Call for Entries: 2019 Gregory Bateson Book Prize

The Gregory Bateson Book Prize is awarded each year by the Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA), one of the largest sections of the American Anthropological Association. Named after distinguished anthropologist, semiotician, cyberneticist, and photographer Gregory Bateson, the award reflects the SCA’s mandate to promote theoretically rich, ethnographically grounded research that engages the most current thinking across the arts and sciences. Welcoming a wide range of styles and argument, the Bateson Prize looks to single out work that is interdisciplinary, experimental, and innovative. The prize is awarded at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association and carries an honorarium of $500.

The SCA asks any presses wishing to submit books to select those they see as most relevant for consideration. A list of past winners can be found on the Prizes page of the SCA website. Regardless of when they were released, only books copyrighted in 2018 are eligible. Edited volumes will not be considered.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is May 1, 2019. To submit an entry, presses are invited to send one copy of the book to each of the four Prize Committee members (below). Inquiries should be directed to Bateson Prize Chair Zeynep Devrim Gürsel at

Please send entries to:

Zeynep Devrim Gürsel
Rheinsprung 11
4051, Basel

Louise Meintjes
Department of Music
Box 90665
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708

Deirdre de la Cruz
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
202 S. Thayer Street, Suite 6111
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608

Maple Razsa
50 Deering St.
Portland, ME 04101