Jennifer Lechtanski | February 9, 2016
The Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame has awarded the 2016 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies to Mark Thompson for his book “Birth Certificate: The Story of Danilo Kiš,” published by Cornell University Press. A. James McAdams, director of the Nanovic Institute, praised the book as “an extraordinarily imaginative book that shows us how biography can provide a lens into understanding major historical crises.”
The $10,000 Laura Shannon Prize has been described as “a major landmark in the world of humanities research and publishing” in the Anglophone world by Sir Christopher Clark, Regius Professor of History at the University of Cambridge. It is awarded annually to the author of the best book in European studies that transcends a focus on any one country, state or people to stimulate new ways of thinking about contemporary Europe as a whole, and recognizes alternately books in the humanities and in history and social sciences. This cycle considered books in the humanities published in 2013 and 2014.