The Nanovic Institute for European Studies convenes a writing and storytelling residency at the Kylemore Abbey Global Center in County Galway, Ireland. Past winners of the Laura Shannon Prize for the best book in contemporary European studies will gather with Notre Dame graduate students, faculty, staff, and others to discuss the art of storytelling and the importance of community building in academia.
The Laura Shannon Prize is one of the preeminent prizes in European studies, carrying an award of $10,000. First awarded in 2010, the prize is awarded annually to the author of the best book in European studies that transcends a focus on any one country, state, or people to stimulate new ways of thinking about contemporary Europe as a whole. This residency is a new phase in the life of the Laura Shannon Prize, designed to create community among past prize winners and provide them with an opportunity to engage more deeply with the Nanovic community, especially its graduate students and faculty fellows.
Three Laura Shannon winners will spend the week in conversation with seven Notre Dame graduate students from the departments of English, history, political science, and theology, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. The residency will also involve contributions from Notre Dame faculty, staff, and others, including Karen Deak, academic advancement director for research innovation and the IDEA Center at Notre Dame Research, and Nanovic Institute Faculty Fellows John Deak (associate professor of history), Olivier Morel (associate professor of film, television, and theatre), and Alison Rice (associate professor of French and Francophone studies).
The Laura Shannon Winners
Dr. Max Bergholz
2019 Prize Recipient for Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community
Associate Professor of History, Concordia University in Montreal
Dr. Eleonory Gilburd
2020 Prize Recipient for To See Paris and Die: The Soviet Lives of Western Culture
Associate Professor of History and the College, the University of Chicago
Dr. Mark Thompson
2016 Prize Recipient for Birth Certificate: The Story of Danilo Kiš
Associate Professor of Modern History, University of East Anglia
Read more about the Shannon Prize and view a list of past winners, including recordings of their acceptance lectures and other information.