Atlantic Studies Early Career Essay Prize
Atlantic Studies: Global Currents
The annual Atlantic Studies Early Career Essay Prize has been running since 2015. The winner will be selected from among the essays published in a given year. Eligible candidates must be graduate students or persons who have been awarded their PhD less than three years prior to submission. Articles will be judged on academic merit by a team of judges chosen from among our Editorial Board. Special preference will be given to articles which emphasize Global Currents in relation to the Atlantic World. The winning author will receive a prize of £500. Two runner-up awards, consisting of a year’s subscription to the journal, can be awarded at the discretion of the judges.
Papers should conform to the Atlantic Studies submission guidelines.
About the prize winner
Kirsty Bennett. “‘One thousand and one nights’ of tango: Moving between Argentina, North Africa, and the Middle East,” (Vol. 17, no. 1).
The judges have unanimously selected Kirsty Bennett’s essay, part of the special issue entitled “African-heritage partner dances: Creolizing connection, transnational movement,” edited by Ananya Jahanara Kabir, as this year’s winning essay. They note that this is a skilfully crafted essay focused on the transnational migrations of tango across Argentina, the Middle East and North Africa. Sensitive to the historical weight of (self-)orientalised representations, the essay innovatively repositions tango within South-South entanglements and solidarities. Original in its sophisticated discussion and weaving of dance, music, literature and religion, the essay sheds new light on the embodied yet transcendent nature of cultural expression.
The judges also decided to award an “Honorable Mention” to Jennie Jeppesen, for her essay “In the shadows between slave and free: A case for detangling the word slave from the word chattel,” (Vol, 17, no. 3). Our warmest congratulations to Kirsty Bennett and Jennie Jeppesen and our thanks to this year’s judges for their time and enthusiasm:
Professor Françoise Lionnet, Harvard University, USA
Professor Frances Steel, University of Wollongong, Australia
|2020||Kirsty Bennett||One thousand and one nights’ of tango: Moving between Argentina, North Africa, and the Middle East||17||1|
|2020 - Honorable Mention||Jennie Jeppesen||In the shadows between slave and free: A case for detangling the word “slave” from the word “chattel”||17||3|