This year, two faculty prizes were awarded. The faculty award winners were Luis Adolfo Gómez González of the Université du Québec à Rimouski for his presentation, “Autobiographical Writing: Proposed as a Methodology and an Epistemology for First-Person Research,” and Lisa R. Brown of the University of the West Indies at Mona for her presentation, “We Meet Again! Researcher, Subject, and Text in Caribbean Life Writing.” The faculty award included a travel grant to the meeting of the IABAA at which the presentation was given, and an invitation to submit the presentation essay to a/b.
Two graduate student awards were also made this year. Zeinab McHeimech and Theresa N. Rojas are the recipients. McHeimech, a doctoral candidate at Western University, presented “Islamic Hermaneutics of Dhikr in Malcolm X’s Autobiography and ‘Umar bin Said’s Slave Narrative.” Rojas, a doctoral candidate at The Ohio State University, presented “The Unthinkable Mind: Lynda Barry’s Autobifictionalography as Mirror Box Therapy.” The graduate student awards included a travel grant and an essay mentorship with the editors at a/b.
These scholars were nominated by conference co-conveners, Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson. Congratulations to our winners!