The Joel Gregory Book Prize is awarded every two years to recognize the best book published in African Studies in the humanities and social sciences. The other prizes are awarded annually at the CAAS Conference.
Joel Gregory Prize 2024
Since 1989, the Canadian Association of African Studies has recognized excellence in scholarship on Africa by awarding the Joel Gregory Prize. Prior to his death in 1988, Professor Gregory was a leading demographer at the University of Monteal and served as President of the Canadian Association of African Studies and Editor of the Canadian Journal of African Studies.
The Joel Gregory Prize is awarded to the best book published in African Studies in the social sciences and humanities, written by a Canadian, a landed immigrant, or an African who has completed a PhD program in Canada or who has worked in a Canadian organization devoted to the promotion of knowledge of Africa.
Valued at $1,000, the Joel Gregory Prize is announced at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of African Studies. Nominations are accepted in the two years preceding the conferring of the Prize. The Call for Nominations for the 2024 Joel Gregory Prize for books published (or to be published) in 2022 and 2023 is open and runs from July 1, 2023, to January 31, 2024.
A Committee of two distinguished scholars has been appointed by the Canadian Association of African Studies. Publishers can request the committee members' addresses to send a copy of their nominated book by emailing the CAAS Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
The criteria are as follows:
- The work must be original and be deemed by the Committee to have a potential seminal impact on African Studies;
- It must portray an innovative methodological approach or innovative analytical/theoretical perspective, preferably transcending individual disciplines;
- It must be based on extensive research;
- It must be written in a clear, accessible manner.
The Fraser Taylor Prize
Graduate students presenting papers at the annual CAAS Conference are eligible for the Fraser Taylor Prize. The Prize, named after a long-time Carleton geographer and valued at $500, is awarded annually to the best graduate student paper presented at the previous CAAS Conference.
Essays must follow consistent CJAS style guidelines, including a title page, a bibliography, and parenthetical references within the text. Essays may be revised before submission: the essay must be a final draft as if submitted for publication. If the selection committee feels that a paper is publishable or near-publishable, it will be eligible for the prize. Should it win the prize, winners are invited to submit their manuscripts to the Canadian Journal of African Studies. CJAS editors will work with the student to facilitate its publication in the Journal. The previous year’s prize will be announced at the annual conference. Papers must be unpublished and must have been presented at the annual CAAS conference. Co-authored papers are accepted, but all co-authors must be graduate students.
Please send your essay as an attachment to email@example.com by January 31, 2024.
Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to African Studies and CAAS
CAAS Award for Meritorious Service
Pius Adesanmi Early Career Research Excellence Award
The award is for CAAS members who are within the first six years of completing a PhD. Eligible PhDs obtained no earlier than 2018 unless a nominee has experienced career interruptions e.g. due to childbirth. Such nominees are eligible for a two-year credit. This means PhDs obtained in 2016 or 2017 will be considered [see requirement #(d) below].
The award is named after Pius Adesanmi, who was a Professor of English, Comparative and African Literatures and Director of the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University, Canada, until his death in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash on 10 March 2019. Professor Adesanmi was relentless in his work on higher education in Africa. He was a consummate mentor of PhD students at various locations in Africa and North America.
Please nominate yourself or nominate someone by January 31, 2024.