The IMM offers four awards:
The Lee Ann Fujii Award for Innovation in the Interpretive Study of Political Violence
This award honors Lee Ann Fujii’s creative contributions to the study of political violence, including methods for doing such research. The award, funded by Routledge/Taylor & Francis, is given every other year to books, journal articles or book chapters, in recognition of the late Professor Fujii’s contributions to that area of inquiry.
The 2021 Lee Ann Fujii Award was awarded to Natasha Behl (Arizona State University), for Gendered Citizenship: Understanding Gendered Violence in Democratic India (Oxford University Press, 2019). Honorable mention in 2021 was extended to Susan Thomson (Colgate University), for “Engaged Silences as Political Agency in Post-Genocide Rwanda: Jeanne’s Story,” in Rethinking Silence, Voice and Agency in Contested Terrain edited by Jane L. Parpart and Swati Parashar (Routledge, 2019).
For complete details regarding the award including past winners, please visit The Lee Ann Fujii Award Page. Nominations for the 2023 Award are due Tuesday, February 1, 2023. The 2023 Award Announcement and details as to how to nominate are available here (pdf).
The Charles Taylor Book Award
The Charles Taylor Book Award recognizes the best book in political science that employs or develops interpretive methodologies and methods. This award is named in recognition of the contributions of Charles Taylor to the advancement of interpretive thinking in the political and social sciences.
The 2022 Charles Taylor Book Award has been jointly awarded by the selection committee of Diana Kim (chair), Jinee Lokaneeta, and Robert Nichols to Mona El-Ghobashy for Bread and Freedom: Egypt’s Revolutionary Situation (Stanford, 2021); and, Anastasia Shesterinina for Mobilizing in Uncertainty: Collective Identities and War in Abkhazia (Cornell, 2021).
For complete details regarding the award, including past winners, and how to nominate please visit the Charles Taylor Book Award Page. Nominations for the 2022 Award are due by April 14, 2023. The 2023 Award Announcement and details as to how to nominate are available here(pdf).
The Hayward R. Alker Best Student Paper Award
The annual Hayward R. Alker Award recognizes the student conference paper that best employs or analyzes interpretive methodologies and methods for the study of politics. This award is named to honor the memory of Hayward R. Alker, former President of the International Studies Association and John A. McCone Chair in International Security at the School of International Relations, University of Southern California.
There was no award given in 2022. The 2021 Hayward R. Alker Best Student Paper Award was awarded to Rahardhika Utama (PhD candidate, Northwestern University), for “Politics of Memory, Underdevelopment, and Remnants of Political Violence in the Sumatra Rubber Belt” presented at the Southeast Asia Research Group Mini Conference II, August 2020.
For complete details regarding the award, including past winners, please visit the Alker Best Student Paper Award Page. Nominations for the 2023 Award are due by March 31, 2023. The 2023 Award Announcement and details as to how to nominate are available here (pdf).
The Grain of Sand Award
The Grain of Sand Award honors a political scientist whose contributions to interpretive studies of the political, and, indeed, to the discipline itself, its ideas, and its persons, have been longstanding and merit special recognition. Echoing Wislawa Szymborska’s “We call it a grain of sand,” the award underscores the centrality of meaning making in both the constitution and study of the political; drawing on William Blake’s “To see a world in a grain of sand,” the award honors the capacity of interpretive scholarship to embody and inspire imaginative theorizing, the intentional cultivation of new lines of sight through an expansion of literary and experiential resources, and the nourishing of a playfulness of mind so necessary to the vitality of social science.
The 2022 Grain of Sand Award has been awarded to Partha Chatterjee, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, Columbia University and Honorary Professor of Political Science, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, for his decades of interpretive, interdisciplinary research, teaching and mentorship on nationalism, postcolonial theorizing and institution-building in South Asian political and social studies. The 2022 award citation is available here.