Society of East Asian Anthropology Annual Prizes

For those of you interested in the anthropology field, the Society for East Asian Anthropology has three potential prizes now open for competition.

The Society for East Asian Anthropology (SEAA) announces the return of its annual prizes for outstanding graduate paper, English-language published book, and best multimedia work on the topic of East Asian studies.

The submission deadline for each prize is May 1, 2011.

For full details, please see our website:

http://aaanet.org/sections/seaa/prizes.html

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Bestor Prize for Outstanding Graduate Paper

The Society for East Asian Anthropology invites submissions for the 2011 Theodore C. Bestor Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper in honor of Ted Bestor, the first president of SEAA. The prize of $250 is awarded annually for the best graduate student paper on any aspect of East Asian anthropology and/or East Asian anthropology’s contribution to the broader field.

Papers must deal with the anthropological study of East Asian societies and cultures, or other societies/cultures and diasporic and transnational communities with historical or contemporary ties to East Asia.  Papers will be read by a committee of the Society for East Asian Anthropology and judged on original empirical research and contribution to the field; organization, quality, clarity of writing, and cogency of argument. The author of the paper judged to be of the highest quality will receive the prize.

Manuscripts should be sent to Jennifer Robertson (jennyrob@umich.edu) as MS Word file, double-spaced, author’s name removed. Please put “Bestor Prize” in the subject line of your email message.

General eligibility criteria:

1. Students must be in a degree-granting program (including MA or PhD) at the time of their submission.
2. Paper must be the original work of the student and previously unpublished.
3. Limit one submission per student.

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Hsu Prize for English-language Book

The Society for East Asian Anthropology invites submissions for the 2011 Francis L.K. Hsu Book Prize. The prize of $250 is given to the English-language book published in the previous calendar year (2010) judged to have made the most significant contribution to the field. The prize is named for the late Francis L.K. Hsu (1909-2000), renowned cross-cultural anthropologist and former President (1977-78) of the American Anthropological Association.

Nominations for the prize may be made by authors, publishers, or interested third parties (with the consent of the author). Reference works, translations, textbooks, edited works, and anthologies are not eligible. Both members and non-members of SEAA are eligible.

Please send three non-returnable copies of the book to:

Francis L.K. Hsu Prize Committee
c/o Professor Jennifer Robertson
Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan
101 West Hall
1085 S. University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1107
email: jennyrob@umich.edu

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Plath Media Prize

The Society for East Asian Anthropology invites submissions for the David Plath Media Award for the best work (film, video, audio, and multimedia) on any aspect of East Asian anthropology and/or East Asian anthropology’s contribution to the broader field. The 2011 prize will be awarded for material produced in 2009 or 2010.

The prize of $250 is named for David Plath, renowned Japan-scholar and producer of award-winning documentary films. Evaluators of the work will seek to determine the scholarly significance of submissions which contribute to the anthropology of East Asia, and which take the form of research footage and documentation that adds to the historical and/or ethnographic record, or is used for further analysis (such as linguistics, dance, and art); ethnographic media that contributes to theoretical debate and development; media designed to enhance teaching; and media produced for television broadcasting and other forms of mass communication.

Nominations for the prize may be made by producers/authors, distributors, or interested third parties.

Please send three non-returnable copies of the media to:

David Plath Prize Committee
c/o Professor Jennifer Robertson
Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan
101 West Hall
1085 S. University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1107
email: jennyrob@umich.edu

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