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GWS Alum, Eunjung Kim, wins NWSA Book Award

The National Women's Studies Association is pleased to announce its 2017 book prize award winners and honorable mentions.  

The Alison Piepmeier book prize is awarded for groundbreaking monographs that make significant contributions to feminist disability studies scholarship.  The award was made possible thanks to a gift from Susan Shaw, Patti Duncan, Jane Nichols, Kryn Feehling-Burton, and Nancy Barbour. The donation comes from the contributor budget from a forthcoming ABC-CLIO encyclopedia of women’s lives worldwide. This prize honors Alison Piepmeier, an active member and leader of NWSA whose scholarship examined the intersection of feminist and disability studies, with a particular emphasis on reproductive decisions and disabilities and parenting and disabilities.


Eunjung Kim, Syracuse University
Curative Violence: Rehabilitating Disability, Gender, and Sexuality in Modern Korea (Duke University Press, 2017)

In this brilliant and necessary book, Eunjung Kim analyzes the deployment of illness and disability in modern Korea, carefully tracing how cure and rehabilitation are used in the service of the nation. Kim's concepts of "curative violence" and "cure by proxy" describe the violent effects of cure and rehabilitation broadly defined, revealing the integral and mutually constitutive role of gender, disability, and sexuality norms in cure ideology and practices. From start to finish, Curative Violence is an exceptional work of transnational feminist disability studies scholarship, and is essential reading not only for those interested in disability studies, but also for anyone studying transnational feminist theory, postcolonial studies, gender and sexual violence, and women's and gender studies more broadly.

Eunjung will be will be recognized and celebrated at NWSA’s annual conference, 40 YEARS AFTER COMBAHEE: Feminist Scholars and Activists Engage the Movement for Black Lives.  Please join us at the NWSA Awards Toast on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7pm in the South Key Foyer.

Congratulations to Eunjung!