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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 2016:

Professional Prize:

Evy Johanne Haaland, for her book Rituals of Death and Dying in Modern and Ancient Greece

Marsha MacDowell, Mary Worrall, Lynne Swanson, and Beth Donaldson, for their book Quilts and Human Rights

Student prize:

Mathilde Frances Lind, for her paper "Lace Makers of Ireland and Shetland"


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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