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2017 Ibero-American Prize for an Academic Article on the Nineteenth Century 2017 Premio Iberoamericano de artículo académico del siglo XIX 2017 Ibero-American Prize for an Academic Book on the Nineteenth Century 2017 Premio Iberamericano de libro académico del siglo XIX

Apr 7, 2017 | Personal and Professional Notes

2017 Ibero-American Prize for an Academic Article on the Nineteenth Century

2017 Premio Iberoamericano de artículo académico del siglo XIX

Ganador: María Aguilar Dornelles,

"Heroismo y conciencia racial en la obra de la poeta afrocubana Cristina Ayala," Meridional Revista Chilena de Estudios Latinoamericanos, no. 7, Oct. 2016, pp. 179-202.

Dictamen del comité de selección: In this impactful article, Professor Aguilar Dornelles frames the poetry of the nineteenth century Afro-Cuban poet Cristina Ayala (1856-1936) within the circuits of Afro-Cuban print culture, debates about identity and race, and the topic of nationalist historical memory. Her analysis shows how Ayala’s poetry weaves Afrodescendants into the nation and how it creates a discursive space for a female poetic voice. The selection committee commends the article for its originality, its multiple contextual registers, its documentary and archival rigor, and for artfully joining the topics of gender and ethnicity. In the words of one of the judges, Professor Aguilar Dornelles has written an exceptional article about a poet who merits much more attention. The potential impact of this interdisciplinary article extends beyond the specificities of Ayala's poetry to broader questions about Cuban literary history and canon formation, race and literature, and the intersection of gender and race.

Mención honorífica: Joseph M. Pierce.

“Regulating Queer Desire in Carlos O. Bunge’s La novela de la sangre.” Revista Hispánica Moderna 69.1 (June 2016): 55-71.

Miembros del comité evaluador: Nancy LaGreca, Silvia Arrom, Vanesa Miseres, Kari Soriano Salkjelsvik, James Sanders.  

2017 Ibero-American Prize for an Academic Book on the Nineteenth Century

2017 Premio Iberamericano de libro académico del siglo XIX

Ganador: Nancy Appelbaum,

"Mapping the Country of Regions: The Chorographic Commission of Nineteenth-Century Colombia", University of North Carolina Press, 2016.

Dictamen del comité de selección: Focusing on the work of the Chorographic Commission created in 1850 to explore and map the young republic of New Granada, Nancy Appelbaum's thoroughly researched Mapping the Country of Regions analyzes the often contradictory efforts to give shape to a national territory conceived and experienced as simultaneously diverse and homogeneous. Both insightful and attentive to the several disciplines with which it engages, the book is a superb contribution both to the history of 18th- and 19th-century- scientific expeditions and to the scholarship on regionalism. Appelbaum's careful elucidation of the "arguments" made by maps, watercolors, and texts allows the reader to grasp a key instantiation of the historical process through which Colombia became a country self-fashioned in terms of regions, and marked by tensions between the Andean highlands and the tropical lowlands. In particular, Appelbaum reconstructs the convoluted trajectories that racial thought took around mid-century, when the elites strove to find a balance between the egalitarian ideals of the Independence period, their interest in preserving the privileges they possessed as descendants of Europeans, and the biological racism that increasingly marked North American and European thought. The imminent emergence of a national, homogeneous "race" through miscegenation or whitening referenced by the commission, Appelbaum shows, was as problematic as the emphasis on the diversity among regions, which made it more difficult to perceive the heterogeneity characteristic of each of them –like the black and Indian informants on whose labor the commission depended, minority groups could become invisibilized when they did not correspond to the iconic identity ascribed to a given region. Seamlessly integrating analyses of race, gender, and class, and the political, cultural, and scientific spheres, this comprehensive and rigorous book will be of great interest to students and scholars of literature, history, visual culture, and geography.

Miembros del comité evaluador: Víctor Goldgel Carballo, Carmen McEvoy, Juan Poblete, Alicia Ríos, Jens Andermann, Graciela Batticuore.