The Serena Medal is awarded annually for eminent services towards the furtherance of the study of Italian history, philosophy or music, literature, art, or economics.
History of the prize
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 2023, eligible nominations be for scholars in Italian Music.
How to nominate
Nominations for the Serena Medal are currently open and may only be made by Fellows of the British Academy. Entries should be submitted electronically to [email protected] and should state in the email subject line "Nomination 2023 Serena Medal".
In the body of the email, clearly state:
- Name of nominee
- Nominee’s position/institution and email address
- Nominee’s principal area of academic distinction
- Supporting statement (250 words)
- Nominator’s name and your British Academy section
- Declaration of any institutional or personal interest
The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2023. Submissions received after this date will not be considered.
Nominations will be reviewed, and the winner selected, by the Serena Medal’s panel:
Professor Tia DeNora FBA
Professor Katharine Ellis FBA
Professor Julian Johnson FBA
Professor Martin Stokes FBA (Chair)
If you have any queries submitting a nomination please email [email protected]
2022 winner (medieval Italian history and literature)
Professor Zygmunt Barański has been awarded the 2022 Serena Medal, for his incisive and meticulous research as a medievalist, and as a world-leading expert in Dante’s intellectual formation. He is recognised as an inspiring teacher and a tireless enabler and promoter of the research of others.
Professor Zygmunt Barański is Emeritus Serena Professor of Italian at the University of Cambridge and Emeritus R. L. Canala Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame. He has published extensively on Dante, on medieval Italian literature, on Dante's reception in the fourteenth and twentieth centuries, and on twentieth-century Italian literature, culture, and cinema. His recent books include: Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio. Literature, Doctrine, Reality (2020), Voci sull’"Inferno" di Dante, 3 vols (with M.A. Terzoli, 2021), and Dante's "Other Works". Assessments and Interpretations (with T.J. Cachey Jr, 2022). He was senior editor of The Italianist and of Le tre corone.
"Arthur Serena was the son of a political emigré and of parents who spoke different mother tongues. My background is the same. At a time of increasing xenophobia, my receiving this medal may serve as a small reminder of the contribution that immigrants and their families have made and continue to make to British life and culture."
- Professor Zygmunt Barański, September 2022.
2021 Professor Lucrezia Reichlin FBA, London Business School
2020 Professor Jill Kraye, University of London and the Warburg Institute
2019 Professor John Foot, University of Bristol
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, Princeton University
2010 Professor Anna Lepschy, University College London
2009 Professor Giorgio Chittolini, University of Milan
2008 Professor Philip Gossett, University of Chicago 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