The Renaissance Society of America is pleased to announce the recipients of the RSA awards and prizes for 2020. These scholars will be honored at the Society’s Awards Ceremony at the RSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on Thursday, 2 April 2020, at 6:00 p.m. at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown (Liberty Salon C–Level 3). The ceremony will be followed by a cash-bar reception.
The RSA’s  Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award  honors a lifetime of uncompromising devotion to the highest standard of scholarship accompanied by exceptional achievement in Renaissance studies. The RSA Board of Directors is delighted to announce that the recipient of the Paul Oskar Kristeller Award for 2020 is Patricia Fortini Brown, Professor Emerita of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University.

The RSA awards the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize  for the best book in Renaissance studies. The recipient of the 2020 Gordan Prize, for a book published between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019, is Su Fang Ng. She is the author of Alexander the Great from Britain to Southeast Asia: Peripheral Empires in the Global Renaissance (Oxford University Press, 2019). Su Fang Ng is the Clifford A. Cutchins III Professor and Associate Professor of English, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
The RSA’s William Nelson Prize  for the best article published in  Renaissance Quarterly  during 2019 has been awarded to Giancarlo Casale for “Did Alexander the Great Discover America? Debating Space and Time in Renaissance Istanbul” (72.3, Fall 2019). Giancarlo Casale is Chair of Early Modern Mediterranean History at the European University Institute in Florence and Associate Professor of History at the University of Minnesota.

Honorable mention for the Nelson Prize goes to Richard Calis for “Reconstructing the Ottoman Greek World: Early Modern Ethnography in the Household of Martin Crusius” (72.1, Spring 2019). Richard Calis is a PhD candidate in history at Princeton University.

The RSA’s new Digital Innovation Award recognizes excellence in digital projects that support the study of the Renaissance. This year, the prize is split between two projects: The Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe ( AOR ) and A Digital Anthology of Early Modern English Drama ( EMED ). The Principal Investigators for AOR are Earle Havens (Johns Hopkins University), Matthew Symonds (Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, University College London), and Anthony Grafton (Princeton University). EMED is a collaboration between the Folger Institute and Digital Media and Publications at Folger Shakespeare Library, featuring the work of Meaghan Brown, Elizabeth Williamson, and Michael Poston.

We hope you will join us in Philadelphia as we honor the recipients of these awards and prizes, as well as the recipients of RSA research fellowships, conference travel grants, and diversity grants. Congratulations to all of our winners!