The SCA annually awards two prizes, the Cultural Horizons Prize and the Bateson Prize.
The Cultural Horizons Prize
For more than 25 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 2012 Horizons Prize is Mette N. Svendsen for her article "Articulating Potentiality: Notes on the Delineation of the Blank Figure in Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research" (August issue).
Former Cultural Horizons prize winners include:
Saba Mahmood (U Chicago), 2002
Paul K. Eiss (Carnegie Mellon), 2003
William Mazzarella (U Chicago), 2004
Sarah Jain (Stanford U), 2005
Peter W. Redfield (UNC), 2006
Shao Jing (Nanjing U), 2007
Ilana Feldman (George Washington U), 2008
Omri Elisha (Queen's College, CUNY), 2009
Nancy Ries (Colgate University), 2010
Jessica Cattelino (UCLA), 2011
Mette N. Svendsen (University of Copenhagen), 2012
Call for 2013 Graduate Student Jury Members
The Gregory Bateson Book Prize
The winner of the 2012 Gregory Bateson book prize, awarded by the Society for Cultural Anthropology for the best book in anthropology goes to David Graeber for his book, "Debt. The First 5,000 Years" (Melville House).
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 Bateson Prize is awarded annually at the meetings of the American Anthropological Association and carries a honorarium of $1000.
The 2012 Bateson Prize committee will consider books that privilege ethnographic analysis and anthropological thought from any disciplinary tradition. Books under consideration for the 2013 Prize must carry a copyright date of 2012; edited volumes and translations of previously published work will not be considered.
The deadline for receipt of these submissions is May 1, 2013. To submit an entry, publishers are invited to send one copy of the book directly to each of four Bateson Committee members:
Director, East Asia Program, Cornell University
140 Uris Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Professor and Chair, Department of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley
7408 Dwinelle Hall #2670
Berkeley, CA 94720-2670
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago
1126 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Professor, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
205 Friedl Building, Campus Box 90091
1316 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Inquiries should be directed to Hirokazu Miyazaki at email@example.com
Former Bateson Prize winners include:
Barry F. Saunders (UNC, Chapel Hill), 2009
Stefan Helmreich (MIT), 2010
Karen Strassler (CUNY), 2011
David Graeber (University of London), 2012
To learn more about the life and work of Gregory Bateson, please visit the website of the Institute for Intercultural Studies.