2019 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities

by Kathryn Beaton on February 27, 2019

Ends on September 16, 2019

About the Tobin Siebers Prize

Submissions are now open for the 2019 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities. The prize is awarded in memory of disability studies pioneer Tobin Siebers, Professor of English at the University of Michigan and author of many influential books and articles in the field of Disability Studies. The prize is awarded yearly for the best book-length manuscript on a topic of pressing urgency in the field. Reflecting on the work of the scholar the prize commemorates, the competition invites submissions on a wide range of topics, from literary and cultural studies, to trans-historical research, to contributions to disability theory such as work in crip/queer studies. The deadline is September 16, 2019. The winner will be announced in January, 2020, at the Modern Language Association conference. Winners receive a cash prize of $1500, and a book contract from the University of Michigan Press to be published in the Corporealities: Discourses of Disability series.

Previous winners:

2018 Stephen Knadler, Vitality Politics: Health, Debility, and the Limits of Black Emancipation

2017 Elizabeth B. Bearden, Monstrous Kinds: Body, Space, and Narrative in Renaissance Representations of Disability

2016 Shelley L. Tremain, Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability

2015 Anne McGuire, War on Autism: On the Cultural Logic of Normative Violence


Guidelines for Submissions

Eligible submissions include complete book-length scholarly manuscripts not under consideration by another publisher. Unrevised dissertations and memoir will not be considered. Manuscripts and supporting documents should be in digital format and must be submitted by September 16, 2019  using this web form: https://michiganpublishing.submittable.com/submit/133924/2019-tobin-siebers-prize-for-disability-studies-in-the-humanities.

Also include:

  • A description of the manuscript
  • A statement regarding its relative contribution to the field of Disability Studies
  • The word count and illustration count
  • A current curriculum vitae

For assistance with the submission process, please contact siebers.prize@umich.edu.

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