Frieda Ekotto Awarded the Nicolás Guillén Award for Philosophical Literature


Jan 08, 2014

Frieda Ekotto, a professor in DAAS and Comparative Literature, has won the Nicolás Guillén Award for Philosophical Literature from the Caribbean Philosophical Association. Professor Ekotto received this award because of her contributions as a novelist, a theorist of race, sexuality, and criminality, along with her writings on existential themes emerging in the work of Lorraine Hansberry, Jean Genet, and struggles for human dignity, which stands among the best of the age.  According to Jane Anna Gordon, “Professor Ekotto exemplifies the transnational commitments of the Caribbean Philosophical Association as well as our commitments across multiple genres and disciplinary approaches.  Professor Ekotto works brilliantly on women’s sexualities in the African context instead of through those imposed on it.”