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Kenshur Prize certificateJoanna Stalnaker, Lynn Festa, Guillaume Ansart

Since 2007, the Center has awarded an annual book prize to an outstanding monograph of interest to eighteenth-century scholars working in a range of disciplines. The prize is named in honor of the work of Oscar Kenshur, professor emeritus of comparative literature at Indiana University, a dix-huitièmiste par excellence, former Chicago cab driver, and one of the founding members of the Center (biography). The Kenshur prize of $1000 is awarded at an interdisciplinary seminar dedicated to the winning book.

Submissions in English from any discipline (irrespective of author's citizenship or place of residence) are welcome; authors (as well as publishers) are invited to nominate relevant works. Multi-authored collections of essays and translations, as well as books by members of the Bloomington faculty, are not eligible. Deadline for nominations is Jan. 30, 2016. To nominate a book, send three copies, clearly marked as "for Kenshur Prize," to the ASECS office, 2596 Reynolda Road, suite E, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

Previous winners:
Michael Kwass, Contraband: Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground (Harvard, 2014).

Hanneke Grootenboer, Treasuring the Gaze: Intimate Vision in Late Eighteenth-Century Eye Miniatures (Chicago, 2013).

Srinivas Aravamudan, Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel (Chicago, 2012).

James H. Johnson, Venice Incognito: Masks in the Serene Republic (University of California Press, 2011).

Joanna Stalnaker, The Unfinished Enlightenment: Description in the Age of the Encyclopedia (Cornell University Press, 2010).

Dan Edelstein, The Terror of Natural Right: Republicanism, the Cult of Nature, and the French Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 2009).

Vanessa Agnew, Enlightenment Orpheus: the Power of Music in Other Worlds (Oxford University Press, 2008).

Trish Loughran, The Republic in Print: Print Culture in the Age of U.S. Nation Building, 1770-1870 (Columbia University Press, 2007).

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