Professor Aparna Mishra Tarc earns Outstanding Book Award

Professor Aparna Mishra Tarc, in York’s Faculty of Education, was awarded the prestigious 2017 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division B Outstanding Book Award for her book Literacy of the Other at the recent 2017 AERA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. The award was presented at the AERA Division B Business Meeting, Still We Rise, on the evening of April 28.

Literacy of the Other explores a bold psychoanalytical investigation into the existential significance of literacy. Featuring a dazzling array of novel artifacts and events, the book situates literacy in the internal fictive worlds of the self and other. This approach is designed to encourage teachers of language and literature to sustain reflexive thought in their practices of reading and writing as a means to gain insight into the physical processes of literacy.

“On behalf of AERA Division B with more than 2000 members, I want to congratulate all of the recipients for their extraordinary contributions to the field of curriculum studies,” said AERA Division B Vice-President Ming Fang He. “I also would like to send my deepest appreciation and heartfelt thanks to all the Chairs and Members of 2017 AERA Division B Awards Committees for the amazing wisdom, hard work, and invaluable time that you put into the selection of such incomparable and worthy recipients.”

In addition to receiving the award, Mishra Tarc also participated in a book signing and presented several sessions at the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting.

“Many congratulations to Aparna for this well-deserved recognition of her research,” said Lyndon Martin, dean of the Faculty of Education at York University. “As a Faculty, all of our work is underpinned by our academic scholarship and it is wonderful when this is acknowledged through such a prestigious award.”