Joan Kelly Memorial Prize
Established in 1984 and named in memory of Joan Kelly (1928–82), this prize is awarded annually for the book in women’s history and/or feminist theory that best reflects the high intellectual and scholarly ideals exemplified by the life and work of Joan Kelly. The prize was established by the Coordinating Committee on Women in the Historical Profession and the Conference Group on Women’s History (now the Coordinating Council for Women in History), and is administered by the American Historical Association. The general rules for submission are:
- To be eligible for consideration, submissions shall be books in any chronological period, any geographical location, or in an area of feminist theory that incorporates an historical perspective. Books should demonstrate originality of research, creativity of insight, graceful stylistic presentation, analytical skills, and a recognition of the important role of sex and gender in the historical process. The inter-relationship between women and the historical process should be addressed.
- Books with an imprint of 2013 are eligible for the 2014 award.
- In addition to sending a copy of each prize entry to members of the selection committee, please complete the Data Collection Form and include information about each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each of the following committee members. Entries must be postmarked by or on MAY 15, 2014, to be eligible for the 2014 competition. Late entries will not be considered.
Contact information for judges will be posted by March 30, 2014.
Please Note: The deadline for submission of entries is Thursday, May 15, 2014. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 2–5, 2015, AHA annual meeting in New York City.
Important! Each entry must be clearly labeled “Kelly Prize Entry.”
For questions, please contact the Book Prize Administrator, or write to the AHA at the following address (please note that prize entries are not mailed to the AHA; rather, to committee members): American Historical Association, 400 A St. SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.
2013 Kelly Prize
Carol Pal, Bennington Coll.
Republic of Women: Rethinking the Republic of Letters in the Seventeenth Century (Cambridge Univ. Press)
Carol Pal’s meticulously researched, beautifully written study takes us on a stunning tour of the correspondence, networks, publications, and mentorships connecting seven learned women across Europe in the 17th century. Deftly combining biography, social, religious, cultural, and intellectual history, Pal’s Republic of Women challenges everything we thought we knew about the supposedly masculine republic of letters. Filling the 17th-century shelf in Virginia Woolf’s imaginary library, she also explains how we came to believe it was empty!