Eric Plemons (L) and Denis M. Provencher (R)
Professor Eric Plemons who has been awarded the 2017 Ruth Benedict Prize in the category of Outstanding Single Authored Monograph forThe Look of a Woman: Facial Feminization Surgery and the Aims of Trans-Medicine (Duke University Press, 2017). The Look of a Woman is an elegant, original, and nuanced ethnographic investigation of facial feminization surgery (FFS--a procedure utilized by trans-women to feminize their faces). It combines theoretical nuance with ethnographic richness: The ethnographic chapters illustrate original and important theoretical insights on changing North American sex and gender norms, shifts in trans-treatment paradigms, and the importance of foregrounding the performativity of sex and gender in the changing materialities of bodies. Immensely insightful, this book both extends the field of queer anthropology and shows how science and technology studies and queer studies can benefit from ethnographic insight.
Professor Denis M. Provencher who has been awarded an Honorable Mention for his monograph Queer Maghrebi French: Language, Temporalities, Transfiliations (Liverpool University Press, 2017). Queer Maghrebi French analyzes the lives, words, and creative productions of queer French men of North African descent and queer North African French men who are now living in France and the French diaspora. Provencher’s analysis demonstrates how language can be a flexible and creative tool for understanding ethno-sexual selfhood in diverse locations and contexts. This book extends a rich tradition in queer anthropology interested in the relationships between language, sexuality, and migration through its intersectional approach, methodological breadth, and conceptual innovation.