UofT Prof Wins Norwegian Prize

Published: June 10th 2010
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Natalie Zemon Davis, a historian, received Norway’s 4.5 million kroner ($584,000) Holberg Prize for her work and her narrative approach to history.


“I like to imagine historians from many countries who find their own ways to create peace in the second decade of the 21st century. Not to draw boundaries against each other or disguise their views, but to work openly for the establishment of common knowledge,” said Natalie Zemon Davis after receiving the Holberg International Memorial Prize, according to the prize’s website.


The University of Toronto professor was born in Detroit to Jewish immigrants. She studied at a number of Universities, including Harvard and the University of Michigan. Davis is the author of a number of history-related books, including The Gift in Sixteenth-Century France (2000) and Slaves on Screen: Film and Historical Vision (2000). She’s considered a leading scholar of early modern European history.                                                   


Davis, 81, received the award in Bergin at a ceremony. The Holberg International Prize is awarded to outstanding scholarly work in social sciences, humanities, law, humanities and theology.


The Holberg Prize started in 2003. It was created by the Norwegian government with the purpose of honouring scholarly work. The prize was named after Norwegian playwright and author Ludvig Holberg.


The 2009 prize was awarded to Canadian Ian Hacking.


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