FESA PI awarded Curl Essay Prize
Knut Christian Myhre has been awarded the Curl Essay Prize for 2017 by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland.
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Myhre receives the award for an essay entitled “Tales of a Stitched Anus: Fictions, Analytics, and Personhood in Kilimanjaro”. The essay takes as its starting point a renowned article from 1976 by Sally Falk Moore, and reconsiders the tale of how men in Kilimanjaro had their anuses stitched as part of initiation.
The Curl Essay Prize is open annually and awarded the author of the best essay relating to the results or analysis of anthropological work. Previous recipients include well-known anthropologists, like Edmund Leach, Jack Goody, and Alfred Gell. Myhre is the first recipient of the award based in the Nordic countries.
The award-winning essay is submitted for publication in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute – one of the oldest anthropological journals in the world and the highest-ranking one in Europe.