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Kimberly S. Hanger Article Prize

Prize & Winners


2019 Contest:

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Section (LACS) of the Southern Historical Association (SHA) invites submissions for the 2019 Kimberly S. Hanger Article Prize. The prize will be awarded to the best article appearing in 2018 in the fields of Latin American, Caribbean, American Borderlands and Frontiers, or Atlantic World history. The prize will be delivered at the 2019 meeting in Louisville, KY which will be held from November 7-10, 2019.  Deadline: May 15, 2019

The author must be a LACS member by the time of submission. Submit an electronic copy of article submissions to each of the committee members below: a title and one-page abstract and an electronic version of the article. Deadline for submission: May 15, 2018.

Deadline: MAY 15, 2019

Send one electronic copy of the article to each of the following four committee prize members:

Marjoleine Kars, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) (Chair) 
Email:  kars@umbc.edu   

Jennifer Palmer, University of Georgia
Email: palmerjl@uga.edu 

Marc Hertzman, University of Illinois
hertzman@illinois.edu

Tamara Spike, University of North Georgia (ex officio)
Email: tamara.spike@ung.edu

2018 Winner: Marc Hertzman, “Fatal Differences: Suicide, Race, and Forced Labor in the Americas,” American Historical Review, Volume 122, Issue 2, April 2017, Pages 317–345 

Ambitious in scope and provocative in its conclusions, Marc Hertzman’s article “Fatal Differences’ offers us an original reading and macrohistorical analysis of suicide as it relates to race, racialization, and systems of coercive labor under Spanish and Portuguese colonialism in the Americas. Hertzman shows how suicide has been imbued with multiple and, at times, contradictory meanings across the Atlantic world. The act has historically functioned as a metaphor for racial difference and as a discursive mechanism that has the potential to both champion and denigrate
indigenous, black, and mixed-race historical subjects vis-à-vis white populations. Hertzman offers a creative, innovative approach to teasing out the shifting social, cultural, and historiographical meanings of suicide across the colonial Americas, offering us new clues to understanding a topic that has only begun to be analyzed and understood over the longue durée and throughout the American hemisphere.

2018 Honorable Mention:  Sasha Turner, “The Nameless and the Forgotten: Maternal Grief, Sacred Protection, and the Archive of Slavery,” Slavery & Abolition 38:2 (2017): 232-250.

Past Winners

2017 Winner: Marjoleine Kars, “Dodging Rebellion: Politics and Gender in the Berbice Slave Uprising of 1763,” American Historical Review 121:1 (2016): 39-69.

2017 Honorable Mention: José Ponce-Vázquez, “Unequal Partners in Crime: Masters, Slaves, and Free People of Color in Santo Domingo, c.1600–1650,” Slavery & Abolition 37:4 (2016): 704-723.

2016 Winner: Zeb Tortorici, “Sexual Violence, Predatory Masculinity, and Medical Testimony in New Spain,” Osiris 30:1 (2015): 272-294.

2015 Winner: Bianco Premo's, "Felipa's Braid: Women, Culture, and the Law in Eighteenth-Century Oaxaca," Ethnohistory 61:3 (2014): 497-523.

Honorable mention: Eva Maria Mehl's,"Mexican Recruits and Vagrants in Late-Eighteenth-Century Philippines: Empire, Social Order, and Bourbon Reforms in the Spanish Pacific World," Hispanic American Historical Review 94:4 (2014): 547-79.

2014: Celso Thomas Castilho, Vanderbilt Univerity, “Performing Abolitionism, Enacting Citizenship:  The Social Construction of Political Rights in 1880s Recife, Brazil” Hispanic American Historical Review   (2013) 93 (3): 377-409

2013: Matt O'Hara  "The Supple Whip: Innovation and Tradition in Mexican Catholicism," American Historical Review (2012) 117 (5): 1373-1401         

2012: Juliana Barr, University of Florida. "Geographies of Power: Mapping Indian Borders in the 'Borderlands' of the Early Southwest," William and Mary Quarterly, 68:1 (January 2011): 5-46

2011: Christina Bueno, Northeastern Illinois University."Forjando Patrimonio: The Making of Archaeological Patrimony in Porfirian Mexico," Hispanic American Historical Review 90:2 (May 2010), 215-245.

2010: Betsy Konefal, College of William and Mary. "Subverting Authenticity: Reinas Indígenas and the Guatemalan State, 1978," Hispanic American Historical Review, 89:1 (February 2009): 41-72.

2009: David Carey. "'Oficios de su raza y sexo' (Occupations Consistent with Her Race and Sex): Mayan Women and Expanding Gender Identities in Early Twentieth-Century Guatemala." Journal of Women's History vol. 20, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 114-48.

2008: Ida Altman, University of Florida, "The Revolt of Enriquillo and the Historiography of Early Spanish America," The Americas, 63:4 (2007): 587-614.

2006: Paulo Drinot, University of Oxford. "Madness, Neurasthenia, and "Modernity": Medico-Legal and Popular Interpretations of Suicide in Early Twentieth-Century Lima," Latin American Research Review - Volume 39, Number 2, 2004, pp. 89-113.

2004: María Elana Martínez, UCLA. "The Black Blood of New Spain:  Limpieza de Sangre, Racial Violence, and Gendered Power in Early Colonial Mexico," William and Mary Quarterly, July 2004.

2002: Hal Langfur, "Uncertain Refuge: Frontier Formation and the Origins of the Botocudo War in Late-Colonial Brazil," Hispanic American Historical Review 82:2 (May 2002): 215-56.