Ken Dawson Award
James N. Green, a doctoral candidate in Latin American History at UCLA was chosen as this years recipient of the $5,000. Ken Dawson Award. His work, Bichas, Bofes, and Gays: Masculinity and Homosexuality JAMEs N. GREEN in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1930-1990 explores the intersection of gender, class, race and sexuality in Brazil. Focusing on the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Mr. Green documents the social and cultural lives of homosexual/gay men as they confront and subvert the policing powers of racial ideology and sexual/gender systems. This year, the number of entries for the Dawson Award were the largest since its inception four years ago. There were several outstanding proposals. In addition to Mr. Green, the finalists included Steven Maynard who was first runner up with his work, Saturday Night at the Bunkhouse: WorkingClass Gay History in Rural and Northern Ontario, 1890-1930, and Ruth Vanita and Saleem Kidwai who were second runner up with their proposal, Homosexuality in India: A Reader.
Constance Jordan Award
Gay Wachman, a doctoral candidate in the Eng I ish Program at the CUNY Graduate School, has won the second Constance Jordan $4,000 dissertation award. Wachman emigrated to the U.S. from England in 1977; she has taught high school and college English in both countries and she is currently an Instructor at SUNY College, Old Westbury. Wachman has been politically active in various causes, most recently with ACT UP/NY’s Needle Exchange Program. Her dissertation examines the converging discourses of perverse desire, primitivism, class, and war in some 1920s narratives by British women writers. The Constance Jordan Fellowships will be awarded each year through 1997-98, with the possibility of renewal thereafter. Constance Jordan, the donor, is herself a Professor of Eng I ish at the Claremont (California) Graduate School, and a literary scholar of distinction. Her books include Renaissance Feminism: Literary Texts and Political Models and Pulci’s Morgante: Poetry and History in FifteenthCentury Florence. Jordan has established the fellowships in order to encourage gay and lesbian literary studies with historical content at The CUNY Graduate School.
CUNY Student Paper Awards
1st Prize ($250): James H. Sweet, “Male Homosexuality and Spiritism in the African Diaspora”
2nd Prize ($150): Renate Reimann, “Fighting for Family Integrity: How Lesbian Couples With Children Counter Social and Legal Discrimination”