SUNTA Prize Announcements

The 2018 Anthony Leeds Prize in Urban Anthropology

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 2017. 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 Danny Hoffman and includes Kristin Peterson, winner of the 2015 prize for Speculative Markets: Drug Circuits and Derivative Life in Nigeria (Duke University Press), 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), and Yukiko Koga, winner of the 2017 prize for Inheritance of Loss: China, Japan and the Political Economy of Redemption after Empire (University of Chicago Press).

  • This year’s deadline for submission is May 4, 2018. No books received after that date will be considered for the 2018 prize.
  • To be eligible for consideration a book must be relevant to the field of urban, national and/or transnational anthropology. The book must have a publication year of 2017. 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. Previous Leeds Prize winners are ineligible for the prize a second time.
  • 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 & 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 4, 2018, to:

Danny Hoffman
Leeds Prize Committee
Department of Anthropology
University of Washington
314 Denny Hall, Campus Box 353100
Seattle, WA 98195-3100

  • Be sure that books’ package is clearly marked “Leeds Prize Committee.”
  • Please address all questions concerning the prize to Danny Hoffman.

2018 SUNTA Senior Scholar/Lifetime Award: Submissions Due July 1, 2018

SUNTA invites nominations for the 2018 Senior Scholar/Lifetime Award in Urban, National, Transnational/Global 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 to the winner. 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 scholarly peers to committee chair Jayne Howell.

No nominations can be accepted after July 1, 2018. The awardee will be honored at the 2018 AAA meeting in San Jose, and asked to give a brief presentation at the SUNTA business meeting.

2018 SUNTA Graduate Student Paper Prize Announcement: Submissions Due September 10, 2018 

 The Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) is pleased to announce its graduate paper prize competition. We are seeking student papers that address SUNTA’s interests, including urban life, space and place, poverty and homelessness, transnational social processes, impacts of globalization, and refugees and immigration.  The prize includes a cash award of $250. The winner will be announced at the 2018 AAA meetings in San Jose.

Authors who are current graduate students or who have graduated within the 2018 calendar year are eligible for the competition, as long as the submission was composed while she or he was a graduate student. Submissions will be accepted from both faculty and the students themselves. Letters of recommendation/justification are not required, nor is SUNTA membership.  International entries are encouraged, but papers must be submitted in English. Papers should be no more than 30 double-spaced pages, including bibliography, notes, and images/figures, and should be in 12-point font.  The paper’s formatting (e.g., citations, bibliographies, etc.) should be consistent throughout. Papers should be submitted by email to Sylvia Nam by September 10, 2018.  Please direct any queries about the award or alternative submission arrangements to her as well.

 2018 SUNTA Undergraduate Paper Prize Announcement: Submissions Due: September 10, 2018 

The Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology is pleased to announce its undergraduate paper prize competition. We are seeking nominations—made by faculty who are SUNTA members—for student papers that address SUNTA’s interests, including urban life, space and place, transnational social processes, impacts of globalization, and refugees and immigration.  The prize includes a cash award of $150. The winner will be announced at the 2018 AAA meetings in San Jose, CA.

Any author who is a current undergraduate or who graduated in the 2018 calendar year is eligible for the competition, as long as the submission was composed while she or he was an undergraduate. Although submissions will be accepted only from faculty (e.g., students may not submit papers on their own), faculty sponsors need not write letters of recommendation or justification in support. The faculty member’s nomination is sufficient.

Papers should be no more than 30 double-spaced pages and in 12-point font, including bibliography, notes, and images/figures. The paper’s formatting (e.g., citations, bibliographies etc.) should be consistent throughout. International entries are encouraged, although papers must be submitted in English.

Please send submissions by email to Ahmed Kanna. Please direct any queries about the award or alternative submission arrangements to him as well.

Faedah M. Totah is contributing editor for the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology.

Cite as: Totah, Faedah M. 2018. “SUNTA Prize Announcements.” Anthropology News website, March 29, 2018.

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