This year marks the first ever awarding of the Hélène Phoa Gender Studies Research Thesis Prize. Anita Prša had the honour of receiving the prize for her thesis titled Micro politics of care and re/organisation of social reproduction in the case of migrant eldercare work. The prize was awarded during the online diploma Graduation Ceremony of the Research Master Gender Studies on January 25, 2021. The jury enjoyed reading all submitted theses, as they offer an exciting view of what constitutes Gender Studies for a new generation. All submitted work had one thing in common: all authors were committed to knowledge production that contributes to social justice and inclusive diversity.
Hélène Phoa was a graduate of the Research Master Gender Studies at Utrecht University. She graduated in 2018. Hélène was too young when she passed away in 2019. In memory of her life, her courage and her commitment to Gender Studies, the family of Hélène Phoa made it possible to award a yearly prize for a UU RMA Gender Studies thesis. The prize is intended to contribute to supporting a graduate in the passage from being a student in gender to a rewarding next phase in life where ‘doing gender’ may find a new form.
See here for an interview with winner Anita Prša.