Audrey Richards prize for the best doctoral thesis in African Studies
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 generously provided by our publisher donors.
The cut-off is for any dissertation submitted between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021. Deadline for the submission of nominations will be 31 March 2022.
Nominations should consist of a short letter of nomination from the supervisor or external examiner, accompanied by the internal and external examiner’s reports. 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 Dr Carli Coetzee, the Vice-President of ASAUK, and confirmed by the ASAUK Council. The prize will be presented at the Biennial Conference in September 2022.
Nominations should be emailed to Dr Carli Coetzee, Vice-President of ASAUK at email@example.com (please include ‘Audrey Richards Prize’ in the subject line). The thesis should be emailed as a pdf document along with the examiners’ reports to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please make sure you have checked all the following:
- No self-nomination, the nomination must come from a supervisor or examiner
- The thesis must have been completed at a UK university
- The thesis must have been successfully defended or awarded between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021
- Nominations should be accompanied by a letter of motivation written by the examiner or the supervisor.
- Thesis and supporting documents should be sent as pdf files, not word files.
The runners-up were:
Jacinta Muinde, University of Cambridge
‘An Economy of (Dis)Affection: Women-Headed Households, Cash Transfers and Matrilineal Relations in Kenya’s South Coast
Alexander Budd, The Open University
In Search of the Nigerian Pastoral Nollywood: and the Nigerian Creative Industrial System
Jake Christopher Richards, University of Cambridge
Liberated Africans and law in the South Atlantic c.1839 – 1871, Gonville and Cauis
Simukai Chigudu, University of Oxford
State of Emergency’: The Politics of Zimbabwe’s Cholera Outbreak, 2008-2009
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)
The runners-up were: