A work on the cholera epidemic in the Sevillian countryside of the 19th century, winner of the VIII Humanitas Prize of the UPO


Rosario Moreno, dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the Pablo de Olavide University of Seville (UPO), presented the 2021/2022 Humanitas Awards this afternoon. This is the eighth edition of some awards with which the Faculty tries to promote knowledge of humanistic disciplines and the vocation to research among young people who are in their fourth year of secondary education, Baccalaureate and level training cycles. intermediate or higher.

The presentation of the aforementioned prize took place in an act in which Professor Francisco Ollero, secretary of the jury, and Nuria Ponce, coordinator of the internships of the Faculty of Human Sciences, were also present, according to the UPO in a press release.

Thus, the first prize endowed with a thousand euros in books and electronic and communication material, was awarded to a team from the Marchena López de Arenas Institute, which competed with the work “The cholera epidemic in the Sevillian countryside in the middle of the XIX century Ordinary and extraordinary mortality in Marchena, 1854-1856. Prepared by the students María Conejero Rodríguez, Lucía Fernández Ledesma, Javier Palacios Mayorga and Javier Romero Barranco, it was coordinated by the professors Cristina López Tenorio and Gonzalo Alcaide Aguilar.

The bases of the award establish that the teaching body acts as a coordinator of certain work developed by the students who are part of the group; in accordance with another of the objectives of the Humanitas Prize, to encourage collaboration to carry out a common project through teamwork. The works presented may concern any humanist discipline, such as History and History of Art, Literature, Philosophy, Archaeology, Geography or philological studies.

The announcement of the Humanitas Prizes establishes that a second prize will also be awarded, which on this occasion was awarded to the work carried out by the students of the Llerena Nuestra Señora de la Granada-Santo Ángel school. “The urban planning of Llerena between the Enlightenment and our days” was carried out by students Laura Chávez Cruz, Juan Manuel Garraín Zambrano, José Manuel Hernández Méndez, Paula Manchón Martín, Iván Seijo Carrión and Ana Señas Hernández, with the coordination of Miguel Ángel Seijo and Francisco J. Mateos Ascacíbar as teachers.

“We were surprised by the similarities between our past and our present”, commented María Conejero, student at IES López de Arenas, about the winning work, born from the idea of ​​​​comparing the cholera epidemic of the 19th century in Marchena with the Covid-19 pandemic. “The important thing, in addition to the Prize, is that we have assimilated various concepts and skills that we did not know before, we have learned to investigate in the humanities,” he added. For her part, Cristina López, coordinating professor of the group, highlighted the experience lived by the students “who had to resort to primary sources, with the challenge of accessing original documents, we believe that it will be a lesson that will be useful to them in the future”.

In this sense, the Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences highlighted the fact that the two award-winning works “had their source in the unknown, having to resort to archives to obtain information”. Moreno stressed that the objective of the Humanitas Prize is to arouse the interest of young people in the knowledge of the humanities, defending them as “a way of life, activism and resistance. Through the humanities, we fight for a better world by understanding that”, it’s over. The ninth edition of the Humanitas Prize has already been announced; projects can be submitted until January 20, 2023.

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