The History of Science Society has awarded their 2019 Forum for History of Human Science (FHHS) Article Prize to Isaiah Lorado Wilner, an affiliate of the history department and a Postdoctoral Researcher and Instructor at the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge. The prize—a biennial award for the best article on the history of the human sciences—honors “Transformation Masks: Recollecting the Indigenous Origins of Global Consciousness,” which appears in Wilner's edited collection Indigenous Visions.
According to the award citation, "[i]n Wilner’s hands, Franz Boas, a supposed producer of modern anthropology, is transformed into an interlocuter and translator of indigenous peoples‘ knowledge. They use Boas to transmit their modernity to the West. Wilner’s approach models for historians of the human sciences the ways that they can deploy critical, subaltern and postcolonial methodologies to decenter dominant narratives and archives and arrive at new, complex accounts of the origins of science. Wilner’s essay is compelling, sophisticated and beautiful. It convincingly traces how indigenous intellectuals labored to communicate concepts which would become the core of Boas’s anthropological legacy, and for which no framework existed in European academic traditions."
The information in this announcement is adapted from the Forum for History of Human Scence's Citations for the FHHS Article Prize.