Audrey Richards prize
for the best doctoral thesis in African Studies
The Audrey Richards Prize is awarded biennially for the best doctoral thesis in African Studies which has been successfully examined in a United Kingdom institute of higher education during the two calendar years immediately preceding the 2014 ASAUK Conference.
The 2012 and 2013 prize will be for theses examined between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2013.
Nominations must be made by supervisors or examiners, with the permission of the candidate, by 31st March 2014 and should be submitted to;
Professor David Maxwell
St Andrew’s Street
Nominations should be accompanied by a supporting letter (no more than 300 words), a copy of the thesis, and where possible a copy of the examiners’ report. The recommendation for the award will be made by the Vice-President of ASAUK supported where necessary by Council colleagues.
The winner will be announced at the September Annual General Meeting of the ASAUK and the prize presented at the ASAUK Conference in September 2014.
The winner of the 2012 Audrey Richards Prize (theses from 2010 and 2011)
Fibian Lukalo, University of Cambridge. Educating Daughters, Educating Sons: Mothers and Schooling in Rural Kenya.
From the 14 ASAUK Newsletter No. 69 (pdf): " This thesis offers a subtle ethnography of women’s lives and their roles and duties as mothers in rural Kenya, showing how women are shaped by the gender structures around them, but also highlighting the ways in which individuality matters in such intimate, personal relations."
The runners-up were Zoe Groves, University of Keele: Malawians in Colonial Salisbury: a Social History of Migration in Central Africa, c.1920-1960 and Maxim Bolt, LSE: Rooting Production: Life and Labour on the Settler Farms of the Zimbabwean-South African Border.
|Winner||Hassanali Sachedin, Oxford University||Wildlife is Our Oil: Conservation, Livelihoods and NGOs in the Tarangire Ecosystem, Tanzania.|
|Winner||Fraser McNeil, LSE||An Ethnographic Analysis of HIV/AIDS in the Venda Region of South Africa: Politics Peer Education and Music|
|Winner||Ruth Marshall, University of Oxford||The Politics of Pentecostalism in Nigeria, 1975-2000|
|Winner||Dr Williams Oliver Norman, LSE||Living on the Frontline: Politics, Migration and Transfrontier Conversation in the Mozambican Villages of the Mozambique-South Africa Borderland|
|Winner||Dr Samuel Cyuma, OCMS, Oxford||Conflict Reconciliation in South Africa (1990-1998) and its Significance for Mediating Role of the Church in Rwanda 1990-2003|
|Runner-up||Dr Kate Meagher, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford||Identity Economics: Informal Manufacturing and Social Networks in South-Eastern Nigeria|
|Winner||Joost Fontein, Edinburgh||The silence of Great Zimbabwe: contested landscapes and the power of heritage|
|Runner-up||Rebekah Lee, Oxford||Locating ‘Home’: strategies of settlement, identity-formation and social change among African women in Cape Town, 1948-2000|
|Runner-up||Mattia Fumanti, Manchester||Youth, elites and distinction in a northern Namibian town|
|Winner||Helen Tilley, Oxford||The African Research Survey and the British Colonial Empire: consolidating environmental, medical, and anthropological debates 1920-1940|
|Runner-up||Monica Bungaro, Birmingham||New cartographies in recent African fiction: changing patterns in the representation of female characters|
|Runner-up||Michael Taylor, Edinburgh||Life, land and power: contesting development in Northern Botswana|
|Winner||Ruth Watson, Oxford||Chieftaincy politics and civic consciousness in Ibadan history, 1829-1939|
|Runner-up||Annette Czekelius, SOAS||Artistry and effectiveness in language use: the evaluation of ways of speaking among the Berba of Benin|
|Runner-up||Jessica Schafer, Oxford||Soldiers at peace: the post-war politics of demobilised soldiers in Mozambique, 1964-1996|
|Winner||John Murton, Cambridge||Coping with more people: population growth, non-farm income and economic differentiation in Machakos District, Kenya|
|Runner-up||Andrea Cornwall, SOAS||For money, children and peace: everyday struggles in changing times in Ado-Ado, Southwestern Nigeria|
|Runner-up||Frederick Rohde, Edinburgh||Nature, cattle thieves and various other midnight robbers: images of people, place and landscape in Damaraland, Namibia|
|Winner||David Maxwell, Oxford||A social and conceptual history of North-East Zimbabwe, 1890-1990|
|Runner-up||John Parker, SOAS||Ga State and Society in early colonial Accra, 1860s-1920s|
|Runner-up||Andrew Bank, Cambridge||Liberals and their enemies: racial ideology at the Cape of Good Hope, 1820-1850|
|Winner||Caroline Orwin, SOAS||“Yodit”|