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Academic books a place at an awards ceremony for Palestine book

Academic books a place at an awards ceremony for Palestine book

A University of Wolverhampton academic has booked a place at an awards ceremony later this week after having her book shortlisted for the 2022 Palestine Book Awards. 

Ashjan Ajour is a lecturer in Sociology in the University’s Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences in Wolverhampton and was offered a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Centre for Middle East at Brown University, USA. Her research focuses on gender, feminist theories and movements, decolonization, political subjectivity, and incarceration. 

The book, Reclaiming Humanity in Palestinian Hunger Strikes: Revolutionary Subjectivity and Decolonizing the Body, is rooted in feminist ethnography and decolonial feminist theory and explores the subjectivity of Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli prisons, as shaped by resistance. Ashjan examines how these prisoners use their bodies in anti-colonial resistance; what determines this mode of radical struggle; the meanings they ascribe to their actions; and how they constitute their subjectivity while undergoing extreme bodily pain and starvation. 

The Middle East Monitor (MEMO) announced the books shortlisted for its 2022 Palestine Book Awards. This prestigious event, now in its eleventh year, honours and celebrates books in English about Palestine. It encourages authors and publishers to produce more books on Palestine. 

Over 50 books were submitted for consideration which is the highest record of books put forward for the Awards. The shortlisted winners selected by the judges have added to the diversity of submissions and genres featuring the Palestinian narrative. 

Ashjan said: “I am honoured and humbled to be shortlisted for the Palestine Book Award. This is a great acknowledgment of my academic work on the experience of hunger strikers in their struggle for freedom and emancipation. I think this is one of the significant events of my professional career and I really appreciate the attention that was given to my work.” 

There will be a public event the night on Thursday 3 November at the P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton St, London NW1 1JD, when the shortlisted authors will speak about their books and answer questions from the public.  

Winners for the Palestine Book Awards 2022 will be announced during a private awards ceremony on Friday 4 November 2022.The awards dinner will be held at the Paddington Hilton Hotel in London.  

Anyone looking to study at the University of Wolverhampton should register for one of our forthcoming Open Days.  Specific information about courses in the School of Social, Historical and Political Studies can be found here. 



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