Graduate Students Needed for the Cultural Horizons Prize Jury

For nearly three decades, the Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA) 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 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 doctoral students, for the best article appearing in Cultural Anthropology during the preceding year. The 2016 Cultural Horizons Prize was awarded to Nicholas Shapiro for his article “Attuning to the Chemosphere: Domestic Formaldehyde, Bodily Reasoning, and the Chemical Sublime,” which appeared in the August 2015 issue of the journal.

The SCA is now soliciting volunteers who are currently enrolled in a PhD program to serve on the 2017 Cultural Horizons Prize jury. Members of the jury will read through the 2016 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 costs of attending the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting in Washington, DC 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 the SCA’s ethos, which prioritizes interdisciplinarity, ethnography, theoretical innovation, and literariness. To apply, students who have attained doctoral candidacy and completed dissertation fieldwork should send:

  1. A paragraph-length statement of research interests and qualifications
  2. A current curriculum vitae
  3. A short (one-paragraph) note of recommendation from a dissertation committee member.

Applications may be sent as Word or PDF files to Cultural Horizons Prize Chair John Collins at Please use “Horizons Prize Committee” as the subject heading of your email when submitting your application.

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is Monday, April 17, 2017.