Michael Nelson Prize


The IAMHIST-MICHAEL NELSON PRIZE FOR A WORK IN MEDIA AND HISTORY is a biennial prize awarded for the book, radio or televisionprogram or series, film, DVD, CD-ROM, or URL making the best contribution on the subject of media and history, which has been published or shown in the preceding two years.

The prize is dedicated to Michael Nelson, whose passion for media and journalism inspired IAMHIST throughout the years.  For more information on Michael Nelson, please consult: www.michaelnelsonbooks.com

Beginning with the upcoming 2013 prize, two awards will be made.  The first, a prize of $1000, will be for the best contribution by a book; the second, a prize of $500 will be for the best contribution by a (multi) media contribution.  Newly instituted this year, this second prize will consider media such as films, CD-ROMs, and URLs separately from print media, in the hope of encouraging the submission of scholarly work in non-print media.

Submissions for the 2013 IAMHIST Prize for a Work in Media and History should reach the committee before September 30, 2012. The prize will be awarded for a publication and (multi) media contribution on the subject of media and history published or shown in between September 2010 – September 2012.

The prize was awarded for the first time in 2007, at the XXIInd IAMHIST conference in Amsterdam. The winner was Professor Wendy Webster (University of Central Lancashire), for her book ENGLISHNESS AND EMPIRE, 1939-1965 (Oxford University Press, 2005).

Thanks to an especially strong field of entries, two winners were chosen in 2009: RECONSTRUCTING AMERICAN HISTORICAL CINEMA FROM ‘CIMMARON TO ‘CITIZEN KANE,’ by Dr. Jennifer E. Smyth (University of Warwick), and VOICES IN RUINS: GERMANRADIO AND NATIONAL RECONSTRUCTION IN THE WAKE OF TOTAL WAR, by Dr. Alexander Badenoch (Technical University of Eindhoven). Both works were cited by the prize committee as making outstanding contributions to the field, based on excellence of research, originality, accessibility, and scholarly usefulness.  In 2011, the prize was awarded to It’s the Pictures That Got Small: Hollywood Film Stars on 1950s Television (2009), by Christine Becker.


Rules of the IAMHIST prize:

1. The prize is awarded biennially.

2. Invitations for submissions and names of the winners will be published in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, on the IAMHIST website, on flyers, displayed in the universities of teaching members of IAMHIST, and by letters to appropriate bodies.

3. The prize will be awarded for the book, radio or television program or series, film, DVD, CD-ROM, or URL making the best contribution on the subject of media and history to have been published or shown in the preceding two years (which, for the 2013 prize, will be from September 2010 – September 2012).

4. Three copies of the work must be submitted to the IAMHIST prize sub-committee chair by 30 September of the year preceding the award (in this case, September 30, 2012).

5. The submitted work must be in the form of printed text, audio tape, VHS cassette, DVD or CD-ROM. It must be accompanied by back-up material, as appropriate, such as scripts and shot lists.

6. Works which are not in English must be accompanied by an English translation or an English synopsis.

7. The winner will be selected by a sub-committee of the Council of IAMHIST, under the chairmanship of IAMHIST Treasurer, Cynthia Miller.

Submissions should be sent to:  Professor Cynthia J. Miller 484 Bolivar St. Canton, MA  02021 USA. Email: Cynthia_Miller@emerson.edu  

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