RCS Ph.D. Candidate Giovanni Salazar Calvo Awarded the 2021 Varg Sullivan Award

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies is pleased to celebrate Ph.D. Candidate Giovanni Salazar Calvo, who has received the 2021 Varg Sullivan Graduate Award for Best Article Published by a Graduate Student in the Arts & Letters at Michigan State University.

Giovanni’s article is titled “‘Los que comen coca son hicheseros’: demonología y la coca en la obra de Guamán Poma de Ayala.” [‘Those who eat coca [leaves] are sorcerers: Demonology and the Coca Plant in the Works of Guaman Poma de Ayala]”, published in issue 133 (volume 91) of Letras in March of 2020: DOI: https://doi.org/10.30920/letras.91.133.11. Currently hosted in the College of Letters and Humanities of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Perú), Letras is one of the world’s premier peer-reviewed scholarly journals in Latin American literary studies since its creation in 1929. 

Giovanni is the third graduate student from RCS/Spanish to receive the Varg-Sullivan award in the last five years. He joins Andrew Bentley who received the award for his article “Traversing the Zones: Transcending the Nonhuman: Urban Ecologies in Postward Guatemala” published in Istmo: Revista virtual de estudios literarios y culturales centroamericanos, as well as Claudia Berríos-Campos who was awarded for her article “La tentación de la legitimidad: estrategias y oscilaciones discusivas en el Manuscrito de Huarochirí” published in Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana.