Congratulations to Padraig Kirwan (Senior Lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London), for the prize-winning essay, “Recognition, Resilience, and Relief: The Meaning of Gift,” selected for the 2021 Shelley Fisher Fishkin Prize for International Scholarship in Transnational American Studies. Dr. Kirwan's essay analyses the transatlantic bonds forged by a gift made by the Choctaw nation to the Irish during the potato famine. The journal looks forward to sharing an excerpt in an upcoming issue.
The journal congratulates Dr. Christopher Patterson, 2020 winner of the Shelley Fisher Fishkin Prize for International Scholarhip in Transnational American Studies. Dr. Patterson is Assistant Professor in the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia. He researches transpacific literature in relation to empire, race, and queer theory, exploring these intersecting discourses in his prizewinning book, Transitive Cultures. Dr. Patterson has also written two novels, All Flowers Bloom and Stamped, under a pseudonym that adapts his mother's name and the name she intended to give him: Kawika Guillermo; he is also the managing editor ofdecomp, a journal of art and literature on the margins.
Shelley Fisher Fishkin Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
(Photo Credit: Steve Castillo)
Shelley Fisher Fishkin (Stanford University) was honoured with the John S. Tuckey Award on Aug. 4 at the Eighth International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies for “helping to assure that a rigorous, dynamic account of Twain stays in the public consciousness,” according to the award announcement.
Fishkin, the Joseph S. Atha Professor in the Humanities, was the
first woman to receive the award, which was established in 1991 and is
given every four years by the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College in New York State.
“Nobody has done more to recruit, challenge and inspire new generations and new genres of Mark Twain studies,” the award committee said.
Fishkin has written, edited and co-edited more than 46 books and has published over 150 articles, essays, columns and reviews, and much of her work has centered on Twain. Among her publications are Lighting Out for the Territory: Reflections on Mark Twain and American Culture and Was Huck Black? Mark Twain and African-American Voices. She also edited the 29-volume Oxford Mark Twain and other anthologies and scholarly editions by and about Twain.
The committee also praised her work as a consultant for organizations like PBS and the American Writers Museum.
“(Fishkin) writes scholarship which is innovative and rigorous, yet accessible, addresses audiences beyond the academy and across borders, organizes and promotes transnational and interdisciplinary communities of scholars,” said Matt Seybold, assistant professor of American literatures and Mark Twain studies at Elmira College.
The honor was presented to Fishkin amid a group of about 150 Twain scholars from around the world.
“It was a complete surprise to me,” Fishkin said. “I welcome this award as a vindication in the scholarly community of my understanding of Twain as one of America’s important social critics.”
Throughout her career, Fishkin has focused on Twain’s use of satire and humor, as well as on the concept of the “lie of silent assertion” that Twain coined – the idea that if people stay silent about what’s going on around them, they are allowing it to happen by default.
In the light of the ongoing injustices around the world, Twain’s legacy and ideas are still relevant today, Fishkin said.
“He was someone who asked his countrymen to confront our history of racism, hypocrisy, corruption and greed in compelling ways,” Fishkin said. “He tried to help us break out of and question a mindless acceptance of an unjust status quo. That is the Twain that matters most to me.”
By Alex Shashkevich, The Stanford Report of 17 Aug. 2017, 08:24 am. Reprinted by permission.
The ASA International Committee for American Studies Creates the
Shelley Fisher Fishkin Prize in Transnational American Studies Scholarship
Shelley Fisher Fishkin's leadership in creating crossroads for international scholarly collaboration and exchange has transformed the field of American Studies in both theory and practice. This award honors Professor Fishkin’s outstanding dedication to the field by promoting exceptional scholarship that seeks multiple perspectives that enable comprehensive and complex approaches to American Studies, and which produce culturally, socially, and politically significant insights and interpretations relevant to Americanists around the world.
The prize is awarded for excellent publications that present original research in Transnational American Studies (including original interdisciplinary research in Transnational American Studies) and which meet the following criteria:
- are authored by scholars based at institutions located outside the
United States or by international independent scholars and
- have been published as monographs, journal articles, book chapters
(monographs or edited collections) and
- have been published not earlier than three years prior to the submission deadline.
The prize includes a three-year membership in the ASA with an electronic subscription to the American Quarterly, a cash prize, and the invitation to reprint (parts of) the respective publication in the Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS).* Publications by undergraduate and graduate students are ineligible. Submissions of coauthored work are not accepted.
[applications now closed until 2022]
Applications should include:
- one publication for consideration for the prize (full article; in
case of monographs: introduction; contents; and a representative excerpt of no more than 50 pages not exceeding 8 MB)
- a two-page vita, including a selected bibliography
- a one-page abstract for this publication
Please watch this space for details for the 2022 round.
*reproducible formats only; author needs to obtain publisher’s permission to reprint; author is responsible for all copyright procedures.
JTAS congratulates David Struthers, External Lecturer in the Department of Management, Society, and Communication at the Copenhagen Business School, winner of the 2019 Shelley Fisher Fishkin Prize for International Scholarship in Transnational American Studies
Mark Rice's JTAS Article Reprinted for CA+T Exhibition Empire's Eyes
The Journal of Transnational American Studies is delighted that Mark Rice's article, “Colonial Photography across Empires and Islands,” originally published in JTAS 3.2 (2011), has been selected to accompany the exhibition Empire’s Eyes: Colonial Stereographs of the Philippines, hosted online by the Center for Art and Thought (CA+T) in Los Angeles. Covering the tumultuous start of US colonialism in the Philippines (1898) through the early decades of the 20th century, Empire’s Eyes explores how US government and business interests deployed stereographic photography to visually and ideologically manage Filipinos and influence governance in the American colonial possession.
JTAS congratulates contributor Carole Stewart on her recent book publication
Temperance and Cosmopolitanism
(Penn State University Press, 2018) explores the nature and meaning of cosmopolitan freedom in the
nineteenth century through a study of selected African American
authors and reformers: William Wells Brown, Martin Delany, George Moses
Horton, Frances E. W. Harper, and Amanda Berry Smith. Their voluntary
travels, a reversal of the involuntary movement of enslavement, form the
basis for a critical mode of cosmopolitan
freedom rooted in temperance.
By elucidating the concept of the “black Atlantic” through the lenses of literary reformers, Carole Stewart challenges the narrative of Atlantic history, empire, and European elite cosmopolitanism. The interdisciplinary approach of Temperance and Cosmopolitanismwill be of particular value to scholars of African American literature and history as well as scholars of nineteenth-century cultural, political, and religious studies.