SUNTA Prize Announcements

Anthony Leeds Prize; Senior Scholar/Lifetime Award

SUNTA would like to announce the deadlines for two prizes:

The 2017 Anthony Leeds Prize in Urban Anthropology (Deadline: May 19, 2017)

The Leeds Prize is awarded each year by the Society for Urban/National/Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) for the outstanding book in urban, national and/or transnational anthropology published in 2016. The prize is named in honor of the late Anthony Leeds, a distinguished pioneer in urban anthropology. The prize is awarded to a book that uses ethnographic data from complex, transnational, urban societies in methodologically and theoretically innovative ways. The goal of the prize is to showcase model studies that advance the research agenda of anthropologists. The prize committee is chaired by Robert Rotenberg and includes Mun Young Cho, winner of the 2014 prize for The Specter of “The People”: Urban Poverty in Northeast China (Cornell University Press), Kristin Peterson, winner of the 2015 prize for Speculative Markets” Drug Circuits and Derivative Life in Nigeria (Duke University Press) and John F. Collins, winner of the 2016 prize for Revolt of the Saints: Memory and Redemption in the Twilight of Brazilian Radical Democracy (Duke University Press).

This year’s deadline for submission is May 19, 2017. No books received after that date will be considered for the 2017 prize.

To be eligible for consideration a book must be relevant to the field of urban, national or transnational anthropology. The book must have a publication year of 2016. Textbooks and anthologies will not be considered, but monographs of original scholarship by more than one author may be submitted.

Winners must to be willing to serve on the prize selection committee for three years.

Prizes are awarded at the business meeting of the SUNTA at the American Anthropological Association meetings each year. Winners must be willing to have their prize acceptance remarks published in City and Society, SUNTA’s journal and to serve for three years as a member of the prize committee.

A letter of nomination (from an author, a colleague, or a publisher) is only required for those authors whose PhD is in a different discipline from anthropology. The letter should specify the relevance of the book for an urban anthropology prize.

Four copies of the book should be sent before May 19, 2017 to:

Robert Rotenberg

Leeds Prize Committee

Department of Anthropology

DePaul University

2343 N. Racine Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614-3107

Be sure that books’ package is clearly marked “Leeds Prize Committee.”

Please address all questions concerning the prize to Robert Rotenberg at rrotenbe@depaul.edu.

SUNTA Senior Scholar/Lifetime Award (Deadline July 1, 2017) 

SUNTA invites nominations for the Senior Scholar/Lifetime Award in urban, national and transnational anthropology. This award recognizes an outstanding academic with regard to his or her scholarly publications, teaching, mentoring, service to urban, national and transnational anthropology, and contributions to public debates. An award of $250 will be offered.  Please send a nomination packet including a letter of nomination, the nominee’s CV, and two letters of support from the nominee’s students or other scholarly peers  to committee chair Jayne Howell at  jayne.howell@csulb.edu.  

No nominations can be accepted after 1 July 2017.  The awardee will be honored at the 2017 AAA meeting in Washington, DC, and give a brief presentation at the SUNTA business meeting.

Andrew Newman is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wayne State University and Secretary of SUNTA.

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