Unveiling Planetary Futures: Gabrielle Hecht's "Residual Governance" Wins Prestigious PROSE Awards

The awards recognize publishers who produce books, journals, and digital products of extraordinary merit that make a significant contribution to a field of study
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Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) faculty member Professor Gabrielle Hecht has been awarded two Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) awards from The Association of American Publishers, for her book Residual Governance: How South Africa Foretells Planetary Futureswinning the Excellence in Social Sciences and the category award for Government and Politics. 

The Association of American Publishers recognizes publishers who produce books, journals, and digital products of extraordinary merit that make a significant contribution to a field of study in the humanities, biological and physical sciences, reference and social sciences.

During the 2024 PROSE cycle, a panel of 25 PROSE judges selected 118 finalists and 41 category winners. Of the 41 exceptional category winners, the Award for Excellence Award Winners and R.R. Hawkins Winner illustrate the extraordinary quality of scholarly publishing and contribute novel ideas to their respective areas of study.

In Residual Governance, Hecht dives into the wastes of gold and uranium mining in South Africa to explore how communities, experts, and artists fight for infrastructural and environmental justice. Hecht outlines how mining in South Africa is a prime example of what she theorizes as residual governance—the governance of waste and discard, governance that is purposefully inefficient, and governance that treats people and places as waste and wastelands.

For an open access version of Residual Governance: How South Africa Foretells Planetary Futures click here

See the full announcement here & full list of winners here