The Social Science Research Council is accepting applications for the Rachel Tanur Prize for Visual Sociology. The prize recognizes students in the social sciences who incorporate visual analysis in their work. Up to three prizes will be awarded at the Second ISA Forum of Sociology: Social Justice and Democratization, to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in August 2012. First prize is $2,500; second prize is $1,500; and third prize is $500. The 2012 competition will be judged by members of the Visual Sociology group of the International Sociological Association (ISA). It is named for Rachel Dorothy Tanur (1958–2002), an urban planner and lawyer who cared deeply about people and their lives and was an acute observer of living conditions and human relationships. She had degrees from three different institutions — the University of Maryland, Hunter College, and the University of Buffalo. Although not trained as a social scientist, Tanur left a legacy of photographs that are said to “represent the true spirit of ethnography — they express a direct, personal, and emotional engagement with the lives of others while also conveying enough intellectual distance to be analytic.” Application and further information are available on the Tanur Prize website.
Application deadline: April 20, 2012.