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Radhika Govindrajan receives American Anthropological Association Honorable Mention 2021 book prize

November 15, 2021

Radhika Govindrajan

Radkhika Govindrajan, 2021. Tara Brown UW photographyTara Brown UW photography

Radhika Govindrajan, director of the South Asia Center and associate professor at the Jackson School and Department of Anthropology, has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2021 Diana Forsythe Prize for her book, “Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India’s Central Himalayas” (University of Chicago Press, 2018) by the American Anthropological Association.

“Animal Intimacies” recounts the varying relationships people have with animals — as companions, as sources of food and as performers of work — and addresses not only why those relationships exist, but also why they’re significant.

The Forsythe prize is given to the best books in the feminist anthropology of science by the Committee for Science, Technology, and Computing of the American Anthropological Association. The award will be presented to Govindrajan in late November during the Association’s annual conference.

The book has already received numerous awards. In spring 2017, “Animal Intimacies” won the Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr., Prize in the Indian Humanities from the American Institute of Indian Studies; two articles that were modified into book chapters also were recognized by the American Anthropological Association.