The SCA annually awards two prizes, the Cultural Horizons Prize and the Bateson Prize. For more information on prize winners, calls for submissions, and calls for jury members, see the SCA Prizes blog.
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 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. The Horizons Prize carries an honorarium of $500.
The winner of the 2014 Cultural Horizons Prize is Kevin Lewis O'Neill (University of Toronto) for his article "Left Behind: Security, Salvation, and the Subject of Prevention" (May 2013). For more information on this year's prize, see the award announcement.
Former Cultural Horizons Prize Winners
- 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 (Queen's 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 Bateson Prize looks to reward 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 2014 Gregory Bateson Book Prize, awarded by the Society for Cultural Anthropology for the best book in anthropology, goes to Eduardo Kohn (McGill University) for his book, How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human (University of California Press). For more information on this year's prize, see the award announcement.
Former Bateson Prize Winners
- 2013 Elizabeth Anne Davis (Princeton University)
- 2012 David Graeber (Goldsmiths, University of London)
- 2011 Karen Strassler (Queen's 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.