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 […]

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), […]