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Nominations for AFS Hurston and Paredes Prizes Are Due August 31

Tuesday, July 9, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evangeline Mee
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The deadline is approaching for two AFS prizes that recognize outstanding achievements in our field: the Zora Neale Hurston Prize and the Américo Paredes Prize. The 2019 nomination deadline for both prizes is August 31. Please plan your nominations now.

The Zora Neale Hurston Prize is given to a graduate or undergraduate student for the best work in any medium—including but not limited to papers, films, sound recordings, or exhibitions—on African American folklore, and named for the pioneering folklorist, ethnographer, and creative writer who worked in and wrote extensively about African American communities throughout the southern U.S., and is internationally known for her folklore collection Mules and Men (1935) and her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), as well as other notable works.

The Américo Paredes Prize––awarded by the AFS Executive Board, the AFS Committee on Cultural Diversity, Chicana/Chicano Section, and Folklore Latino, Latinoamericano, y Caribeño Section––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. Paredes, a leading scholar in folklore and Greater Mexico studies, worked tirelessly 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."

For more information about the prizes, including nomination guidelines and lists of past recipients, please visit the webpages for the Zora Neale Hurston Prize and the Américo Paredes Prize.

 



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