Hugh Raffles, Professor of Anthropology, Wins Two Major Awards for “The Book of Unconformities: Speculations on Lost Time”
Two prominent organizations honored Hugh Raffles, professor of Anthropology and head of the Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography and Social Thought (GIDEST), with awards for his moving and profound work The Book of Unconformities: Speculations on Lost Time.
The American Academy of Arts and Letters honored Raffles with the 2023 Arts and Letters Awards in Literature. The American Academy of Arts and Letters is an honor society of the country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers that works to foster and sustain an interest in Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts.
Raffles was also honored with the 2023 J.I. Staley Prize by the School for Advanced Research (SAR). The Staley Prize has been awarded annually to a living author annually to a living author for a book that exemplifies outstanding scholarship and writing in anthropology. The award recognizes innovative works that go beyond traditional frontiers and dominant schools of thought in anthropology and add new dimensions to our understanding of the human species.
Remarking on his work, the Staley selection committee said: “In our Anthropocene era, no recent work has done more to position anthropology as a discipline that weaves together human aspirations and follies and their links to the planetary resources that make all life possible.”