GSF Professor Frances S. Hasso wins IDSS Book Award 2023

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Professor Hasso was declared the winner of this year's Best Book Award by the Interdisciplinary Studies Section (IDSS) of the International Studies Association for her monograph 'Buried in the Red Dirt: Race, Reproduction, and Death in Modern Palestine' (Cambridge University Press, 2022). Through its book award prize, IDSS recognizes original works that are outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary studies.

The book 'Buried in the Red Dirt' tells a story of life, death, reproduction and missing bodies and experiences during and since the British colonial period in Palestine, bringing together a vivid array of analog and non-traditional sources, including colonial archives, newspaper reports, literature, oral histories, and interviews. Using transnational feminist reading practices of existing and new archives, the book moves beyond authorized frames of collective pain and heroism. Looking at their day-to-day lives, where Palestinians suffered most from poverty, illness, and high rates of infant and child mortality, the book shows how ideologically and practically, racism and eugenics shaped British colonialism and Zionist settler-colonialism in Palestine in different ways, especially informing health policies. She also examines Palestinian anti-reproductive desires and practices, before and after 1948, critically engaging with demographic scholarship that has seen Zionist commitments to Jewish reproduction projected onto Palestinians.

You can read more about Professor Hasso's achievement HERE, and peruse her 'award-winning' open-access book HERE.