The Irene Hilgers Memorial Prize
Central Asian Survey
About the prize
The Editors and Editorial Board of Central Asian Survey are delighted to announce that the first annual Irene Hilgers Memorial Prize has been awarded to Diana Ibañez-Tirado from the University of Sussex for her article entitled “‘How can I be post-Soviet if I was never Soviet?’ Rethinking categories of time and social change – a perspective from Kulob, southern Tajikistan.” Ibañez-Tirado’s article was published in Volume 34, issue 2 of Central Asian Survey.
The Irene Hilgers Memorial Prize is dedicated to the memory and scholarly achievements of Irene Hilgers, a German scholar of Uzbekistan. Hilgers died tragically young in 2008, shortly before completing her doctoral dissertation at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Her dissertation was published posthumously as Why Do Uzbeks Have to be Muslims? Exploring Religiosity in the Ferghana Valley. Hilgers was a brilliant and active scholar, who in her short academic career did much to foster collaborative linkages between young scholars in Europe. The Irene Hilgers Memorial Prize celebrates the achievement of a junior scholar (within five years of their PhD or Candidate of Science degree) from any country who has had an article published in the four issues of Central Asian Survey form the preceding calendar year.
The Editors and Editorial Board gratefully acknowledge the efforts of Sergei Abashin, Ildikó Bellér-Hann and Jeff Sahadeo in selecting among the many eligible articles published in Central Asian Survey in 2015.