Graduate Students Needed for the Cultural Horizons Prize Jury

For more than twenty-five years, the Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA) has been distinguished by having the largest 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 2015 Cultural Horizons Prize was awarded to Charles Briggs for his article, “Dear Dr. Freud,” Cultural Anthropology 29(2): 312–43.

The SCA is now soliciting volunteers to serve on the 2016 doctoral student jury. The responsibilities amount to reading through the 2015 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 2016 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, prioritizing 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: Kregg Hetherington at

Please use “Horizons Prize Jury” as the subject line when submitting your application. The application deadline is April 15, 2016.