Student Paper Prize Competition


The Society for the Anthropology of Europe announces its annual Graduate Student Paper Prize.

Between Brexit and the refugee crisis, Europe is currently undergoing a fresh set of challenges, which compels anthropologists and other ethnographers to rethink old paradigms whilst we come up with new ones that better address current realities of the region. The Society for the Anthropology of Europe is calling for submissions for its annual graduate student paper prize competition that address any number of past, present and future challenges the region is facing. Manuscripts must deal with some aspect of the anthropology in/of Europe and/or Europeanist anthropology’s contribution to the broader field of anthropology. This rule will be interpreted liberally to include papers of a comparative, theoretical, and/or empirical nature.

Submissions will receive significant feedback from the review committee; candidates should thus send their most mature work in publishable article format with the ultimate goal of submitting them later for publication. Word limit is 8000, inclusive of abstract, main text, and references. Submissions should not have been previously published in print or online media. The committee will evaluate originality, contribution to the field, and writing style appropriate for a manuscript in preparation for publication in an academic journal.

Students will be notified in October regarding the review committee’s decision. Three to four finalists will be invited to present their work in the SAE-sponsored roundtable, “Café Europa,” at the 116th AAA Annual Meeting (Nov. 29 – Dec. 3, 2017 in Washington, DC). The winner will be announced at the end of the roundtable and will received the SAE Graduate Student Paper Prize, which comes with a $400 award.

Interested graduate students are invited to submit their previously unpublished work (after having removed all author identifiers for blind-review), along with a title page that includes contact details, to Bilge Firat ([email protected]) by March 15, 2017.

Graduate paper prize winners and panel members, 2013


Chelsi West of University of Texas-Austin was awarded the 2014 SAE Paper Prize for her paper entitled, “The Anthropologist Takes the Stand: Thoughts on Race, Belonging, and Ethnography in Albania.” Vividly ethnographic and theoretically engaged, West’s paper captures how race is imagined in post-communist Albania by honing in on its underlying tensions and frictions in everyday encounters and in the media. The author transforms her appearance and charged interrogation on an Albanian television talk show into a vector for nuanced analysis of racialization and exclusion. West’s investigation yields a newfound appreciation for ethnographic methodologies, especially for how the researcher’s subject position in the field becomes a locus of inquiry and insight.

Student paper prize finalists:

Rachel Ceasar of University of California, Berkeley, “Te Molesta el Moro? Does the Moor Bother You? Berber Bodies, Moroccan Bones, Spanish Soil.”

Emanuel Moss of CUNY Graduate Center, “Fishing and Tourism on the Black Sea Coast: Leisure and Labor in the Post-Socialist Transition.”

Andris Saulītis of the New School University, “Performing Glasnost: The Letters to the Broadcast Labvakar, Latvija! 1988-1993.”

Jennifer Carlson of University of Texas-Austin, “Capacitating Women: Gender and Idioms of Flourishing  among Germany’s Renewable Energy Citizens.”

The reviewer committee included Noelle Molé Liston of New York University (Chair), Jana Rehak of Townson University, Jennifer Patico of Georgia State University,  and Kim Arkin of Boston University.