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Charles University student Pavlína Juračková won the prestigious Latin American Prize

On Tuesday, the Patriotic Hall of the Carolinum saw the award ceremony of the 22nd year of the Latin American Prize. The prize, originally named “Premio Iberoamericano”, was awarded to the best papers of Czech university students. The major award went to Pavlína Juračková of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University.

This year, Charles University has a special reason to celebrate. The winner of the Latin American Prize is Pavlína Juračková of the Faculty of Arts. Her paper “Seven Books of the Diana by Jorge de Montemayor – From the Pastoral Novel to the Mystic” attempts at finding a new way to read the last part of “Seven Books of the Diana”, written in Spanish by the Portuguese author Jorge de Montemayor. She’s based her approach on the idea of Juan Goytisol: it’s always important to look for new ways to interpret classical texts.

The second place went to Markéta Čajánková of Palacký University in Olomouc, and her paper “Feast of the Holy Spirit in the Azores”. Kateřina Krejčí from the University in Hradec Králové came third with her paper “Incorporating Big Shopping Malls in the Metropolitan Areas – the Mexico Valley and Guadalajara.”

The jury, consisting of the members of diplomatic missions of the Latin American countries, also decided to award two high commendations. Both were awarded to Charles University students – to Jan Bedrníček for his paper “Lebanese Migration and its Impact on the Vocabulary of the Brazil Portuguese”, and to Maroš Timko for „The Heroes of Alcazar (1937) – An Example of Francoist Propaganda in Slovakia Between the World Wars.”

Every year, the Latin American Prize is awarded by the heads of the diplomatic missions of Latin American countries with the offices in the Czech Republic. This year was organized by the Embassy of Spain, led by the Ambassador Pedro Calvo-Sotelo Ibaňez-Martin. The event took place under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, and the Rector of Charles University Tomáš Zima.

“Since 1995, this place has been regularly the venue of awards that are unparalleled in Europe or even beyond. During more than twenty years of its existence, hundreds of students have taken part in the contest, and most of them wrote excellent papers,” said Charles University Rector Tomáš Zima, commenting on the high quality of submitted papers, and on the prestige of the whole event.

The award ceremony was attended by the representatives of the embassies that took part in the organization, i.e. the embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain and Venezuela. Special guests were Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary General of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEIGB), and Ivo Krýsa, Deputy Minister of Education and head of the Property Department.

In her speech, Rebeca Grynspan emphasized the cultural connection between the Czech Republic and the Latin American world. In the start, the contact between the parties was primarily possible to maintain due to the cooperation with Charles University: “Universities, and Charles University in particular, were the tools that enabled this process. Five decades ago, the Center for Latin American Studies was established at the Faculty of Arts of this university; at that time, it was a part of the Institute of the World History.” For Rebeca Grynspan, the 22nd year of the Latin American Prize is a good opportunity to get our cultures even closer, and strengthen the bonds that connect our countries.

The Latin American Prize

The contest for the Latin American Prize can be joined by any student of a Czech college or university. The necessary condition is to write and submit a paper in Spanish or Portugal, focusing on a topic related to Latin American countries. The topics can cover issues related to art, science, culture, economy, history, literature, politics, or society in general. The papers are assessed by the jury, made by representatives of the diplomatic missions of Latin American countries.

By: Kamila Špinarová

Translation: Rani Tolimat

Photo: René Volfík

Date: 4 April 2017

Last change: April 4, 2017 13:43 
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