SCA Prizes

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 2016 Cultural Horizons Prize is Nicholas Shapiro (Chemical Heritage Foundation) for his article “Attuning to the Chemosphere: Domestic Formaldehyde, Bodily Reasoning, and the Chemical Sublime” (August 2015). For more information on this year’s prize, please see the award announcement.

Previous Cultural Horizons Prize Winners

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 2016 Gregory Bateson Book Prize is Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing (University of California, Santa Cruz) for her book The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins (Princeton University Press). For more information on this year’s prize, see the award announcement.

Previous Bateson Prize Winners

To learn more about the life and work of Gregory Bateson, please visit the website of the Institute for Intercultural Studies.