FTGS is delighted to announce that the winner of our 2018 graduate student paper award is Lewis Turner of the Department of Politics and International Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, for his paper ‘Syrian Refugee Men and the Gendered Operation of Humanitarian Power’. Drawing on rich fieldwork data, the paper is a passionate and convincing critique of current humanitarian discourse and practice on and about gender, and their consequences for refugee men. It considerably advances the research and policy agenda on these topics. Lewis wins a $500.00 (USD) cash prize along with a certificate. In addition, his paper will be peer reviewed by the International Feminist journal of Politics with a prospect of publication. 

The runner-up paper, which will be awarded a certificate of commendation, is ‘“A Country to Fall in Love With/In”: Gender and Sexuality in Swedish Armed Forces’ Marketing Campaigns’ by Sanna Strand and Katharina Kehl of the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. Meticulously merging queer and feminist theory and extending them to the empirical case of the Swedish military forces, this paper illuminates how gendered and sexualised subjectivities are deployed not only to enhance domestic legitimacy and recruitment, but also to portray moral superiority in the world, to problematic political effect.

We would like to congratulate Lewis, Sanna and Katharina and to thank everyone who submitted a paper to the competition.

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