Dr. Iveta Jusová, director of the Carleton Global Engagement Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe program, was recently honored with the prestigious Heldt Prize for her book Czech Feminisms: Perspectives on Gender in East Central Europe. The work, co-edited by Jusová and Jiřina Šiklováw, was chosen as the Best Book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian Women’s and Gender Studies by the 2017 Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) Heldt Prize Committee. Jusová and Šiklováw were announced as the winners in the October issue of Women East-West, the AWSS newsletter, and were honored at the AWSS Awards Presentation on Friday, November 10th.
The Association for Women in Slavic Studies sponsors research and teaching for scholars interested in women’s and gender studies in Central/Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia. According to the prize committee, “Jusová and Šiklová have done a tremendous service to the field of Women’s and Gender Studies through the publication of this edited volume. It allows leading Czech feminist scholars to speak in their own voice to an English-language audience. Covering history, sociology, ethnography, and politics, this collection gives readers a sense of the broad range of concerns that animate Czech women’s and gender studies. To students of feminism in Eastern and Central Europe and beyond, Czech Feminisms offers a window onto the common ground and unique perspectives of our Czech sisters.”