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Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme

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Ange La Furcia (2020, Latin American studies), has been awarded the Harold Blakemore Prize for her paper “Denunciation, Politics, and Beauty in San Andrés Islands: A Caribbean Telenovela of Sexuality and Corruption”.

The prize is awarded for the best paper presented by a postgraduate at the Society for Latin American Studies, and is named for Harold Blakemore, a key figure in the foundation of Latin American studies in the UK.

Ange’s paper analyses the scandal provoked by Norman Alford Pusey Pomare, a trans Raizal beauty queen trainer and candidate for the Departmental Assembly of the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, and how this acted as a prelude to the dismantling of a scheme of corruption.

The paper will be available to read in English in the Bulletin of Latin American Research. The Spanish version of this paper will be published in the Cuadernos del Caribe Review at the National University of Colombia, Caribbean Headquarters, where Ange is a visiting scholar.