Honors and Awards

Each year, SAE also offers a student paper prize and a pre-dissertation fellowship. We also encourage you to attend our events at AAAs, particularly the roundtable workshops:


2012 SAE Student Paper Prize. Background: Jaro Stacul, David Kideckel and Sarah Green. Foreground: Julie Kleinman (winner), Johanna Mitterhofer,Susan Rottmann and Catalina Tesar.


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 at an SAE-sponsored panel at the 2015 AAA Meetings in Denver. 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 (J.Stacul.94@cantab.net) by March 22, 2015. 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 ‘Familiar/Strange.’ Details about the theme can be found at:


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 2015. The papers should be written with the goal that they will ultimately be elaborated and submitted for publication. All finalist 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.


CES/SAE Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Council for European Studies invites eligible graduate students to apply for the CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships with a January 2016 deadline. Each fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend, the opportunity to publish in Perspectives on Europe, a semi-annual journal of the Council for European Studies, and other professional development activities. The Society for the Anthropology of Europe co-sponsors one fellowship for anthropological research with priority given to a graduate student enrolled in an anthropology Ph.D. program.

CES Pre-Dissertation Fellowships fund two months’ travel to Europe to conduct the exploratory phase of a projected dissertation project in the social sciences or humanities which will require a subsequent stay in Europe.  The program is intended to facilitate the transition from coursework to fieldwork, and to enable students to make rapid progress in refining their initial ideas into a feasible, interesting, and fundable doctoral project.  Recipients are expected to use CES support to lay such research groundwork as determining the availability of archival materials, scouting possible field sites, testing research design, securing ties with relevant European scholars or institutions.  Typically, they submit applications for dissertation research funding soon after completing CES-funded preliminary research.



The William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology honors the best book published annually in Europeanist anthropology as determined by a panel comprising SAE senior members, chaired by the Society’s President-elect.

Eligible volumes must be available in English, whether published in the US or abroad. They must have been published in the calendar year before the prize adjudication. Multi-author volumes are eligible, although edited collections of essays are not.

The deadline for submission of entries for consideration is May 1. Books submitted for 2016 prize consideration must have been published in 2015 (as indicated on the copyright page); books translated into English must have appeared in English in 2015 though they may have been published in another language earlier. The prize recipient is named shortly before the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, with suitable publicity provided for the winning entry at the annual meeting and on the SAE website.

To be considered for the Douglass Prize three hard copies of eligible volumes (no manuscripts, photocopies or electronic files will be accepted) must be submitted to the current SAE President-elect, Elizabeth L. Krause, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (ekrause@anthro.umass.edu).

Postal Address:

Dr. Elizabeth L. Krause
Department of Anthropology


Machmer Hall 205
240 Hicks Way
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003

Each entry must also include a submission fee of $50. The check should be made out to AAA/SAE and clearly marked as a submission fee. Please send checks to the attention of:

Suzanne Mattingly, Controller
American Anthropological Association
2300 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 1301
Arlington, VA  22201-3386
703.528.1902, ext 1160 – fax: 703.528.3546
Website: aaanet.org


The 2015 William E. Douglass Book Prize was awarded to Lilith Mahmud for The Brotherhood of Freemason Sisters: Gender, Secrecy and Fraternity in Italian Masonic Lodges (University of Chicago Press, 2014). An honorable mention was awarded to Mayanthi L. Fernando for The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism (Duke University Press, 2014). Betsy Krause (University of Massachusetts Amherst) chaired the committee, which included Doug Rogers (Yale University) and Miriam Ticktin (The New School for Social Research) as members.

The 2014 Douglass Prize was awarded to Krisztina Fehérváry for her book: Politics in Color and Concrete: Socialist Materialities and the Middle Class in Hungary (Indiana University Press, 2013).  Pam Ballinger chaired the committee, which included Mark Ingram and Tanya Richardson as members.

The 2013 William E. Douglass Prize was awarded to The Make-Believe Space: Affective Geography in a Postwar Polity (Duke University Press, 2012) by Yael Navaro-Yashin (Cambridge University).  The Moral Neoliberal: Welfare and Citizenship in
Italy (University of Chicago Press, 2012) by Andrea Muehlebach (University of Toronto) received honorable mention.  Keith Brown and Andrea Smith served on the committee chaired by Pam Ballinger.

The 2012 Douglass Book Prize was awarded jointly to Masquerade and Postsocialism: Ritual and Cultural Dispossession in Bulgaria (Indiana University Press, 2011), by Gerald Creed (CUNY Graduate Center), and Casualties of Care: Immigration and the Politics of Humanitarianism in France (University of California Press, 2011), by Miriam Ticktin (New School).  Caroline Brettell (Southern Methodist University) and Andrea Smith (Lafayette College) served on the committee chaired by Jeffrey Cole.


The 2011 Douglass Prize was awarded to Kristen Ghodsee (Bowdoin College), for her book, Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Transformation of Islam in Postsocialist Bulgaria (Princeton University Press, 2010).

Caroline Brettell and Susan Carol Rogers served on the committee chaired by Jeffrey Cole.

The 2010 winner was:The Empire of Trauma: An Inquiry into the Condition of Victimhood
by Didier Fassin.Princeton University Press, 2009.

Honorable Mention for 2010 also goes to:Bodies in the Bog and the Archaeological Imagination,by Karin Sanders. The University of Chicago Press 2009.

Our 2009 prize was awarded to:
Ruth Mandel (University College London) Cosmopolitan Anxieties: Turkish Challenges to Citizenship and Belonging in Germany.Duke University Press, 2008.


The 2008 William A. Douglass Book Prize in Europeanist Anthropology was awarded to:
Catherine Wanner. Communities of the Converted: Ukrainians and Global Evangelism. 2007. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.


In 2007, two books were co-awardees:
Mathijs Pelkmans (London School of Economics), Defending the Border: Identity, Religion, and Modernity in the Republic of Georgia. 2006. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.


Andrea L. Smith (Lafayette College), Colonial Memory and Postcolonial Europe: Maltese Settlers in Algeria and France. 2006. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Previous winners include books authored by Sarah F. Green, Christopher Tilley, Katherine Verdery, Jenny Wright, and Marilyn Silverman.