Bilingual/Bicultural Studies focus on the intersection between the politics of language and culture and the new global realities of the 21st century. The objective of the CB/BS is to examine the history as well as the current ramifications of translingual, transnational, and transcultural phenomena. It is particularly concerned with the impact of crossing linguistic boundaries on patterns of communication, creative practices, identity formation and the cultural politics of the diaspora.

One of the Center's central activities is the sponsoring visits (for one day, one week or one semester) by authors who write in a language (or languages) other than their mother-tongue. The CB/BS also sponsors conferences and lecture series, offers resources, and centralizes information and materials that concern what is, increasingly, the daily reality of individuals, work place and families both in the United States and internationally.


The 2014 Isabelle de Courtivron Prize


The Isabelle de Courtivron Prize is an award for student writing on topics related to
immigrant, diaspora, bicultural, bilingual, and/or mixed-race experiences. This writing prize has been established by MIT's Center for Bilingual/Bicultural Studies in order to honor distinguished Professor Emerita Isabelle de Courtivron, one of the original founders of the CB/BS, and to reward high quality undergraduate writing (creative or expository). The Prize was established on the occasion of Professor de Courtivron’s retirement in 2010.

The Isabelle de Courtivron Prize is open to all MIT undergraduate students and is awarded on an annual basis. Entries are judged by a panel of faculty and/or professional writers. The winner will receive a prize of $400 and the winning submission will be featured on the CB/BS website.

Rules (pdf) and Cover Sheet (docx)

Send submissions to cbbsprize@mit.edu


2014 de Courtivron Prize Winner
CB/BS is pleased to announce the winners of the Isabelle de Courtivron Prize for 2014. Due to the outstanding entries received, the judges decided to award two students with the First Place prize. Remi Mir was awarded first prize for her memoir, "The Socks Don't Have to Match," about growing up Bengali-American. The narrative weaves together themes of "difference" and identity and captures a nuanced view of the relationship between young adults and their parents — which can be both fraught with tension as well as affection. Daniel Stone was awarded first prize for "The Faces of Reality," a courageous and vivid coming of age narrative exploring dimensions of identity (sexual, personal, cultural, political, and academic) and the experience of growing up in Nigeria and coming to MIT.

2013 de Courtivron Prize Winner
CB/BS is pleased to announce that John G. Mikhael won First Prize in the third annual Isabelle de Courtivron student writing competition for his submission, "Lost in Translation." John will be presented an award at the annual “Award for Excellence” reception hosted by Foreign Languages & Literatures (FLL) on April 18, 2013 at 5:00pm in 14E-304. For more, please read the following article from MIT SHASS.

2012 de Courtivron Prize Winners
CB/BS is pleased to announce that Adrian Jimenez-Galindo won First Prize in the second annual Isabelle de Courtivron student writing competition for his submission, "My Life is in Technicolor." Eric Trac won Second Prize for his submission, "Teardrops donít always drip down." Congratulations! For more on the recipients, please read the following article from the MIT News office or the MIT News office's profile of Eric Trac.

2011 de Courtivron Prize Winners
CB/BS is pleased to announce that Muriel Lantosoa Rambeloarison has won First Prize in the inaugural Isabelle de Courtivron student writing competition for her submission, "Silence [Soundtrack: Sur Toi (Only You), Zazie]," and Xinzhu Wang has won Second Prize for her submission, "My Food Basket: A Collection of Cultures." More from MIT SHASS.


e·merging
Please check out the e-journal "e·merging: voices on the new diasporas "

Podcasts
Affirmative Action and National Identity: the View from France (3/4/2011)

Past Events
Foreign Languages and Literatures Past Events Archive.

Contact
For more information, please contact: cbbsprize@mit.edu