The Antonia I. Castañeda Prize

Description of the award: The award is in recognition of a published scholarly article or book chapter of an historical orientation on the intersection of class, race, gender, and sexuality as related to Chicana/Latina and/ Native/Indigenous women.

Timeline: The piece must have been published in the previous year (2014) by a woman who is an ABD graduate student, pre-tenured faculty member, or an independent scholar.

Purpose of the award:  The award is designed to promote and acknowledge scholarship of an historical orientation by Chicana/Latina and/or Native/Indigenous scholars working on issues of intersectionality. No books or creative writing considered.

Application/Nominations Process:  Both applications and nominations are encouraged. Submit  a PDF copy of the published manuscript, paper, or article and a two-page curriculum vita of the applicant or nominee.  The submission must include a short letter by the applicant or nominee addressing the merits of the article or book chapter’s contribution to the field.   Applicants are also required to solicit a letter from a third party to that effect (e.g., from an adviser, a chair, a colleague). In all cases, contact information---email address, telephone number, mailing address---for an applicant or a nominee must be included in the application/nomination letter.  Submissions of all materials shall be delivered electronically by the deadline directly to: CastanedaPrize@naccs.org

November 2:  Application due to NACCS at CastanedaPrize@naccs.org

January 5:  Awardee is notified by the Selection Committee

January 30:    Awardee confirms attendance at NACCS & receives travel information

Terms of the award:   A prize of $500 will be given to the awardee at the annual NACCS Conference. 

Awards Committee.  The awards committee is composed of three (3) NACCS members who work in the areas addressed by the prize.  The committee Chair is Dr. Linda Heidenreich. 

Past Recipients:

  • 2014: Jenny Luna, "La Tracidión Conchera: Historical Process of Danza and Catholicism." Diálogo 16(1): 47-64.
  • 2013: Vanessa Fonseca, "Rosaura Sánchez, critica marxista y maxima expresión del La Jolla Circle: sus contribuciones a la critica chicana, la sociolinguistica y la recuperación de la obra decimononica de María Amparo Ruiz de Burton." In Chican@s y mexican@s norten@s: Bi-Borderlands Dialogues on Literary and Cultural Production. Edited by Graciela Silva-Rodriguez and Manuel de Jesus Hernandez-G.
  • 2012: Cindy Cruz, "LGBTQ Street Youth Talk Back; A Meditation on Resistance and Witnessing." International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 24(5): 547-558.

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