On Friday October 27, 2023 the Feminist Cultural Fund Gender&knowledge Dissertation Prize was awarded for the first time for the best feminist dissertation defended at a Dutch university between 1 July 2018 and 1 July 2022. This award ceremony took place during the annual NOG Day 2023 at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht.
After a brief introductory word by the chair of the fund – Prof. em. Mineke Bosch –  both nominees Dr. Benedicta Deogratias and Dr. Sophie van den Elzen gave a brief impression of their research. Next, the chair of the multidisciplinary jury – Prof. em. Rosemarie Buikema – read out the resounding jury report and handed over a beautifully designed certificate to the first winner of the Dissertation Prize:

Dr. Benedicta Deogratias for her legal dissertation Trapped in a Religious Marriage: A Human Rights Perspective on the Phenomenon of Marital Captivity.

Dr. Sophie van den Elzen also received a certificate with an honourable mention for her historical dissertation Antislavery in the Transnational Movement for Women’s Rights, 1832-1914: A Study of Memory Work.

The ceremony was followed by a short interview with both researchers. The jury reports can be found here.