The Winners of the 2020 TMJ/ SAIMS Prize
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 SAIMS/TMJ Essay Competition. This was an incredibly tight competition this year. Because we received so many high caliber entries, our judges have decided to split the top prize between two winners. A hearty congratulations to Sarah M. Griffen (Winchester College) for her fantastic submission ‘Time Unfolded: A Late Medieval Concertina Calendar in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Libr. pict. A92)’ and Gayle Fallon (Louisiana State University) for her engaging work on ‘Unmanageable Women: Enclosure and Transgression in Christine de Pizan’s Livre de la Cite des Dames’. This year, our proxime is the fabulous is Anika Pettenaude (University of Michigan) for her paper ‘Gawain’s Girdle as Gimmick: Minor Aesthetics in Late Medieval Poetry’.
Congratulations to our winners and an enormous thank you to everyone who submitted! We were very impressed by the real talent displayed this year and we encourage everyone to submit for the upcoming 2021 Essay Competition (more details to follow in January)
Sarah M. Griffin (Winchester College)
‘Time Unfolded: A Late Medieval Concertina Calendar in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Libr. pict. A92)’
Gayle Fallon (Louisiana State University)
‘Unmanageable Women: Enclosure and Transgression in Christine de Pizan’s Livre de la Cite des Dames’
Anika Pattenaude (University of Michigan)
‘Gawain’s Girdle as Gimmick: Minor Aesthetics in Late Medieval Poetry’
TMJ Past Prize Winners
Winner: Abigail Hartman (St Andrews), ‘And the Violent Take it by Force: Poetry and the Cause of Simon de Montfort after the Battle of Evesham’
Proxime: Matthew Firth (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia) ‘An Icelander in the Court of King Knut: History and Memory in Bjarnar saga Hitdaelakappa’
Winner: Rory MacLellan (University of St Andrews), for “Nick Griffin, Knight Templar: Far-right Appropriations of the Medieval Military Orders”.
Proxime: Rebecca Menmuir (Jesus College, Oxford), for “Interpretations of Ovid’s Metamorphoses in Manuscripts in England, 1100-1500″.
Winner: David O’Neil (Purdue) for “A Syntactic Basis for the Distribution of Metrical Types in Beowulf“.
Proxime: Fraser McNair (Tübingen) for “Kingship and Consent in the Reign of Charles the Simple: The Case of Saint-Servaas (919)”.
Winner: Emily Savage (St Andrews) for “The Manuscript as a Work-In-Progress: Creativity and Re-Creation in the Carew-Poyntz Hours”.
Proxime: Sophie Harwood (Leeds) for “Swans and Amazons: The Case of Penthesilea and Women’s Heraldry in Medieval Culture”.
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Joint Winner: Joseph R. Johnson (New York University) for “Domestication and its Discontents”.
Joint Winner: Jamie Page (Durham) for “Sex and Secrecy: the Earliest Prosecution of Abortion in the German-speaking Lands”.
Winner: Stefan Visnjevac (Roehampton) for “‘Equip Yourself to Inflict Vengeance … Thus it will be Recognised that You are the founder of Peace’: Laudation and Attempted Persuasion through a Sermon for the Emperor Sigismund, 1433”
Proxime: Tamara Haddad (University of Kent) for “Locating the Drama: Micklegate Bar and the Skinners’ Entry into Jerusalem”.