The CES/SAE fellowship was awarded to Sarah French Brennan for her pre-dissertation project, “Intimate Nation: Sexuality and Asylum in the Netherlands.” Sarah is a PhD student in the Applied Anthropology program of the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. (She entered the program in 2010 and received her MA in 2013). Sarah conducted pre-dissertation fieldwork in Amsterdam to examine experiences of Muslims claiming asylum in the Netherlands for fear of persecution in their home countries for being one of the categories of “lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.” She is interested in how the formal processes of claiming asylum as a sexual minority produces a specific type of subject.
The 2015 William A. Douglass Prize was awarded to Lilith Mahmud for The Brotherhood of Freemason Sisters: Gender, Secrecy and Fraternity in Italian Masonic Lodges (University of Chicago Press, 2014). An honorable mention was awarded to Mayanthi L. Fernando for The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism (Duke University Press, 2014). Betsy Krause (University of Massachusetts Amherst) chaired the committee, which included Doug Rogers (Yale University) and Miriam Ticktin (The New School for Social Research) as members.
– DEADLINE FOR 2016 PRIZE
The deadline for submission of entries for consideration is May 1. Books submitted for 2016 prize consideration must have been published in 2015 (as indicated on the copyright page); books translated into English must have appeared in English in 2015 though they may have been published in another language earlier. The prize recipient is named shortly before the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, with suitable publicity provided for the winning entry at the annual meeting and on the SAE website.