The Natalie Zemon Davis Prize was established to recognize the best article published annually in Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme. 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/Renaissance et Réforme, which she helped to found. The winner will be selected by a subcommittee of the editorial board 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/Renaissance et Réforme 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 best known as the author of The Return of Martin Guerre (1983). Her most recent books are Trickster Travels: a Sixteenth-century Muslim between Worlds (2006); The Gift in Sixteenth-century France (2000); Slaves on Screen: Film and Historical Vision (2000), and L’histoire tout feu tout flamme. Entretiens avec Denis Crouzet (2004), recently translated as A Passion for History: Conversations with Denis Crouzet. She is currently completing a book on a slave family in colonial Suriname.
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 and has recently been awarded the prestigious Holberg International Memorial Prize, worth approximately $780,000, from the Norwegian government for outstanding work in the humanities.
Past Prize Recipients
(Articles published more than three years ago are openly accessible.)
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/Renaissance et Réforme 27, no. 1 (Winter 2003): 5-33.
Hillman, Richard. “De-centring the Countess’s Circle: Mary Sidney Herbert and Cleopatra.” Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme 28, no.1 (Winter 2004): 61-79.
Assaf, Sharon. “The Ambivalence of the Sense of Touch in Early Modern Prints.” Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme 29, no.1 (Winter 2005): 75-98.
Burton, Ben. “'The praise of that I yeld for sacrifice': Anne Lock and the Poetics of the Eucharist.” Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme 30, no.3 (Summer 2006/2007): 89-118.
Vaillancourt, Luc. “Henri III épistolier : rhétorique royale de la lettre familière.” Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme 31, no. 4 (Fall 2008): 97-113.
Landi, Sandro. “Décrire et gouverner l’opinion. Pour une phénoménologie de la correspondance publique de Machiavel.” Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme 32, no. 3 (Summer 2009): 3-27.
Hickson, Sally. “Gian Cristoforo Romano in Rome: With some thoughts on the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and the Tomb of Julius II.” Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme 33, no. 1 (Winter 2010): 3-30.
Butterworth, Emily. “Scandal in Rabelais’s Tiers Livre: Divination, Interpretation, and Edification.” Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme 34, no. 4 (Fall 2011): 23-43.
Hackenbracht, Ryan. “Mourning the Living: Surrey’s 'Wyatt Resteth Here,' Henrician Funerary Debates, and the Passing of National Virtue.” Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme 35, no. 2 (Spring 2012): 61-82.
Shin, Junhyoung Michael. "The Passion and the Flagellation in Sixteenth-Century Japan." Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme 36, no. 2 (Spring 2013): 4-43.
Guy Poirier. "Textes missionaires dans l'espace francophone." Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme 37, no. 4 (Fall 2014; published 2015): 49-70.
Natif, Mika. "Renaissance Painting and Expressions of Male Intimacy in a Seventeenth-Century Illustration from Mughal India." Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme 38, no. 4 (Fall 2015; published 2016): 41-64.