2020 Michael Baptista Essay Prize Awarded

2020 Michael Baptista Essay Prize Awarded

The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) at York University is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Michael Baptista Essay Prize for outstanding scholarly work in the area of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

At the graduate level, the prize was awarded to Giovanni Carranza for his paper "Hemispheric racial formations: Making sense of Central and South Americans’ experience of race and ethnicity in Toronto, Canada."
 
At the undergraduate level, the prize was awarded to Enzo Flores Montoya for his paper "Lo fantasmagórico en Pedro Páramo y la metamorfosis en Silver: Una crítica marxista de la modernidad y del progreso."

The essays were nominated by York University faculty members and evaluated by CERLAC’s Awards Committee.  The prize-winning papers will be made available online as part of CERLAC's Baptista Prize-Winning Essays Series.  All nominated papers represent high-calibre scholarly work at their authors' respective levels of study and merit recognition as worthy of candidacy for this prize.

The Michael Baptista Essay Prize was established by the friends of Michael Baptista and the Royal Bank of Canada. This $500 Prize is awarded annually to a graduate and undergraduate student at York University in recognition of an outstanding scholarly essay of relevance to the area of Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the humanities, social science, business, or legal perspective. The Michael Baptista Essay Prize and Lecture are named in honour of Michael Baptista in recognition of the areas central to his spirit and success: the importance of his Guyanese / Caribbean roots, his dedication to and outstanding achievement at the Royal Bank of Canada, and his continued and unqualified drive for and love of learning.

If you are a York University faculty member and wish to nominate a student's essay for this prize, please contact CERLAC at cerlac@yorku.ca or CERLAC’s Coordinator Camila Bonifaz at cbonifaz@yorku.ca

Congratulations to this year's nominees and to the 2020 Baptista Prize winners!