The Queer/Trans Caucus issues a call for nominations for the following awards: the Alan Bray Book Prize, the Crompton-Noll Essay Prize, and the Michael Lynch Service Award.


Alan Bray Memorial Book Award 

The Q/T Caucus of the ASA and GL/Q Caucus of the MLA invites nominations for our annual Alan Bray Memorial Book Award. Named in honor of a scholar whose two landmark books have been profoundly influential in gay and lesbian studies, the Bray Award will be given to the best book in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer studies in literature and cultural studies, all broadly construed. The award will be presented at the American Studies Association 2020 annual meeting in Baltimore.

Eligibility: All books must bear a 2019 copyright date. Winners are not required to be members of MLA or ASA, nor required to attend the conference.

Submission Guidelines: This year the committee will be accepting physical copies and/or PDF only copies in order to facilitate the submission process during the pandemic. To nominate your own book or another author’s book, please have the book’s publisher/editor contact Iván Ramos at iramos@umd.edu to obtain addresses for physical copies and to submit PDF nominations. 

Deadline: All nominations are due August 1, 2020.

Winners will be announced on the Q/T Caucus Facebook page and awards will be presented at the Q/T Caucus off-site party during the 2020 ASA annual meeting in Baltimore, MD November 12-15, or virtually in case of any changes to the conference this year.

Please send questions to award chair Iván Ramos at iramos@umd.edu


Crompton-Noll Essay Prize

The Q/T Caucus of the ASA and GL/Q Caucus of the MLA invites nominations for our annual Crompton-Noll essay prize. The Crompton-Noll Award for best essay in lesbian, gay, queer studies in the modern languages/literatures pays tribute to Louis Crompton, who passed away in 2009, and Dolores Noll (Kent State University), two early scholar/activists who helped found the Gay and Lesbian Caucus. The award recognizes the important work of lesbian, gay, and queer studies in the modern languages and the history that has helped make this current work possible. The award will be presented at the American Studies Association 2020 annual meeting in Baltimore.

Eligibility: All essays must bear a 2019 publication date. Winners are not required to be members of MLA or ASA, nor required to attend the conference.

Submission Guidelines: To nominate an essay (including your own), please send a .pdf copy to the committee chair Vivian Huang at vlh1@williams.edu 

Deadline: PDFs of essays and nominations are due August 1, 2020.

Winners will be announced on our Facebook page and awards will be presented at the Q/T Caucus off-site party during the 2020 ASA annual meeting in Baltimore, MD November 12-15, or virtually in case of any changes to the conference this year.


Michael Lynch Award for Professional and Community Service

This award serves not only to honor an LGBTQ academic activist every year, but also, in Eve Sedgwick's words, "to publicize and celebrate—and as widely as possible—the range, the forms, the energy, and the history of queer activism by academics." Michael Lynch wanted to honor those whose activism is academic in context but not limited to work for the Caucus or Division. This activism might consist of activities including (but not limited to) direct service to, or administrative advocacy on behalf of, LGBTQ students; action that results in non-discrimination clauses in contracts; working to establish domestic partner benefits, awareness of transgender issues in housing and health services, or other LGBTQ-friendly campus policies; facilitating connections between campus and LGBTQ community activists; or other forms of campus, public, or media activism. Lynch also wanted the award to offer a way that, in Eve Sedgwick's words, "the achievements and struggles of each of the generations of lesbian/gay scholars who are currently active could become more visible to the others."

Eligibility: Nominees are not required to be members of MLA or ASA, nor required to attend the conference.

Submission Guidelines: Nominations for this award, including a narrative summary of the nominee’s qualifications, may be submitted to Committee Chair Chandan Reddy at ccreddy@uw.edu.

Deadline: Nominations are due no later than August 30, 2020.

Winners will be announced on our Facebook page and awards will be presented at the Q/T Caucus off-site party during the 2020 ASA annual meeting in Baltimore, MD November 12-15, or virtually in case of any changes to the conference this year.

Post date: June 15, 2020

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