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, 1999 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
Submissions must be received by November 17, 2023 to be considered.
This award submission is currently closed. It will open after the ACASA Triennial in June 2021.
Please contact the ACASA Secretary for questions or comments.
2017 Arnold Rubin Outstanding Publication Awards
Cécile Fromont. The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press, 2014.
Chika Okeke-Agulu. Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in Twentieth Century Nigeria, Duke University Press, 2015.
Silvia Forni and Christopher Steiner (eds.). Africa in the Market: Twentieth-Century Art from the Amrad African Art Collection, ROM, 2015.
Alisa LaGamma. Kongo: Power and Majesty, MET, 2015.