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Professor Cabeiri Robinson Awarded Two Prestigious Book Prizes

March 11, 2015

body-of-victim-21The UW South Asia Center is excited to share that Professor Cabeiri Robinson‘s new book has been recognized by two organizations for its contribution to scholarship. Body of Victim, Body of Warrior was published in 2013 by University of California Press as part of the “South Asia Across the Disciplines” series.

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) has awarded the Bernard Cohn Book Prize. Meanwhile the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) has awarded Robinson the 2013-14 AIPS Book Prize.

From the AIPS announcement:

In Body of Victim, Body of Warrior, Cabeiri Robinson locates the lives of Kashmiri refugees within the complex political history of the region and within international definitions of refugees and human rights. Robinson’s book problematizes the term “refugee” in a very productive manner and through the use of an engaging narrative she provides us a rich ethnography of the multiple labels – muhajir, mujahideen, and panah gazin that are interchangeably used for the Kashmiri in Pakistan. In so doing, the book does a very sensitive reading of the “body” in both socio-political and psychological/personal terms. At a broader level, Robinson’s focus on the lives of displaced Kashmiris contributes to various fields (anthropology, history, political science, etc.) and provides a corrective to available literature on Kashmir, security studies, jihad, and human rights as well as the study of refugees. This expanded conversation is very useful for broadening the scope of the study of South Asia for a variety of audiences.