Ezio Cappadocia Prize for Best Unpublished Manuscript
The Society for Italian Historical Studies, in affiliation with the American Historical Association, again offers a prize of $400 for the Ezio Cappadocia Prize for Best Unpublished Manuscript on the history of Italy of dissertation length. Since the object of the award is to encourage fresh interest in Italian history, the prize is offered for the first or second study in the field by a scholar who has received the Ph.D. since January 1, 2016. Competitors must be current members of the SIHS.
Only manuscripts that are judged worthy of scholarly publication will be considered. Acceptance of a study for publication during the period of competition will not disqualify it from consideration. Scholars and students regularly resident in the United States or in Canada are eligible for the award. The SIHS reserves the right to withhold the prize if no manuscript deemed worthy is submitted. Please do not send any recommendations.
The prize will be announced at the January 2018 meeting of the Society for Italian Historical Studies.
One physical copy of the work, with a brief curriculum vitae, should be sent to each of the following committee members; they must be received no later than August 15, 2017. A second copy of the work and brief curriculum vitae should be sent by email to the same committee members. Those wishing to have their manuscripts returned should mention it in their applications.
Marla Stone (Committee Chair)
Department of History
Los Angeles, CA 90041
933 McClellan Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
West Virginia University
Morgantown WV 26506-6303
A brief vita and the title of the entry should also be sent to the Executive Secretary, to whom all requests for further information should be addressed:
Executive Secretary, SIHS
University of Scranton
Scranton, PA 18510-4648
This Year's Recipient:
- 2018 - Kathryn Taylor, Orbis and Urbis: Ethnographic Thought in Early Modern Venice
Kathryn Taylor received her PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. Her manuscript “Orbis and Urbis: Ethnographic Thought in Early Modern Venice” analyzes early modern Venetian ethnographic writing produced by diplomats and traders as a route to understanding Venetian views of cultural and religious difference. Taylor argues that the information about other cultures that arrived in early modern Venice in the form of court records, diplomatic correspondence, books, and the personal observations of diplomats and traders, shaped the way Venetians understood themselves and their world, influenced policy-making, and became requisite for a patrician education. By putting ethnographic writings – the study of the customs and rituals of Muslims, Jews, and other European cultures – at the center of her analysis, Taylor reveals the ways in which “the daily reality of co-existence in a religiously and ethnically diverse city” was built from multiple sources. By moving the origins of early modern ethnographic thought away from explorers to diplomats and commercial agents, Taylor makes an original and critical contribution to Italian and European intellectual history. She presents a clear, well-structured argument about the centrality of ethnographic writing, reporting, and observation to Venetian society and politics. She approaches her topic from a variety of archival and documentary angles -- from Inquisition records to library inventories to personal journals. This well-written and finely-researched dissertation engages a wide range of issues in early modern and modern historiography and opens new lines of inquiry. To support her compelling argument, Taylor used the manuscript holdings of an impressive number of archives, revealing a mastery of the primary sources and secondary literature.
- 2017 - Hannah Florence Marcus, Banned Books: Medicine, Readers and Censors in Early Modern Italy, 1559-1664
- 2016 - Hannah Barker, Egyptian and Italian Merchants in the Black Sea Slave Trade, 1260-1500; Brian Brege, The Empire that Wasn’t: The Grand Duchy of Tuscany and Empire, 1574-1609
- 2015 - Matthew Gaetano, Renaissance Thomism at the University of Padua, 1465-1583
- 2014 - Giuliana Chamedes, The Vatican and the Making of the Atlantic Order, 1920-1960
- 2013 - Andrew Berns, The Natural Philosophy of the Biblical World: Jewish and Christian Physicians in the Late Italian Renaissance
- 2011 - Caroline Hillard, An Alternate Antiquity: The Etruscans in Renaissance FLorence and Rome
- 2009 - Elizabeth Bernhardt, Genevra Sforza and the Bentivoglio: Family, Politics and Reputation in Renaissance Bologna
- 2008 - Joshua Arthurs, “A Revolution in the Idea of Rome”: Excavating Modernity in Fascist Italy
- 2007 - Emily O'Brien, The Anatomy of an Apology: The War against Conciliarism
- 2006 - Paul A. Garfinkel, Criminal Law and Juridical Culture in Liberal and Fascist Italy
- 2005 - Francesca Trivellato, Trading Diasporas and Trading Networks in the Early Modern Period: A Sephardic Partnership of Livorno in the Mediterranean, Europe, and Portuguese India (ca. 1700-1750)
- 2004 - Anne Wingenter, Le veterane del dolore: Mothers and Widows of the "Fallen" in Fascist Italy
- 2002 - Mary Hewlett, Women, Sexual Abuse and Sodomy in Late Renaissance Lucca
- 2001 - Emyln Eisenach, Marriage, Concubinage and Marriage Dissolution in 16th Century Verona
- 2000 - David d'Andrea, Civic Christianity in 15th Century Treviso: The Confraternity and Hospital of Santa Maria dei Battuti
- 1999 - Stephen C. Soper, A Context for Rule: Associations, Public Life and Liberal Ideology of 19th Century Italy
- 1998 - Victoria M. Morse, A Complex Terrain: Church, Society and the Individual in the Works of Opicino de Canistris
- 1997 - Stanislao Pugliese, Socialist Heretic and Humanist: Carlo Roselli in Italy and in Exile
- 1996 - Weitse DeBoer, Sinews of Discipline
- 1993 - Silvana Patriarca, Number and the Nation: The Statistical Representation of Italy, 1820-1871
- 1992 - Marla S. Stone, The Politics of Cultural Production: The Exhibition in Fascist Italy, 1928-1942
- 1991 - Geoffrey A. Haywood, Sidney Sonnino and Liberal Italy, 1847-1901 and Paolo Squatriti, Water and Society in Late Antique and Early Italy