It was endowed by Mr Arthur Serena after Great Britain’s alliance with Italy in the First World War. The medal was first awarded in 1920.
In 2019 eligible nominations must be for scholars in Italian History. Nominations must show how the scholarship has contributed to the furtherance of Italian studies in the UK.
How to nominate
Nominations may only be made by Fellows of the British Academy. Nominations for Serena Medal are currently closed. In 2020, the Serena Medal will be awarded for Italian Philosophy.
2019 Winner (Italian History)
Professor John Foot for his wide-ranging series of books on Italian history and culture.
John Foot was educated at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. He is currently Professor of Modern Italian History in the Department of Italian, University of Bristol. He was previously Professor of Modern Italian History in the Department of Italian at UCL. He is the author of seven books on Italian history and culture, including: Milan since the Miracle. City, Culture and Identity (1991), Calcio. A History of Italian Football (2006), Italy’s Divided Memory (2010), The Man Who Closed the Asylums: Franco Basaglia and the Revolution in Mental Health Care (2015) and The Archipelago. Italy since 1945 (2018). He is Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has been visting fellow at the Australian Catholic University and La Sapienza University (Rome). His books are translated into Italian and other languages. He co-edited the journal Modern Italy from 2010-2014. He is currently a Leverhulme Major Research Fellow working on the history of Italian fascism.
"I am delighted and proud to have won the Serena Medal for 2019. It is incredible to be in such exalted company and I am particularly pleased that it has been awarded for the range of my work, from football to psychiatry to memory to cycling." - Professor John Foot, August 2019
2018 Professor Roger Parker, King's College London
2017 Professor Martin McLaughlin, University of Oxford
2016 Professor Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, Queen Mary University of London
2015 Dr Brian A’Hearn, University of Oxford
2014 Professor Chris Wickham FBA, University of Oxford
2013 Professor Pier Vincenzo Mengaldo, University of Padua
2012 Professor Richard Bellamy, University College London
2011 Professor Patricia Fortini Brown, Emeritus Professor, Princeton University
2010 Professor Anna Lepschy, Emeritus Professor, University College London
2009 Professor Giorgio Chittolini, Professor of Medieval History, University of Milan
2008 Professor Philip Gossett, Robert W Reneker Distinguished Service Professor of Music, University of Chicago and Professore Ordinario “di chiara fama”, Università “La Sapienza”, Rome
2007 Professor Conor Fahy
2006 Professor Paul Ginsborg
2005 Mr Ronald Lightbown
2004 Professor William Weaver
2003 Professor Stuart Woolf
2002 Professor John Woodhouse
2001 Professor Michael Hirst FBA
2000 Professor Giulio Lepschy FBA