2019 AfAA Student Paper Prize Winners

The Association for Africanist Anthropology is proud to announce the 2019 Student Paper Prize Winners. Each winner will be formally recognized at the AfAA Business Meeting at the AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting in Vancouver on Thursday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m.

Activist Anthropologist Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

“If you want to beat me for my heartfelt birthday poem, come and find me at my home. Ask the bodabodamen [male commercial motorcycle drivers] to direct you to Mama Stella’s house with a red gate,” anthropologist Stella Nyanzi wrote at the end of a Facebook post last September.

African Cultural Astronomy

In the opening of Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe’s masterpiece, Arrow of God, the protagonist, an Igbo chief priest named Ezeulu, gazes patiently at the early evening sky awaiting signs of the new moon.

Museums Matter in the Current Climate of Anti-Black Racism

As a Black woman trained in bioanthropology and dedicated to a career trying to undo the residues of social Darwinism and anti-Black racism in museums, I’m concerned about the present state of popular discourse around Africa and Blackness.

AfAA Elliott P. Skinner Book Award Winner and Call for Participation

The Elliott P. Skinner Book Award continues to receive the attention of publishers and authors after its inception ten years ago in 2008. The annual book award was named in memory of Elliott P. Skinner, the Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University and US Ambassador to Upper Volta (Burkina Faso), for his scholarly and diplomatic accomplishments.

2018 AfAA Student Paper Awards

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA) Student Paper Awards. Once again, we received strong submissions for both awards and have been impressed with the focus and quality of the research.

Drugs and Uncertainty in Tanzania

In much of the Global South, biomedical markets have been flooded by a massive proliferation of counterfeit pharmaceuticals. The World Health Organization identifies Sub-Saharan Africa as the region most affected by this development, with estimates of drugs thought to be fake ranging from 30–60 percent.