Cultural Horizons Prize Jury: Advanced Graduate Students Needed

The Cultural Horizons Prize, awarded yearly by a jury of advanced doctoral students, honors the best article appearing in Cultural Anthropology during the preceding year. The award is presented at the AAA meetings.

For nearly three decades, the Society for Cultural Anthropology has been distinguished by the largest graduate-student membership of any section of the American Anthropological Association (besides the National Association of Student Anthropologists). Recognizing that doctoral students are among the most experimentally minded and best read members of the anthropology community, the SCA wants to know: “Who is on your reading horizon?”

The SCA is soliciting graduate student volunteers who have completed fieldwork and are “ABD” to serve on the 2020 Cultural Horizons Prize jury. The task involves reading through the 2019 volume of Cultural Anthropology over the summer before delivering a collective decision by early August. Jurors will be offered an opportunity to workshop a piece of writing with SCA President Anne Allison.

The SCA's ethos of interdisciplinary engagement, grounded ethnography, theoretical innovation, and a spirit of experimentation will guide the selection of jurors. We also aim to cover the widest range of interests consonant with SCA’s membership. To apply, applicants should send:

  1. A paragraph-length statement of research interests and qualifications. This paragraph should indicate your current status/stage of doctoral study.
  2. A current curriculum vitae.
  3. A short (one paragraph) note of recommendation from a dissertation committee member.

***Please note that ONLY advanced graduate students now in the post-fieldwork, dissertation write-up stage are eligible.

Applications should be sent as Word or PDF files to: Karen Strassler ([email protected]) and Zeynep Gürsel ([email protected]). Please use "Cultural Horizon Prize" in the subject heading when submitting your application.

The deadline for receipt of all application materials has been extended to Monday, May 25.