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Distinguished Book Award goes to our senior lecturer


Dr Philippa Williams, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, has been awarded the 2016 Julian Minghi Distinguished Book Award by the Political Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) for her book Everyday peace? Politics, Citizenship and Muslim lives in India (Wiley, RGS-IBG Book Series, 2015). This prestigious award is given to the author of the best book published during the previous calendar year in the field of political geography.

The RGS-IBG Book Series seeks to promote scholarly publications that leave an intellectual mark and change the way readers think about particular issues, methods or theories.

Professor Dave Featherstone, Human Geography Editor of the RGS-IBG Book Series, said: “Philippa Williams’ Everyday Peace makes a ground-breaking contribution to understandings of the political geographies of peace by engaging with the everyday processes through which peace is shaped and articulated. It is based on detailed research with the everyday experiences of Muslim communities in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, India. It makes an important contribution in that it moves a peace beyond specific debates on non-violence to think in terms of particular lived political processes which are generative of peaceful practices and experience. Overall the book makes a major contribution to foregrounding geographies of peace as central to the concerns of political geography”.

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