Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award

ACASA is pleased to announce the procedure for The Arnold Rubin Outstanding Book Award, which recognizes two categories of books: Single authored and multi-authored volumes.  Runners up are also awarded. Books must have been printed between September 1, 2013 and August 30, 2016. No exceptions will be made to this calendar as books realized after the deadline are eligible for the 2020 Triennial awards competition.

To compete, please send three copies of the publication to Dr. Jordan Fenton, ACASA Treasurer. Please include a cover letter that simply indicates your wish to be included in the competition. Dr. Fenton will then distribute the copies to award committee members so that all submissions arrive at the same time in mid-October. Winners will be announced at the 2017 Triennial.

Dr. Jordan Fenton, ACASA Treasurer 

849 Dufour Lane
Oxford, OH 45056


This award is given for excellence in scholarship on the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora. It is offered triennially, by the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) to a work of original scholarship and excellence in visual presentation that makes significant contribution to our understanding of African arts and material culture.

2014 – Arnold Rubin Book Award – Single Author
Allen Roberts A Dance of Assassins: Performing Early Colonial Hegemony in the Congo, Indiana University Press, 2012.

2014 – Arnold Rubin Book Award – Honorable Mention
Peter Probst Osogbo and the Art of Heritage: Monuments, Deities, and Money , Indiana University Press, 2011.

2014 – Arnold Rubin Book Award – Multiple Authors
Marla Berns, Richard Fardon, and Sidney Littlefield Kasfir (eds.) Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley, UCLA Fowler Museum, 2011.

2014 – Arnold Rubin Book Award – Honorable Mention
Gitti Salami and Monica Blackmun Visona (eds.). A Companion to Modern African Art , Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

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