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Women in German Dissertation Prize 2011, Best Article Prize 2011, and Zantop Travel Award for Graduate Students

Deadline for all three: March 1, 2011. For criteria, eligibility, and information on how to apply read on or consult the Women in German website: http://www.womeningerman.org/membership/sub/research_awards.html 


Women in German Dissertation Prize 2011


The Award

Every year Women in German issues a call for dissertations by WIG members to be considered for the Women in German Dissertation Prize of $500. The 2010 award will be conferred at the 2011 WiG conference. The recipient's name will be published in the Women of German Newsletter and on the website.

Who Is Eligible

Dissertations completed, defended, accepted, and filed during the calendar year 2010. In rare circumstances, the official graduation date may fall in the next calendar year, causing questions about eligibility. In such cases, please consult the chair of the prize committee before the deadline. In general, the official submission date recorded on the filed copy decides about the year of eligibility. For information on how to join Women in German, visit our membership pages.

Criteria for Selection

We are looking for dissertations that

* reflect the values of the Women in German Mission Statement (see below);

* make a substantial contribution to the current dialogue in the given area;

* demonstrate solid and innovative scholarship.

How to Apply

You may either apply yourself, or be nominated. The application package must include:

* a cover letter (either by the author or by a nominator) describing the strengths of the dissertation and any other reasons why it deserves consideration for the award (If the dissertation comes from a system using outside examiners, these examiners' reports should neither be included nor referenced or paraphrased in the nominating letter. We'd appreciate receiving the cover letter in a separate envelope.);

* two hard copies of the dissertation, each with an abstract, plus one complete electronic copy (in both Microsoft Word and as PDF on a CD; we'd appreciate if the CD also contained a zipped copy);

* the applicant's mailing and email addresses and phone numbers.

Send the application to the Chair of the Dissertation Prize Selection Committee, Professor Jennifer Askey at jaskey(AT)ksu.edu


Women in German Best Article Prize 2011

Women in German invites nominations for our new Best Article award. The purpose of this award is to recognize excellent research and scholarship in the field of feminist German studies. The prize is conferred annually and was awarded for the first time in 2004.

The author of the article selected will receive a $500 cash award and a certificate of recognition.


·      The article must be published in a journal issue or collection with a 2010 publication date.
* The work must present original new research that makes a significant contribution to the field of feminist German studies.
* The author must be a current WiG member.

Articles may be written in either German or English.

Send the article as PDF file to Prof. Jennifer Ruth Hosek at jhosek(AT)queensu.ca.

Deadline: March 1, 2011

The award will be formally announced at the 2011 WiG Conference. Questions may be addressed to Jennifer Ruth Hosek or to the WiG President, Barbara Kosta (president(AT)womeningerman.org).


Zantop Travel Award for Graduate Students: New Procedures and Award Amounts

Inspired by the work of Susanne Zantop, Women in German established an award in her honor to help nurture and sustain research and publication in feminist cultural studies.  The Zantop Travel Award has supported work on more than a dozen dissertations since it was established in 2002.  We are happy to announce that progress on WiG's current campaign to endow this fund makes it possible to establish new award amounts, beginning in 2009:  Each year WiG will now grant up to two awards, each in the amount of $1500. 

Susanne Zantop was Professor of German and Comparative Literature and Chair of the Department of German at Dartmouth College when she and her husband Half were murdered in January 2001.  Their deaths were a blow to Dartmouth, to Women in German, and to the wider academic community.

At the time of her death, Susanne Zantop was serving, with Patricia Herminghouse, as coeditor of the Women in German Yearbook, a task she approached with her characteristic good humor, boundless energy, high standards and formidable critical faculties – tempered by gentleness and good will.  Her own scholarly publications have made a lasting impact on our field of German Studies.  She authored Colonial Fantasies: Conquest, Family, and Nation in Precolonial Germany, 1770-1870 (Duke UP, 1997), and edited or coedited several volumes, including Bitter Healing: German Women Writers from Pietism to Romanticism (with Jeannine Blackwell, Nebraska, 1997, 1990); The Imperialist Imagination: German Colonialism and its Legacy (with Sara Lennox and Sara Friedrichsmeyer, Michigan, 1998); and reprints of several of Friederike Helene Unger’s texts.  She also published numerous articles on Heine, Unger, and other authors, as well as articles on orientalism, colonialism, and literary theory.  

The Zantop Award for Graduate Student Travel, which supports dissertation research by graduate students in German Studies, was established in her honor and awarded for the first time in 2002.

Graduate students who have not yet completed the Ph.D. Applicants must be WiG members with a dissertation project approved by a faculty advisor for research on a topic in feminist German cultural studies that requires travel to consult specific archives, libraries, cultural centers, or authors.

1. We seek proposals that address a significant topic with demonstrated relevance to German Studies from an approach informed by feminist cultural studies, that is, an approach that engages the intersections of gender with other relevant categories such as sexuality, class, race, citizenship, and ethnicity.  In addition, we encourage proposals that further the project of rethinking German Studies along transnational lines.
2. The proposed research travel must be for the purpose of obtaining access to materials or information not accessible by other means.
3.  The materials or information sought must be central to the success of the dissertation project.
4. The research plan must be feasible within the proposed time period.
5. The request for funding must be supported by a letter from a major professor (dissertation advisor or committee member).

Proposal Guidelines:

To the student: In a statement of no more than 750 words, describe your dissertation project and explain why travel to the specified site(s) is necessary.  In addition, please include the following information (required): 

a timetable

contact information for the people or institutions you will be working with

a one-page budget statement listing the projected cost of travel to the site

the amount requested from WiG, and support anticipated from other sources (if any).

To the faculty member: Please address the quality and significance of the project, the importance of the research travel, and the applicant’s ability to see the project the project through to completion.

Deadline:  March 1, 2010.  The Zantop Award Committee, consisting of the WiG president and two other WiG members, will consider applications and send notifications.

Recipient Responsibility: As soon as is feasible after implementing the award, recipients are to present a report on research results at the poster session of the WiG annual conference.  Acknowledgment of the award in the dissertation would be appreciated.

Submit all materials electronically to: 
Barbara Kosta, WiG President


Dr. Sonja E. Klocke
Assistant Professor of German
Chair, German Program
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Knox College
2 E. South St.
Galesburg, IL 61401
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