The IAMHIST-MICHAEL NELSON PRIZE FOR A WORK IN MEDIA AND HISTORY is a biennial prize awarded for the book, radio or television program or series, film, DVD, CD-ROM, or URL making the best contribution on the subject of media and history, which has been published or shown in the preceding two years.
The prize is dedicated to Michael Nelson, whose passion for media and journalism inspired IAMHIST throughout the years. For more information on Michael Nelson, please consult: www.michaelnelsonbooks.com
Beginning with the upcoming 2013 prize, two awards will be made. The first, a prize of $1000, will be for the best contribution by a book; the second, a prize of $500 will be for the best contribution by a (multi) media contribution. Newly instituted this year, this second prize will consider media such as films, CD-ROMs, and URLs separately from print media, in the hope of encouraging the submission of scholarly work in non-print media. The winners will be announced on the website shortly.
The prize was awarded for the first time in 2007, at the XXIInd IAMHIST conference in Amsterdam. The winner was Professor Wendy Webster (University of Central Lancashire), for her book ENGLISHNESS AND EMPIRE, 1939-1965 (Oxford University Press, 2005). Thanks to an especially strong field of entries, two winners were chosen in 2009: ‘RECONSTRUCTING AMERICAN HISTORICAL CINEMA FROM ‘CIMMARON TO ‘CITIZEN KANE,’ by Dr. Jennifer E. Smyth (University of Warwick), and ‘VOICES IN RUINS: GERMAN RADIO AND NATIONAL RECONSTRUCTION IN THE WAKE OF TOTAL WAR‘, by Dr. Alexander Badenoch (Technical University of Eindhoven). Both works were cited by the prize committee as making outstanding contributions to the field, based on excellence of research, originality, accessibility, and scholarly usefulness. In 2011, the prize was awarded to It’s the Pictures That Got Small: Hollywood Film Stars on 1950s Television (2009), by Christine Becker