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2016 CALACS Graduate Essay Prize Awarded

It is with great pleasure that the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) announces the recipient of the 2016 CALACS Graduate Essay Prize Winner: Miriam Villanueva, for her paper, “Lifting the Curtain on the Cultural Influences of the Torrijos-Carter Treaties.”

The jury agreed unanimously on the selection of this paper for the CALACS graduate student essay prize. The jury found that it was a compelling paper that presents a subtle, multi-layered, original, and insightful cultural reinterpretation of the 1970s Panama Canal crisis and negotiations surrounding it. In particular, the jury commends how it brings in the role of culture and civil society into the explanation of “high politics,” unlike conventional accounts of these events that have mainly focused on the role of state actors. The jury praises both its theoretical contributions and literary qualities, as an extremely well written and logically organized essay.

Miriam Villanueva is a doctoral student in the Department of History and Geography, at Texas Christian University. She will be presenting her paper at the CALACS Congress on Friday June 3, 13:00-14:00 in panel 53: Twentieth-Century Cultural Politics.

Please join us in celebrating the award winner at a special Reception, at the upcoming CALACS Congress, Thursday June 2 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the Atrium, Administration Building, University of Calgary, Alberta.

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