“First Annual Stephen P. Jacobs Prize for Best Paper Awarded to 2014 Conference Participant Edward Brudney”

SjacbosAt 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.


Claudio Lomnitz Lecture, “Ideological Incoherence and Ideological Purity in the Mexican Revolution”


On Thursday, April 10 at 6pm, Dr. Claudio Lomnitz will give a lecture entitled, “Ideological Incoherence and Ideological Purity in the Mexican Revolution” in Jones Hall 102. A reception will follow the lecture.

Claudio Lomnitz is the Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. One of the most distinguished anthropologists and historians of Mexico and Latin America, Lomnitz received his PhD from Stanford University and, before joining the faculty of Columbia University, taught at the University of Chicago and at the New School. His groundbreaking body of scholarship – which includes the books Exits from the Labyrinth (1992), Deep Mexico, Silent Mexico (2001), and Death and the Idea of Mexico (2005) – has impacted the study of Latin American history, politics, and culture across disciplines. In this lecture, Lomnitz will discuss his most recent book, The Return of Comrade Ricardo Flores Magón (Zone Books, 2014).

Sponsored by the Tulane University Office of Academic Affairs and Provost, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the Tulane Anthropology Students Association.

For more information, please contact João Felipe Gonçalves, Department of Anthropology, jgoncal@tulane.edu.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education Talk on Wednesday, March 19th


Wednesday March 19th at 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Qatar Ballroom, lavin bernick Center, Tulane University

In the wake of almost a century of desegregation decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, we have invited three scholars to explore how various legal concerns continue to affect the policies and practices of universities today in the quest to achieve racial, ethnic and other forms of diversity in their student populations.

Dr. Adderley to Give Keynote at LAGO Conference

“Transnational Emancipation: Contesting Black Freedom on the U.S. Caribbean Border 1820-1865,” keynote address by Dr. Rosanne Adderley
Friday, February 14th, 2014
Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, Lavin-Bernick Center
Tulane University

This talk is drawn from a larger project that considers what happened when enslaved black people crossed from the US or Cuba encountered free black people and the idea of universal black freedom in the British colonies–Bahamas, Bermuda, Jamaica–with which both the US and Cuba had significant contact in the 19th century. The project will argue that black populations themselves had their own understandings of law and freedom, and in general embraced an idea that where laws conflicted about free black status across borders, the law most favorable to black freedom should control the outcome. This was much more than a simple preference of freedom over slavery, but evidence of black voices inserting their own views and priorities into the legal and diplomatic debates of the era over the existence of slavery and other racialized labor regimes as regional, national or universal norms. It is a work focused in the 19th-century era of debates over slavery in the Americas, but one which potentially speaks more broadly to how these issues of labor, freedom and law are navigated between neighboring states.