Submissions for the 2017 Gregory Bateson Book Prize

The Gregory Bateson Book Prize is awarded by the Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA), the largest section 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 Gregory Bateson Prize looks to single out work that is interdisciplinary, experimental, and innovative. The prize is awarded annually at the meetings 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. All books must be published in 2016, and edited volumes will not be considered. The deadline for receipt of submissions is May 1, 2017. To submit an entry, publishers are invited to send one copy of the book to each of the four Prize Committee members. Inquiries should be directed to Karen Strassler at

Please send books to:

Karen Strassler
Department of Anthropology
Queens College
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11367

Amira Mittermaier
Department for the Study of Religion
170 St. George Street, 3rd Floor
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8

Paul Eiss
Department of History
240 Baker Hall
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Lucas Bessire
Department of Anthropology
University of Oklahoma
521 Dale Hall Tower
455 W. Lindsey Street
Norman, OK 73019