Dr Audrey Richards, CBE (1899–1984) was a pioneering British social anthropologist who worked mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, notably Zambia, South Africa and Uganda. She held lectureships and directorships at LSE, Witwatersrand, Makerere, and Cambridge. She was the Second President of ASAUK.
The Audrey Richards Prize is awarded biennially for the best doctoral thesis in African Studies which has been successfully examined in a British institution of higher education during the two calendar years immediately preceding the next ASAUK Conference.
The Audrey Richards prize is an early mark of esteem for graduate work and is accompanied by a certificate and an attractive package of book and journal vouchers from the generosity of our publisher donors.
The ASAUK is delighted to announce the shortlist for the Audrey Richards prize for the best doctoral thesis in African Studies.
Nicole Anne Beardsworth, Electoral Coalition building between opposition parties in Zimbabwe Zambia and Uganda; 2000 – 2017, University of Warwick
Alexander Budd, In Search of the Nigerian Pastoral Nollywood: and the Nigerian Creative Industrial System, The Open University
Jacinta Victoria Muinde, An Economy of (Dis)Affections: Women-Headed Households, Cash Transfers and Matrilineal Relations in Kenya South Coast, Newnham College, University of Cambridge
Jake Christopher Richards, Liberated Africans and law in the South Atlantic c.1839 – 1871, Gonville and Cauis, University of Cambridge
Luisa T. Schneider, Teeth and tongue jammed together: Violence in relationships and its mediations in Freetown, Sierra Leone, St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford
The winner of the prize will be announced on 9th September.
The cut-off is for any dissertation submitted between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2019. Deadline for the submission of nominations will be 31 March 2020.
Nominations should consist of a short letter of nomination from the supervisor, accompanied by the Internal and External Examiner’s reports. These can be sent by email. In addition, an electronic copy of the thesis should be submitted with your email. Please note when writing your nomination that it will assist the Audrey Richards Prize readers and evaluators if you can illustrate why the nominee deserves recognition. Your supporting statement should elaborate on why the nominee’s accomplishments are worthy of the award.
The recommendation for the award is made by a Committee headed by Professor Ola Uduku, the Vice-President of ASAUK, and confirmed by the ASAUK Council. The prize will be presented at the Biennial Conference in September 2020.
Nominations should be emailed to Professor Ola Uduku firstname.lastname@example.org (please include ‘Audrey Richards Prize’ in the subject line).
The winner of the 2018 prize was Dr Simukai Chiqudu, and the runners-up were Dr Nicki Kindersley and Dr Clara Devlieger.
Simukai Chigudu, University of Oxford
‘State of Emergency’: The Politics of Zimbabwe’s Cholera Outbreak, 2008-2009 (December 2017)
Nicki Kindersley, Durham University
‘The Fifth Column? The Political Organization of Southern Sudanese Migrants in Khartoum, 1969-2005 (April 2016)
Clara Devlieger, University of Cambridge
‘People Who Need Rights’? Disability and the Pursuit of Value in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (May 2017)
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