[MGSA-L] MGSA Papacosma Graduate Student Essay Prize 2015

Artemis Leontis aleontis at umich.edu
Thu Sep 10 13:57:53 PDT 2015

The committee evaluating the 2015 Papacosma Graduate Student Essay
Competition, consisting of Artemis Leontis (Professor of Modern Greek,
University of Michigan), chair, Matthew Gumpert (Associate Professor of
Comparative Literature, Department of Western Languages and Literatures,
Bogazici University), and Eugenia Georges (Professor of Anthropology, Rice
University), has read this year’s entries and arrived at its decisions.

First Prize goes to Panayotis League (Harvard University, ethnomusicology)
for his paper: “The Poetics of Meráki: Dialogue and Speech Genre in
Kalymnian Songs.”

   - The committee found this to be a well-argued, beautifully polished
   essay, offering a particularly fine-grained ethnographic description of the
   performance of mantinades as a musically enacted, competitive form of
   speech genre, and contributing to the study of performers as experts and
   the social and aesthetic expertise they embody.

Honorable Mention is given to Etienne E. Charrière (University of Michigan,
Comparative Literature) for his paper: “A Greek Novel ‘Clad in an English
Dress’: Stephanos Xenos’ *Devil in Turkey* (1851) as Transnational Text.”

   - The committee recognized this as cutting edge work in world literature
   contributing to the study of the global novel through its analysis of the
   ways the genre traveled to the Ottoman Empire and was transformed through
   translations, multi-lingual publications, and other forms of adaptation.

Congratulations to the winners!  They will be formally congratulated
at the MGSA
2015 Symposium <http://mgsasymposium.org/> on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at
Georgia State University in Atlanta. Panayiotis League will present a
version of his paper at the Symposium in Atlanta, while Etienne Charrière
is on the program to read another paper.

The committee also wishes to thank the graduate students who submitted work
and to recognize its excellence. The papers submitted represent the best in
current scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.

The Prize honors S. Victor Papacosma, who taught History at Kent State
University until his retirement. Victor served the MGSA with dedication in
many capacities. As Executive Director from 2004 to 2014, he moved the
association forward through his effective and ever-gracious collaborative
spirit of inclusiveness.

Finally this note: papers were reviewed blindly, the arms’ length rule was
followed, and no reviewers on this committee served on any other prize


Artemis Leontis
Professor of Modern Greek, Department of Classical Studies
University of Michigan
Arts & Humanities Editor, Journal of Modern Greek Studies
email:  *aleontis at umich.edu <aleontis at umich.edu>*
telephone: *734-615-3290*
office address:  2160 Angell Hall, 435 S. State Street Ann Arbor MI 48109
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