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Recongnizing Excellence In Professional Aanthropology


Since 1981, the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA) biennial Praxis Award has recognized outstanding achievement in translating anthropological knowledge into action as reflected in a single project. WAPA interprets anthropological knowledge in its broadest meaning, encompassing theory, methods and data. Nominations should demonstrate anthropology’s relevance and effectiveness in addressing contemporary human problems.


WAPA encourages the nomination of anyone holding an M.A. or Ph.D. degree in any subfield of anthropology for this prestigious award. Individuals, groups or organizations wherein at least one anthropologist worked on the designated project may nominate themselves or others. All nominations will be judged by the same set of criteria. The contribution of one or more anthropologist to the project’s success should be clearly indicated. Recognition of this contribution by other major project participants or contributors should be acknowledged in the nomination.


The submission deadline for the 2009 Praxis Award is June 1, 2009.  The winning nominee will receive a cash award of $1,000 at the annual meeting of the American anthropological Association in December of 2009 in Philadelphia, PA. The award recipient may also be asked to contribute a chapter to future editions of the volume, Anthropological Praxis: Translating Knowledge into Action (Robert Wulff and Shirley Fiske, Eds.).


            The award nomination form and cover sheet are available on the

                                    WAPA website, www.wapadc.org.



                                    For additional information, contact:


                                                  Charles C. Cheney

                                    2009 Praxis Award Committee Chair

                                                5208 Chandler Street

                                                Bethesda, MD 20814

                                                  Tel. 301-530-5855

                                    E-mail: charles_cheney@comcast.net

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