Council for
Museum Anthropology

June
1, 2013 Deadline for Michael M. Ames Prize

The Michael M. Ames Prize for Innovative
Museum Anthropology is awarded annually to individuals for innovative work in
museum anthropology. Examples include: outstanding single or multi-authored
books or published catalogues; temporary or permanent exhibits; repatriation
projects; collaborations with descendant communities; educational or outreach
projects; multimedia works, and other endeavours. Individuals can be nominated
by any member of CMA (including self-nominations).

Nomination packets must include a cover
letter and evidence of the work under consideration (e.g., photographs,
catalogues, links to websites, etc.), and supporting materials (e.g., letters
of support, media coverage, etc.).
All material must be submitted as
digital data (Word documents, pdf files and/or jpg files). The nomination
packet should not exceed 5 pages.

Evaluation Criteria: 1) Creativity: Is
the project a unique and creative exploration of museum anthropology’s central
themes, tensions, and histories? 2) Timeliness: Does the project say something
important about museum anthropology’s current predicaments and unknown future?
3) Depth: In what ways does the project penetrate into the complexity of
material culture and the study of it through novel methods and theories? 4)
Impact: Does the project have the potential to make broad and lasting impacts
in museum anthropology?

Prize-winners will be notified three
months before the AAA Annual Meeting so they can make travel arrangements.
Prize-winners will be publicly announced, and the award will be formally given,
at the CMA Annual Meeting held during the AAA Annual Meeting.

Nominations
must be sent to Committee Members via email to arrive on or before
the
deadline of June 1, 2013.

To submit nominations, please email the nomination
packet to all three of the Awards Committee Members: Joshua A. Bell (
bellja@si.edu) , Kathleen M. Adams (kadams@luc.edu) and Gwyniera Isaac
(isaacg@si.edu).

 

September 1, 2013 Deadline for CMA Student Travel
Award

The CMA
Travel Awards are designed to support student travel to the annual AAA meeting
to present papers and/or posters. Students and recent PhDs (those who have
defended within the year of the award) are eligible to apply. Each year, CMA
will award two prizes of $500 each.

A brief
letter of application must indicate the applicant’s status as a student or
recent PhD holder, and explain how this paper/poster relates to their ongoing
graduate work or current work as a recent PhD. Applicants must include a copy
of the abstract for the paper or poster, the name and abstract for the session
in which they will be presenting, and proof of acceptance for presentation at
AAA.
All
applicants must also submit one letter of endorsement from a present or former
academic advisor at their most recent institution of study.

Evaluation Criteria: 1) Creativity: Is
the p
aper or poster a unique
and novel contribution to museum anthropology?
2)
Commitment: Does the student demonstrate a commitment to the field of museum
anthropology 3) Impact: Does the paper or poster have the potential to develop
into a work that could more broadly impact the field of museum anthropology?

Prize-winners will be notified before
the AAA Annual Meeting so they can make travel arrangements. Prize-winners will
be publicly announced at the CMA Annual Meeting held during the AAA Annual
Meeting, where recipients will be presented with a check for $500 and a certificate
of the award.

Applications
must be submitted as digital data (Word documents, pdf files and/or jpg files),
and must be sent to Committee Members via email to arrive on or before
the
deadline of September 1, 2013.
To apply
for this award, please email the application packet
to
all three of the Awards Committee Members: Joshua A. Bell (
bellja@si.edu) , Kathleen M. Adams (kadams@luc.edu) and Gwyniera Isaac
(isaacg@si.edu).


 

NEW
AWARD

June
1, 2013 Deadline for
Lifetime Achievement/Distinguished Service Award

At the 2012
Annual Meeting, the CMA Board approved a new
Lifetime Achievement/Distinguished Service Award to recognize CMA members whose careers
demonstrate extraordinary achievements that have advanced museum anthropology.
These achievements might include: collections work, community collaborations,
exhibitions, publications, public programming and outreach, teaching, policy development,
etc. While many anthropologists distinguish themselves through their works,
this award is meant to single out those who, over the course of their careers,
have truly helped to define and or reshape the field of anthropology in and of
museums. Nominees are expected to have spent at least 20 years working in the
field of museum anthropology.

Nomination
packets must include a two-page letter of recommendation in support of the
nominee and any additional supporting materials deemed relevant by the
nominator (e.g., nominee’s c.v., other supporting letters). The letter should
provide a contextual summary of the nominee’s signature accomplishments, and it
should demonstrate the nominee’s qualifications. All material must be submitted
as digital data (Word documents, pdf files and/or jpg files). The nomination
packet should not exceed 5 pages.

Nominees
will be considered for three years. Those not chosen upon initial submission will
remain under consideration for two more years. If desired, nomination packets
can be updated or withdrawn before each annual deadline.

Evaluation Criteria: 1) Impact: How has the nominee’s work transformed and or contributed to the
discipline of museum anthropology (e.g., theory, methodology, influence); 2)
Service: How has the nominee provided service to specific museums (e.g., collections,
exhibits, public outreach); 3) Mentoring: How has the nominee influenced and
inspired the careers of students and colleagues (e.g., mentorship, curriculum
ddvelopment, innovative teaching)?

Prize-winners will be notified at least
three months before the AAA Annual Meeting so the recipient can make travel
arrangements. Prize-winners will be publicly announced, and the award will be
formally given, at the CMA Annual Meeting held during the AAA Annual Meeting.

Nominations
must be submitted as digital data (Word documents, pdf files and/or jpg files),
and must be sent to Committee Members via email to arrive on or before
the
deadline of June 1, 2013.

To submit nominations,
please email the application packet to
all three of
the Awards Committee Members: Joshua A. Bell (
bellja@si.edu) , Kathleen M. Adams (kadams@luc.edu) and Gwyniera Isaac
(isaacg@si.edu).

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