2022 Michael Baptista Essay Prizes Awarded
The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) at York University is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Michael Baptista Essay Prize for outstanding scholarly papers on topics of relevance to the area of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
At the undergraduate level, the prize was awarded to: Natasha Sarazin for the paper Brazilian Auto Workers and Labour Militancy: Observing the Crisis of Capitalism from the 1920s to the Present.
At the graduate level, the prize was awarded to Debbie Ebanks-Schlums for the paper Rhythms and Current: Black Caribbean Film and Counter-Signifying Practices and to Luan Batina Tomas for the paper A Study of Right-Wing Women in Latin America
The essays were nominated by York faculty members and evaluated by CERLAC’s Awards Committee. All three of these prize-winning papers are available online as part of CERLAC's Baptista Prize-Winning Essays Series. All of the 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 both a graduate and an 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 and love of learning.
Congratulations to all of this year's nominees and to the three 2022 Baptista Prize winners!