The Arnold Rubin Outstanding Book Award is given for excellence in scholarship on the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora. The awards committee will assess works of original scholarship and excellence in visual presentation that makes significant contribution to our understanding of African arts and material culture. While our awards committee is made up of volunteers with varied language skills, we welcome submissions in languages other than English and we will do our best to solicit suitable ACASA members as outside readers for assistance.
Up to two awards are made, one from each of the following categories:
- Single authored books
- Multi-authored volumes.
Runners up may also be recognized
Eligible books must have been published (by official publication date or demonstrated public availability, if different) between September 1, 2019 and August 30, 2023. No book will be considered for more than one award cycle.
Nominees must be ACASA members in good standing. Join ACASA
Please submit 3 copies of the book.
Submissions must be received by October 31, 2023 to be considered.
Submissions can be mailed to:
c/o Office of Sponsored Projects/NMAAHC
400 Virginia Ave SW, 6th floor
Washington, DC 20024
Please contact the ACASA Secretary for questions or comments.
2021 Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Award Recipients
John W. Monroe. Metropolitan Fetish: African Sculpture and the Imperial French Invention of Primitive Art, Cornell University Press, 2019.
Gaëlle Beaujean. L’art de cour d’Abomey – Le sens des objects, Presses du réel, 2019.
Lisa Aronson and Martha Anderson (eds.). African Photographer J.A. Green: Reimagining the Indigenous and the Colonial, Indiana University Press, 2017.
Kathleen Bickford Berzock. Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa, Princeton University Press, 2019.