Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize

Elizabeth Kryder-Reid, California Mission Landscapes: Race, Memory, and the Politics of Heritage. University of Minnesota Press, 2016. 

The winner of the 2018 Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize for the publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes is Elizabeth Kryder-Reid, author of California Mission Landscapes: Race, Memory, and the Politics of Heritage.  Although they have long been the focus of romantic conceptions of California life before the U.S. conquest, California’s missions are among the least known of American historic sites. Kryder-Reid begins by evoking that nostalgic vision of mission life, but quickly introduces us to the brutality of that life for indigenous Californians. Through an astute examination of physical remains, spatial practices, visual images, documentary sources, and even contemporary art works, she depicts the missions as complexes of living and working, as well as religious, spaces.  Kryder-Reid then deftly demonstrates the process by which these landscapes of colonialism and conversion were transformed in the memories of Anglo Californians in a land of indolent leisure, a vision that has only recently been challenged by descendants of indigenous Californians and Latino Californios.


Call for Nominations: 

2019 Abbott Lowell Cummings Book Prize

Due December 15, 2018

 

The Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize, named after the founding president of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, is awarded annually to the publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. In judging the nominated books, the jurors look for a publication that is:

  • based on primary research,
  •  emphasizes fieldwork that takes seriously the materiality of architecture and landscapes, and draws on particular elements of environments as evidence.
  • breaks new ground in interpretation or methodology, and
  • contributes generally to the intellectual vitality of vernacular studies in North America.

Entries may come from any discipline concerned with vernacular architecture studies. Books published from January 2017 through December 2018 are eligible for consideration. Edited collections of previously published materials are not eligible.

 The deadline for the 2019 Cummings Prize is December 15, 2018.

 

There is no application form, but a cover letter should include a complete mailing address, phone number and email address in order to notify the candidate should the nominated work receive the award.

Books should be sent directly to each of the three committee members for the Cummings Prize. Please contact the committee chair with any questions at cummingsprize@vafweb.org.

 

2019 Cummings Prize committee:

Dr. Emma Hart

School of History, University of St Andrews

St Katharine’s Lodge,

The Scores,

St Andrews, KY16 9BA

United Kingdom

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Dr. Erica Allen-Kim

University of Toronto


John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape, and Design

1 Spadina Crescent 

Toronto, ON M5S 2J5 Canada

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Bernard Herman 

George B. Tindal Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies and Folklore

Department of American Studies

204 Greenlaw Hall CB #3520

University of North Carolina

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520



Past Cummings Prize Winners

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