Graduate Students Needed for the Cultural Horizons Prize Jury

For more than twenty-five years, the Society for Cultural Anthropology has been distinguished by having the largest graduate-student membership of any section of the American Anthropological Association (besides the National Association of Student Anthropologist). 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 2014 Horizons Prize was awarded to Kevin Lewis O'Neill (University of Toronto) for his article, “Left Behind: Security, Salvation, and the Subject of Prevention,” Cultural Anthropology 28, no. 2 (November 2013): 204–26.

The SCA is now soliciting volunteers to serve on the 2015 doctoral student jury. The work involves reading through the 2014 volume of Cultural Anthropology over the summer, and delivering a collective decision by early August. Each member of the jury will receive a modest honorarium to help defray costs of attending the 2015 AAA meetings, in order to present the award to the recipient.

For the selection of the jury, we aim to cover the widest range of interests consonant with SCA membership, as well as SCA's spirit that prioritizes interdisciplinarity, ethnography, theoretical innovation, and literariness. To apply, please 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 to: Ana María Ochoa,

Please use "Honors Prize Committee" in the subject heading when submitting your application. The application deadline is April 15, 2015.