Univ. of Michigan anthropologist Erik Mueggler awarded Julian Steward Prize
The Anthropology & Environment Society has awarded its Julian Steward Prize to Erik Mueggler for his 2011 book The Paper Road: Archive and Experience in the Botanical Exploration of West China and Tibet (Univ. of California Press). Erik Mueggler is professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan.
The Julian Steward Prize is given only every second year to the most outstanding book in the arena of environmental anthropology. The Anthropology & Environment Society is a major section of the American Anthropological Association. The announcement was made in December at the annual convention by president Glenn Davis Stone.
The Prize committee commended Prof. Mueggler for his lyrical account of the journeys of two early twentieth-century botanists who explored the borderlands between China, Tibet and Burma, and their collaborative relationships with Yunnan villagers. The book presents colonial science as an intimate, personal affair, and shows the effects of local knowledge. The text beautifully infuses biography, ethnography, botany and geography with captivating tales of daring adventure.
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