2012 Wolf Prize-CFP
Graduate students of the anthropology of work, here is your chance to get recognized for your scholarship, win a little money, and perhaps get published! The annual submission deadline for the 2012Society for the Anthropology of Work’sEric R. Wolf Prize is coming up on October 1, 2012. Established in 2003 by the Society for the Anthropology of Work, this paper prize is specifically for graduate students. Please note that it should not be confused with the more recently established Eric Wolf Prize awarded by the Political Ecology Society. The SAW Eric Wolf Prize is awarded annually at the SAW business meeting during the American Anthropological Association meetings. The deadline for the 2012 Eric Wolf Prize is, again, October 1, 2012. See the details regarding eligibility and submission below.
Now is the time to dig through your manuscripts, seminar or conference papers, or other unpublished documents and prepare for submission. (Note: All submissions must be previously unpublished documents, since the winning essay is automatically peer reviewed for the possibility of publication in the Anthropology of Work Review).
The recipient of the 2012 Eric Wolf Prize will receive a $250 cash award along with the possibility of publishing his or her essay in the Anthropology of Work Review.
The Society for the Anthropology of Work invites graduate students to submit previously unpublished manuscripts for consideration for the Eric R. Wolf Prize. This award was established to honor graduate research on the topic of the anthropology of work, broadly defined. The award will go to the paper that best demonstrates an anthropological approach to the study of work in the tradition of political economic scholarship modeled and encouraged by Eric Wolf.
Submissions need to be received by October 1, 2012 to be considered for this year’s prize. All submissions should be emailed as attached Word documents to Ann Kingsolver (email@example.com), chair of the Wolf Prize Committee. Graduate students need not be members of the Society for the Anthropology of Work to submit essays in the competition, but SAW student memberships are available at the affordable cost of $5 with membership in the AAA. Word documents should be 25 pages or less, double-spaced, and all identifying information needs to be in the accompanying email (identifying headers and footers need to be removed before sending the document). Please direct any questions about the SAW Eric Wolf Prize to Ann Kingsolver.
Society for the Anthropology of Work – 2012 Book Prize
Carrie Lane, A Company of One: Insecurity, Independence, and the New World of White-Collar Unemployment. Ithaca: Cornell University Press (ILR Press), 2011.
In A Company of One, Carrie Lane brings together a large body of scholarship on neoliberalism and her own in-depth research in the Dallas area to show how contemporary white collar workers deal with their careers and sense of identity in an era of job insecurity. Three years of research interviewing laid-off high-tech workers—focusing on their “own words and experiences” and participating in networking events—provides the basis for an incisive discussion of work today. The topic of unemployment is important theoretically and stands out as a burning public issue, making this a timely, ground-breaking study. The coverage of the relevant literature on meritocratic individualism, among other themes, is masterful. Particularly strong is the assessment of changing gender roles in comparing the current wave of unemployment to previous recessions. Lane interweaves the words of her interlocutors into her analysis of unemployment, exploring the work of non-work and the repercussions of the ongoing crisis. She demonstrates how laid-off workers buy into an ideology that puts the burden of global economic and political problems on their own shoulders. Her excellent writing makes this book appealing to a wide audience within and beyond anthropology.
Many of the eighteen nominees had strong advocates on the selection committee. According to the criteria established for the prize, the four selected as finalists were ranked highest by the committee as a whole and a consensus was reached on the outstanding attributes of the winner. Note: committee members recused themselves from ranking books in two cases where they had previously worked with the authors.
Peter Benson, Tobacco Capitalism: Growers, Migrant Workers, and the Changing Face of a Global Industry. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012.
Jakob Krause-Jensen, Flexible Firm: The Design of Culture at Bang Olufsen. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2010.
Caitrin Lynch, Retirement on the Line: Age, Work, and Value in an American Factory. Ithaca: Cornell University Press (ILR Press), 2012.
SAW Travel Awards:
SAW welcomes student submissions and will provide June Nash Student Travel Awards of $250 to all students who present papers on SAW-reviewed panels. This year we are pleased to announce the new SAW Fellows Program, which provides financial assistance ($250) to all unemployed or underemployed scholars who present papers on SAW-sponsored panels. This category includes individuals working as adjuncts, contingent employees, and others in non-tenure-track positions. To receive these awards you need only: 1) serve as a panelist, chair, or roundtable participant on a SAW-sponsored session at the 2012 AAA Meeting; 2) email SAW Treasurer Charles Menzies (firstname.lastname@example.org) before or after the meeting; and 3) provide Charles with receipts for travel and/or accommodations (electronic receipts are fine) and confirm that at least $250 of your travel expenses to the Annual Meeting were not covered by other funding sources.
The SAW program co-chairs for the 2012 AAA Annual Meeting are Carrie Lane (email@example.com) and Jan English-Lueck (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please feel free to contact us regarding submission of your papers, posters, or roundtable sessions. We especially encourage those considering submitting Invited Sessions to contact us in advance.