The SCA annually awards two prizes, the Cultural Horizons Prize and the Gregory Bateson Book Prize. For more information on prize winners, as well as calls for submissions and jury members, see the SCA Prizes conversation.
The Cultural Horizons Prize
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 AAA. Recognizing that doctoral 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 annually at the meetings of the American Anthropological Association and carries an honorarium of $500.
The winner of the 2017 Cultural Horizons Prize is Kristina Lyons (University of California, Santa Cruz) for her article “Decomposition as Life Politics: Soils, Selva, and Small Farmers under the Gun of the U.S.–Colombia War on Drugs” (January 2016). For more information on this year’s prize, please see the award announcement.
Previous Cultural Horizons Prize Winners
- 2016 Nicholas Shapiro (Chemical Heritage Foundation)
- 2015 Charles Briggs (University of California, Berkeley)
- 2014 Kevin Lewis O’Neill (University of Toronto)
- 2013 Catherine Fennell (Columbia University)
- 2012 Mette N. Svendsen (University of Copenhagen)
- 2011 Jessica Cattelino (University of California, Los Angeles)
- 2010 Nancy Ries (Colgate University)
- 2009 Omri Elisha (Queens College, City University of New York)
- 2008 Ilana Feldman (George Washington University)
- 2007 Shao Jing (Nanjing University)
- 2006 Peter W. Redfield (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
- 2005 Sarah Jain (Stanford University)
- 2004 William Mazzarella (University of Chicago)
- 2003 Paul K. Eiss (Carnegie Mellon University)
- 2002 Saba Mahmood (University of Chicago)
The Gregory Bateson Book Prize
One of anthropology’s most distinguished experimental thinkers, Gregory Bateson (1904–1980) and his diverse body of work have long been 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 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 annually at the meetings of the American Anthropological Association and carries a honorarium of $500.
The winner of the 2017 Gregory Bateson Book Prize is Susan Lepselter (Indiana University) for her book The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity, and UFOs in the American Uncanny (University of Michigan Press). For more information on this year’s prize, see the award announcement.
Previous Bateson Prize Winners
- 2016 Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing (University of California, Santa Cruz)
- 2015 Lucas Bessire (University of Oklahoma)
- 2014 Eduardo Kohn (McGill University)
- 2013 Elizabeth Anne Davis (Princeton University)
- 2012 David Graeber (Goldsmiths, University of London)
- 2011 Karen Strassler (Queens College, City University of New York)
- 2010 Stefan Helmreich (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
- 2009 Barry F. Saunders (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
To learn more about the life and work of Gregory Bateson, please visit the website of the Institute for Intercultural Studies.