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Elli Köngäs-Maranda Prize Recipients
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Each year, the Women’s Section of the American Folklore Society awards two prizes in honor of pioneering scholar Elli Köngäs-Maranda. The prizes recognize superior work on women’s traditional, vernacular, or local culture and/or feminist theory and folklore. The content of the nominations must focus on some aspect of women's folklore.

EKM PRIZE recipients for 2015:

Professional Prize:

Kimberly J. Lau, for her book Erotic Infidelities: Love and Enchantment in Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber.

Honorable mention: Tyina Steptoe, for "'Jody’s Got Your Girl and Gone': Gender, Folklore, and the Black Working Class"

Student Prize:

Sallie Anna Steiner, for her paper "Woven Identities: The Making and Marketing of a Heritage Art in Jølster, Norway."


EKM PRIZE recipients for 2014:

Professional Prize:

Anika Wilson, for her book Folklore, Gender, and AIDS in Malawi: No Secret Under the Sun

Honorable Mention: Pauline Greenhill and Diane Tye, for their book Unsettling Assumptions: Tradition, Gender, Drag

Student Prize:

Christine E. Blythe, for her paper "Women in Protest: Performing Traditional Culture in Untraditional Ways in Quidi Vidi Village, Newfoundland"


EKM Prize recipients for 2013:

Professional Prize:

Laura J. Olson and Svetlana Adonyeva, for their book The Worlds of Russian Village Women: Tradition, Transgression, Compromise

Honorable Mention: Suzanne Seriff, for the exhibition "Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities"

Student Prize:

Rachel Gonzalez, for her paper "Quinceaneras as Ephemeral Autobiography: Narrating Latina Lived-Experiences in America's Heartland"


EKM Prize recipients for 2012:

Professional Prize:

Yvonne R. Lockwood, for her book Finnish American Rag Rugs: Art, Tradition, and Ethnic Continuity

Student Prize:

Elizabeth Zaleski, for her paper "Other Writer's Mothers: Reflections on Representing Family"


EKM Prize recipients for 2011:

Professional Prize:

Kimberly Lau, for her book Body Language: Sisters in Shape, Women’s Fitness, and Feminist Identity Politics

Deborah Kodish, for her film "Eatala: A Life in Klezmer”

Student Prize:

Fredericka Schmadel, for her paper "Magalena Hagelena: The Worldview of a Camp Song"


EKM Prize recipients for 2010:

Professional Prize:

Diana Tye, for her book Baking as Biography: A Life Story in Recipes

Student Prize:

Brittany Warman, "Awake With New Dreams: Reconstructing Ideas of Sleeping and Waking in Feminist Retellings of the Fairy Tale 'Sleeping Beauty'"

Honorable Mention: Jennifer Orme, "Happily Ever After... According to our Tastes: Jeanette Winterson's Twelve Dancing Princesses and Queer Possibility"


EKM Prize recipients for 2009:

Professional Prize

Liz Locke, Theresa A. Vaughan, and Pauline Greenhill, for their book Encyclopedia of Women’s Folklore and Folklife

Ilana Rosen, for her book Sister in Sorrow: Life Histories of Female Holocaust Survivors from Hungary

Student Prize

Christy Williams, for "The Shoe Still Fits: Ever After and the Pursuit of a Feminist Cinderella"

Honorable mention: Puja Sahney, for "The Indian Married Women’s Festival of Karvachauth: Transgression and Empowerment"


EKM Prize recipients for 2008:

Professional Prize

Jacqueline Fulmer, for her book Folk Women and Indirection in Morrison, Ni Dhuibhne, Hurston, and Lavin

Honorable Mention: Pravina Shukla, for her book The Grace of Four Moons: Dress, Adornment, and the Art of the Body in Modern India

Honorable Mention: Kristin M. McAndrews, for her book Wrangling Women: Humor and Gender in the American West

Student Prize

Elo-Hanna Seljamaa, for her paper "He ‘Put Pennies in Her Palm’: Crossing Boundaries in an Estonian Infanticide Ballad”

Honorable Mention: Joanna B. Spanos, for her paper "’The Ballad of Susanna Cox’ and the Transformation of Community”

Honorable Mention: Sheetal Gandhi, for her paper "Freedom versus Stability: Fantasies of Intimacy in North Indian Women’s Songs”


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