Bambi Chapin, assistant professor of anthropology, was awarded the Boyer Prize for Contributions to Psychoanalytic Anthropology.
The prize was awarded for her 2009 article, “Transforming Possession: Josephine and the Work of Culture,” which was published in Ethos. The article is an ethnographic narrative of Josephine, a Sri Lankan priestess who suffered through 30 years of miserable marriage and divorce. Josephine was able to transform herself through her relationship with the divine, and Chapin offers an original argument within a classical debate in psychoanalytic anthropology regarding the interface between mental health and religious symbols
The Boyer prize is awarded annually to a book or article published in the preceding three years that addresses the psychodynamic process in a cultural context.