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 and one of the founding members of the
The Prize for books published in 2015 has been awarded to Sean Silver (English, University of Michigan) for his The Mind is a Collection: Case Studies in Eighteenth-Century Thought published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. A symposium on the book with contributions by the author, Prize Committee members, and colleagues interested in Museum and Collection Studies (including David Brenneman, Director of the Eskenazi Museum of Art) will be held on Thursday, September 22 at 4:00 at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. Reception to follow. Please join us!
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
Trish Loughran, The Republic in Print: Print Culture in the
Age of U.S. Nation Building, 1770-1870 (Columbia University