Oral Presentation Session
Reviewed by: Anthropology and Environment Society
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Students, Those Involved in Mentoring Activities
Primary Theme: Environment and Environmental Inequality
The purpose of this annual panel, which honors the legacy of Roy Rappaport, one of the pioneers of modern anthropology of the environmental, is to help develop and showcase some of the best student work in this subdiscipline. The papers in the panel are the product of a national competition held early in the year, based on submission of paper abstracts to an expert committee consisting of officers of the Anthropology and Environment section plus distinguished outside members. The five finalists in this competition are invited to develop article-length papers and are awarded partial support to travel to the AAA meetings and present them in the Rappaport Prize panel. One of these papers is selected for the prize, which consists of a cash award and is announced at the AES Business Meeting. The selection is based on originality of the research and analysis, as well as its contribution to the field of environmental anthropology. The papers presented in this annual panel often anticipate new directions that this field will take. The presenters of each of these papers will be paired with a member of the Rappaport prize committee to help them further develop and publish these works, in accordance with the ultimate aim of the prize competition to contribute to the mentoring of graduate students pursuing careers in the anthropology of the environment.