THE NICOLAS CRISTÓBAL GUILLÉN BATISTA
PHILOSOPHICAL LITERATURE PRIZE

The Nicolas Cristóbal Guillén Batista Philosophical Literature Prize are awarded at the international annual meetings of the Caribbean Philosophical Association. The prize is to be awarded to an author whose contribution to Caribbean thought is through the medium of the novel, poetry, theater, or cinema.

The Caribbean Philosophical Association is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the association’s awards for contributions to Caribbean thought and philosophical literature. The awards will be conferred in a special session of the 17th annual conference of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, which will take place on April 1-4 at the University of the Virigin Islands in St. Croix. For more information on the conference, click here.

 

 

The Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista
Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Rozena Maart

 

Rozena Maart is a philosopher, poet, novelist, and longtime activist against antiracism and sexual violence and a champion for the flourishing of Africana thought in her native South Africa and other countries such as Canada, Colombia, the UK, the United States (especially through Philosophy Born of Struggle), and across the globe through the Caribbean Philosophical Association and other organizations such as the St. Croix Literary Festival. Here is a link to a lecture she gave at the University of Cape Town in 2020 before the pandemic lockdowns, and here is the Wikipedia page on her. The Award Committee celebrates Professor Maart for the philosophical, political, and literary richness of her writings and her contributions as an institution-builder in education and her work as a psychoanalyst and social worker. 

 

 

                           

Firoze Manji

 

Firoze Manji is a medical worker (dentistry) who has devoted his life to radical, liberatory politics through creating publishing outlets for writers across the Global South, in addition to writing books of his own and many articles as a journalist. He has also organized many multimedia forums presenting the work of intellectuals across the globe through a variety of organizations. All of this work has been done as he lived and worked not only in his native Kenya but also in Senegal, the UK, South Africa, and Canada, for organizations ranging from Amnesty Intellectual to CODESRIA and Tricontinental. Here is an interview with him from summer 2020, and here is the Wikipedia page on him. The Awards Committee celebrates Dr. Manji for his years of dedicated work, which includes the founding of Daraja Press, publications on intellectuals of struggle ranging from Amílcar Lopes da Costa Cabral to Walter Rodney, and his ongoing global activism building of global networks devoted to the cultivation of dignity, freedom, and liberation. 

 

 

          

The Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista
Outstanding Book Award

     


 

Love after Babel
By Chandramohan S.

Chandramohan S., Love after Babel and other poems. Daraja Press, 2020.           


Chandramohan S. is an Indian Dalit poet who is also a member of the P.K. Rosi foundation, a cultural collective, which is named after the great Dalit actress, devoted to the demarginalization of Dalit-Bahujans. According to three reviewers:       

  

Love after Babel is a brilliant new poetry collection by Dalit poet Chandramohan S, a highly charged political treatise. Chandramohan's position as a Dalit writer illuminates his treatment of caste-based oppression, while also creating a sense of radical solidarity between various marginalized identities in contemporary Indian society through his focus on other forms of oppression, namely on experiences of Islamophobia, gender based violence and racism. It is an active political tool to counter multiple forms of oppression in India and across the world.          

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Chandramohan's poetry is an extraordinary combination of a strong individual voice, crying out against a deeply felt sense of personal abuse, and a sophisticated understanding of the long history and mythology of such abuse, in India but also in the world at large. The poems are by turns shocking, moving, and exhilarating.          


          

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This is poetry—at its best. No wonder then that, his poems have been published worldwide. He is perhaps now one of the very few, if not the only Indian poet in English to have taken the burden of social and political repression, as a distinct and livid political idiom. To read his poems is also painful, but the poetry is in the pain!          

           


  

NICOLÁS CRISTÓBAL GUILLÉN BATISTA PRIZE
PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

  

2020

Lifetime Achievement:

Frankétienne 

Haki Madhubuti

Outstanding Achievements:

Dionne Brand

Outstanding Book:

Slavery Unseen

By Lamonte Aidoo

  

2019

Lifetime Achievement:

Kamau Brathwaite

Robin D.G. Kelley

Outstanding Book:

What Comes from a Thing

By Phillip Barron

Heaven
By Rowan Ricardo Phillips

          

2018

Life-time Achievement:

Conceição Evaristo

Outstanding Achievements in Philosophical Literature Award:

Felwine Sarr

Outstanding Book in Philosophical Literature:

Intimacies of Four Continents
By Lisa Lowe

          

2017

Life-time Achievement:

Hortense Spillers

Outstanding Book in Philosophical Literature:

La rebelión de las niñas: El Caribe y la “conciencia corporal.” 
By Nadia V. Celis-Salgado

The Black Radical Tragic: Performance, Aesthetics, and the Unfinished Haitian Revolution
By Jeremy Matthew Glick

          

2016

Life-time Achievement:

Jamaica Kincaid

Philosophical Literature:

Arturo Dávila-Sánchez

Outstanding Book in Philosophical Literature:

Being Apart: Theoretical and Existential Resistance in Africana Literature
By LaRose Parris

          

2015

Life-time Achievement:

Samuel R. Delany

George Lamming

Philosophical Literature:

Víctor Fowler Calzada

Outstanding Book in Philosophical Literature:

Creole Renegades: Rhetoric of Betrayal and Guilt in the Caribbean Diaspora
By Bénédicte Boisseron

          

2014

Life-time Achievement:

Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Philosophical Literature:

Frieda Ekotto

Outstanding Book in Philosophical Literature:

Pathologies of Paradise: Caribbean Detours
By Supriya Nair

          

2013

Life-time Achievement:

Ana Lydia Vega

Philosophical Literature:

Jose Buscaglia

          

2012

Life-time Achievement: 

The Mighty Chalkdust / Hollis Urban Lester Liverpool

Prafulla Kar

Philosophical Literature:

Gordon Rohlehr

          

2011

Junot Díaz 

          

2010 

Gabriel García Márquez

          

2009

Edwidge Danticat 

          

2008

Ramabai Espinet

Wilson Harris