The Society for Psychological Anthropology solicits entries for the 2013 Richard G. Condon Prize for the best student essay in psychological anthropology. The winner will be awarded $500 and one year’s free membership in the Society for Psychological Anthropology. The winning essay will be published in Ethos after working with the Editor for final preparation of the manuscript.
The prize is named for the late Richard G. Condon, whose work included the study of adolescence, family, and change among the Canadian Inuit. Psychological anthropology is defined broadly to include interrelationships among psychological, social and cultural phenomena. Essays will be judged on their relevance to psychological anthropology, organization and clarity, and their theoretical and methodological strengths. The winner will be recognized at the 2014 SPA Business Meeting in Washington DC.
Papers submitted for consideration must follow these guidelines:
- No evidence of the author’s identity may be provided in any way through the text or by reference in the paper.
- The author’s name, address, email, student affiliation, and the title of the paper must be provided in an email message to which the paper is attached, and the paper should only be identified by title – and not by author’s name – in the attachment.
- Authors must be students at the time of submitting the paper, but they need not be members of the Society for Psychological Anthropology.
- Papers must not exceed 9000 words inclusive of references.
- Papers must follow the American Anthropological Association style guide, available at: http://www.aaanet.org/publications/guidelines.cfm
- Papers must be submitted and received by August 1, 2014. Entries should be emailed as MS Word attachments to Harold Odden, SPA Secretary-Treasurer, at Oddenh@ipfw.edu.
Please direct any questions to Harold Odden at Oddenh@ipfw.edu.
All award and selection committees abide by the SPA’s Conflict of Interest Statement and Recusal Policy.
Past Condon Prize Winners
2014 Nofit Itzhak, "Making Selves and Meeting Others in Neo-Shamanic Healing"
2013 Jing Xu, "Becoming a Moral Child amidst China's Moral Crisis"
2012 Sara Lewis, "Trauma and the Making of Flexible Minds in the Tibetan Exile Community"
2011 Saiba Varma, "The Silent Bio in Psychosocial: Counselors and Psychiatrists in Indian-administered Kashmir"
2010 Sonya E. Pritzker, "The Part of Me that Wants to Grab: Embodied Experience and Living Translation in U.S. Chinese Medical Education"
2009 Kristin Yarris, "The pain of 'thinking too much': Dolor de cerebro and social hardship among rural Nicaraguan women"
2008 no prize awarded
2007 Sarah Henning David, "What's Not to Know? A Critique of Pascal Boyer's theory of religion through a reexamination of Emile Durkheim's Elementary Forms of Religious Life"
2006 Michael Baran, "Girl, you are not Morena"
Merav Shohet, "Narrating anorexia: 'Full' and 'struggling' genres of recovery"
2005 no prize awarded
2004 Julia Cassiniti, "Cultural Psychology of Buddhism in Thailand"
2003 no prize awarded
2002 Eileen Anderson-Fye, "Never Leave Yourself: Ethnopsychology as Mediator of Psychological Globalization among Belizean Schoolgirls"
2001 Diana Smay, "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): The Disease of Ritual."
2000 no prize awarded
1999 Chris McCollum, "The Cultural Patterning of Self Understanding: Evidence from Middle-Class Americans' Stories of Falling in Love."
1998 no prize awarded
1997 Keith McNeal, "Queens in America: An Exploration of Cultural Models, Gay Drag,and Gender Ambivalence"