The Caribbean Philosophical Association has announced the 2014 recipients of the association’s awards for contributions to Caribbean thought and philosophical literature, a select list that includes our own Abdul JanMohamed. The Association noted the following in announcing the award:
JanMohamed is receiving this award because of his pioneering work on Frantz Fanon in the areas of postcolonial thought and cultural studies and for scholarship that connects Fanon’s ideas to such figures as Frederick Douglass and Toni Morrison and to his own groundbreaking insights on psychoanalysis and Marxism. Finally, his work as an institution builder, which includes being the founding editor of Cultural Critique, has opened intellectual spaces for generations of scholars. Says President Jane Anna Gordon, “Shifting the geography of reason includes rearticulating the predicaments out of which historic thought has emerged. Professor JanMohamed’s highly illuminating research into the subjective experiences not only of enslaved people but also those among them engaged in mothering is a prime example of such an important endeavor.”
For more information on this award, see http://www.caribbeanphilosophicalassociation.org/frantz-fanon-prize.html.
Roopika Risam (PhD ’13) is making waves at this year’s MLA conference in Chicago and has been recognized as an up-and-comer in the academci world: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/255-4-scholars-to-watch-at-mla-2014?CID=VTKF1.
Christina Bieber Lake (PhD ’99) has been promoted to full professor in the English Department of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, where she has taught since obtaining her PhD. In addition to that, she has also been named the Clyde S. Kilby chair of English and been given the senior faculty achievement award for teaching. To top off what she describes as a “banner year,” Christina has also published her second book, Prophets of the Posthuman: American Fiction, Biotechnology, and the Ethics of Personhood, through the University of Notre Dame Press.
Kevin Young has been awarded the 2013 PEN Open Book Award for The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness. This book was also a finalist in criticism for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
The entire department extends its congratulations.
One of our own has received a prestigious award this year. The Caucus of Emory Black Alumni has given Dominick Rolle the Dr. Herman Reese Award for Community Service in Education for his role as the graduate assistant in Emory’s Men Stopping Violence Initiative, which involved his TA-ship in Emory’s Men Stopping Violence Course–”Male Intimate Partner Violence Against Women: Critical Issues and Concepts.” Dominick wishes to thank Drs. Mark Sanders, Paul Kelleher, Peter Wakefield and others for supporting his work in this course. Way to go, Dom!
Fourth-year PhD candidate, Richie Hofmann’s poem, “Idyll,” had been published in The New Yorker. It appears in the issue dated January 28, 2013.
The entire department sends its congratulations and best wishes.
The Cohen Prize committee of The Melville Society has named Dominic Mastrianni (PhD ’08) the winner of the 2012 Hennig Cohen Prize for his article, “Revolutionary Time and the Future of Democracy in Melville’s Pierre,” ESQ 56.4 (2011): 391-423.
In announcing the award, the committee wrote:
The Melville Society¹s Cohen Prize committee is pleased to announce the winner of the Hennig Cohen Prize for 2011 is Dominic Mastroianni for his article, “Revolutionary Time and the Future of Democracy in Melville’s Pierre,” published in ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance. Mastroianni’s essay is a provocative, brilliantly managed reading of Melville’s novel as a political allegory concerned with the nature of revolution and the question of “whether a permanent democracy can result from revolution.” In this extraordinarily original, illuminating essay, Mastroianni reveals Melville to be engaged in a heady and sophisticated exploration of “the time of revolutionary foundation,” one where democracy is shown to require “a structural impermanence driven by a call for social and economic equality” that goes beyond the calls for fraternity in the French Revolution of 1848 to include a call for sisterhood and equality for women. The members of the Cohen Prize committee believe this is an essay that will challenge readers not only to rethink the political dimensions of Melville’s novel but to move politics to the center of the author’s concerns in this narrative.
The English Department congratulates Dominic on this achievement.