Prize highlights: recent recognition for members of Oxford Humanities


Here are highlights of prizes awarded since July 2020:

  • Professor Anthony Reddie (Theology & Religion) received the Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship from the Archbishop of Canterbury for his “exceptional and sustained contribution to Black Theology in Britain and beyond”.
  • Professor Karen Leeder (MML) was elected to the Academia Europaea of Humanities, Letters, and Sciences.
  • Professor Santanu Das (English) received the European Society for the Study of English Book Prize for his book ‘India, Empire, and First World War Culture: Writings, Images and Songs’.
  • Professor Janet Pierrehumbert (LPP) received the 2020 Medal for Scientific Achievement from the International Speech Communication Association.
  • Dominic Brookshaw (Oriental Studies) won the 2020 Saidi-Sirjani Book Award for his book ‘Hafiz and His Contemporaries - Poetry, Performance and Patronage in Fourteenth-Century Iran’.
  • Rebecca De Souza (DPhil in MML) won the Nancy F. Marino Prize for Best Essay in Hispanomedieval Studies.
  • Dr Des Oliver (Music) has been nominated as one of the University’s The Oxford Black History Month 100.
  • Alexandra Majak was runner-up in the Rebecca West Prize for Writing, organised by St Edmund Hall and the Rebecca West Literary Estate.
  • Mimi Goodall (DPhil in History) won the Pollard Prize from the Institute of Historical Research for the best paper presented by a graduate student or early career researcher in the last academic year.
  • An essay by George Newton, a first year student in Portuguese, won the Camões Institute Award and he will collect his award from the Portuguese Embassy.
  • Another first year MML student, Tom Dervan, had an honourable mention for a short story in a national competition promoted by the Brazilian Embassy.
  • The History Faculty has established the Barbara Savage Prize for best undergraduate thesis in Black History, Sophie Gunning won the inaugural prize.
  • Blue plaques to commemorate achievements of the past also went up around the Division recently. A plaque to the doctors and nurses who worked in the Radcliffe Infirmary now sits on the Radcliffe Humanities building, while the Classics Faculty has put up a plaque to Annie Rogers, a classicist and campaigner for women to receive full membership of the University.
  • The Beazley Archive Pottery Database (Classics) achieved its goal for its 50th anniversary year by reaching 120,000 records in September.
  • It is also worth mentioning Professor Sir Roger Penrose’s tremendous Nobel Prize for Physics. Although he is in the Mathematical Institute, he has been a regular speaker at the Philosophy Faculty’s philosophy of physics research seminar.

This list was originally part of an internal newsletter by Professor Karen O'Brien, Head of Humanities.