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Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize

Aidoo-Snyder Book Award

The Aidoo-Snyder book prize is awarded by the Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association for an outstanding book that prioritizes African women’s experiences. Named in honor of Ama Ata Aidoo, the celebrated Ghanaian novelist and short story writer, and Margaret Snyder, the founding Director of UNIFEM, this $500 prize seeks to acknowledge the excellence of contemporary scholarship being produced by women about African women. In alternate years, the prize is awarded for the best scholarly book, or for the best creative work.

2015 Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize for Scholarly Work
The 2015 Aidoo-Snyder book prize will be given for the best original scholarly work written by a woman (or women) that prioritize African women’s experience.  To this end, the committee invites nominations from publishers or authors. Self-published books are not eligible, and entries may only be submitted for consideration once. The prize is open to authors who have published books in English and English translation with a 2013 and 2014 copyright date. Nominations must significantly deal with Africa (including Cape Verde, and the Islands off the West Coast of Africa; Madagascar; and the Indian Ocean Islands of the East African Coast).

To nominate a publication, please complete the Aidoo-Synder prize application 2015 and then send one copy of the publication and application form to each member of the committee:

Heidi J. Nast, Professor
International Studies Department
DePaul University
990 W. Fullerton – Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60614

Dr. Karen Flint
Department of History
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223

Dr. Mojúbàolú Olufúnké Okome
Brooklyn College, CUNY
3413 James Hall
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11210

All nominations must be postmarked on or before June 30, 2015. The winner will be notified in mid-September and included in the program for the African Studies Association Conference in November 2015.

Aidoo-Snyder Book Award Winners 2005-2013
2014, best creative work, Reneilwe Malatji, Love Interrupted (Modaji Books, 2012).
2013, best scholarly book, Nwando Achebe, The Female King of Colonial Nigeria: Ahebi Ugbabe (Bloomington, Indiana:  Indiana University Press, 2011).
2012, best scholarly book, Adeline Masquelier, Women and Islamic Revival in a West African Town (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2009).
2011, best creative work, Unoma Azuah, Length of Light: A Collection of Short Stories (2008), Sky-High Flames: A Novel (2005), and Edible Bones (December 2011).
2010, best creative work, Aminatta Forna, Ancestor Stones (2006)
2009, best scholarly book, Tuulikki Pietila, Gossip, Markets, and Gender: How Dialogue Constructs Moral Value in Post-Socialist Kilimanjaro, (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2007).
2008, best creative work, Ama Ata Aidoo, African Love Stories: An Anthology (2007)
2007, best scholarly book, Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo and Marjorie Keniston McIntosh, Women, Work, and Domestic Virtue in Uganda, 1900-2003 (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2006).
2006, best creative work, Yvonne Vera, The Stone Virgins (2002).
2005, best scholarly book, Heidi J. Nast, Concubines and Power:  Five hundred Years in a Northern Nigerian Palace (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2005).

The Women's Caucus features a luncheon and lecture at the ASA Annual Meeting. Information on past Women's Caucus Speakers is available.

You can find more information about the Women's Caucus on their website.

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