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 Kimberly S. Hanger Article Prize
2016 Contest:

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Section (LACS) of the Southern Historical Association (SHA) invites submissions for the 2016 Kimberly S. Hanger Article Prize. The prize will be awarded to the best article appearing in 2015 in the fields of Latin American, Caribbean, American Borderlands and Frontiers, or Atlantic World history. The prize will be delivered at the 2016 meeting in St. Pete Beach, FL which will be held from November 12 to November 15, 2016.

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 30, 2013.

Deadline: MAY 15, 2016

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

Kristen McCleary, James Madison University (Committee Chair)

Alison J. Bruey, University of North Florida

Bonnie A. Lucero, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley


Past Winners

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

Prize committe remarks: We all recognized “Felipa’s Braid” as an article of exceptional range; of the variety that should be assigned in undergraduate lecture courses, discussed in graduate methodology seminars, and certainly shared with colleagues from other fields working on colonial legal culture. If originally animated by lawsuits that indigenous women in 18th c. Oaxaca pursued against their husbands and lovers, “Felipa’s Braid” stretches far and wide across the Spanish empire—drawing on comparative readings of similar actions in Peru and Spain—to demonstrate that women’s participation in the legal system instigated notable changes in imperial legal culture. Premo’s attention to imperial legal culture as a process mediated through local and state interactions creates new interpretative possibilities for considering gender and ethnicity in colonial Latin America; rather than assessing women as either victims or objects, Premo argues that indigenous women emerged as co-creators of the law. This is, in short, an exemplary work of the intersections between Atlantic legal and social history.

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.

Prize committe remarks: In Mehl’s article, the committee agreed that it furnished a new and exciting framework for understanding Spanish empire. Rather than the better-known story of commercial exchange from the Philippines to Mexico, Mehl probes the roles of Mexicans in remaking Spanish Asia during the Bourbon Reforms. The article brought to life the complicated stories of Mexican vagrants who as imperial agents both undermined, as well as, solidified Spanish attempts to fashion a new social order. Mehl points a way forward for integrating Latin American history into Asian and European studies.

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.


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