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The ACH congratulates Professor Diana Paton our 2017
Elsa Goveia Book Prize Winner!

The Association of Caribbean Historians (ACH) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Elsa Goveia Book Prize book in recognition of excellence in the field of Caribbean history, Diana Paton for her latest book entitled, The Cultural Politics of Obeah: Religion, Colonialism and Modernity in the Caribbean World (Cambridge UP, 2015).

After reading 42 submissions for the 2017 Elsa Goveia Prize the Committee, comprising David Trotman (Chair), Pedro Welch and Anne Macpherson, was in unanimous agreement about this award, and announced its decision at the ACH Annual Conference (May 14-19, 2017) in Tobago. 

The following citation was read during our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 18:

This work eminently qualifies for the Association’s recognition of excellence in Caribbean Scholarship for the two years under review. It is a study of the multiple meanings of obeah and their historical development and changes over more than two centuries of Caribbean history. Rich in analysis, broad in scope and meticulous in evidentiary detail, this study revisits old debates and essays new interpretations. The committee is convinced that this study makes an important contribution to Caribbean scholarship in social and cultural history and undoubtedly raises the bar for the next generation of scholars researching this and similar topics in the region.

Professor Paton graciously donated her prize of $250 to the Gould-Saunders Travel Award Fund for post-graduate students and junior faculty members to attend the annual conference.

For more information on the publication please visit:
http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9781107025653