Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
The deadline for nominations for the AFS's 2014 Américo Paredes Prize is August 31.
Each year, the AFS Committee on Cultural Diversity, Chicana/Chicano Section, and Folklore Latino, Latinoamericano, y Caribeño Section join with the AFS Executive Board to give this prize of $200, which recognizes excellence in integrating scholarship and engagement with the people and communities one studies, or in teaching and encouraging scholars and practitioners to work in their own cultures or communities.
Américo Paredes (1915-1999), a leading scholar in folklore and Greater Mexico studies, worked relentlessly throughout his life, in the words of Olga Najera-Ramirez, "to better understand, represent, and respect the rights, lives, and culture of US Latinas and Latinos." Paredes contributed significantly to the formation of various intellectual trends and in particular to the scholarship on "native" folklorists and anthropologists; indeed, he trained several generations of "natives." Don Américo taught at the University of Texas from 1957 until his retirement in 1984.
The Paredes Prize recognizes his contributions to the field and to the Society, gives respect to his memory, and recognizes exemplary achievements that build upon his cross-disciplinary, socially engaged legacy. The prize may be awarded for many forms of accomplishment, including products such as a book, article, software package, or exhibit; or on the basis of the long-term impact of the nominee’s engaged teaching and scholarship, or her/his fostering of work in one’s own community or culture.
To nominate a candidate, email a letter (as a Word document or PDF) describing the nominee's relevant achievements to AFS Executive Director Tim Lloyd at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominees not selected in the year of their original nomination are kept in consideration for two more annual reviews.