By Dawn Durante, Acquisitions Editor

HolmesF16It is that time of year again! The NWSA/UIP First book prize submission deadline is June 1. This prize seeks the best dissertation or first book manuscript in the field of women’s and gender studies by a single author. The Press and NWSA seek nonfiction manuscripts that exemplify cutting-edge intersectional feminist scholarship, whether the area of focus is historical or contemporary. The competition is open to scholars from all disciplinary backgrounds, but the sponsoring organizations especially encourage work that speaks effectively across disciplines, and projects that offer new perspectives on concerns central to the field of women’s and gender studies. Please visit the NWSA/UIP Book Prize webpage for more information.

We are also delighted to announce that the next prizewinner’s book will be out this fall. Pick up your copy of Christina Holmes’s Ecological Borderlands: Body, Nature, and Sprit in Chicana Feminism at NWSA in Montreal where we’ll be celebrating the book’s release, or on our website. Dr. Holmes focuses on environmental practices among Mexican-American women and offers a rethinking of ecofeminism from the standpoint of Chicana feminists. The book especially speaks to NWSA 2016’s conference theme of decoloniality in that Chicana environmentalism provides pathways to insights in decolonization by linking social and ecological justice outside of a narrow framework, and Dr. Holmes explores the challenges to debates in the canon of ecofeminist literature to develop a more inclusive model of environmental feminism that alleviates some of the biases in Western feminism.

If you have any questions about submitting your first book for this year’s prize, please contact Dawn Durante.

Previous prizewinners include:

2015: Erin L. Durban-Albrecht, Postcolonial Homophobia: United States Imperialism in Haiti and the Transnational Circulation of Antigay Sexual Politics

2014: Ethel Tungohan, Migrant Care Worker Activism in Canada: From the Politics of Everyday Resistance to the Politics from Below

2013: Christina Holmes, Ecological Borderlands: Body, Nature, and Sprit in Chicana Feminism

2012: Sophie Richter-Devroe, How Women do Politics: Peacebuilding, Resistance and Survival in Palestine

2011: Erica Lorraine Williams, Sex Tourism in Bahia: Ambiguous Entanglements

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