Associate Professor and Director of Middle East Studies, Hanan Hammad has been named the recipient of the 2017 Sara A. Whaley Book Award. The prize, which is awarded through the National Women’s Studies Association, is made possible thanks to a generous bequest from Sara A. Whaley who owned Rush Publishing and was the editor of Women’s Studies Abstracts. Each year the NWSA awards the prize for a monograph that addresses women and labor from intersectional perspectives.
“Industrial Sexuality: Gender, Urbanization, and Social Transformation in Egypt” by Hanan Hammad embodies the spirit of the Sara A. Whaley Book Prize through an intersectional analysis of the ways that genders and sexualities were constituted during Egypt’s industrial revolution. Hammad’s social history dives in to the overlaying matrixes of gender, sexuality, community, class, and space as they relate to the rise of a modernist discourse and a new relationship to labor. This text is exciting both for Hammad’s use of previously unexcavated archival sources and for her skill in considering gender and sexuality as categories of analysis that affect both marginalized and privileged groups. Hammad astutely highlights the ways that masculinity and heterosexuality are constituted as identity categories through the same social systems that shape femininity and homosexuality.
The prize winners will be recognized and celebrated at NWSA’s annual conference, 40 YEARS AFTER COMBAHEE: Feminist Scholars and Activists Engage the Movement for Black Lives.