Best Graduate Student Paper Prize
Twelve papers written by graduate students were submitted for this competition.
SUNTA awarded the prize for best graduate student paper for 2012 to Claudio Sopranzetti of Harvard University for his paper, “The Owners of the Map: Mobility and Mobilization among Motorcycle Taxi Drivers in Bangkok.”
The paper is both theoretically sophisticated and ethnographically rich. Engaging and well-written, the text examines how motorcycle taxi drivers in Bangkok challenge the conventional spatio-temporal order. Their everyday practices – cutting through and around traffic, connecting urban and rural spaces – offer a privileged position from which to act as activists and political mobilizers. The paper illuminates questions of the use of urban space while speaking to current debates on mobilities.
Best Undergraduate Student Paper Prize
Six papers written by undergraduate students were submitted for this competition.
SUNTA awarded the prize for best undergraduate student paper for 2012 to Andrea Chiriboga Flor, a student of Deborah Heath at Clark University. Ms. Chiriboga Flor’s paper on the “Occupy Portland” movement and its internal social dynamics won the prize for its originality and depth of field work based research and analysis.
Honorable mention as awarded to Anna Carolsfeld, nominated by Professor Susan Erikson of Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada for her paper on the social organization of “dumpster diving” in Vancouver.
Best Graduate Student Panel Submitted for SUNTA Review for the 2012 AAA Meeting
Four panels organized by graduate students were submitted for this competition.
SUNTA awarded the prize for best graduate student panel to the session “Movement, Mobility, Displacement: Migratory Imaginaries of the City,” organized by Joanne R. Nucho (University of California, Irvine).