We are pleased to announce that the 2017 winner of the Bishko Prize is Adam Beaver, for “Nebuchadnezzar’s Jewish Legions: Sephardic Legends’ Journey from Biblical Polemic to Humanist History” in After Conversion: Iberia and the Emergence of Modernity, ed. Mercedes García Arenal, 21-65. Leiden: Brill, 2016. Thanks to the prize committee, Michael Crawford, Gretchen Starr-LeBeau, and Brian Catlos, for evaluating the submissions.
Initiated in 2003, the Bishko Prize honors Professor Charles Julian Bishko, the distinguished historian of medieval Iberia who taught for 39 years at the University of Virginia. In previous years, the prize has been awarded at the annual meeting of ASPHS in the spring. If we have not been able to find a host for the ASPHS conference in 2017, the winner of the prize will be publicized on the Association’s website and on ESPORA, and the honorarium of $250 will be sent directly to the winner. Articles may be written in Castilian, English, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese or French. Authors must be current members of the ASPHS to be eligible. A call for the next round of submissions will be posted in this space by late summer 2017.
The 2015-2016 Bishko Prize was awarded to Therese Martin, “Crouching Crossbowmen in Early Twelfth-Century Sculpture: A Nasty, Brutish, and Short(-Lived) Iconography,” Gesta 54:2 (Fall 2015): 143-164.