Honorable Mention for Professor Amanda Swarr

Amanda Swarr
Associate Professor Amanda L. Swarr

The Association for Queer Anthropology is pleased to recognize Amanda Lock Swarr’s single-authored monograph Sex in Transition: Remaking Gender and Race in South Africa (State University of New York Press, 2012) with an “Honorable Mention” for the Ruth Benedict Book Prize 2013 for its contribution to the field.

The Ruth Benedict Book Prize Committee carefully considered a broad array of nominations for the awards this year, written or edited by both senior and junior scholars, and representing the ever-expanding and diverse field of LGBTQ studies in anthropology and beyond. The final decisions were difficult ones, as each nominated text reflected an important contribution to the field. The prize committee ultimately chose to recognize .....Swarr’s compelling interpretation of transsexual transition and of the lives of transgender people in South Africa in context of political transition from apartheid to democratic rule.

The Ruth Benedict Prize will be presented to the winning authors during the AQA Business meeting at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Chicago in November 2013. For their work AQA thanks the 2013 Benedict Prize Committee members: 2012 Benedict Prize winner Gayle Rubin, graduate student representatives Erin Durban-Albrecht and Timothy Gitzen, and Scott Morgensen, 2012 Benedict Prize Honorable Mention and Committee Chair. For questions or additional information, please contact Scott Morgensen at scott.morgensen@queensu.ca.