Atlantic Studies Early Career Essay Prize
Atlantic Studies: Global Currents
About the prize
The Editors of Atlantic Studies: Global Currents proudly announce the winner of the annual Atlantic Studies Early Career Essay Prize 2018.
Matilde Cazzola, University of Bologna, Italy
The judges have unanimously selected Matilde Cazzola, University of Bologna, for her essay, “‘All shall be happy by Land and by Sea’: Thomas Spence as an Atlantic Thinker,” an exceedingly exciting article that promises to be hugely influential in recuperating Spence in an Atlantic context. They noted their admiration for the clarity with which Cazzola traces Spence’s theoretical and practical groundings and his wondrous insights into land and sea, old worlds and new, as well as into the complicated class, race, and gender dynamics of his times. Further, Cazzola analyses in eloquent detail Spence’s critical stance toward oppression, exploitation, conquest, and colonization and shows how his visions of decolonization resonate across the broad expanses of space and time.
Our warmest congratulations to Matilde Cazzola and our thanks to this year’s judges for their time and enthusiasm:
Professor Gary Okihiro, Yale University, USA
Professor Vera Kutzinski, Vanderbilt University, USA