Mary Zirin Prize

The founder of the AWSS Newsletter Women East-West and an independent scholar, Mary Zirin produced and encouraged fundamental works in Slavic/East European Women's Studies and was instrumental in the development of the AWSS. The Prize aims to recognize the achievements of independent scholars and to encourage their continued scholarship and service in the fields of Slavic or Central and Eastern European Women's Studies.

Call For Nominations - 2019 AWSS Zirin Prize

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Mary Zirin Prize in recognition of an independent scholar in the field of Slavic Studies. The award of $500 is named for Mary Zirin, the founder of Women East-West.

Working as an independent scholar, Zirin produced and encouraged fundamental works in Slavic/East European Women's Studies and has been instrumental in the development of the AWSS. The Prize aims to recognize the achievements of independent scholars and to encourage their continued scholarship and service in the fields of Slavic or Central and Eastern European Women's Studies.

The Committee encourages the nomination of candidates at all career stages. For the purpose of this award, an independent scholar is defined as a scholar who is not employed at an institution of higher learning, or an employee of a university or college who is not eligible to compete for institutional support for research (for example, those teaching under short-term contracts or working in administrative posts). We welcome nominations from CIS and Central and Eastern Europe.

The Zirin Prize Committee will accept nominations (including self-nominations) until September 1, 2019. Nominations must include: (1) a nomination letter, no more than two pages long, double-spaced; (2) the nominee's current curriculum vitae; and (3) a sample publication (e.g., article or book chapter). The nomination letter should describe the scholar's contribution to the field, as well as work in progress.

Nominations should be sent to Ellen Elias-Bursac at eliasbursac@gmail.com.

2018 Award

Iva Glisic

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies is pleased to announce Iva Glisic as the 2018 recipient of the Mary Zirin Prize for independent scholarship.

Dr. Iva Glisic is a historian of Russia and the Balkans who examines the history of radical ideas, and the relationship between avant-garde art, politics and ideology in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Her work also contributes to the fields of oral history, memory politics and archival theory.

Since obtaining her PhD in Russian History from the University of Western Australia, she has served as a Postdoctoral Fellow within the Institute for Eastern European History and Area Studies at the University of Tübingen, and a Lecturer and Research Associate at UWA and Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. Alongside her continuing research, Dr. Glisic serves as a researcher for the Australian Academy of the Humanities in Canberra, contributing to a project on the future of Australia’s humanities workforce.

With her first book, The Futurist Files: Avant-Garde, Politics, and Ideology in Russia, 1905-1930 (2018), Dr. Glisic breaks new ground in the fields of history and art history by investigating the transfer of Italian Futurism to Russia, and the evolution of Futurist ideas within the Russian context. Her recent examination of how contemporary Russian artists have (re)used radical creative practices to challenge and disrupt the official political and ideological discourse has attracted widespread interest, and established Dr. Glisic as a leading Australian authority on Russian contemporary activist art. She worked with members of Pussy Riot during the 2017 Dark MOFO festival in Hobart, Tasmania, and moderated their public discussion at the festival.

The Zirin Committee takes particular note of Dr. Glisic’s invitation to serve as co-convener of the Australian Women’s History Network (AWHN). By working to promote and support the work of female historians in the critical early stage of their careers, she aims to reverse the recent trend of a diminution in the number of women remaining in academia and reaching senior positions in Australia.

Please join us in congratulating Iva Glisic, an outstanding independent scholar and this year’s recipient of the Mary Zirin Prize.

 

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