Ibn Battuta Award for Best KSU Anthro Undergrad Paper



Hello KSU Anthro Majors

As many of you know, our Program has instituted
a best student research paper award
named after the proto-ethnographer
Ibn Battuta (1304-1368/69).

Over a period of three decades, this Moroccan Berber traveled all over North Africa, along the East African coast,  crossed the Indian Ocean,
and went as far as Southeast
Asia, and even China, covering a total distance of about 75,000 miles. His extensive
are described in a classic book titled
Rihla  (“The Journey”).

Inspired by this Muslim explorer, we encourage our
anthropology majors at KSU to
submit their very best research paper relevant to any one of anthropology’s four sub-fields.

There are no limits in terms of length, but generally these papers range
between 12-16 pages. Feel free to rework a research paper you have submitted 
for one of the courses, if you think it
has the potential to be a winner.In the past 20 years or so, almost every Ibn Battuta winner has moved on to graduate school, and several are now professional anthropologists, including Michael Wesch (PhD U Virginia), Lucas Bessire (PhD NYU), and Laura Bathurst (PhD UC-Berkeley)

The awardee will be recognized at the annual departmental awards ceremony
in April.
The sum involved will be determined soon. 

Papers must be double-spaced and include an abstract, in-text citations and a references cited section.
All submissions must follow 
the style guide of
American Anthropologist

The cover page should indicate the title, author, date of submission,
and e-mail address.

The first page of the text should also include the title and abstract.

Coauthored papers will not be considered.

No identification of the author should be given beyond the cover page.

Deadline 9 April,
noon. For further details, please, check KSU anthropology website

The complete paper should be e-mailed in Word to Professor Prins <prins@ksu.edu>

For further details, please, check KSU anthropology website


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