FWSA Book Prize Winner Announced:
We are pleased to announce the winner of the FWSA 2017 Book Prize competition: Katherine Natanel’s Sustaining Conflict: Apathy and Domination in Israel-Palestine. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make the competition a success.
2017: Katherine Natanel for ‘Sustaining Conflict: Apathy and Domination in Israel-Palestine’.
Sustaining Conflict develops a groundbreaking theory of political apathy, using a combination of ethnographic material, narrative, political, cultural, and feminist theory. It examines how the status quo is maintained in Israel-Palestine, even by the activities of Jewish Israelis who are working against the occupation of Palestinian territories. While focusing on Israel, this is a book that has lessons for how any authoritarian regime is sustained through apathy (University of California Press).
This is a book about the ugliest of oppression. And yet it is beautiful. Beautifully written, beautifully nuanced, and beautifully human. Vividly brought to life, and at points gripping, I read with genuine fascination. This is a study on the need to exist on an everyday scale, despite extraordinary circumstances, and what this means for the preservation of an unjust status quo. Natanel paints a landscape of contradiction that shows how, under conditions of sustained inequality and extremity, work goes into creating a manageable ordinariness, leading those who seek to resist, to ultimately enable.
– Judge’s comment
This is a passionately-argued and dynamic piece of work which considers the interconnectivities between power, knowledge and apathy. The author considers the latter as active disengagement, and traces precisely how the political realities shaped by this disengagement foster and privilege certain modes of thinking. While the text is about the Israel-Palestine conflict, there is much here of relevance (and significance) for global politics (particularly in the light of the events of the past 18 months in the UK and in the US) and I anticipate that the book will be vital reading for those interested in politics, identity formation and the nation-state.
– Judge’s comment
*DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS EXTENDED TO 21 MARCH 2017*
The Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (UK & Ireland) is delighted to announce the FWSA Book Prize 2017, a competition for books published in fields of feminist, gender and women’s studies.
The FWSA Book Prize is intended to recognise scholarship which is innovative, interdisciplinary and grounded in feminist theory and practice. The 2017 competition is open to scholars who were employed, postgraduate students at, or associated with a British or Irish university or research organisation between 1st January 2014 and 31st December 2016. The FWSA welcomes book prize nominations from authors at all stages of their careers, in particular, early career researchers. Nominated books must be monographs or textbooks, and published in English. We welcome single or jointly authored contributions. Edited collections and reprints of earlier editions are not eligible. Books must be first published between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2016; they do not have to have a UK publisher.
The deadline for nominations is 10th February 2017. *NOW EXTENDED TO 21 MARCH 2017*
Books may be nominated by authors or publishers, or you can nominate a book that
inspired you. All entries will be judged by an external interdisciplinary panel of feminist, gender and women’s studies scholars. The winner will be featured on the FWSA website, and in the FWSA newsletter. The winner will also be awarded a prize of £500.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the nomination form.