The CASCA Medical Anthropology Network is made up of a broad range of anthropologists working in the areas of science, technology and medicine who study, interpret, challenge, disrupt and contribute to evidence and best practices across diverse landscapes of health, illness, sickness, infection, abilities and disease in Canada and around the world. Individuals, institutions and organizations wishing to subscribe and/or submit items to the listserv should email one of the co-chairs (Sylvia Abonyi, and Pamela Downe,


Medical Anthropology Network: Best Paper Award

CASCA’s Medical Anthropology Network (CMA) has established a Best Paper Award. The Award will be awarded once per year to the Anthropologica research article or multi-modal publication that is assessed by the adjudicating committee to represent excellence in medical anthropology, engaging with issues of health, illness, wellness, and wellbeing.

There is no nomination process. The adjudication committee will review all the articles that fall within the area of medical anthropology that appear in one volume (both issues and associated multi-modal publications) of Anthropologica.


Eligible research articles and multi-modal publications must:

  • Appear in Anthropologica within the period of January to December (representing one volume)
  • Have a clear focus on issues of health, illness, wellness, and wellbeing, engaging with medical anthropological literature and work


The Award consists of:

  • A certificate, to be awarded at the General Meeting at the annual CASCA conference
  • $200
  • A short profile in CASCA’s newsletter, Culture

The Adjudication Committee

The three-member Adjudication Committee will include:

  • The Co-Chairs of CMA
  • One member of the Anthropologica Editorial Board (to be confirmed each year by November 30)

Please Note: If there is only one CMA Chair, then two members of the Editorial Board will serve on this committee.

Award Schedule

Anthropologica normally publishes two issues per year (spring and fall). The Adjudication Committee for the CMA Best Paper Award will meet in December of each year to develop a short-list of eligible research articles and multi-modal publications. The Committee will meet again in January to select the recipient of the Award. The Award will be announced by February 1, and presented at the annual CASCA conference (which is normally held in May).   


We are thrilled to announce the inaugural award is presented to Andrée-Ann Métivier, Université Laval, for her article, Des psychologues en pleine conscience. Tension entre légitimation scientifique et adhésion morale dans la recherche sur le mindfulness,” published in Anthropologica 64(1), 2022

More information

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