The Stuart Hall Outstanding Mentor Award
Stuart Hall was one of the cofounders of British Cultural Studies. His work as a teacher, scholar, and activist in the Birmingham School of Cultural Studies is legendary. His students’ influence is worldwide. The purpose of this award is to acknowledge activists, artists, scholars, teachers, and theorists who have cultivated influential critical communities addressing the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s concerns of shifting the geography of reason.
The Stuart Hall Outstanding Mentor Award began in 2018 with the approval of Professor Catherine Hall.
The third recipient of the award is Professor Florentina da Silva Souza in 2021.
Nominations for this award should be made by September 1st for consideration of receiving the award the succeeding year. The Committee will not consider self-nominations. The nomination should include a statement on the nominee’s contributions, influence, and a list of at least three students or mentees of the candidate. The Chairperson of the Awards Committee will then solicit letters from those students and prepare an overall dossier of the candidate’s achievements to present to the Awards Committee of the Caribbean Philosophical Association. The Committee consists of all the laureates of the Frantz Fanon Award and Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Award, and as the number of awardees grows, the Stuart Hall Award. The nominations should be sent to CaribphilPrizes@gmail.com.
The Caribbean Philosophical Association has selected Professor Florentina da Silva Souza as this year’s recipient of the Stuart Hall Outstanding Mentorship Award. It is an honor bestowed on an eminent scholar whose mentorship has cultivated an outstanding community of artists, scholars, teachers, or political activists in and beyond the academy.
Dr. Florentina da Silva is Professor of Brazilian Literature at the Federal University of Bahia, Professor in the Graduate Program in Literature and Culture at ILUFBA and in the Postgraduate Program in Ethnic and African Studies (CEAO-UFBA). She is also the second vice president of the Brazilian Association of Black Researchers. A legendary mentor in Brazil, her students are among what the political scientist Evelyn Simien calls “historic firsts,” as they are among the first Black women to teach in their institutions in their areas of research. The letter of nomination, co-signed by several of her students, states:
We would like to make it clear that [Professor da Silva Souza] is responsible for [generations of teachers] in Brazil and other countries, which makes a difference in the way they work in Basic Education and/or in Higher Education. . . . Without a doubt, Professor Florentina da Silva Souza, throughout her academic and intellectual trajectory, has built exemplarity and excellence in [her fields]. We are proud and grateful to have studied with her and regard her as our eternal. . . .
Stuart Hall Prize previous recipients
Raymond ("Ray") Rocco
Hazel V. Carby