Former Netting and Blaut Awards

In October 2018, the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group voted to restructure the Faculty Awards, changing them from named awards to general awards. This page is maintained as an archive of the former awards.

The Robert McC. Netting Award

Nominations should include the following:

1) A detailed nomination letter (no self nominations) describing the nominee, the significance of the nominee’s work, and his/her qualifications for the award

2) A detailed CV of the nominee.

On 4 February 1995, cultural ecologists lost one of their most distinguished colleagues. Dr. Robert McCorkle Netting, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, succumbed to bone cancer and complications resulting from valley fever. Netting’s professional career spanned more than 30 years. It was characterized not only by research and publications of the highest quality, but also by a deep appreciation for geography and geographers. Focusing on human-environment interactions, especially subsistence and development issues, his activities were, and his writings are, as much geographical as anthropological. He bridged the two disciplines perhaps as well as anyone else — particularly from the anthropological side.

In honor of Dr Netting, his life’s work, and his interdisciplinary spirit, the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers has established an award made to individuals whose professional activities best embody those of Robert McC. Netting.
The award is named “The (year) Robert McC. Netting Award in recognition of distinguished research and professional activities that bridge geography and anthropology.”
The award is not necessarily made for any one piece of work or single activity. Rather, the award is issued for significant and substantial interdisciplinary work. It is not a “book award,” although the author of a particularly influential book would not be excluded. The intent is to recognize scholars who have: distinguished themselves through involvement with interdisciplinary geographical and anthropological projects, published extensively in both anthropological and geographical journals, produced work that is read and appreciated by practitioners in both fields, or conducted service to both disciplines that is meritorious. The Netting Awards is typically given to an established scholar, rather than an early career scholar.
The award is offered annually, though one need not be granted if a deserving candidate cannot be identified in a given year. Under no circumstances shall the award be issued to more than one candidate in a given year.
Awardees are selected by the officers of the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group. Awardees do not have to be a member of the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, a member the Association of American Geographers, or a geographer.
The award, in the form of a plaque or framed certificate, is presented by the Chair of the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, or her or his designate, at the awards ceremonies at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers.
The James M. Blaut Award

Nominations should include the following:

1) A detailed nomination letter (no self nominations) describing the nominee, the significance of the nominee’s work, and his/her qualifications for the award

2) A detailed CV of the nominee.

3) A digital copy of the publication for which the nomination is being made

On 11 November 2000, cultural and political ecologists lost one of their most committed colleagues, Dr. James M. Blaut, Professor of Geography and Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His professional career spans half a century and is characterized by, among other qualities, innovative research on tropical agriculture, development, and colonialism.

In honor and memory of his seminal contributions, the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers has established an award made to an individual who publishes a book or journal article that best embodies the creativity and rigor of Jim Blaut’s own publications.
The award is named “The (year) James M. Blaut Award in recognition of innovative scholarship in cultural and political ecology, as demonstrated by publication of (article or book title).”
The award is made for a single publication that is clearly innovative and has the potential to be seminal in areas of research that are important to members of the Group. The intent is to recognize authors at any stage in their careers who demonstrate leadership through broadly influential, critical, innovative thinking. Jim Blaut’s publications on diffusionism and the colonizer’s model of the world provide models for judging such accomplishment. The publication can be a journal article or a book but must be sole-authored.
The award is offered annually, though one need not be granted if a deserving candidate cannot be identified in a given year. Under no circumstances is more than one award made annually, but Honorable Mention may be given to one or more nominees, when the review committee deems appropriate. The book or article must have been published within the two calendar years preceding the year of award.
On the basis of nominations by the general membership of the Group, members of its Board will agree upon a process to select the awardee. Nominations must be accompanied by full publication details and a rationale for making the award on the basis of that publication. Nominees need not be academics, geographers, members of the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, or members of the Association of American Geographers.
The award, in the form of a plaque or certificate, is presented by the Chair of the Group or her or his designate at the awards ceremonies at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers.