Prestigious Latin American geography award for Director of ILAS

Friday 27 May 2016

Prof Linda Newson, Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies

Professor Linda Newson, director of the School of Advanced Study’s Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), has won the Preston E James Eminent Latin Americanist Career Award. It’s the highest accolade available from the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (CLAG).

Now in its 39th year, the annual award recognises outstanding research contributions on the geography of Latin America and the Caribbean, and the significant impact of research within and beyond academia. Professor Newson will be formally presented with her prize at the next CLAG meeting in New Orleans, 3–5 January 2017.

‘It is a great honour to receive this award, since it has been given to a number of very eminent scholars who, in person or through their writings, have had an important influence on my career,’ says Professor Newson who received an OBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Latin American studies. ‘It is also named after the author of the first textbook on Latin America that I read as an undergraduate and was a great inspiration to me.’

This is the second time Professor Newson has been honoured by CLAG. In 1991, the organisation that has been fostering geographic education and research on Latin America in the USA since 1970, presented her with its C.O. Sauer award for distinguished scholarship.

She has been a director of ILAS since 2012. As well as supporting scholarship across a wide range of subject fields in the humanities and cognate social sciences, the Institute actively maintains and builds ties with cultural, diplomatic and business organisations with interests in Latin America.

An Emeritus Professor of Geography at King’s College London and a Fellow of the British Academy and chair of its Latin America and Caribbean Panel, Professor Newson also boasts an extensive list of academic publications, articles and reports in both English and Spanish.

Publications include Conquest and pestilence in the early Spanish Philippines; From capture to sale: The Portuguese slave trade to Spanish South America in the early 17th Century; Life and death in early colonial Ecaudor. And her reviews have appeared in a range of journals such as the Journal of Latin American Studies; The Americas; Bulletin of Latin American Research; Journal of Historical Geography; Slavery and Abolition and the Journal of African History.