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The Dan David Prize for 2022 will be awarded to 9 researchers in the fields of history and archaeology

Each will receive a $300,000 award for achievements in past research and in support of their future work* An additional 300 dollars were allocated to a new international post-doc program for history subjects at Tel Aviv University * The ceremony - at Tel Aviv University in May

The Dan David Foundation announced this evening (Tuesday, March 1.3.22, XNUMX) live from Tel Aviv University the names of the nine winners and the first winners of the Dan David Prize in its new edition. 

The Dan David Prize is awarded to historians and researchers At the beginning or in the middle of their professional career, who shed new light on the human past in a creative and daring way. 

Among the winners of this year's prize, a historian who studies the environmental impact of huge corporations, a researcher who uncovers Jewish hiding places from the Holocaust and the founder of a mobile museum of African heritage

The winners are spread over a wide range of fields - starting with bioarchaeology, through medieval studies and ending with modern US history. They uncover the secrets of human remains, medieval manuscripts, uncover forgotten legal cases from the American South, and uncover resounding evidence of the global connections of the medieval Ethiopian kingdom. They are experimenting with new ways of building museums, rewriting the story of the world's most popular soft drink

and trace the lesser-known history of African-American philanthropy.

The winners of the Dan David Prize for 2022:

Bartow Elmore (USA)

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Bart Elmore. Image courtesy of him

Bart Elmore Bart Elmore (USA) - is an environmental historian, studying the history of modern capitalism. Elmore focuses on everyday products, from sodas to agricultural seeds, to demonstrate how giant multinationals have reshaped global ecosystems. In addition to exposing the environmental effects of capitalism, it invites us to learn from the past and find strategies for developing a healthier ecological future economy.

His first book deals with the history of Coca-Cola - how it became an international company and how it relates to the exploitation of local natural resources in different places. 

His new book Seed Money: Monsanto's Past and Our Food Future deals with the Monsanto company - the world's largest producer of agricultural chemicals and genetically modified seeds and the environmental consequences of the production of its products. Elmore is an associate professor of environmental history at Ohio State University.

Natalia Romik  Natalia Romik (Poland)

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Natalia Romik. Photo by Jacek Kołodziejski

Natalia Romik  Natalia Romik (Poland), She is a historian, architect and curator. Her work focuses on Jewish memory and the commemoration of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, especially in Poland and Ukraine. Romick created the Traveling State Archive Project, which works among local communities to perpetuate Jewish history. Her work draws attention to forgotten sites in Jewish history and the Holocaust, focusing on the discovery and preservation of Jewish hiding places during the war. Romick is a postdoctoral fellow at the Holocaust Memorial Foundation in Paris. The Gerda Henkel Foundation produced a series of short films about the important project on which it is working -

Nana Ophoriata Aim Nana Oforiatta Ayim (Ghana, Africa)

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 Photo by Nana Oforiatta Ayim. Photo courtesy of the photographer.

Nana Ophoriata Aim Nana Oforiatta Ayim (Ghana), She is a curator, writer, filmmaker and art history researcher. Her work refocuses African narratives, institutions and cultural expressions in past history. She founded the pan-African cultural encyclopedia and an open-source archive for African arts, established the first post-colonial gallery in Ghana, and developed a mobile museum based on local traditions of knowledge and exhibits during its travels throughout Ghana, historical artifacts, films based on history in the country and other exhibits related to the local communities. Ofuriata Ayim runs the ANO Institute of Arts and Knowledge in Accra, she is active in issues related to the construction of museums that are not based on the colonial heritage, she was one of the authors of the new government report in Ghana on the future of museums in the country and the author of the book The God Child.

Miriam Brosius  Mirjam Brusius (Germany)

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Photo by Mirjam Brusius

Miriam Brosius  Mirjam Brusius (United Kingdom) - She is a historian of culture and science, who studies visual and material culture in colonial global contexts. She investigates how items made their way to museums and large collections and what happened to them there and how scientific tools in the 19th century were used for the formation of collections in museums. Through the project "100 histories 100 worlds in one object" she reveals the meanings that museum objects have for people in the places from which they were taken. Brosius is a research fellow in global and colonial history at the German Historical Institute in London, where she is completing a book on the transfer of ancient artifacts from the Middle East to Western museums.

Kimberly Walsh Kimberly Welch (U.S)

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Photo by Kimberly Welch

Kimberly Walsh Kimberly Welch (U.S), is a legal historian. Walsh uses local legal archives in the US South from the pre-Civil War era, some of them crumbling and endangered, to explore lawsuits filed during this period by free and enslaved black people. Her work reveals a new picture of reality that reflects the activities of African Americans in the period preceding the Civil War and describes their active role in society and the economy. Walsh is an associate professor of history at Vanderbilt University and the author of the bookBlack Litigants in the Antebellum American South  These days she is working on a book that examines the free black money lenders and their involvement in the credit economy at the beginning of the modern Atlantic world.

          Apthymia Nikita Efthymia Nikita (Cyprus)

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Photo by Efthymia Nikita

Apthymia Nikita Efthymia Nikita (Cyprus), She is a bioarchaeologist, who mainly deals with the study of bones. Nikita uses a wide range of innovative methods to uncover the secrets that human skeletal remains reveal about the health, nutrition and mobility of ancient peoples. Her research sheds light on the stories of the people excluded from written sources, such as women, children and slaves and reveals the long history of migration in the Mediterranean world. Nikita is a senior lecturer in bioarchaeology at the Science and Technology Center for the Study of Archeology and Culture (STARC) at the Cyprus Institute and author of a textbook on osteoarchaeology.

Tyrone Freeman Tyrone Freeman   (U.S)

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Photo by Tyrone Freeman

Tyrone Freeman Tyrone Freeman   (U.S), is a historian of philanthropy who studies charity and activism in African American society. His work invites us to rethink traditional views about philanthropy, which sees it as an arena reserved, usually, for wealthy elites. He suggests reconsidering what philanthropy is and who can engage in it, as well as how African-American communities are perceived and represented. His main research is on networks of fundraising and philanthropy among black women in the USA in the 20th century. In the worldview prevalent in the US, black people are mainly "getters" and "needs". Freeman presents a strong and supportive system of fundraising within the African-American communities, and transforms their story from "needs" or "receivers" to "donors" and "givers". Freeman is an associate professor of philanthropic studies at Indiana University-Purdue in Indianapolis and the author of Madam CJ Walker's Gospel of Giving: Black Women's Philanthropy During Jim Crow - Video .

Verna Krebs Verena Krebs (Germany) 

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Verna Krebs. Photo by Sebastian Campos/Magnet Media GmbH

Verna Krebs Verena Krebs (Germany), She is a historian who focuses on Africa in the Middle Ages, and reveals the complex relationship between Ethiopia and Christian Europe. Her research overturns the traditional narratives about European-African relations and paints a vivid picture of medieval Ethiopia at the height of its power. Krebs' research shows that the Ethiopians came to Europe as a wealthy kingdom that sought to import religious artefacts to decorate churches in Ethiopia itself. Krebs holds a junior professorship in the field of "Cultural kingdoms in the Middle Ages and their complex connections" at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, her book  Medieval Ethiopian Kingship, Craft, and Diplomacy Released this year, it received wide acclaim and deals with the diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Christian Europe.

Christina Richardson Kristina Richardson (U.S)

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Kristina - Photo by Kristina Richardson

Christina Richardson Kristina Richardson (U.S), She is a social and cultural historian who studies the Muslim world in the Middle Ages. In her work with unstudied manuscripts, she focuses on non-elite and marginalized groups, from Roma (Gypsy) prints to free and unfree African and Asian practitioners. Richardson is an associate professor of history at Queens College and the CUNY Center for Research Students and the author of Difference and Disability in the Medieval Islamic World   who deals with disability and physical difference in the world. How people defined "disability", what is considered a normal body or "impaired" in their world view, and how this relates to perceptions of race. Her new book deals with the Roma ("Gypsies") in the Middle Ages, their ethnic identity and their influence on the spread of ideas and technologies.

These nine winners represent the innovation and energy that drive the historical disciplines forward. "Their work is at the same time a testament to the power of research and expertise and the ways in which knowledge about the past can enrich our understanding of the present," says Prof. Catherine A. Fleming, chancellor of New York University and member of the board of directors of the Dan David Award.

In the spirit of saving the humanities

The Dan David Award was relaunched in 2021 as an award the largest in the world awarded for the study of history, Attracted hundreds of nominations from all over the world. The nine winners were chosen after a strict selection process by a committee of prominent researchers from a wide range of historical fields. The award, operated at Tel Aviv University by the Dan David Foundation, was founded in 2001 by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Dan David in recognition of achievements in the fields of science and humanities.

"We live in a world where investment in the humanities, and especially in the field of history, is decreasing. And this despite the fact that it is obvious and clear how important it is to deepen our knowledge about the past and learn from it so that we can better understand the present and build a better future," says Ariel David, a member of the award's management and the son of the award's founder. "For this reason, we have chosen to focus our resources exclusively on the historical disciplines and support researchers at the beginning of their journey, with the hope of promoting the next generation of historians and helping them in the stages of their careers where the award may have a greater impact."

"If you believe that history can make a difference in the world, this award is confirmation of that", says Bart Elmore, an environmental historian and one of this year's laureates.

 The nine winners will come to Israel to receive the grants at the Dan David Prize ceremony to be held at Tel Aviv University in May 2022.

The relaunch of the Dan David Prize

Starting in 2022, the Dan David Prize Foundation will award 3 million dollars per year to historians and researchers of the past at the beginning and during their careers

Dan David From the Dan David Foundation website
Dan David From the Dan David Foundation website

The Dan David Award is being relaunched as a dedicated award for the field of history. Starting in May 2022, up to nine awards of $300 each will be awarded annually to historians and researchers from all over the world, who are at the beginning of their careers and during it. The award will be given for outstanding achievements in the study of the human past and as support for the future endeavors of the winners. Following this announcement, the Dan David Prize is currently the largest prize in the world awarded to the study of history.

The Dan David Prize is awarded by the Dan David Foundation based at Tel Aviv University. The idea of ​​the prize was first introduced in 2001 by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Dan David to recognize achievements in the fields of science and humanities. The fund will now support a wide range of promising researchers and veteran researchers for the study of the past. Activists in academia and outside, will be able to win prizes for researching a wide variety of fields, including history, archaeology, anthropology and art history, as well as professionals, such as archivists, curators, public historians and documentary filmmakers.

"We are proud of the work we have done in the last two decades and our recognition of significant breakthroughs in the sciences and humanities," he said Ariel David, a board member of the Dan David Foundation and the son of the founder of the award, "However, we live in a world where investment in the humanities, especially in the historical disciplines, is decreasing, even though we know how important it is to learn from the past in order to understand the present and build the future. These reasons led us to focus our resources in this area and help promote the next generation of researchers"

Along with the nine awards totaling $300 for individuals, an additional $300 will be directed each year to a new international program for postdoctoral fellows studying the historical subjects at Tel Aviv University.

According to Prof. Ariel Porat, President of Tel Aviv University: "The Dan David Award has earned him a place of honor as a particularly prestigious and generous award, given at Tel Aviv University to the best researchers in the world in all fields of knowledge. From now on, the award will focus on the study of the past, and I have no doubt that in a short time it will become the award for "Ha Ha-Hide" in history, archeology and related fields. It will be given to researchers who are at the peak of their research and will encourage them to reach new heights." In its previous incarnation, the Dan David Foundation awarded three annual awards in fields chosen to represent three dimensions in time - past, present and future. Past winners include Dr. Anthony Fauci, cellist Yo-Yo Meh, writer Margaret Atwood, US Vice President Al Gore, economist Esther Duplo and filmmakers Eitan and Joel Cohen.

The purpose of the new award is to promote the place of history in the contemporary discourse, at a time when political transformations emphasize the importance of studying the past and remembering the past. The decision to fully dedicate the annual prize of 3 million dollars to researchers of the past comes at a challenging time for the humanities. "This incentive comes at a time when the humanities, in general, are in a crisis in terms of their support," she says Prof. Catherine A. Fleming, professor at New York University and member of the Dan David Board of Directors. "In addition, the significant awards worldwide for exceptional historical research are remarkably limited, compared to similar awards in the fields of science and technology. Through the Dan David Foundation's innovative approach to research support, the foundation will build on its current legacy, increase aid to the winners' efforts and their research, and greatly increase their future impact among the historical community and beyond for generations to come."

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  1. What situation have we reached that says "researchers and researchers" since when is a female before a male?? What is this nonsense, come back to your hole

  2. With all due respect - and respect is certainly due to all the recipients of the award, it seems that they are all cast in the same mold: social historians from the postmodernist current who study fringe groups or esoteric subjects.
    It would have been appropriate to also choose some classical archaeologists and military-political historians who deal with issues at the core of research and public interest

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