French & Italian Department Head Wins Book Award

Friday, September 8, 2017

Denis M. Provencher, head of the department of French & Italian, has received an award from the Association for Queer Anthropology for his newly published book.

Provencher’s Queer Maghrebi French: Language, Temporalities, Transfiliations (Liverpool University Press, 2017) is the honorable mention recipient for the Ruth Benedict Book Prize for outstanding scholarship on a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender topic, announced Sept. 7.

Queer Maghrebi French analyzes the lives, words, and creative productions of queer French men of North African descent and queer North African French men who are now living in France and the French diaspora.

“Provencher’s analysis demonstrates how language can be a flexible and creative tool for understanding ethno-sexual selfhood in diverse locations and contexts. This book extends a rich tradition in queer anthropology interested in the relationships between language, sexuality, and migration through its intersectional approach, methodological breadth, and conceptual innovation,” according to the Association for Queer Anthropology’s award announcement.

Additionally, the Ruth Benedict Book Prize went to University of Arizona anthropology professor Eric Plemons for his book The Look of a Woman: Facial Feminization Surgery and the Aims of Trans-Medicine (Duke University Press, 2017).

The Ruth Benedict Book Prize will be presented to the winning authors during the AQA Business meeting on Dec. 2.

The Association for Queer Anthropology was founded in 1988 as a section of the American Anthropological Association. AQA serves the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other queer and allied anthropologists in the American Anthropological Association