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'GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies' wins prize from Council of Editors of Learned Journals

Posted: January 26, 2011
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GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, co-edited by English Department Professor Ann Cvetkovich, won the Council of Editors of Learned Journals’s 2010 Special Issue Prize for its “Sexuality, Nationality, Indigeneity” issue.

The award-winning issue, which is co-edited by Daniel Heath Justice (University of Toronto), Mark Rifkin (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), and Bethany Schneider (Bryn Mawr College), focuses on the interplay between Native American studies and queer studies. The editors strive to “generate more complex and nuanced understandings of the U.S. nation-state, of Native peoplehood, and of the roles culture plays in processes of political expression and identification” via a conversation between the two interdisciplinary fields.

“Recent bans on same-sex marriage within the Cherokee and Navajo nations suggest the importance of charting the relationship between discourses of sexuality and dominant ideologies of political legitimacy,” the description on Duke University Press’s web site reads. “Exploring how marriage, family, homemaking, kinship, personal identity, and everyday experience are linked to political institutions and public policy, the contributors investigate the complex interweaving of histories of queerness and idigeneity.”

The issue includes articles on the Cherokee government’s ban on same-sex marriage in light of the culture’s traditional embrace of variation, the politics of visibility around Native authors of queer-themed work, and the history of gendercide in Native California.

The award was presented at the 2011 Modern Language Association convention in early January. CELJ awards annual prizes in seven different categories for scholarly journals; GLQ tied with an issue of positions for the Special Issue Prize. Click here to read an entry about this year's winners on Duke University Press's blog.

Professor Ann Cvetkovich co-edits GLQ with Annamarie Jagose of the University of Auckland. Daniel Heath Justice, one co-editor of the prize-winning special issue, also co-edits SAIL (Studies in American Indian Literatures) with English Department Associate Professor James Cox.

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