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 the 2019 Prize have now closed.
In 2020, the Serena Medal will be awarded for Italian Philosophy.
2019 Nominating body: History of Art and Music Section
Serena Medal (Italian Music)
Roger Parker is Professor of Music at King’s College London, having previously taught at Cornell, Oxford and Cambridge. He is General Editor (with Gabriele Dotto) of the Donizetti critical edition, published by Ricordi. His most recent books are Remaking the Song: Operatic Visions and Revisions from Handel to Berio (University of California Press, 2006); and A History of Opera: The Last Four Hundred Years (Penguin, UK, and Norton, US, 2012), written jointly with Carolyn Abbate. He is now writing a book about music in London in the 1830s, and from 2013 to 2018 was Director of the ERC-funded project 'Music in London, 1800-1851”.
“This one of the greatest honours of my career, as well as being a stimulus towards more work in the ever-fascinating byways of Italian music.”
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