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Anthropology Annual Graduate Student Paper Competition

Deadline: 22 March 2013
Prize: USD $400


The Society for the Anthropology of Europe is calling for abstract submissions for its annual graduate student paper competition. Three to four finalists will be invited to present their work and will receive commentary on it by senior anthropologists Deborah Reed-Danahay and Cris Shore at an SAE-sponsored panel at the 2013 American Anthropological Association Meetings in Chicago. One of the finalists will receive the SAE Graduate Student Paper Prize, which comes with a $400 award.

Interested graduate students are invited to submit a 500-word (maximum), single-authored abstract to Jaro Stacul ( by March 22, 2013. Students will be notified as soon as possible after the deadline regarding the committee’s decision.

The selection of the finalists will be based on the submitted abstract, which must deal with some aspect of Europeanist anthropology and/or Europeanist anthropology’s contribution to the broader field of anthropology. This rule will be interpreted liberally to include papers of a comparative and/or theoretical nature. Selection criteria include the quality of the research project and how well the abstract addresses the AAA Annual Meetings theme ‘Future Publics, Current Engagements’. Details about the theme can be found below or at this website.

The abstract should include a statement of the problem being investigated as well as the methods and results of the study, the theoretical literature which the paper aims to address, and the significance of research.

The winner will be announced at the SAE Business Meeting. This decision will be based on the AAA-length paper which the finalists must submit by mid-October 2013. The papers should be written with the goal that they will ultimately be elaborated and submitted for publication. All finalists will receive guidance from a senior anthropologist such that they can pursue publication in relevant journals. The committee will evaluate originality, contribution to the field, and writing style appropriate for a manuscript in preparation for publication in an academic journal.

2013 American Anthropological Association Meetings

The 2013 annual meeting theme Future Publics, Current Engagements invites discussions about how anthropological theory and method can provide insight into the human past and emerging future.

Anthropologists have long been engaged with diverse publics and with other social sciences. The influence of anthropological methods, concepts and research is growing, as witnessed by the fact that over half of us are now employed outside the academy. Our journals are experimenting with new formats to link research to contemporary concerns. We engage with rapidly changing media technologies to reach diverse audiences and explore different pathways to activism, collaboration, and scholarship. By locating the human at the center of its inquiry, anthropology through all of its fields provide crucial methodological and political insights for other disciplines.

Chicago, the site for the 2013 AAA Annual Meeting, was a powerhouse of the American 20th century. At the confluence of diverse migrations, the city was the location for experiments in commerce, architecture, technology and the human sciences. It was the intellectual inspiration for the modeling of socio-ecological relationships. Today, Chicago is once again at the forefront of thinking about urban places, social movements, the political machinery, and the role of technology in shaping modern publics and life. As elsewhere, its peoples traverse the fraught terrain of changing economic conditions, calling anthropologists to reflect on our role in the real and painful struggles of cities and their residents.

The 2013 annual meeting is dedicated to examining our efforts to transform our disciplinary identity and capacity in terms of knowledge production and relevance in a world of radical change. What is the nature of anthropological knowledge in a world of heterogeneity, interconnectivity and risk? How can we rethink collaborations beyond the categories of researcher/subject, expert/lay, or anthropologist/other? How can we fruitfully participate in interdisciplinary exchanges and projects that engage big questions? How do we nurture and support younger scholars who are struggling to expand the questions and parameters that define the field for a new century? How do ethical considerations shape the practice but also the substance of our scholarship in an imperiled world?

We are at a historical moment when there is healthy interdisciplinary dialogue about theory and method and a search for effective methods for studying globalized futures. Anthropology can take a lead in confronting questions of the human, culture and life itself that engages many disciplines.

For more information, please contact Jaro Stacul, Chair, SAE Student Paper Award Committee at You may also find more information at the official website HERE.
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