Zipporah B. Wiseman Prize for Scholarship on Law, Literature, and Justice

Friends, family, and colleagues of the late Zipporah Batshaw Wiseman are pleased to announce the Zipporah B. Wiseman Prize for Scholarship on Law, Literature, and Justice. The international and multidisciplinary writing prize, administered by the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law, will be offered annually in honor of Professor Wiseman’s important work at the intersection of law and literature.

Zipporah B. Wiseman

For half a century, pioneering feminist Professor Wiseman inspired her students and colleagues with her powerful intellect, fierce advocacy, and profound joy in attempting to create a more just and equal world. Among her many interests, she was keenly attuned to the ways that texts—from legal cases to fiction, poetry, and film—actively construct and define our perspectives on the meaning and value of categories like “justice” and “inequality.” She co-edited an early collection on law and literature with English professor Susan Sage Heinzelman, Representing Women: Law, Literature, and Feminism (Duke UP 1994). Read more about Professor Wiseman’s life and legacy.

We welcome papers from any discipline that address both legal and literary texts (in any of their diverse forms). Papers should use an interdisciplinary lens to explore issues of justice, broadly understood, and may be pursued from a variety of perspectives, including historical, social, political, economic, and cultural. An official call for papers will be released by April 2021.


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