Each year, AFA offers awards and recognitions that reflect our commitment to foster the development of feminist analytic perspectives in all dimensions of anthropology. Sylvia Forman Student Paper Prize Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to submit essays in feminist anthropology for the Sylvia Forman Student Paper Prize competition. We encourage essays in all four subfields of anthropology. Essays may be based on research […]

Deadline: March 1, 2020 Guest Co-editor: Christen Smith In this issue, we explore the contributions of Black women scholars to the field of anthropology and beyond. Thinking through our critical traditions, we ask, what scholarship looks like when it foregrounds the thinking of those scholars who have historically been excluded from anthropology’s central conversations? How do Black women’s voices, in […]

Honoring June Nash

The AFA is saddened to share the news of Distinguished Professor Emerita June Nash’s passing last weekend. Professor Nash was a world-renowned anthropologist who produced pioneering ethnographic work in Bolivia, Mexico, and Guatemala; and who participated in feminist and working class social movements across the Americas. For those wishing to honor her life, her funeral will take place on Saturday, Dec. 21st at 3pm, at the Plainfield Congregational Church […]

The Association for Feminist Anthropology seeks nominations for 3 elected positions that are opening up on its Executive Board in 2020.  If you are interested in one of these positions – or have a colleague you know would be wonderful in one of these roles – please contact Jennifer Patico, Chair of AFA’s Nomination committee, at [email protected]  Inquiries are welcomed immediately; full nomination […]

2019 Zora Neale Hurston Award Winners

The Association for Feminist Anthropology is delighted to award travel funds, in honor of Zora Neale Hurston, to three young scholars to allow them to present their research at the AAA annual meetings. The committee was fascinated by their work. Please consider attending their presentations. Chelsey Carter, Ph.D. student, Washington University St. Louis, to present a paper titled “The ‘truth’ […]

The Association for Feminist Anthropology is delighted to announce that the inaugural 2019 Career Award in Feminist Anthropology is awarded to Professor Rayna Rapp. Please join us in celebrating at the AFA Awards Ceremony on Saturday, November 23 from 10:15am-12pm at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, Level 2, Room 217. Rapp is a brilliant scholar, generous mentor, and publicly engaged […]

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 […]

The AFA is proud to announce our third and final honorable mention for the Michelle Z. Rosaldo Prize, awarded to Debarati Sen for her 2017 book, Everyday Sustainability: Gender Justice and Fair Trade in Darjeeling (SUNY Press). Everyday Sustainability is a moving example of the ways that good intentions can go awry. Analyzing the organic fair trade tea industry in […]

The AFA is pleased to award Katherine Lemons with a Michelle Z. Rosaldo Prize honorable mention for her 2019 book, “Divorcing Traditions: Islamic Marriage Law and the Making of Indian Secularism” (Cornell University Press). Divorcing Traditions persuasively moves analyses of secularism beyond their familiar European contexts and into the lived experience of divorce applicants in Islamic courts in India. Lemons […]

Michelle Z. Rosaldo Book Prize: Honorable Mention

The AFA is pleased to award an honorable mention for this year’s Michelle Z. Rosaldo Book Prize to Alvaro Jarrín for his 2017 book, “The Biopolitics of Beauty: Cosmetic Citizenship and Affective Capital in Brazil” (University of California Press). Jarrín productively and creatively situates feminist affect theory in the context of the medicalized pursuit of beauty in Brazil. Framing the […]

2019 Dissertation Prize Winner

The AFA would like to congratulate our 2019 Dissertation Prize winner, Whitney Russell of UCSD (advisor Nancy Postero), for her dissertation on how Indian human rights activism intended to help women leave sex work has problematically neglected to ask questions about sex workers’ broader social, familial and moral lives. Her dissertation extends a feminist analysis of sex work beyond the […]

2019 Dissertation Prize: Honorable Mention

The AFA is pleased to announce Jananie Kalyanaraman (advisor Akhil Gupta, UCLA) as our honorable mention for this year’s Dissertation Prize. Kalyanaraman’s paper, “Window seats: Transport and inequality in Bengaluru, India,” details the failures of high visibility transportation infrastructure projects in Bengaluru to facilitate the mobility, both physical and social, of poor, lower-caste women. In Bengaluru city, parastatal public transit […]

2019 Sylvia Forman Prize: Graduate Paper

Congratulations to María Lis Baiocchi, our 2019 Sylvia Forman Graduate Prize winner for her paper, “The Bargaining Power of Love: Access to Rights, Affective Capital, and the Political Economy of Feelings in Paid Domestic Work in Buenos Aires, Argentina,” advisor Dr. Robert M. Hayden (University of Pittsburgh). The paper builds on the ethnography of intimate labor (Boris and Parreñas 2010), […]

2019 Sylvia Forman Prize: Undergraduate Paper

The AFA is pleased to award the 2019 Sylvia Forman Prize for an undergraduate paper to Amelia Y. Goldberg for her paper, “Between Kin and Ship: The Intersection of Feminism and Environmentalism on a Hudson River Sailboat,” advisor Dr. Andrew Brandel (Harvard University). Goldberg’s essay presents an ethnographic study of the sloop Clearwater, a traditionally rigged sailboat on the Hudson, […]

The “F” Word: Anthropology’s Feminisms For the inaugural issue of Feminist Anthropology, we invite submissions that honor the heterogeneous inheritance of feminist orientations within feminist anthropology, embracing the uneasy, the obscene, the liberatory, the divisive, and the courageous. We seek contributions that reflect the ways in which feminist anthropology has been a generative and creative engine for innovative and paradigm-shifting […]

Dissertation Award The Association for Feminist Anthropology supports a cash grant ($2,000) competition for individuals completing the writing phase of a dissertation that makes a significant contribution to feminist anthropology (across all subfields). The doctoral candidate may be pursuing an anthropology or interdisciplinary doctoral degree, and must be at the dissertation phase at the time of the American Anthropological Association […]

Sylvia Forman Prize 2019

SYLVIA FORMAN PRIZE FOR STUDENT PAPERS 25th Anniversary Annual Competition! Association for Feminist Anthropology AFA is pleased to invite graduate and undergraduate students to submit essays in feministanthropology incompetition for the Sylvia Forman Prize, named for the late Sylvia Helen Forman, one of the founders of AFA whose dedication to both her students and feminist principles contributed to the growth […]

The Association for Feminist Anthropology is thrilled to announce the creation of a new peer-reviewed journal, Feminist Anthropology. Join us! Our first step is to find a wonderful editorial team. Please see our official Call for Editor(s) for more information on how to apply.

The Association for Feminist Anthropology is pleased to invite nominations for the Michelle Z. Rosaldo Prize. The prize will be awarded to a first book that draws on and makes a significant contribution to feminist anthropology. Michelle Z. Rosaldo was one of the earliest theorists in feminist anthropology. With Louise Lamphere, she was the co-editor of Woman, Culture and Society, […]

We are Looking for a New President-Elect!

The Association for Feminist Anthropology seeks candidates for a President-Elect to serve on the AFA Executive Board, 2019-2023. President-Elect/President – 4 year term (beginning at the end of AAA 2019) The President-Elect serves a two-year term as an active member of the Executive Board, joining and/or heading committees as well as shadowing and collaborating with the current President on AFA […]