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2015
History

The Guelph Centre for Scottish Studies is delighted to announce that the Frank Watson Book Prize for 2015 has been awarded to Dr Allan Kennedy of the University of Manchester. The prize-winning book, Governing Gaeldom: The Scottish Highlands and the Restoration State, 1660-1688 (Northern World, Leiden: Brill, 2014), examines the Highlands in the reigns of Charles II and James VII and the complex relationships that existed between the state, the Highland elites, and the Highland people. One of the strengths of the book is its success in showing repeatedly that the Highlanders were far from a single political or cultural group in this period, and the dangers of ‎simplistic assumptions about their governance and attitude towards the state. In a large and impressive field of books that reminded the committee how robust our subject is, Dr Kennedy's work stood out.

2015
Literature and Cultural Studies

"Place-ing the Prison Officer. The ‘Warder’ in the British Literary and Cultural Imagination" by Cornelia Wächter published in Brill |Rodopi’s book series Spatial Practices in January 2015, is the winner of the 2015 BritCult Award. Congratulations!

2014
Asian Studies

Asian Women and Intimate Work was named a 2014 "Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice Magazine, which was announced in the January 2015 issue. 

"Asian Women and Intimate Work was recognized as [...] a formidable volume on the construction of Asian women as skillful at intimate work, and how women live within this construction. The study stands out for its elucidation of the viewpoints of Asian women engaged in intimate labor, which the contributors define and investigate in capitalist and postsocialist states. [The book is] an important addition to the scholarship." – T. L. Loos, Cornell University

2014
Asian Studies

An Intellectual History of China, Volume One was named a 2014 "Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice Magazine, which was announced in the January 2015 issue. 

"This is a coherent, erudite, undogmatic, thoughtful account of a vast and complex subject by a distinguished and widely read senior professor of history at Fudan, one of China's premier universities. [...] This book is [..] welcome as a rare and much-needed work of synthesis that not only reflects the current Chinese sense of their past, but provides grounds for future dialogue and research."  - C. Schirokauer, Columbia University
 

2014
History

Brill's Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World (2 vols.) was named a 2014 "Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice Magazine, which was announced in the January 2015 issue. 

"Brill's Encyclopaedia focuses broadly on Latin culture in early modern Europe, covering not only language and literature but also education, early printing, the arts, philosophy, science, the Church, and law. [...] Although the quality of individual entries varies, the range tends to run from good to excellent. Anyone interested in the Latin language, early modern history and literature, classical studies, book history, theology, or legal history will find this an indispensable reference work." - F. W. Jenkins, University of Dayton

2014
Middle East and Islamic Studies

Damien Janos was awarded the 2014 I.R. Iran World Book Award for Method, Structure, and Development in al-Fārābī’s Cosmology during the 31st Book of the Year and the 21st World Book of the Year Awards held in Tehran on February 8, 2014.

2014
Middle East and Islamic Studies

Antoine Borrut was awarded the 2014 I.R. Iran World Book Award for Entre mémoire et pouvoir during the 31st Book of the Year and the 21st World Book of the Year Awards held in Tehran on February 8, 2014.

2014
Middle East and Islamic Studies

Jens Scheiner was awarded the 2014 I.R. Iran World Book Award for his book Die Eroberung von Damaskus, during the 31st Book of the Year and the 21st World Book of the Year Awards held in Tehran on February 8, 2014.

2014
Theology and World Christianity

Elina Hankela was awarded the 2014 Donner Institute Prize for Outstanding Research into Religion for her dissertation, published at Brill as Ubuntu, Migration and Ministry: Being Human in a Johannesburg Church.

2014
Classical Studies

Women and the Roman City in the Latin West was named a 2014 "Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice Magazine, which was announced in the January 2015 issue. 

 

"The present volume aims to replicate van Bremen's work for the Latin West, and does so very well. Nineteen chapters by 19 scholars from Britain, Europe, and North America focus on cities, because cities were the centers of power and money, which in turn produced the inscriptions, buildings, and literature that are the authors' sources. A special feature is the authors' extensive and effective use of epigraphy and archaeology. [...] A fundamental
work for women's history."
- R. I. Frank, University of California, Irvine