The Modernist Studies Association has awarded their 2019 Book Prize for an Edition, Anthology, or Essay Collection to Isaiah Lorado Wilner's Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas, co-edited with Ned Blackhawk.
The Association's prize citation describes the edition as an "extraordinarily well researched volume" which offers unique perspectives on Franz Boas' work. It "demonstrates that Boas’s work accomplished so much, in large part, because it emerged out of a remarkably broad assemblage of Indigenous collaborators and because it formulated agency rather than passivity regarding the knowledge production of colonized and dispossessed peoples. In viewing Boas as a globalist thinker through his engagements with Native peoples, the contributors to this volume pose ambitious, fresh insights regarding the implications of Boas’s work across disciplinary boundaries and geographic regions, including Europe, African, and Latin America. Far from a celebration of Boas, essays also point to many new lines of critique in his work, including his assessments of Indigenous peoples’ futures. Approaching Boas as a theorist, practitioner, and facilitator of globalist inquiry, this scrupulously researched, richly evidenced, lucidly written volume challenges existing views of the politics and poetics of anthropology in a timely, illuminating way for 21st century discussions of global, regional, and local cultures for a wide range of disciplines."
Wilner is an affiliate of the history department and a Postdoctoral Researcher and Instructor at the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge.