After the last year’s enthusiasm for this new initiative, we are very happy to announce the call for the 2nd EASA Award for a Postgraduate Student Paper in the Anthropology of Food. This award has been set up by the EASA Anthropology of Food network in collaboration with the EASA journal, Social Anthropology/ Anthropologie Sociale, to encourage anthropological research into food among emerging scholars at European universities. Masters and early doctoral students in anthropology, or closely related disciplines, who are involved in the study of food are invited to submit their papers for consideration. The submissions will be evaluated by a panel of three scholars engaged with the Anthropology of Food: Dr Gaia Cottino (The American University of Rome), Dr Petr Jehlicka (The Czech Academy of Sciences), and Dr Jakob Klein (Chair of the SOAS Food Studies Centre, University of London).

The winning paper will receive feedback from the judges and network conveners, and will be accepted for review and considered for publication in Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale. Moreover, the information about the award-winning paper and its author will be promoted within and beyond the EASA Food Network.


  • Candidates must be registered in a Master’s program in Anthropology, or a similar discipline, at a European university, or have graduated from a Master’s programme less than two years ago; or be currently in the early stages of their PhD in a relevant discipline.
  • Co-authored papers will be considered as long as the first author fulfils the first criteria; no author is allowed to hold a PhD at the time of submission.
  • The paper should be sent to the EASA Food Network co-convenors Dr Zofia Boni ( and Dr Stephanie Hobbis (
  • Must be received by Sunday, 16th of August 2020, 23:59 CET
  • Must be no less than 4500 words and not exceed 6000 words (including bibliography).
  • Has to be submitted in English.
  • Must include an abstract.
  • Must indicate the university at which the candidate is (or was) registered and their current year in the programme.

Judging criteria

The adjudicating committee will look for papers that:

  • Explicitly engage with anthropological research on food, and clearly demonstrate that engagement in their treatment of the topic.
  • Are based on the author(s)’ own research.
  • Are ethnographically rich and demonstrate effective use of theory and data.
  • Are not merely descriptive and show evidence of original critical analysis.
  • Are well organized, coherent in their argumentation and overall a pleasure to read.

We would like to invite programme conveners, teachers and supervisors to disseminate the information about this award among their Master and Doctoral students, and encourage students to apply.


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