The Slovak Studies Association presents 3 prizes (in a 3-year cycle) for scholarly works in Slovak studies:

  • Best Article
  • Best Book
  • Best Graduate Paper

Watch this page, the annual newsletter and the SSA Facebook page for information about current competitions.

Current Prize Contests:

(Stay tuned for an update on the 2021 Prizes or email


At its annual November 2020 meeting in Washington D.C., during the ASEEES conference, the Slovak Studies Association will award a prize for the best graduate student paper in the humanities and social sciences about Slovakia presented in 2017 or later. Submissions must be in English, but the conferences where the papers were presented may have taken place outside the English-speaking world. The authors are to be members in good standing of the SSA and must have been graduate students at the time they delivered the papers.

Submissions may be either in hard copy or electronic form, and the review committee will not return any submitted items. The deadline for postmarking submissions is 1 May 2020.

Send entries to Edward Snajdr, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, John Jay College, CUNY, 524 West 59th Street, Room 9.63-19, New York, NY 10019, USA. Address any questions to Dr. Snajdr at

Please also use the Prize Submission Dropbox to upload your submission.


In 2019, the Awards Committee, which consists of Susan M. Mikula (Benedictine College, in Lisle, IL), M. Mark Stolarik (University of Ottawa, in Ottawa, Canada), and Edward Snajdr (John J. College of Criminal Justice, in New York, NY), who serves as chair, received no submissions for the book award. As a result, the book award in 2022 will cover the years from 2017 until 2022. 

Send entries to Edward Snajdr, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, John Jay College, CUNY, 524 West 59th Street, Room 9.63-19, New York, NY 10019, USA. Address any questions to Dr. Snajdr at

Recent Prizes Awarded:

SSA Prize for Best Article in Slovak Studies 2018

Report from the Prize Committee: Edward Snajdr (Chair), Susan Mikula, Greg Ference and Mark Stolarik

The winner of this year’s SSA Article/ Book Chapter Prize is Jonathan L. Larson. His submission, “Wild Eavesdropping: Observations on Surveillance, Conspiracy, and Truth in East Central Europe” appeared in Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR), vol. 40, no. 2, 2017.

In his study, Larson looks at the phenomena of surveillance and eavesdropping in certain states of East Central Europe, including in Slovakia. He finds that, unlike in the Western world, where people would be outraged at the use and release of secret tape-recordings as a violation of their privacy, the people of East Central Europe do not mind such behavior, because it reveals the true thoughts/feelings of politicians, who are suspect in the eyes of the general public. His analysis astutely links security and surveillance to the legacies of state socialism but also to emerging technologies and the complicated processes of post-socialist democratization. While Slovakia is one of several cases that Larson examines, he ties in all his evidence and demonstrates the importance of developments in Slovakia as not only indicative but even emblematic of broader social and political developments in the region. Moreover, both Larson’s thesis and his data are comprehensively contextualized in the theoretical literature of the anthropology of post-socialism and its larger relevance to the contemporary global condition.

Larson’s article link is:
However, that link may require a university subscription. You may also request a copy through Researchgate

Other submissions:

Philip J. Howe, Thomas A. Lorman and Daniel E. Miller’s “The Creation of the Conditions for Consociational Democracy and Its Development in Interwar Czechoslovakia.” 2016. Bohemia 56, 2, pp. 362-380.

Stanley Kirschbaum, 2015. “Monasticism in Slovakia and Slovak National Development,” in Monasticism in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Republics, Ines Angeli Murzaku (Ed.), London: Routledge. pp. 62-85.

All three submissions, in their own distinctive ways, point to the importance and the value of sophisticated interpretations and analyses of Slovakia’s role in the larger cultural, political and historical currents in regional and global contexts. The committee commends all of the scholars who submitted their work for the prize and wish them all the best in their continuing scholarly endeavors. We congratulate Jonathan on winning this year’s prize!

Treasurer’s note: In a historical first, the treasurer presented the prize check to the winner in person and took him out to dinner. If you come to Champaign-Urbana to get your prize check, she will do the same for you!

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