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2016 Elliott P. Skinner Book Award Winner and Recipients of Honorable Mentions

James Ferguson, the Susan S. and William H. Hindle Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, is 2016 recipient of the Elliott P. Skinner Book Award for his book, Give a Man a Fish:  Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution, published by Duke University Press.

In addition, there are two recipients of honorable mentions.

J. Lorand Matory, the Lawrence Richardson Professor of Cultural Anthropology and of African and African American Studies at Duke University for his book Stigma and Culture:  Last-Place Anxiety in Black America published by University of Chicago Press.

Richard Werbner, Professor Emeritus of African Anthropology at the University of Manchester for Divination’s Grasp: African Encounters with the Almost Said, published by Indiana University Press.

The Ferguson and Matory books were originally presented in the Lewis Henry Morgan Lecture Series at the University of Rochester.

Congratulations to the winner and honorable mention recipients!

In Memoriam: Elaine Rosa Salo


Elaine Rosa Salo passed away on August 13, 2016 in Delaware, Newark, at the age of 54. Born in 1962 in Kimberly, South Africa, Salo was a leading African feminist scholar activist whose powerful analyses showed how motherhood practices and personhood more generally in peripheral places provided ways to shape life opportunities. She taught at the University of the Western Cape (1988–1999), the University of Cape Town (1986–1987; 2000–2009), the University of Pretoria (2009–2013) and the University of Delaware (2013–2016).

Salo’s work straddled a commitment to social and gender justice. Her work re-centered the ideas and practices of subordinated mothers and young people struggling for survival in peripheral places as a key site of self-actualization that challenged the intersecting gendered, racist and economic oppressions that reproduced these marginalized neighborhoods. In her 2010 WEB du Bois lecture at the UIUC entitled “Lessons in Leadership for Africa: Listening to, Learning from Feminist Pan-African Discussions, Activism, and Scholarship” and her 2014 lecture at the Nordic Africa Institute titled “Who is a moral person in South African township communities?” she laid out the elements of a revolutionary and humane subaltern feminism situated in a politics of situated maternal experiences, empathetic dialogues, transnational networks, reflective scholarship and an ethic of caring and sharing.

Salo completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town (1980–1984), and her master’s at Clark University in Massachusetts (1984–1986). In 2004 she earned her doctoral degree from Emory University, Department of Anthropology with a dissertation titled “Respectable mothers, tough men and good daughters: Making persons in Mannenberg township, South Africa.”

Salo was a passionate teacher and mentor. She taught courses in women’s movements, gender and development, citizenship and the anthropology of gender and sexualities. She led through personal example, engaged research and teaching, and inspired a new generation of feminist scholars to continue the struggle for social and spatial justice with her beautiful humility, brilliant mind and a wicked sense of humour and sharp commentary.

At institutions where she was based, Salo became a friend, colleague, mentor and support to many. She was feisty, truly passionate and a powerful African feminist and thinker. Beyond her academic, activist and intellectual pursuits, Salo was in essence someone who fully understood the meaning of being human. She displayed these qualities and attributes in all that she did.

Salo survived breast cancer in the past, but it returned last year and claimed her life. She passed away surrounded by her family and loved ones. Beloved wife of 28 years to husband Colin Miller, cherished mother to her son, Miles Miller, and her daughter, Jessica, sister to her brothers Ken and Bertram Salo, daughter of the late Edgar and Rosa Salo.

A memorial and celebration of life will be held for Elaine Salo at the upcoming American Anthropological Association annual meeting in Minneapolis. Saturday November 19th, 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hilton Hotel, room Marquette VII.

Initial comments by Cory Kratz, Mike McGovern, Anna-Maria Makhulu, Melissa Melby and Ken Salo, followed by open mike contributions. For more info please contact Faranak Miraftab [email protected].

African Critical Inquiry Programme Announces 2016 Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards

The African Critical Inquiry Programme has named Candice Jansen, Nothemba Kate Luckett, and Ajumeze Henry Obi as recipients of the 2016 Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards. Jansen and Luckett are both South African students at the University of the Witwatersrand. Jansen is pursuing her PhD in History of Art, while Luckett is studying Sociology. Obi is a Nigerian scholar doing his degree in African Studies and Theatre Studies through the University of Cape Town. Support from ACIP’s Ivan Karp Awards will allow each of them to do significant research for their dissertations. Jansen will work on BINNEGOED: Coloured and South African Photography. Luckett will pursue research on Hope and Utopianism in the Everyday Lives of Metalworkers and their Communities. Obi’s dissertation project will examine The ‘Theatre of the Bloody Metaphor’: The Biopolitics of Violence in the Theatre of the Niger Delta.

Founded in 2012, the African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) is a partnership between the Centre for Humanities Research at University of the Western Cape in Cape Town and the Laney Graduate School of Emory University in Atlanta. Supported by donations to the Ivan Karp and Corinne Kratz Fund, the ACIP fosters thinking and working across public cultural institutions, across disciplines and fields, and across generations. It seeks to advance inquiry and debate about the roles and practice of public culture, public cultural institutions and public scholarship in shaping identities and society in Africa through an annual ACIP Workshop and through the Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards, which support African doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences enrolled at South African universities.

About Candice Jansen’s project: Jansen’s project, BINNEGOED, argues that the conceptual and historical parallels between the medium of photography and the identity of ‘coloured’ can open renewed ways of engaging colouredness and theorising visual histories in South Africa. Naming her project with an Afrikaans word for innards or intestines, Jansen considers the racial identity of coloured through the history of South African photography. She takes up W.J.T. Mitchell’s provocation — ‘what if race was a medium?’ – by using the medium of photography to see into the ways in which word, image and biography mask deeper historical realities of race. What happened to the intellectual project on colouredness and what does any of this have to do with photography? BINNEGOED locates and examines coloured moments in the history of photography to analyse the ways in which race and image intersect over time and to propose alternative ways of thinking coloured identity today. Thus, Jansen will use colonial photographs to locate forgotten identities of the 19th century that eventually became assimilated into coloured categorisation. She will read the history of coloured representation in contemporary photography through a particular focus on coloured prison culture. Finally, she will study colouredness as creative practice through the lives of coloured photographers and coloured life writing. Drawing on interviews as well as archives, collections and libraries in South Africa, Sweden and the United States, Jansen will consider the works and lives of photographers Cedric Nunn, Ernest Cole, George Hallett, David Lurie, Mikhael Subotkzy, Gordon Clark, Luke Daniel, Pieter Hugo, and Araminta da Clermont, as well as unidentified 19th century photographers whose work was archived. In this way her project will help reimagine the entwined histories of race and visuality in South Africa.

About Nothemba Kate Luckett’s project: The National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (NUMSA) resolved to build a political alternative in opposition to the status quo in 2013 in the context of the Marikana Massacre and changing political landscape in South Africa.1 Workers taking action and refusing to “tolerate a dog’s life” (Bloch, 1986) is not something new in South Africa. The struggles of workers, communities and youth were critical in bringing down the apartheid regime and continue to be at the forefront of pushing against and beyond an oppressive and exploitative society. Processes of hope and utopianism do not only happen during the big moments of struggle or through overtly political practices, but are part of everyday lives, concretely manifesting in multiple ways that in turn shape the social world. Luckett’s dissertation, Hope and Utopianism in the Everyday Lives of Metalworkers and their Communities, contends that utopian thinking is part of being human: its ontological basis is that the material world is in process. Hope as a political necessity galvanizes action because it is more than the critique of what is but an imagining beyond the present. Through participant observation, oral histories, and research with documents and local archives, Luckett will explore the everyday lives of metalworkers, and the communities in which they live, through the lens of hope and utopianism and the concrete manifestations thereof. She will further explore the ambiguities and contradictions of utopianism and practices of co-option of hope into the status quo. Her research will focus on Eskom workers and communities in Lephalale, Limpopo, a site that contains many of the contradictions of post-apartheid South Africa. The topic of hope is of particular importance in the current context of alienation and disaffection of millions of working class South Africans, a context that is simultaneously a period of renewed searching, questioning and dreaming.


  1. The South African Police Service opened fire on a crowd of striking mineworkers at Marikana in August 2012, resulting in 34 dead, 78 wounded, and hundreds arrested.

About Ajumeze Henry Obi’s project: Since the discovery of huge deposits of crude oil in Nigeria in 1956, the creeks of the Niger Delta have metamorphosed into a volatile space of tripartite conflicts between armed youths of the region and the Nigerian military forces in collaboration with multinational oil corporations. The local agitation against ecological pollution and degradation in the region is not only indicative of the collective struggle for survival of the oil-producing communities, but also of environmental insecurity in the region. The ‘Theatre of the Bloody Metaphor’: The Biopolitics of Violence in the Theatre of the Niger Delta will explore the subjectivities of these bio-political conflicts by examining how the insurgency is culturally represented in six Nigerian plays. It considers how this representation captures the material contribution of non-human nature in the history of the resistance, from pre-oil to oil-modernity in the region. Analysis will focus on works by J. P. Clark-Bekeremo, W. Soyinka, Eni Jologho Umuko, B. Binebai and A. Yerima. The texts selected register the topography of the region in a manner that draws on site-specific and geomorphic forces in the performance of insurgency. They point to ways in which nature and the human subject are collectively embedded within the “pluriverse” of the Delta. Interviews conducted in the Warri area of the Niger Delta region will help interpret aspects of the creeks, mangroves and rivers and the relations between geography and supernatural power that figure in the plays. Obi will examine the texts from the standpoint of what Bruno Latour describes as “relational epistemology”, in which political agency is mapped on both sides of the human/nature dualism. In this way, his research will interrogate the dominance of the anthropocentric character of insurgency in the region, while foregrounding the spatial configuration of the geography of the Delta as co-combatant in the historical contestation against global oil capital. Obi’s work will bring a fresh perspective to Nigerian writing and understandings of the insurgencies by tracing the shifting contours of geopolitics and biopolitics in the cultural and dramatic imaginations of the region.

Information about the 2017 Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards for African Students enrolled in South African Ph.D. Programmes will be available in November 2016. The application deadline is 1 May 2017.

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2016 Graduate and Undergraduate Paper Awards and Honorable Mentions

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 AfAA Student Paper Awards. Once again, we received strong submissions for both awards. Thank you to all Board Members who submitted and recommended papers.

In particular, we would like to acknowledge the Macalester College Department of Anthropology on the consistently high quality of their submissions over the past several years. This year, a Macalester student will receive the Nancy “Penny” Schwartz Undergraduate Essay Award, and we look forward to recognizing the department in their home state of Minnesota. As a result, the undergraduate award winner should be able to attend the meetings in Minneapolis without any travel cost.

The names of the award winners and the honorable mentions are listed below.

Bennetta Jules-Rosette Graduate Essay Award
($500 cash award for winner)

Winner: Eduardo Santana (University of California San Diego), “The Black Roots of Argentine Tango: Embodied Identities in the Dancing Diaspora” (Nominated by Ivan Evans, University of California San Diego)
Eduardo Santana’s theoretically rich essay explores the African roots of Tango in terms of theories of embodiment and performance. He touches upon a broad range of literature on the Black Atlantic and problematizes Tango as seen from perspectives of global scholarship. He addresses the diasporic theories of Robert Farris Thompson and Paul Gilroy in juxtaposition with both the writings and performances of Argentinian and Angolan Tango masters. The broad theoretical scope of his research is noteworthy, and his innovative contributions to studies of communication, dance, and cosmopolitanism are commendable.

Honorable Mention: Carrie McLachlin Leslie (University of Oklahoma), “African Women’s Resistance and the Reclamation of their Environment” (Nominated by Betty Harris, University of Oklahoma)
Carrie McLachlin Leslie’s essay addresses African environmentalism, including Kenya’s Greenbelt movement, in terms of the contributions of women to environmental change and preservation across the African continent. Comparative examples are drawn from a broad range of countries, highlighting Kenya, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, among others. The paper also advocates approaches to sustainable energy reforms across the African continent. It offers a strong model of applied anthropological research.

Nancy “Penny” Schwartz Undergraduate Essay Award
($100 cash award for winner + conference registration)

Winner: Nana Charlene Elfreda Adubea Toa-Kwapong (Macalester College), “Alienation,(Re)integration or Something in Between: Return Migration to Accra, Ghana and Cultural Liminality” (Nominated by Olga González, Macalester College)
Nana Charlene Elfreda Adubea Toa-Kwapong, also known as Dubie, breaks new ground in her study of African migrants who return to their homes in Ghana. She draws upon extensive field research and in-depth interviews with returning immigrants, who narrate their experiences abroad and their perceptions of return. After returning to Ghana, they are often viewed as foreigners and outsiders who have to readjust to their home cultures. In summarizing their narratives, she states: “Return is about more than being in Ghana or Africa at all times – it is about reconnecting with the motherland.” The migrants return with a Pan-African perception of their experiences. This essay is an excellent exploration of diasporic studies seen from an innovative and original perspective that examines migration as a complete circuit.

Honorable Mention: Jamie Franzese (University of Oklahoma), “Democratization and Women’s Issues: A Comparative Analysis of Tunisia and Egypt” (Nominated by Betty Harris, University of Oklahoma)
Jamie Franzese’s essay examines women’s empowerment in relation to the Arab Spring protest movements of 2011. The essay provides a multifaceted comparison of political participation, occurrences of gendered violence, women’s health resources, and advocacy networks in Tunisia and Egypt. Jamie argues that, although democratic institutions are much stronger in Tunisia than in Egypt, this fact does not translate into noticeable improvements in gender equality. We commend this comparative approach to gender studies and political anthropology.

Congratulations to all the award winners and honorable mentions, and we look forward to seeing everyone in Minneapolis.

2015 Elliot Skinner Book Awards

After careful consideration of many exciting contributions, AfAA is pleased to announce the winner and two honorable mentions for this year’s Elliot Skinner Book Award!

The winner of this year’s award is Daniel Jordan Smith’s AIDS Doesn’t Show Its Face: Inequality, Morality, and Social Change in Nigeria (2014, University of Chicago Press).  More information about the book

The two honorable mentions go to Cati Coe for her book The Scattered Family: Parenting, African Migrants, and Global Inequality (2013, University of Chicago Press) and to Pnina Werbner for her book The Making of an African Working Class: Politics, Law, and Cultural Protest in the Manual Workers Union of Botswana (2013, Pluto Press).

Congratulations to Dr. Smith, Dr. Coe, and Dr. Werbner!

Job Announcement: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in sociocultural anthropology at the rank of assistant professor.  We seek a scholar-teacher whose research contributes new theoretical perspectives on cultural processes of diaspora and dislocation, including but not exclusive to the effects of forced or voluntary migration brought about by political, gendered, and ethnic violence, development projects or economic policy, as well as identity politics and processes associated with diasporic communities. Geographic area of specialization is open but should complement those presently represented in the department. The successful candidate will be firmly grounded in ethnographic research and ready to contribute to a department that teaches a four-field undergraduate curriculum.

The appointment will begin July 1, 2016 and the candidate must have PhD in hand prior to that date. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references via Interfolio by following this link:

With parity between male and female undergraduate students and over one quarter of the students being members of minority groups, Dartmouth is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in New England. Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. We strongly encourage applications from a broad spectrum of people, including women, persons of color, gay, lesbian, and transgender persons, persons with disabilities, and veterans. Dartmouth offers health insurance and other benefits to same-sex domestic partners. Information about all of Dartmouth’s benefits is available at

Job Announcement: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure track, Assistant Professor in sociocultural anthropology specializing in public health, development, and/or globalization in Africa or Asia starting in August 2016. The successful candidate will have an active research program, demonstrated scholarly productivity, a strong pedagogical commitment to undergraduate education, and the capacity to teach courses, including introduction to anthropology, research methods, and upper-level courses in candidate’s area of specialization.

UNH actively creates an educational environment that fosters diversity, inclusion and quality engagement for all.  A PhD in Anthropology or closely related qualitative field is required.  We seek a scholar who can offer hands-on applied learning opportunities, make significant research contributions including publications and securing external funding, who engages interdisciplinary questions and methods and can collaborate across disciplines with other departments and programs at UNH.  We welcome candidates with skill in creating and sustaining culturally diverse constituencies in the academic environment and the ability to cultivate external relations.

Please send curriculum vita, letter of interest discussing areas of research, teaching experience and prospective courses, and the contact information of three referees via email in PDF format to Department Coordinator,[email protected], not later than November 20, 2105.  Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Skype.

The University of New Hampshire is the state’s public research university providing high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction.  Its primary purpose is learning: students collaborating with faculty in teaching, research, creative expression, and service.  The University of New Hampshire has a national and international agenda and holds land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant charters.  From its main Durham campus and its college in Manchester, The University serves New Hampshire and the region through continuing education, cooperative extension, cultural outreach, economic development activities, and applied research. The University seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff and students.  The University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status.  Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.

African Critical Inquiry Programme announces 2015 Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards

The African Critical Inquiry Programme has named George Emeka Agbo and Ruth Sacks as recipients of the 2015 Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards. Agbo is a Nigerian doctoral student in Visual History at the University of the Western Cape. Sacks is a South African pursuing her degree through the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) at the University of the Witwatersrand. With support from ACIP’s Ivan Karp Awards, Agbo will pursue research on Photography, Facebook and Virtualisation of Resistance in Nigeria, while Sacks will complete work for her dissertation on Style Congo, Art Nouveau: Links and Ruptures between Early Belgian Modernism, the African Colony and Postcolonial Zaïre.

Founded in 2012, the African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) is a partnership between the Centre for Humanities Research at University of the Western Cape in Cape Town and the Laney Graduate School of Emory University in Atlanta. Supported by donations to the Ivan Karp and Corinne Kratz Fund, the ACIP fosters thinking and working across public cultural institutions, across disciplines and fields, and across generations. It seeks to advance inquiry and debate about the roles and practice of public culture, public cultural institutions and public scholarship in shaping identities and society in Africa through an annual ACIP workshop and through the Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards, which support African doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences enrolled at South African universities.

  About George Emeka Agbo’s project: Social media has changed the ways citizens relate with the state, impacting everything from electoral practices to the organisation of mass actions against governments. George Emeka Agbo’s research project, Photography, Facebook and Virtualisation of Resistance in Nigeria, proposes that in their involvement in this cyber culture, Nigerians have created an alternative form of resistance against poor governance and social injustice through the photographic practice of image production and circulation on Facebook. He will study the ways the boundary between professional and amateur photography is broken to challenge a sociopolitical order amidst a dearth of fundamental facilities, such as electricity, internet and digital resources. The research relies on photographs shared on the social networking site, including comments made on them by Facebook users, and interviews with those who posted them. It will focus on Facebook groups such as the Nigerian Global Awakening Day Protest and the Nationwide Anti-Fuel Subsidy Removal: Strategies and Protests, both of which emerged as part of protests against the Nigerian government’s fuel subsidy removal.  Agbo’s semiotic analysis of this material will define the challenges Nigeria grapples with and examine how online protest presents possibilities for socio-political transformation. He will consider how the ontology of the image as a virtual object reflects the capability of digital technology to condition how agitations of the masses are seen in the public domain of the Internet. The study is framed theoretically and conceptually through notions of civil discourse and “cyberdigital montage.”  While the photographic image plays as a site of resistance, the interactions it produces among people are contingent upon how is it digitally created, manipulated and disseminated.

 About Ruth Sacks’ project: Ruth Sacks will use support from the Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Award for a final research trip to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to complete her project Style Congo, Art Nouveau: Links and Ruptures between Early Belgian Modernism, the African Colony and Postcolonial Zaïre. Sack’s dissertation examines the complicated role of African aesthetics in shaping modernist forms still present in the public cultures of Brussels and Kinshasa. Starting in late 19th century Belgium, she describes the entanglement of the proto-modernist Art Nouveau movement with King Leopold II’s colonial regime in the Congo. She then traces the display of Congolese objects from the colonial exhibition into the modernist museum, in order to follow them to post independence Zaïre, addressing how modernity was articulated through aesthetics in the postcolony. Her first-hand research in Kinshasa provides ways to contextualize her arguments in Africa, splintering and recasting the European frame and orientation usually brought to Art Nouveau.  Sacks has already completed archival research in Belgium and preliminary research in Kinshasa. On her return to Kinshasa she will interview local artists, arts educators, architects and museum professionals in order to gain an in-depth perspective on how public art projects, entertainment sites and exhibitions constructed a theatre of modern Africanity. She will gather visual data and multiple perspectives on the manner in which international-style modernism housed not only traditional Congolese objects, but also contemporary art commissions and designs embedded with notions of pre-colonial culture. This will allow Sacks to explore the idea of monumental sites, like l’Echangeur (1974, today a contemporary art museum) and the Mont Ngaliema museum complex (1970s), as futuristic structures encasing interiors whose logics rely on recourse to generalized notions of tribal Africa.

Information about the 2016 Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards for African Students enrolled in South African Ph.D. Programmes will be available in November 2015. The application deadline is expected to be 1 June 2016, but please check the November announcement for confirmation. For further information, see and

2015 Graduate and Undergraduate Paper Awards and Honorable Mentions

After careful review of many great submissions, we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 AfAA Graduate and Undergraduate Paper Awards.

Bennetta Jules-Rosette Graduate Essay Award

The winner of this year’s Bennetta Jules-Rosette Graduate Essay Award is Apostolos Andrikopoulos of the University of Amsterdam.  Apostolos’ essay, “The Process of Kinship in a Setting of Civic Inequality: West African Migrants Struggling Over Scarce Resources in Europe,” is an insightful examination of kinship patterns and international migration. The paper utilizes an ethnographic and humanistic perspective to analyze the contemporary phenomenon of transnational mobility, which is often examined primarily through a macro-sociological lens. Drawing upon ethnographic studies of African migrants in Greece, Andrikopoulos analyzes kinship patterns as a counterbalance to institutional structures of civic inequality. This paper offers strong potential for linking the history of anthropological theory with studies of migration and social change in contemporary society.

Additionally, an Honorable Mention for the Graduate Essay Award goes to Dominic Granello of the University of Oklahoma. Dominic’s paper, “BRICS, the New Development Bank, and South Africa: A Look at Changes in the Global and Regional Development Structure, and South Africa’s Role as a Regional Power,” provides an anthropologically-inflected study of international political and economic relations. Focusing on South Africa’s position in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) coalition, Granello outlines new pathways of lending and new frameworks of international partnership. BRICS elevates South Africa’s level of political influence and opens financial channels to the New Development Bank. This holds the promise of separating African and regional development from the Bretton Woods institutions. The paper makes an interesting contribution to economic anthropology.

Nancy “Penny” Schwartz Undergraduate Essay Award

Sara Yukimi Saltman of Macalester College is the winner of this year’s Nancy “Penny” Schwartz Undergraduate Essay Award.  Sara’s honors thesis, “The Grass that Grows on Top of Bodies: Women, Marriage and the Construction of Collective Narratives in Rural Rwanda,” draws upon extensive ethnographic fieldwork in southern Rwanda. Saltman presents the narratives of Rwandan women who formed an economic cooperative in the aftermath of the genocide. The research is emotionally powerful and theoretically rich. Saltman argues that women in the collective narrativize the “social idiom” of marriage in the wake of extreme social and political upheaval: “the women fulfill responsibilities as female-heads of households in the physical absence and narrative presence of husbands.” Sara has also applied her social justice focus beyond the classroom. She co-founded STRIVE, a campus group promoting classroom inclusivity and a more diverse faculty, staff, and administration.

Anna Yamamuro of the University of California, San Diego, will receive an Honorable Mention for the Undergraduate Essay Award for her paper “Student Activism in South Africa: Apartheid-Era Challenges and Lasting Effects.” Anna’s paper examines student activism in South Africa from 1976 to 2014. The study innovatively connects grade-school activism, including the well-known Soweto uprising, with activism in higher education and beyond. The paper’s theorization is solid and complex for an undergraduate essay. Yamamuro employs a dialectical model to present student activism as a cyclical process of thesis-antithesis-synthesis. She ends the paper with an examination of the current situation and the lessons that historical activism offers to the ongoing cycles of racial and educational reform and equality in South Africa.

Congratulations to all our awardees on their great work!

2014 Elliot Skinner Book Award

After careful consideration of many exciting contributions, AfAA is pleased to announce the winner and honorable mention for this year’s Elliot Skinner Book Award!

The winner of this year’s book award is Jemima Pierre’s The Predicament of Blackness: Postcolonial Ghana and the Politics of Race (2013, University of Chicago Press).

This year’s honorable mention goes to Wyatt MacGaffey’s book Chiefs, Priests, and Praise Singers (2013, University of Virginia Press).

Congratulations to Dr. Pierre and Dr. MacGaffey!