The Council for Museum Anthropology’s Michael M. Ames Prize for Innovative Museum Anthropology recognizes outstanding work in museum anthropology. It is awarded to individuals for innovative work in museum anthropology through, for example, 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 (self-nomination is not permitted).
Nomination packets (maximum 5 pages) must include a cover letter, evidence of the work under consideration (e.g., photographs, catalogues, links to websites), 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). Nominations must be submitted as digital data (Word documents, pdf files and/or jpg files), sent via email to arrive on or before the deadline. Email all four members of the Awards Committee:
W. Warner Wood (Chair) email@example.com
Karl Hoerig firstname.lastname@example.org
Adrian Van Allen email@example.com
Joshua A. Bell<BellJA@si.edu
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 futures? 3) Depth: Does the project penetrate the complexity of material culture and museum studies through novel methods and theories? 4) Impact: Does the project have the potential to make broad and lasting impacts in museum anthropology?
Ames Award recipients will be formally recognized at the CMA Reception during the AAA Annual Meeting. They will be presented with a gift from CMA and a certificate of the award. They will also be highlighted in the CMA column in Anthropology News. Award winners will be notified so they have sufficient time to make travel arrangements.