The 2023 winner of the Paula J. Giddings Best Article Award was granted to Sandra Ruiz, whose piece, “A Light for a Light: Minoritarian Aesthetics and the Politics of Grief-Work” was selected from Volume 21 Issue 2.
Sandra Ruiz is an associate professor of Theatre and English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance (2019), coauthor of Formless Formation: Vignettes for the End of the World (2021), and a coeditor of the Minoritarian Aesthetics series. She is the cofounder of The Brown Theatre Collective and creator of La Estación Gallery.
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2023 Honorable Mention(s)
The 2023 Honorable Mention for the Paula J. Giddings Best Article Award was granted to Jennifer Williams, whose piece, “Apologizing to Chavers: #Blackgirlmagic’s Resilience Discourse and the Fear of Melancholy Black Femme Digital Subjectivity” was selected from Volume 21 Issue 1.
Jennifer Williams is assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Her research and teaching interests include African American women’s history, Black queer studies, Africana nerd culture, and Afrofuturism. Her current research interrogates social media practices of Africana
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The 2023 Honorable Mention for the Paula J. Giddings Best Article Award was granted to Asli Zengin, whose piece, “Caring for the Dead: Corpse Washers, Touch, and Mourning in Contemporary Turkey” was selected from Volume 21 Issue 1.
Aslı Zengin is an assistant professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Her research lies at the intersection of ethnography of gender nonconforming and trans lives and deaths; medico-legal regimes of sex, gender, and sexuality; critical studies of violence and sovereignty; as well as transnational aspects of LGBTQ movements in the Middle East, with a special focus on Turkey.
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