2023 Public Anthropologist Award

Deadline: 15 January 2023

2023 Public Anthropologist Award

Applications for the 2023 Public Anthropologist Award is now open for eligible persons to apply before the deadline date 15 January 2023. The Public Anthropologist Award is awarded to a social and cultural anthropologist who has published an outstanding contribution that addresses – in innovative, engaging and compelling wayskey societal issues related to one or more of the following topics:

  • violence
  • war
  • poverty
  • social movements
  • freedom
  • aid
  • rights
  • injustice
  • inequality
  • social exclusion
  • racism
  • health, and
  • environmental challenges.

A contribution can be any published research output – for example a book, peer reviewed article, documentary, etc.


A committee chaired by the Editor-in-Chief will select one research output for the Public Anthropologist Award. The author will receive a prize of 500 €.

How To Apply for the 2023 Public Anthropologist Award

Submit your research output together with your CV (2 pages) to Public Anthropologist’s Editor-in-Chief, Antonio De Lauri: [email protected]

Write PUAN-A + “Title of the research output” in the subject heading.

Prize Winners 2021 & 2022

The winner of the Public Anthropologist Award 2021 is Ather Zia for her book Resisting Disappearance: Military Occupation and Women’s Activism in Kashmir (University of Washington Press, 2019 & Zubaan Publishing, 2020). Ather Zia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Gender Studies Program at the University of Northern Colorado Greeley. She holds a doctorate in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. Her research examines the Indian military occupation, settler colonialism, and women’s collective political and social challenges in the disputed Indian-administered Kashmir. Resisting Disappearance is a powerful narration of the effects of oppression and political disputes on people’s everyday life. The book is engaging and shrewdly written. It effectively summarizes the broad and committed scholarship and research behind it. An excellent example of anthropology’s capacity to both inform and inspire.

The winner of the Public Anthropologist Award 2022 is Catherine Besteman for her book Militarized Global Apartheid (Duke University Press, 2020). Catherine Besteman is Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology at Colby College. Throughout her career, she has worked on issues related to power dynamics that produce and maintain inequality, racism, and violence, as well as collective efforts for social change. Militarized Global Apartheid effectively addresses key instances of exploitation, inequality, and division in the contemporary world. The book is a lucid and nuanced exploration of the global hierarchies that, whether we are aware of it or not, have a devastating impact on the lives of many while creating privileges for a few others.

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