Parreñas’s radically interdisciplinary and heartbreaking ethnography draws on primatology, queer theory, and archival history to argue that a feminist sense of welfare must include the possibility of pain and loss. In the spirit of Michelle Z. Rosaldo’s own pioneering approach to expanding the canon of feminist scholarship, the Association for Feminist Anthropology applauds Parreñas for asking us to imagine the intellectual tools necessary to rethink what it means to be autonomous and dependent, to suffer and to care.

Please join us in celebrating the book at the AFA Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony, from 10:15am – 12pm on Saturday, November 23 in Vancouver!

Juno Salazar Parreñas is an Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. She received the General Anthropology Division’s Exemplary Cross-Field Scholarship Prize in 2013. Her academic writing has appeared in American Ethnologist, positions: asia critiqueCatalyst: feminism, theory, and technoscience, Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbook on Gender: Animals, and History and Anthropology. She received her PhD in Anthropology at Harvard University and has held postdoctoral fellowships in Agrarian Studies at Yale University and at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. 

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