Humanity is pleased to announce a prize for the best essay published in the journal in a calendar year. The prize is open to graduate students or those without tenure track jobs at the time of submission. It’s our pleasure to announce two winners of the 2022 Early Career Essay Prize for Humanity journal: Safiyah Rochelle and Emma Kluge.

Safiyah Rochelle, “This Is What It Looks Like: Searching for Law’s Afterlife in GuantánamoHumanity 13, no. 3 (Winter 2022): 381-401.
Taking up a series of drawings by Guantánamo Bay detainee Abu Zubaydah, Rochelle offers a rigorous meditation on the work of visuality in the context of torture, redaction, and state violence. In doing so, Rochelle advances a major argument into the relation between visuality and law and offers a model for interdisciplinary scholarship. This article appears in the Cultural Renditions of Guantánamo and the War on Terror dossier edited by Alexandra S. Moore.

Emma Kluge, “A New Agenda for the Global South: West Papua, the United Nations, and the Politics of DecolonizationHumanity 13, no. 1 (Spring 2022): 66-85.
Kluge’s article examines the West Papuan campaign for independence in the lead up to the agreement signed between Indonesia and the Netherlands in 1962, leading to the recolonization of West Papua. Kluge unearths dynamics of conflict within the Global South that complicate homogenous depictions of that vast and multifarious political space. This article is part of the New Histories of the Global South and the UN dossier edited by Alanna O’Malley, Vineet Thakur.

Congratulations to both Rochelle and Kluge on their work!

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