Diana Forsythe Prize

The Diana Forsythe Prize was created in 1998 to celebrate the best book or series of published articles in the spirit of Diana Forsythe’s feminist anthropological research on work, science, or technology, including biomedicine. The prize is awarded annually at the AAA meeting by a committee consisting of one representative from the Society for the Anthropology of Work (SAW) and two from CASTAC. It is supported by the General Anthropology Division (GAD) and Bern Shen.

2022 Call for Nominations for the Diana Forsythe Prize

Please spread the word far and wide that the Diana Forsythe Prize committee is now accepting nominations for the Diana Forsythe Prize, due no later than June 1, 2022 (early nominations are appreciated). Self-nominations are welcomed.

Nomination Requirements

  • To be eligible, books (or article series) must have been published in the last five years (copyright of 2016 or later).
  • Formal letter of nomination outlining how the book (or article series) exemplifies the spirit of Diana Forsythe’s feminist anthropological research on work, science, or technology, including biomedicine. (Self-nominations are welcomed.)
  • Three physical copies of the book (or article series) must be mailed to the selection committe members.

Nomination Procedure

Note: This nomination procedure is required to be considered. Publishers, formal nomination letters are required for each book nominated.

  1. Email letter of nomination to CASTAC Co-Chair, Baird Campbell at co-chairs@castac.org by June 1, 2022 (early nominations are appreciated).
  2. Once a letter is received, the publisher/nominee will be provided with the correct postal addresses to send copies of the book (or article series) to each committee member.
  3. Mail one copy of the book (or article series) to each committee member, preferably post marked by June 1, 2022 or immediately upon receipt of addresses.

2022 Selection Committee

Dr. Caitrin Lynch (Chair)
Professor of Anthropology
Olin College of Engineering, Needham, MA

Dr. Lilly Irani
Associate Professor, Communication
Affiliate Faculty of Global Health
University of California, San Diego

Dr. Cori Hayden
Director of Graduate Studies in Sociocultural Anthropology
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of California, Berkeley

2021 Diana Forsythe Prize Winners

Porkopolis and its author, Dr Alex Blanchette

Congratulations to this year’s Diana Forsythe Prize winner, Dr. Alex Blanchette, for “Porkopolis: American Animality, Standardized Life, and the Factory Farm”, Duke University Press, 2020, 298 pp, ISBN 9781478008408

The committee write:

“Porkopolis is a beautiful book. Photos of everyday life on a factory farm—portraits of individual animals among multitudes—are presented alongside images of artifacts, built environments, and work practices. While the meat industrial complex is demystified, the workers are humanized. This is book is about struggles to achieve dignity and worth amidst the hostile infrastructures of American industrial agriculture.”

Dr Radhika Govindrajan and the cover of her prize winning book, Animal Intimacies.

An honorable mention goes to Dr. Radhika Govindrajan, for her book “Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India’s Central Himalayas”, The University of Chicago Press, 2018, 256 pp, ISBN: 9780226559988

In the view of the committee:

Animal Intimacies engages with a lively species multiple: rambunctious goats, lonely cows, wild pigs, displaced monkeys, and sexually promiscuous bears. Beautifully written accounts of human-animal relations come together in a vivid story about how people who live among the Himalayan mountains in India are situated within agricultural and ecological assemblages.”

A huge congratulations to both authors for their work which the prize committee has identified as charting “new paths for research related to multispecies justice”

The 2021 Diana Forsythe Prize and Honorable Mention will be awarded at the annual American Anthropological Association meetings in Baltimore, during the General Anthropology Division Awards Ceremony and Distinguished Lecture on Saturday, November 20, 2021 (time TBC).

The Diana Forsythe Prize is supported by Bern Shen and celebrates the legacy of Diana Forsythe’s ground-breaking work in feminist anthropology of science, technology and biomedicine.

Thanks also go to this year’s selection committee, Dr S. Eben Kirksey, Dr Caitrin Lynch, and Dr Lilly Irani, for their work reviewing the large selection of outstanding scholarship that was submitted, and which made their job exceptionally difficult. For those interested in being considered for next year’s Diana Forsythe Prize, keep an eye out for the call for nominations for 2022 will be announced via the CASTAC website and mailing list, the SAW website and mailing list and the GAD website in the Spring.

Previous Winners

2020 Mythri Jegathesan  Tea and Solidarity: Tamil Women and Work in Post-War Sri Lanka, (University of Washington Press  2019); Alondra Nelson (Hon. mention) The Social Life of DNA:Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome, Beacon Press

2019: Lilly Irani for Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India (Princeton University Press 2019); Juno Salazar Parreñas (Hon. mention) Decolonizing Extinction: The Work of Care in Orangutan Rehabilitation

2018: Sara Ann Wylie, for Fractivism: Corporate Bodies and Chemical Bonds (Duke 2018)

2017: Sareeta Amrute, for Encoding Race, Encoding Class (Duke, 2016)

2016: Eben Kirksey for Emergent Ecologies (Duke, 2016)

2015: Gabriella Coleman for Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous (Verso, 2014)

2014: S. Lochlann Jain for Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us (University of California Press, 2013)

2013: Heather Paxson for The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America (University of California Press, 2012)

2012: Rene Almeling for Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm (University of California Press, 2011)

2011: Alexander Edmonds for Pretty Modern: Beauty, Sex and Plastic Surgery in Brazil (Duke University Press, 2010)

2010: Elly Teman for Birthing a Mother, The Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self (University of California Press, 2010)

2009: Emily Martin, for Bipolar Expeditions: Mania and Depression in American Culture (Princeton University Press, 2007)

2008: João Biehl, for Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival (Princeton University Press, 2007)

2007: Marcia Inhorn, for Local Babies, Global Science: Gender, religion and in vitro fertilization in Egypt (Routledge, 2003)

2006: Jan English-Lueck, for Cultures@SiliconValley (Stanford University Press, 2002)

2005: Joe Dumit, for Picturing Personhood: Brain Scans and Biomedical Identity (Princeton University Press, 2004)

2003: Cori Hayden, for When Nature Goes Public: The Making and Unmaking of Bioprospecting in Mexico (Princeton University Press, 2003)

2002: Lucy Suchman, for the body of her work

2001: Stefan Helmreich, for Silicon Second Nature: Culturing Artificial Life in a Digital World (University of California Press, 1998)

2000: David Hess, for the body of his work

1999: Rayna Rapp, for Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Impact of Amniocentesis in America (Routledge, 1999).