Mary Zirin Prize

Call for Nominations: 2015 Mary Zirin Prize

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the Mary Zirin Prize in recognition of an independent scholar in the field of Slavic Studies. The award of $500 is named for Mary Zirin, the founder of Women East-West. Working as an independent scholar, Zirin produced and encouraged fundamental works in Slavic/East European Women's Studies and has been instrumental in the development of the AWSS. The Prize aims to recognize the achievements of independent scholars and to encourage their continued scholarship and service in the fields of Slavic or Central and Eastern European Women's Studies. The Committee encourages the nomination of candidates at all career stages. For the purpose of this award, an independent scholar is defined as a scholar who is not employed at an institution of higher learning, or an employee of a university or college who is not eligible to compete for institutional support for research (for example, those teaching under short-term contracts or working in administrative posts). We welcome nominations from CIS and Central and Eastern Europe. The Zirin Prize Committee will accept nominations (including self-nominations) until September 1, 2015.

Nominations must include: (1) a nomination letter of be no more than two-pages double-spaced; (2) the nominee's current curriculum vitae; and (3) a sample publication (e.g., article or book chapter). The nomination letter must describe the scholar's contribution to the field, as well as work in progress. Nominations should be sent to Marilyn Smith at msmith@fivecolleges.edu, or by postal mail to Marilyn Schwinn Smith, 14 Allen Street, Amherst, MA 01002.

2014 Mary Zirin Prize

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies is pleased to announce Galina Mardilovich as recipient of the 2014 Mary Zirin Prize.

Dr. Mardilovich received her PhD. from the University of Cambridge (Pembroke College) for her thesis "Printmaking in Late Imperial Russia." While working on this degree, she served as an intern at Christie's Russian Art Department, a research assistant in the Department of Drawings and Prints and a pre-doctoral fellow at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The quality of her scholarship has led to grants from the American Philosophical Society, the Getty Research Institute, the Francis Haskell Memorial Fund, Pembroke College, the Gates Cambridge Fund, and Kettle's Yard Travel Fund. Dr. Mardilovich's history of convening academic seminars, chairing panels and presenting at conferences extends to post-degree, invited lectures in London, Oxford, St. Petersburg, and New York, this last lecture scheduled for February 2015.

In awarding the Zirin Prize to Galina Mardilovich, the committee recognizes the high degree of scholarship demonstrated in the essay submitted for our consideration, "Russkie Akvafortisty: The Society of Russian Etchers and Early Artistic Organisation in the Russian Art World, 1871-1875." Dr. Mardilovich's scholarship advances our knowledge of Russian art beyond the well-known schools of painting and into the broader societal structures which fostered, or inhibited, the advance of art in Russia. Of particular interest to the AWSS is her attention to women, expanding our appreciation for the justly celebrated position of women artists in Russia.

For a list of past recipients click here.