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<email@example.com> African Studies Association Announces Herskovits Award Finalists New Brunswick, NJ- October 28, 2001-The African Studies Association (ASA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2001 Herskovits Award. The ASA presents the Herskovits Award to the author of the most important scholarly work in African studies published in English during the preceding year. This annual award is named in honor of Melville J. Herskovits, one of the founders of the ASA and the man who is considered one of the founders of modern African studies. The winner will be announced November 16, 2001 at 5:30 pm, during an Awards Ceremony at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Houston, Texas. The finalists are: Karin Barber, The Generation of Plays: Yoruba Popular Life in Theater (Indiana University Press). Eric Charry, Mande Music: Traditional and Modern Music of the Maninka and Mandinka of Western Africa (University of Chicago Press). Jeffrey Herbst, States and Power in Africa (Princeton University Press). Wyatt MacGaffey, Kongo Political Culture: the Conceptual Challenge of the Particular (Indiana University Press). J. D. Y. Peel, Religious Encounters and the Making of the Yoruba (Indiana University Press). Luise White, Speaking with Vampires (University of California Press). A distinguished award committee, consisting of Donald Donham of Emory University, Nelson Kasfir of Dartmouth College, Martin Klein of the University of Toronto, and Alain Ricard of CNRS, and chaired by Suzanne Blier of Harvard University, chose the six finalists among the dozens of nominated texts. Speaking on behalf of the Committee, Blier praised the quality of the nominated texts. "The depth and breadth of this year's nominees were very impressive, as was the range of intellectual concerns represented in the books put forward for this award.Regardless of discipline, one of the particularly striking aspects of many works this year was the creativeness with which authors both chose and approached their subjects. As in awards given in earlier years, these books offer testimony both to the intellectual acuity, hard work, and courage of the authors and to their dedication to Africa's rich and diverse peoples and history. Six books were chosen as finalists for the Herskovits Prize, and we find them all extremely impressive. The selection of a winner was in turn very difficult." The winner of the Herskovits Award is announced in the course of the Association's Annual Meeting. The formal presentation of the award is made at the Annual Awards Ceremony. Past winners have included many of the most prominent names in African Studies: Anthony Appiah, Keletso Atkins, Paul and Laura Bohannon, Allen Isaacman, Lansine Kaba, Rene Lemarchand, Mahmood Mamdani, Joseph C. Miller, V.Y. Mudimbe, Elliott P. Skinner, Jan Vansina, and Susan Mullin Vogel. Last year's winner was Nancy Rose Hunt, A Colonial Lexicon: Of Birth Ritual, Medicalization, and Mobility in the Congo (Durham: Duke University Press, 1999).