Award Winning Titles

Indiana University Press is proud that our books have received over 60 awards (and counting!) during the 2020-2021 calendar year. Many congratulations to our well-deserving authors!

Award-Winning Books

Uprooting the Diaspora

Winner: Jordan Schnitzer Book Award

Uprooting the Diaspora

Jewish Belonging and the "Ethnic Revolution" in Poland and Czechoslovakia, 1936–1946

Sarah A. Cramsey

In Uprooting the Diaspora, Sarah Cramsey explores a new interpretation of the evolution of the idea of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, as well as the position that Jewish citizens occupied in the political discourse in Poland and Czechoslovakia before the outbreak of World War Two and just after the Holocaust. She asks, how did the sense of Jewish belonging shift from diaspora countries to a single, shared nation?

Rather than detailing the destruction of Jewish communities and the decision of the survivors to leave their countries of birth, Cramsey draws on a vast array of historical sources to examinewhat she calls a "transnational conversation" carried out by a small but influential coterie of Allied statesmen whose shifting understandings of Jewish belonging and diplomatic interventions shaped the region in the post-war period.

Uprooting the Diaspora slows down the chronology between 1936 and 1946 to show how individuals once invested in multi-ethnic visions of diasporic Jewishness within east-central Europe and the Americas came to define Jewishness solely in ethnic terms. They went on to embrace a narrower, nationalistic version of Jewish belonging that was inextricably linked to a particular geographic space in Mandate Palestine, far away from their prewar homes.

Casting a Giant Shadow

Winner: Janovics Center Best Book

Casting a Giant Shadow

The Transnational Shaping of Israeli Cinema

Rachel S. Harris, Dan Chyutin, Zachary Ingle, Ohad Landesman, Shmulik Duvdevani, Neta Alexander, Joshua Beaty, Nava Dushi, Yael Munk, Yaron Peleg, Ariel M. Sheetrit, Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann, Pablo Utin, Raz Yosef, Boaz Hagin, Mary N. Layoun, Julie Grimmeisen, Yaron Shemer, Anat Dan

Film came to the territory that eventually became Israel not long after the medium was born. Casting a Giant Shadow is a collection of articles that embraces the notion of transnationalism to consider the limits of what is "Israeli" within Israeli cinema.

As the State of Israel developed, so did its film industries. Moving beyond the early films of the Yishuv, which focused on the creation of national identity, the industry and its transnational ties became more important as filmmakers and film stars migrated out and foreign films, filmmakers, and actors came to Israel to take advantage of high-quality production values and talent. This volume, edited by Rachel Harris and Dan Chyutin, uses the idea of transnationalism to challenge the concept of a singular definition of Israeli cinema.

Casting a Giant Shadow offers a new understanding of how cinema has operated artistically and structurally in terms of funding, distribution, and reception. The result is a thorough investigation of the complex structure of the transnational and its impact on national specificity when considered on the global stage.

Beyond Coloniality

Commended: Gordon K. Lewis Memorial Award for Caribbean Scholarship

Beyond Coloniality

Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition

Aaron Kamugisha

Against the lethargy and despair of the contemporary Anglophone Caribbean experience, Aaron Kamugisha gives a powerful argument for advancing Caribbean radical thought as an answer to the conundrums of the present. Beyond Coloniality is an extended meditation on Caribbean thought and freedom at the beginning of the 21st century and a profound rejection of the postindependence social and political organization of the Anglophone Caribbean and its contentment with neocolonial arrangements of power. Kamugisha provides a dazzling reading of two towering figures of the Caribbean intellectual tradition, C. L. R. James and Sylvia Wynter, and their quest for human freedom beyond coloniality. Ultimately, he urges the Caribbean to recall and reconsider the radicalism of its most distinguished 20th-century thinkers in order to imagine a future beyond neocolonialism.

Reclaiming Popular Documentary

Winner: Ray and Pat Browne Culture Award - Bests Critically Edited Volume

Reclaiming Popular Documentary

Christie Milliken, Steve F. Anderson, Ezra Winton, Patricia Aufderheide, Zoë Druick, Devon Coutts, Sabiha Ahmad Khan, Anthony Kinik, Michael Brendan Baker, Allison de Fren, Jonathan Kahana, Shilyh Warren, S. Topiary Landberg, Landon Palmer, Dylan Nelson, Alexandra Juhasz, Rick Prelinger, George S. Larke-Walsh

The documentary has achieved rising popularity over the past two decades thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. Despite this, documentary studies still tends to favor works that appeal primarily to specialists and scholars.

Reclaiming Popular Documentary reverses this long-standing tendency by showing that documentaries can be—and are—made for mainstream or commercial audiences. Editors Christie Milliken and Steve Anderson, who consider popular documentary to be a subfield of documentary studies, embrace an expanded definition of popular to acknowledge the many evolving forms of documentary, such as branded entertainment, fictional hybrids, and works with audience participation. Together, these essays address emerging documentary forms—including web-docs, virtual reality, immersive journalism, viral media, interactive docs, and video-on-demand—and offer the critical tools viewers need to analyze contemporary documentaries and consider how they are persuaded by and represented in documentary media.

By combining perspectives of scholars and makers, Reclaiming Popular Documentary brings new understandings and international perspectives to familiar texts using critical models that will engage media scholars and fans alike.

Heart of a Hoosier

Commended: American Book Fest - Best Book Award

Heart of a Hoosier

A Year of Inspiration from IU Men's Basketball

Del Duduit, Michelle Medlock Adams

Five NCAA Championships, 22 Big Ten Conference Championships—this is the candy-striped legacy of the Indiana University men's basketball team. In its 120-year history, Indiana basketball has become a giant in college basketball and earned a legion of fans.

In Heart of a Hoosier: A Year of Inspiration from IU Men's Basketball, authors Del Duduit and Michelle Medlock Adams show readers how the famous moments and personalities of the Indiana Hoosiers can inspire them to reach for success, overcome adversity, be a great team member, and more. Readers will be inspired by a year's worth of stories featuring fierce rivalries with Purdue and Kentucky and legendary players and coaches such as Steve Alford, Isiah Thomas, Calbert Cheaney, George McGinnis, Branch McCracken, and Bobby Knight.

Heart of a Hoosier will entertain and motivate every fan who bleeds Cream & Crimson. Relive the triumphs, groan at the losses, and revel in great traditions!