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Barbara T. Christian Literary Award


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Announcing The Barbara T. Christian Literary Award

Barbara T. Christian“What I write and how I write is done in order to save my life. …Literature is a way of knowing that I am not hallucinating, that whatever I feel is. It is an affirmation that sensuality is intelligence, that sensual language is language that makes sense.”
– Barbara T. Christian

Born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Barbara Christian dedicated her life to challenging ideas about race, gender, class, and epistemology – rejecting the belief that critical theory emanated solely from the West and that African diaspora and Caribbean ways of theorizing were somehow inferior to Eurocentric philosophical concepts.  A committed feminist, Barbara Christian pioneered the birth of black women’s literary criticism and theory.

Established in 2001 to honor the memory of distinguished Caribbean-American black feminist theorist Barbara T. Christian, the award celebrates her intellectual legacy and is given to the best book published over the previous three-year period which explicitly examines the topics of race, gender, sexuality, class and intersectionality.

The CSA has been working with the Christian family over the past year to resuscitate this prize, which had not been awarded for some years. As many of you know, we officially relaunched the prize in New Orleans, with a wonderful panel which included: Giselle Anatol, Carole Boyce-Davies, Percy Hintzen, Angelique Nixon, and Gina Ulysse. It was truly inspiring.

In paying homage to Dr. Christian’s intellectual legacy and continuing relevance to the work we do, I am hopeful that we will get many wonderful submissions this year. Monographs from all disciplines and fields of scholarship in the Humanities will be considered. Preference will be given to books written by one or more authors as opposed to edited volumes.

The winner will be announced at the CSA conference where a $500.00 cash award and prize will be presented.

​PLEASE SUBMIT TWO (2) BOOKS TO:
Dr. Heather D. Russell
1760 SW 137th Way
Miramar, FL 33027

Email: russellh@fiu.edu

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS: FEBRUARY 20, 2017.


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Anuncio del Premio Literario Barbara T. Christian

Nacida y criada en los E.U., Islas Vírgenes, Barbara Christian dedicó su vida a desafiar ideas sobre raza, género, clase y epistemologia, rechazando la creencia de que la teoría critica provenía solamente del Occidente y que la diáspora africana y las maneras caribeñas de teorizar eran de cierta forma inferiores a los conceptos filosóficos eurocéntricos. Consumada feminista, Barbara Christian fue pionera del nacimiento de la teoría y crítica literaria de la mujer negra.

Establecido en el 2001 para honrar la memoria de la distinguida teórica negra, feminista, caribeña americana Barbara T. Christian, este premio es una celebración a su legado intelectual y se otorga al mejor libro publicado en los últimos tres años que explícitamente examine los temas de raza, género, sexualidad, clase e interseccionalidad. Se aceptaran monografías de todas las disciplinas y campos académicos de las Humanidades. Se le dará mayor preferencia a obras escritas por uno o más autores que a obras editadas.

El anuncio del ganador tendrá lugar en la conferencia de la AEC donde se le otorgará el diploma y un premio en metálico de $500.00.

FAVOR DE ENVIAR DOS (2) EJEMPLARES A:
Dr. Heather D. Russell
1760 SW 137th Way
Miramar, FL 33027

Email: russellh@fiu.edu

FECHA TOPE DE ENVIO: FEBRERO 20, 2017.