Since 1969, the African Studies Program has awarded the A.C. Jordan Prize to a UW-Madison graduate student for the year’s best paper on Africa.
To be considered for the prize, a paper must be nominated and submitted to the African Studies Program by a UW-Madison faculty member. If you have received or expect to receive an outstanding paper on Africa submitted by a graduate student during the 2016-17 academic year, consider nominating it for the Jordan Prize. Nominated papers must meet the following guidelines:
Prize winners receive $300. Winning papers will be published by the African Studies Program in our monograph series if the author wishes. The winner of the Jordan Prize is invited to present the winning paper in an Africa at Noon seminar. The names of Jordan Prize winners are inscribed on a plaque in our office. Past winners include Joseph Miller (1969), Catherine Newbury (1970), Tom Spear (1971), Michael Schatzberg (1972) and many other well-known figures in African Studies.
Applications for the 2017 awards will be due June 1, 2017.
To nominate a paper, send the following electronic documents to Aleia McCord (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Archibald C. Jordan (1906-1968) was a South African writer and teacher and one of the first faculty members in the UW-Madison’s Department of African Languages and Literature. The prize offered in his name was established immediately after his untimely death. A.C. Jordan earned his BA in English from the University College of Fort Hare in 1934 and his MA (1943) and Ph.D. (1957) from the University of Cape Town. He taught at the University of Cape Town from 1946 until 1962, when the ramifications of the events at Sharpeville forced him into exile at Wisconsin. His most famous work is Ingqumbo ye Minyanya (The Wrath of the Ancestors), published in 1940, later translated by the author into English. Other works include Toward an African Literature. His son Pallo Jordan serves as South Africa’s Minister of Arts and Culture.