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Natalie Zemon Davis Prize

The Natalie Zemon Davis Prize was established to recognize the best article published annually in Renaissance and Reformation. The value of the prize is $500 CAD. The prize honours the contributions of Professor Natalie Zemon Davis to early modern studies and, in particular, to Renaissance and Reformation, which she helped to found. The winner will be selected by a committee from among the articles published in each volume. The prize may, in extraordinary circumstances, be divided among entries judged to be of equal merit.

Natalie Zemon Davis writes: "I am honored to think my name could make a contribution to the work of this excellent periodical. It made a great deal of difference to my first years in Toronto that I was able to co-edit it at its beginning, in its modest mimeographed form, and it makes a great deal of difference to me now, in my retired years in Toronto, that my name should be associated with the current activities of Renaissance and Reformation in its splendid state."

Natalie Zemon Davis is one of the finest and most creative historians of the early modern world, a risk-taking scholar and an engaging mentor. She is the author of The Return of Martin Guerre (1983). Her recent publications include Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-century Muslim between Worlds (2006); A Passion for History: Conversations with Denis Crouzet (2010), a translation of L’histoire tout feu tout flamme. Entretiens avec Denis Crouzet (2004); Essai sur le don dans la France du XVIe siècle (2003); and Slaves on Screen: Film and Historical Vision (2000). Currently, she is completing a book on a slave family in colonial Suriname. She is also serving as historical consultant for a new play by Wajdi Mouawad, Le chant de l'oiseau amphibie, in part linked to Trickster Travels. The play will open in Paris in November 2017.

Natalie Zemon Davis is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Emerita, at Princeton University and is currently adjunct professor of History and Medieval Studies and a Senior Fellow in the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto with her family. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Holberg International Memorial Prize in the Humanities, and in 2013, President Obama awarded her a National Humanities Medal.

Prize Announcements

Past Prize Winners
(Articles published more than three years ago are openly accessible.)

Volume 39
Marco Lamanna. "Tommaso Campanella in the Schulmetaphysik: The Doctrine of the Three Primalities and the Case of the Lutheran Liborius Capsius (1589–1654) in Erfurt." Renaissance and Reformation 39.1 (Winter 2016): 91-114.

Volume 38
Natif, Mika. "Renaissance Painting and Expressions of Male Intimacy in a Seventeenth-Century Illustration from Mughal India." Renaissance and Reformation 38.4 (Fall 2015; published 2016): 41-64.

Volume 37
Poirier, Guy. "Textes missionaires dans l'espace francophone." Renaissance and Reformation 37.4 (Fall 2014; published 2015): 49-70.

Volume 36
Shin, Junhyoung Michael. "The Passion and the Flagellation in Sixteenth-Century Japan." Renaissance and Reformation 36.2 (Spring 2013): 4-43.

Volume 35
Hackenbracht, Ryan. “Mourning the Living: Surrey’s 'Wyatt Resteth Here,' Henrician Funerary Debates, and the Passing of National Virtue. Renaissance and Reformation 35.2 (Spring 2012): 61-82.

Volume 34
Butterworth, Emily. Scandal in Rabelais’s Tiers Livre: Divination, Interpretation, and Edification.” Renaissance and Reformation 34.4 (Fall 2011): 23-43.

Volume 33
Hickson, Sally. “Gian Cristoforo Romano in Rome: With some thoughts on the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and the Tomb of Julius II.” Renaissance and Reformation 33.1 (Winter 2010): 3-30.

Volume 32
Landi, Sandro. “Décrire et gouverner l’opinion. Pour une phénoménologie de la correspondance publique de Machiavel.” Renaissance and Reformation 32.3 (Summer 2009): 3-27.

Volume 31
Vaillancourt, Luc. “Henri III épistolier : rhétorique royale de la lettre familière.” Renaissance and Reformation 31.4 (Fall 2008): 97-113.

Volume 30
Burton, Ben. 'The praise of that I yeld for sacrifice': Anne Lock and the Poetics of the Eucharist.” Renaissance and Reformation 30.3 (Summer 2006/2007): 89-118.  

Volume 29 
Assaf, Sharon. “The Ambivalence of the Sense of Touch in Early Modern Prints.” Renaissance and Reformation 29.1 (Winter 2005): 75-98.

Volume 28 
Hillman, Richard. “De-centring the Countess’s Circle: Mary Sidney Herbert and Cleopatra.” Renaissance and Reformation 28.1 (Winter 2004): 61-79.   

Volume 27
Posset, Franz. “Polyglot Humanism in Germany circa 1520 as Luther's Milieu and Matrix: The Evidence of the 'Rectorate Page' of Crotus Rubeanus.” Renaissance and Reformation 27.1 (Winter 2003): 5-33.