Advanced Graduate Students Needed for the Cultural Horizons Prize Jury

For nearly three decades, the Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA) has been distinguished by one of the largest graduate student memberships of any section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). Recognizing that doctoral students are among the most experimentally minded—and often among the best read—of ethnographic writers, the SCA wants to know: who is on your reading horizon?

This spirit gave rise to the Cultural Horizons Prize, awarded yearly by a jury of advanced doctoral students, for the best article appearing in Cultural Anthropology during the preceding year

The SCA is now soliciting graduate student volunteers who have completed fieldwork and are “ABD” (that is, have advanced to candidacy) to serve on the 2019 prize jury. The task involves reading through the 2018 volume of Cultural Anthropology over the summer before delivering a collective decision by early August. Each member of the jury will receive a modest honorarium to help defray the cost of attending the 2019 AAA annual meeting in Vancouver in order to present the award to the recipient.

In composing the jury, we will aim to cover the widest range of interests consonant with the SCA’s membership. We will also heed SCA's ethos, one that prioritizes interdisciplinary engagement, grounded ethnography, theoretical innovation, and a spirit of experimentation. To apply, applicants should send:

1. A paragraph-length statement of research interests and qualifications. This should indicate your current status/stage of doctoral study.

2. A current curriculum vitae.

3. A paragraph-length note of recommendation from a dissertation committee member.

Please note that only advanced graduate students who are at the postfieldwork dissertation write-up stage are eligible to serve as members of the jury.

Applications may be sent as Word or PDF files to Karen Strassler <>. Please use "Horizons Prize Jury" in the subject line when submitting your application.

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Decisions will be made by early May.