2018 SHA Ethnographic Poetry Competition

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces our annual poetry competition as a means to encourage scholars to use alternative literary genres to explore anthropological concerns. These concerns may be any of those associated with any of the five fields of anthropology: Archaeological, Biological, Linguistic, Sociocultural and Applied.

Deadline: July 1, 2018. There is no entry fee for this competition.

Please email your entry (no more than three unpublished poems) as a single pdf document to: [email protected] without the author’s name (anonymized), along with a separate cover page with the following information by the Deadline of July 1, 2018: • NAME, TITLE, INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION (S) /• CONTACT INFO (ADDRESS, PHONE, EMAIL) /• POEM TITLE (S) / • ETHNOPOETRY STATEMENT*

The anonymous entry pdf must include an *ethnographic statement (of no more than 400 words) which connects the poem(s) submitted to anthropology which will be taken into account as the judges make their award selections. Examples of ethnographic statements can be found in the poems published in Anthropology and Humanism: (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anhu.12058/full).

Before you submit a manuscript to the competition, please consider exploring the work of the ethnographic poets we have published. We’re drawn to technical virtuosity combined with abundant imagination, vivid imagery, and musical approaches to fresh language, risk-taking, and an ability to convey penetrating insights into human experience. We seek a layer of trust concerning the writer’s experience and perspective as both anthropologist and creative writer, one who is ethically responsible in terms of representing the other, one who is able to locate his or her reader in the context of the ethnographic study and reveal anthropological themes associated with any of the fields of anthropology.

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Jose in November 14-18, 2018. The first-place winner(s) will receive a certificate and award of $100. All entries will be considered for publication in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. (Note that Membership in AAA or an institutional subscription is required for digital access to the journal and SHA membership with the paid print option is required to receive a print issue.)

JUDGES: Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, Nomi Stone, & Ather Zia

Judges’ bios:
Melisa “Misha” Cahnman-Taylor, Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia, is the author of Imperfect Tense (poems, 2016), and co-author of three books in educational inquiry. She is the winner of three 2015-2018 NEA “Big Read” Grants, the Beckman award for “Professors Who Inspire Social Change,” and a Fulbright scholarship. Misha is poetry editor for Anthropology & Humanism and has judged the journal’s annual ethnographic poetry competition since 2005.

Nomi Stone is a post-doctoral research fellow in anthropology at Princeton University. Her second collection of poems Kill Class is forthcoming (Tupelo Press 2019). Her poetry is widely published, appearing recently or soon in POETRY, American Poetry Review, and Best American Poetry, amongst others. Her ethnography in progress, Human Technologies and the Making of American War is a finalist for the University of California Press’s Atelier Series.

Ather Zia is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Gender Studies at University of Northern Colorado Greeley. Her first collection of poems “The Frame” was published in 1999 and since she appeared in a variety of noted poetry journals. In 2013 she won the second prize for ethnographic poetry on Kashmir from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. Ather is finishing her ethnography on Kashmir, and an ethnographic poetry collection titled, “Field In-verse.” She is also the founder-editor of Kashmir Lit and co-founder of Critical Kashmir Studies.

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2018 Victor Turner Prize Competition: Deadline May 1

2018 Call for Submissions:

Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) announces the annual juried competition for the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing. The late Victor Turner devoted his career to seeking an accessible language that would reopen anthropology to the human subject, and the competition recognizes the innovative books that further this project.

AWARD

A $1,000 first-place, a $500 second place and a $250 third-place prize will be awarded at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 20-24, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible genres include single and co-authored ethnographic monographs, narratives, historical accounts, biographies, memoirs, dramas, or single-authored collections of essays, short stories, or poems. Book publication year must be no earlier than 2016. Books may be entered into the competition by authors, publishers, book editors, or colleagues. No formal letter of nomination is needed. Books published in 2016-2017 entered in last year’s competition may be resubmitted this year with the appropriate entry fee.

SUBMISSION: FEE

For authors who are already SHA members, the entry fee is $25/book. For authors who are not SHA members, the entry fee is $75/book. (Publishers: for all books you submit, please check with authors first to discover whether they are current SHA members and please encourage authors to join SHA). The fee may be paid either online here (log into Anthro Gateway to get the SHA member rate of $25), or by check (made out to the American Anthropological Association) with the Submission-Fee-Form sent to:

Kathy Ano, Controller
American Anthropological Association
2300 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 1301
Arlington, VA 22201-3386
Phone: 703.528.1902 ext. 1161
Fax: 703.528.3546

SUBMISSION: BOOKS (a total of 3 copies)

Send one copy of the book to be entered to each of the three judges:

Victor Turner Prize,
c/o Anna Tsing
Department of Anthropology
Aarhus University
Moesgaard Alle 20
8270 Hojbjerg Denmark

Victor Turner Prize,
c/o Helena Wulff
Stockholm University
Department of Social Anthropology
SE-10691 Stockholm
Sweden 

Victor Turner Prize,
c/o Julia Offen
1986 Paquita Dr.
Carpinteria, CA 93013
U.S.A.

SUBMISSION: COVER LETTER

All submitters to the contest must also send a cover letter to [email protected] with the following four items of required information:

  1. book title, publication year, and publisher;
  2. author’s contact information including mailing address, all telephone numbers and e-mail address;
  3. author’s biographical sketch (1-2 paragraphs) including highest degree awarded, discipline, and institution;
  4. current affiliation (university or otherwise).

Biographical information will be used for presenting the winners and publicizing the results of the competition and will not be used for judging the quality of the entries. Entrants may also include an optional short statement about intellectual training/ orientation, and the circumstances surrounding the research/ writing of the book.

The deadline for receipt of all required materials is May 1, 2019.

All inquiries should be directed to Dr. Julia Offen, prize coordinator, at [email protected]

 

 

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Join us at the SHA Hospitality Suite at AAA

The room # is pending, but please join us for any of the following events while attending the AAA meeting in DC this week!

Thursday (11/30)

  • 10-11am: Available for meetings with publishers
  • 2:30-4:30: “Professionalization” (informal workshop for students)
  • 8-9:30: Drop-in, talk to AH editors for articles & prose

Friday (12/1)

  • 10-6: Available for socializing — get in touch with us!
  • 6-8: Pizza, Prose, & Poetry

Saturday (12/2)

  • 10-12: Available for meetings with publishers
  • 12-2: Drop-in “lunch” (topic: music/sound)
  • 4-6: SHA Presentations
  • 6-7:30: SHA meet-n-greet, all welcome
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SHA at AAA 2017

Please join us for the fantastic SHA sessions below, and our Member’s Meeting and Awards Ceremony (Saturday Dec 2, 7:45 PM – 9:00 PM in Marriott, Balcony A)

Wednesday, November 29

12:00 PM – 1:45 PM  –  “Past, Present, and Future Possibilities” – Marriott, Thurgood Marshall East

4:30 PM – 6:15 PM  –  Re-examining Medical Narratives: The Uses, Limits, and Politics of “Storytelling” – Marriott, Harding

Thursday, November 30

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM  –  Trust Upheavals: Cultural Dimensions – Marriott, Taylor

4:15 PM – 6:00 PM  –  Elements – Marriott, Washington Room 1

4:15 PM – 6:00 PM  –  Songs from the Field: Songwriting, Ethnography, and Narrative-Based Art Forms – Marriott, Washington Room 2

Friday, December 1

2:00 PM – 3:45 PM  –  Family Matters: Re-Examining Children in Anthropological Fieldwork and Careers – Marriott, Roosevelt 1

2:00 PM – 3:45 PM  –  Summoning the Past: Contestations of Matter, Space, and Time in the Reproduction of State Power – Marriott, Washington Room 2

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM  –  Using Performance as Anthropological Focus and Framework (SHA Workshop) – Marriott, Park Tower 8217

Saturday, December 2

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM  –  Workshop on Ethnographic Poetry in Contemporary Anthropology – Marriott, Park Tower 8217

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM  –  Movement Matters in Martial Arts: Politics, Performance, and Meaning in Embodied Practices – Omni, Congressional A

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM  –  Seeing Violence, Violent Seeing – Marriott, Roosevelt 5

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM  –  The Intellectual Legacy of Victor and Edith Turner – Marriott, Wilson B

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM  –  Methods for Ethnographic Research Utilizing Social Media – Marriott, Park Tower 8217

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM  –  Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) Writing Workshop: Crafting Creative Nonfiction – Marriott, Park Tower 8212

12:15 PM – 3:00 PM  –  Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) Board Meeting – Marriott, Park Tower 8226 (for board members only)

7:45 PM – 9:00 PM  –  Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) Member’s Meeting and Awards Ceremony – Marriott, Balcony A

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Congrats to the 2017 winners of the SHA Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Contest

SHA Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Contest Winners
1st Place Elisabeth Yarbakhsh Call
2nd Place Caitrin Lynch A Portrait of Judy Garrity
3rd Place Brynn Champney On a Hill With No Name
Honorable Mention Kristen Ghodsee Market Economics
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Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology is delighted to announce the winners of the Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing. We are grateful to the work and commitment of the book prize committee: Karen Richman, chair, and members Abigail Adams, Cristiana Giordano and Lisa Stevenson. The committee evaluated seventy-five ethnographies for their originality, innovative methods, experience-near approach, quality of writing, presentation and engagement with humanistic anthropology and anthropological scholarship in general. We chose the ethnographies that we found to be exemplars of the best ethnographic writing, the ones destined to make a significant impact on the doing and writing of ethnography. The winners exemplify the broad and deep diversity of anthropologists’ approaches to their craft.

 

1st Prize Emma Tarlo Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair Oneworld Press 2016
2nd Prize Anand Pandian Reel World: An Anthropology of Creation Duke University Press 2015
3rd Prize Robert Desjarlais Subject to Death: Life and Loss in a Buddhist World University of Chicago Press 2016
Honorable Mention David Hughes Energy without Conscience: Oil, Climate Change, and Complicity Duke University Press                     2017
Honorable Mention Janet McIntosh Unsettled: Denial and Belonging Among White Kenyans University of California Press 2016

 

Congratulations to the winners and to all who submitted their books to the prize committee.

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2017 SHA Ethnographic Poetry Competition Call for Submissions – Oct 15 deadline

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces our annual poetry competition as a means to encourage scholars to use alternative literary genres to explore anthropological concerns. These concerns may be any of those associated with any of the five fields of anthropology: Archaeological, Biological, Linguistic, Sociocultural and Applied.

Deadline: October 15, 2017                 There is no entry fee for this competition.

Please email your entry (no more than three unpublished poems) as a single pdf document to: [email protected] without the author’s name (anonymized), along with a separate cover page with the following information by the Deadline of October 15, 2017:

  • NAME, TITLE, INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION(S)
  • CONTACT INFO (ADDRESS, PHONE, EMAIL)
  • POEM TITLE(S)
  • ETHNOPOETRY STATEMENT*

The anonymous entry pdf must include an *ethnographic statement (of no more than 400 words) which connects the poem(s) submitted to anthropology which will be taken into account as the judges make their award selections. Examples of ethnographic statements can be found in the poems published in Anthropology and Humanism (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anhu.12058/full).

Before you submit a manuscript to the competition, please consider exploring the work of the ethnographic poets we have published. We’re drawn to technical virtuosity combined with abundant imagination, vivid imagery, musical approaches to fresh language, risk-taking, and an ability to convey penetrating insights into human experience. We seek a layer of trust concerning the writer’s experience and perspective as both anthropologist and creative writer, one who is ethically responsible in terms of representing the other, one who is able to locate his or her reader in the context of the ethnographic study and reveal anthropological themes associated with any of the fields of anthropology.

JUDGES: Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, Nomi Stone

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington DC in November 29-December 3, 2017. The first-place winner(s) will receive a certificate and award of $100. All entries will be considered for publication in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. (Note that Membership in AAA or an institutional subscription is required for digital access to the journal and SHA membership with the paid print option is required to receive a print issue.)

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2017 Victor Turner Prize Competition – Deadline May 5

This is for the 2017 competition – please see the 2018 information here

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA) announces the 25th annual juried competition for the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing. The late Victor Turner devoted his career to seeking an accessible language that would reopen anthropology to the human subject, and the prize will be given in recognition of innovative books that further this project.

Eligible genres include single and co-authored ethnographic monographs, narratives, historical accounts, biographies, memoirs, dramas, or single-authored collections of essays, short stories, or poems. A $1,000 first-place, a $500 second place and a $250 third-place prize, for books published 2015 through 2017, will be awarded at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, DC in November 2017.

Books may be entered into the competition by authors, book editors, or colleagues. No formal letter of nomination is needed. Books published in 2015-2016 entered in last year’s competition may be resubmitted this year with the appropriate entry fee.

Submission fee: For authors who are already SHA members, the entry fee is $25/book. For authors who are not SHA members, the entry fee is $75/book. (Publishers: for all books you submit, please check with the author first to discover whether s/he is a current SHA member and please encourage authors to join SHA). The fee may be paid either online here (log into Anthro Gateway to get the SHA member rate of $25), or by check (made out to the American Anthropological Association) with the Turner Submission-Fee-Form sent to:

Kathy Ano, Controller
American Anthropological Association
2300 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 1301
Arlington, VA 22201-3386 

Send one copy of the book to be entered to each of the four judges (a total of 4 copies): 

Victor Turner Prize,
c/o Karen Richman
230 McKenna Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Victor Turner Prize,
c/o Cristiana Giordano
321 Young Hall
Department of anthropology
One Shields Ave
University of California
Davis, CA 95616

Victor Turner Prize,
c/o Lisa Stevenson
Department of Anthropology
McGill University
Room 718, Leacock Building
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC H3A 2T7
Canada

Victor Turner Prize,
c/o Abigail Adams
Department of Anthropology
1615 Stanley Street
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT 06053

All who enter the contest must include a cover letter with four items of required information:

  1. book title, publication year, and publisher,
  2. author’s contact information including mailing address, all telephone numbers and e-mail address;
  3. author’s biographical sketch (1-2 paragraphs) including highest degree awarded, discipline, and institution;
  4. current affiliation (university or otherwise).

Biographical information will be used for presenting the winners and publicizing the results of the competition and will not be used for judging the quality of the entries. Entrants may also include an optional short statement about intellectual training/ orientation, and the circumstances surrounding the research/ writing of the book.

Please send the cover letter and accompanying statements and biographical information to the chair of the Victor Turner Prize Committee, Karen Richman, [email protected], 574-631-8146.

The deadline for receipt of the required materials is May 5, 2017.

All inquiries should be directed to Karen Richman, [email protected].

 

 

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Call for Submissions: Society for Humanistic Anthropology 2017 Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Competition

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology is pleased to announce that we are opening our annual writing contest for Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. We celebrate the use of creative literary prose genres to explore anthropological concerns, and we encourage you to share your previously unpublished work with us.

As a guideline, ethnographic fiction and creative nonfiction use literary elements to bring stories to life and engage the reader. Whether fiction or nonfiction, these creative prose pieces reflect insights about the real world seen through an anthropological lens or reflecting an anthropological sensibility (related to any field of anthropology).

Submissions should not exceed 20 pages typed double-spaced, and need to work as stand-alone stories. There is a limit of one submission per applicant. Submissions must be previously unpublished and not currently under consideration elsewhere.

We do expect contestants to be affiliated with the field or practice of anthropology and/or ethnography in some manner. There is no entry fee for this competition.

Submission deadline is June 1, 2017.

Please email your entry as two pdf documents to: [email protected]

The entry should consist of two files:

  • Your story (double spaced) with title but without the author’s name (anonymized), PLUS an extra final page with a statement of no more than 400 words that answers the question “how is this piece anthropologically informed and in what ways has your background in the field contributed to it?” This statement will be taken into account as the judges make their award selections.
  • A separate cover page with your full name, title of your submission, mailing address, email address, and institutional affiliation (if applicable).

JUDGES: Julia Offen (Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Editor, Anthropology and Humanism), John Wood (Professor, University of North Carolina Asheville), and Katrina Daly Thompson (Professor, University of Wisconsin Madison)

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized in a ceremony at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington DC 11/29/2017 – 12/03/2017.

Winning submissions will be considered for publication in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. All winners will receive a certificate, and the first place winner will receive an award of $100.

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Society for Humanistic Anthropology – CFP for Washington, DC 2017

SHA welcomes a variety of individual paper and session proposals for consideration at this year’s Annual Meeting in Washington, DC (November 29 – Sunday, December 3, 2017). The theme for the meeting is “Anthropology Matters!,” which provides a rich context for exploring the innovative and exciting work conducted under the broad rubric of humanistic anthropology.

For the 2017 Annual Meeting, the SHA programming committee consists of: Erik Aasland ([email protected]) & Nicole Peterson ([email protected]).

Erik and Nicole will be more than happy to work with you on your paper, poster, roundtable presentations and sessions, or workshop ideas. SHA encourages innovative formats, including poster sessions, extended readings, and fostering more dynamic discussion periods. For all submissions, participants must abide by the AAA rules regarding roles, registration, deadlines, and fees: http://www.americananthro.org/AttendEvents/landing.aspx?ItemNumber=14722&navItemNumber=566. No exceptions.

There are many different ways for members to participate in the AAA meetings through SHA. All submissions are due April 14, 2017 unless otherwise indicated. The online abstract submission system is now open for all proposal types. Here are the types of submissions possible:

Panels, Sessions, and Workshops

  • Executive Panels (were due 2/16)
  • Roundtables (Due 4/14 @ 5pm)
  • Invited Sessions (Due 4/14 @ 5pm)
  • Volunteered Sessions (Due 4/14 @5pm)
  • Workshops (contact Erik or Nicole with a brief description of the workshop topic, audience, and who will lead it by 4/14 @ 5pm; also due through AAA submission form by the same deadline)

Visit here for a description of each submission type: http://www.americananthro.org/AttendEvents/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=2040

Most popular SHA submissions categories:

Individually Volunteered Paper/Poster Presentations – Due 5pm 4/14, 2017 online

This includes all individual paper/poster submissions. To submit a proposal, go to AAA website and follow the links to the call for papers. A presentation abstract of up to 250 words is required. Meeting registration forms and fees must be submitted for each participant. Submission deadline is 5:00 pm EST (10:00 pm GMT) April 14, 2017.Be sure to indicate if you wish SHA to review your submission.

SHA Invited/Sponsored Session Proposals – Due 5pm 4/14, 2017 online

This includes all paper/poster sessions and roundtable proposals. All Session Proposals (paper, poster, or roundtable sessions) must include a session abstract of up to 500 words and information for all participants (including individual abstracts for paper/poster sessions, and any technical needs for your session). Submission will be through the AAA website. We highly encourage anyone wanting consideration for invited session status to contact us ASAP, ideally by March 20, 2017.

Here is how the process for getting invited status works:

  1. You submit your complete panel and ask for it to be reviewed by SHA;
  1. You indicate that you want your panel to also be reviewed by a second and possibly a third section. You can also write them in advance.
  1. The section’s program chairs review all of the abstracts submitted to their section. They then proceed to score and rank them.
  1. Then the negotiations begin. Program reviewers from the various sections look for other sections open to co-invite panels. They do this because each section only has so many points to use to invite panels, but co-invited panels costs half as much.

Go here for registration and more information: http://www.americananthro.org/AttendEvents/landing.aspx?ItemNumber=14722&navItemNumber=566

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