The Center for Cultural Analysis announces the winners of two new prizes.
Preetha Mani is the winner of the first annual CCA Early Career Research Prize. The prize supports the publication of a first book by a junior faculty member at Rutgers-New Brunswick. Professor Mani is an Assistant Professor of South Asian Literatures in the Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures, and a member of the core faculty in the Program in Comparative Literature. She specializes in twentieth-century Hindi, Tamil, and Indian-English literatures. Her book is titled The Idea of Indian Literature: Gender, Genre, and Comparative Method. It is currently under review at Northwestern University Press. The Idea of Indian Literature positions Indian literature as a field of comparative literature rather than a stable corpus of texts. Exploring Hindi and Tamil fiction, criticism, and autobiographies, the book chronicles the emergence of the short story as a preeminent genre in twentieth-century Hindi and Tamil literature, challenging the presumption that the novel is the Ur-genre of nationalist writing.
Carla Cevasco is the winner of the first annual CCA Early Career Book Prize. The prize supports a symposium on a first book written by a junior faculty member at Rutgers-New Brunswick. Professor Cevasco is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Executive Director of the New Jersey Folk Festival. Her book in progress, under contract with Yale University Press, is Violent Appetites: Hunger, Natives, and Colonists in the Northeastern Borderlands. The book offers a history of hunger within the context of negotiations between Native Americans and English and French colonists in northeastern North America from 1630 to 1770. Professor Cevasco argues that throughout decades of borderlands warfare, hunger simultaneously destroyed and reinforced cultural and social boundaries. Treating a variety of sources from missionary accounts and captivity narratives to medical texts, cookbooks, and sermons, Violent Appetitesdocuments the precariousness of settler’s lives as they navigated an unfamiliar landscape without knowledge of how to endure hunger. Simultaneously, it highlights the sophisticated strategies that Native peoples employed to resist the colonization of their food supplies.
The Center for Cultural Analysis is pleased to announce two new prizes. All untenured faculty from Rutgers-NB are eligible to apply. The deadline for both prizes is Monday, February 3, 2020. See flyer here. Applications are currently closed.
CCA Early Career Book Prize
The Rutgers Center for Cultural Analysis (CCA) invites applications for an Early Career Book Prize, intended to aid junior faculty in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. The prize will pay up to $5,000 to host a “book forum” at the CCA (CCA will provide administrative support) which will bring scholars in appropriate fields to Rutgers for a colloquium on work in progress—ideally a book manuscript that is in the final stages of revision. Those wishing to apply should submit a cover letter, a two-page description of the project, cv, and sample chapter. They should also arrange for a letter of support from their department chairperson to be emailed to the CCA.
CCA Early Career Research Prize
The Rutgers Center for Cultural Analysis (CCA) invites applications for an Early Career Research Prize, intended to aid junior faculty in the humanities, social science, and fine arts. The prize will pay up to $5,000 in support of the publication of a first book by a Rutgers faculty member. The prize may be used toward subvention, permissions, or to aid in the cost of publishing a book (eg., a book with a large number of images). Those wishing to apply should submit a cover letter, a two-page description of the project, cv, a sample chapter, and any correspondence with the publisher, up to and including a signed contract.