Publications: November 2023

Courting India: Congratulations to Nandini Das who has won the 2023 British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding for her book Courting India: England, Mughal India and the Origins of Empire. The British Academy’s £25,000 non-fiction book prize recognises work that searches for truth and reason in difficult places, and shines a light on the connections and divisions that shape cultural identity worldwide. Praise from the Chair of the Book Prize judging panel, Professor Charles Tripp, and from the President of the British Academy, Professor Julia Black, can be read here:

         We were delighted to host Nandini Das in March 2023 for a roundtable discussion of Courting India at Merton College. Flynn Allott’s report of this event can be found over on the ‘Impressions’ section of the CEMS website.


Cover of Nandini Das's 2023 book, Courting India.


England’s Insular Imagining: Join author Lorna Hutson, in conversation with Bart van Es, for the book launch of England’s Insular Imagining: The Elizabethan Erasure of Scotland. 20 November, 18:00 – 19:30, Cambridge University Press Bookshop. CB2 1SZ.


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Shakespeare’s Syndicate: Congratulations to Ben Higgins who has been announced as  joint winner of this year’s Shakespeare's Globe Book Award for his book Shakespeare’s Syndicate: The First Folio, its Publishers, and the Early Modern Book Trade (Oxford University Press, 2022). 

         Ben was awarded the prize jointly with Noémie Ndiaye, who won for her book Scripts of Blackness: Early Modern Performance Culture and the Making of Race (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2022).


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Portable Magic: Finally, congratulations to Emma Smith, who has been shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize for her book, Portable Magic: A History of Books and their Readers. The winner will be announced 13 November 2023.


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