The History Department of the University of Pennsylvania has announced the establishment of the Stephen Allan Kaplan Memorial Prizes for the year 1973. A first prize of $700 and a second prize of $250 will be offered for the best manuscripts on any aspect of the history of the family, with no restriction as to field or period. There are plans to publish the essays in a collection on the family. Manuscripts should be no longer than 20,000 words and should be submitted by September 15, 1973, to Professor Alfred J. Rieber, Chairman of Kaplan Committee, 208 College Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104.

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A colloquium on Feudalism and Capitalism during the Historic Development of Latin America was held June 8-10, 1972 by the research group on Latin American history at the Karl Marx University in Leipzig. The following is a summary of a report sent by Prof. Manfred Kossok.

A paper presented by the research group (Prof. Manfred Kossok, Lecturer Dr. J. Kuebler, and M. Zeuske), on theses and research problems on feudalism and capitalism in the history of Latin America, served as the initial basis for discussion. Other contributions were: Prof. A. F. Shulgovski (Associate Director of the Latin American Institute of the Academy of Sciences, Moscow/USSR), “Feudalism and Capitalism in Latin America: The Significance of the Problem for the Political-Ideological Struggle in the Present Time”; Prof. M. A. Poliakov (Latin American Institute, Moscow), “The Deformation of Capitalism in Latin America and the Problems of ‘Marginalization’”; Prof. B. J. Koval (Latin American Institute, Moscow), “Methodological-Theoretical Aspects of the Relationship of Feudalism and Capitalism in Latin America”; Ms. M.-E. Horwitz (Chile, at the time Sorbonne, Paris), “Feudalism and Capitalism in Latin America: Chile”; Prof. A. Dessau (Director of the section on Latin American sciences, University of Rostock), “The Feudal Image of Society in Colonial Literature”; Prof. K. Schnelle (Dean of the department of romance literature at the section on culture sciences and German of KMU, Leipzig), “The Conquest in Spanish Historiography”; Dr. E. Hackethal (Franz-Mehring Institute of KMU, Leipzig), “To the Category of Dependency in the History of Latin America.”

Mailed contributions were received from: Prof. L. Passo (Buenos Aires), “Feudalism and Capitalism in the Colonial Period of Latin America”; Prof. E. Semo (México, D. F.), “The Origins of Capitalism in Mexico, 1521-1765”; Prof. J. V. Polisensky (Prague), “The Crisis of Hispano-American Colonial Society and the Agrarian Problem”; Prof. A. M. Zorina (Moscow), “The History of the Genesis of Capitalist Relationships on Cuba.”

A major purpose of the conference was to make a first effort toward some inter-communication among Marxist historians of Latin America on a theme of basic significance for the analysis of changes in socio-economic and political-institutional structures in the period from the Conquest to Independence.

Some of the questions upon which the discussion centered were: 1) the possibility of applying the term “colonial feudalism” to the socio-economic and political relationships established with the Conquest; 2) the relationship of continental and regional development; 3) the role of Latin America in the accumulation of capital in Western Europe and in the establishment of a capitalist world market; 4) deformed and “autonomous” development of capitalist forms; 5) the role of plantation slavery; 6) the development of a multi-sector economy during and after colonial times; 7) characteristics of the “medium development level” of Latin America; 8) origins, stages of development, and metamorphosis of the bourgeoisie in Latin America; 9) the role of commercial capital in Latin America; 10) capitalist forms of development in agriculture; 11) forms of the “Prussian way” of establishing capitalism in Latin America; 12) structural and political consequences of the growing weight of “marginal groups” in the class relationships of the Latin American countries; 13) political-ideological aspects of the problem of feudalism and capitalism.

At the end of the colloquium, Prof. Shulgovsld stressed the need to intensify research on case studies and to continue the discussion with special consideration for the problems of the twentieth century.

The organizers of the Leipzig colloquium intend to publish its results in a conference volume.

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The Ford Foundation has announced the following grants; $100,000 two-year supplement to the Association of Caribbean Universities and Research Institutes (Jamaica) to support cooperative research and training in agriculture, education, and urbanization; $105,000 to the Institute of International Education to provide fourteen graduate fellowships for students in Latin America and the Caribbean; $162,000 to the Institute of Peruvian Studies for research, training, and publications in the social sciences; $180,000 to the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro for eight Brazilian social scientists who have set a consortium to encourage application of social science research to urban problems; $365,000 to Brazilian Population Studies for fellowships and research awards to develop a community of Brazilian scholars specializing in demography and allied fields; $200,000 to the Mexican Institute of Social Studies to continue research, training, publications, and public information on issues of population growth and family planning.

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Hispamerica, an independent magazine devoted exclusively to Latin American literature, published its first issue in the summer of 1972. The magazine includes previously unpublished fiction, interviews, criticisms, and a bibliographical section. The fall issue will feature a special section on Chicano literature. Hispamerica invites colleagues to send in manuscripts, correspondence, and subscriptions to: Saul Sosnowski, 4330 Hartwick Rd., Apt. 608, College Park, Maryland 20740.