At the Stone Center Spring Awards Ceremony held this past May, Edward Brudney (PhD candidate, Department of History, Indiana University) was recognized for the noteworthy paper he presented at the 2014 LAGO conference in February. Brudney’s paper, “Remaking Argentina: Labor and Citizenship during the Proceso de Reorganización Nacional,” was nominated for the prize by the moderator of his panel, Dr. Steve Striffler, professor of anthropology at the University of New Orleans. In this paper, Brudney explores the impact of Argentina’s military junta (1976-1983) and its policies on labor conflict and protest tactics, specifically within the context of the case of the Mercedes-Benz Argentina plant between 1975 and 1980. Brudney’s work offers an important re-evaluation of the role of legislation in the regime’s overall project.
The award that Brudney received was created this year to honor the life and memory of Stephen P. Jacobs who passed away in January of this year at the age of 72. Jacobs, a New York City native and former faculty member at the Tulane School of Architecture, retired from teaching and began pursuing a doctoral degree through the Stone Center. In that program, Professor Jacobs delved into the world of colonial Sucre, Bolivia, conducting original research in the field and teaching. Professor Jacobs is remembered by family, friends, students, and faculty as a lifelong learner and teacher–as committed to his students as to his studies.
This best paper prize, created in honor of Professor Jacobs’ love of learning and of studying the Latin American region, recognizes one outstanding paper presented at the annual LAGO Graduate Conference. All conference presenters, regardless of university affiliation, are eligible for the prize but must be nominated by the faculty member who serves as the participant’s panel moderator and subsequently submits a letter of support explaining the paper’s merits and contributions to the field.