Prizes

Each year, the Society for Cultural Anthropology awards two prizes to scholars whose work embodies the Society's expansive vision for the discipline.

Cultural Horizons Prize

Recognizing that graduate students are among the most experimentally minded—and often among the best-read—of ethnographic writers, the SCA created the Cultural Horizons Prize, which is awarded by a jury of doctoral students for the best article appearing in the previous year of Cultural Anthropology. The prize is awarded at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association and carries an honorarium of $500.

The winner of the 2018 Cultural Horizons Prize is Hannah Appel (University of California, Los Angeles) for her article "Toward an Ethnography of the National Economy."

Previous Cultural Horizons Prize Winners

Gregory Bateson Book Prize

One of anthropology’s most distinguished thinkers, Gregory Bateson (1904–1980) and his diverse body of work are emblematic of what the SCA was founded to promote: rich ethnographic analysis that engages the most current thinking across the arts and sciences. Welcoming a wide range of styles and argument, the Gregory Bateson Book Prize looks to single out work that is theoretically rich, ethnographically grounded, and in the spirit of the tradition for which the SCA has been known: interdisciplinary, experimental, and innovative. The prize is awarded at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association and carries a honorarium of $500.

The winner of the 2018 Gregory Bateson Book Prize is Louise Meintjes (Duke University) for her book Dust of the Zulu: Ngoma Aesthetics after Apartheid.

Previous Bateson Prize Winners