In 2001, the ASA Board of Directors established an annual prize for the best graduate student paper. The prize is awarded at the Annual Meeting for an essay presented at the previous year’s Annual Meeting. This year, the committee recognizes Shaonan Liu’s paper, “Symbol of Wealth and Prestige: A Social History of Chinese Enamelware in Northern Nigeria” for its development of an engaging, densely documented thesis about Chinese enamelware in northern Nigeria, and its transformation from novelty to preference, from the colonial period to the 1990s.
Award: Graduate Student Paper Prize, African Studies Association, 2018
Paper Title: “Symbol of Wealth and Prestige: A Social History of Chinese Enamelware in Northern Nigeria”