This post is published in conjunction with the American Anthropological Association conference in Vancouver, Canada. Check for other posts from the conference. #AAACASCA

The American Anthropological Association and Canadian Anthropological Association 2019 meeting is about to be underway. As is customary, many UC Press authors will be attending, several of whom have been awarded distinguished honors by a variety of professional organizations. Collected here is a selection of award recognitions bestowed upon UC Press authors attending AAA/CASA 2019—please join us in offering our warmest congratulations.

Life Lived in Relief
Humanitarian Predicaments and Palestinian Refugee Politics

by Ilana Feldman

Winner, Fatima Mernissi Book Award, Middle East Studies Association

“Feldman reminds us, in the context of the current migrant crisis, Palestinian refugees have much to teach us about a migrant politics of presence. This is an exceptional book. It represents an invaluable contribution to scholarship on Palestine, humanitarianism, displacement, and refugee politics from a leading ethnographer of Palestinian life.”
Journal of Palestine Studies

Government of Paper
The Materiality of Bureaucracy in Urban Pakistan

by Matthew S. Hull

Winner, J. I. Staley Prize, School for Advanced Research

“Drawing inspiration from actor-network theory, science studies, and semiotics, this brilliant book makes us completely rethink the workings of bureaucracy as analyzed by Max Weber and James Scott. Hull demonstrates convincingly how the materiality of signs truly matters for understanding the projects of ‘the state.’”
Katherine Verdery, author of What Was Socialism, and What Comes Next?

The Biopolitics of Beauty
Cosmetic Citizenship and Affective Capital in Brazil

by Alvaro Jarrín

Honorable Mention, Michelle Z. Rosaldo Book Prize, Association for Feminist Anthropology

“In a voice both critical and poignant, Jarrín offers a prescient platform from which to consider the ethical, cultural, and political underpinnings of the approaching global boom in cosmetic procedures.”
Robin Sheriff, author of Dreaming Equality: Color, Race, and Racism in Urban Brazil

Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border

by Ieva Jusionyte

Third Place, Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing, Society for Humanistic Anthropology

Threshold takes the reader close to realities so easily overlooked that no public figure has even gotten around to lying about them.”
Inside Higher Education

An Impossible Inheritance
Postcolonial Psychiatry and the Work of Memory in a West African Clinic

by Katie Kilroy-Marac

Winner, Labrecque-Lee Book Prize, Canadian Anthropology Society

“This creative, sophisticated book is a poignant love song to the attempt to treat madness differently—to the great ambition of Collomb’s hospital in Dakar, and the loss of its initial vision. It reminds us how hard the task is and how much work there is to do.”
––T. M. Luhrmann, author, Of Two Minds

Owners of the Map
Motorcycle Taxi Drivers, Mobility, and Politics in Bangkok

by Claudio Sopranzetti

Winner, Margaret Mead Award, American Anthropological Association

“The book immerses the reader in the kaleidoscopic realities of contemporary Bangkok—its rhythms, apertures, blockages, pretenses, and dirty business. It is written with inordinate passion and lucidity.”—AbdouMaliq Simone, Research Professor, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

Good Quality
The Routinization of Sperm Banking in China

by Ayo Wahlberg

Winner, Council on Anthropology and Reproduction Book Prize

“Ayo Wahlberg offers a fascinating analysis of sperm banking in China, situated in the political history of China’s restrictive reproductive policies. A must-read for scholars of medicine and anyone interested in reproductive technologies.”
Rene Almeling, author of Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm