Gender, Health, and Healing, 1250-1550 wins 2020 Collaborative Project Award

Each year, the Society seeks nominations for awards for scholarly work that furthers the Society's mission to support and promote inclusive and creative scholarship on women and gender across the early modern world.
Gender, Health, and Healing, 1250-1550 wins 2020 Collaborative Project Award
Illustration from the book cover: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Washing a Leper, 1480-1500, winged retable, Parish Church of St. Giles, Bardejov, Slovakia.
Institute for Material Culture, University of Salzburg.

Gender, Health and Healing 1250-1550, ed. Sara Ritchey and Sharon Strocchia (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) has been co-awarded the 2020 Collaborative Project Award by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender (SSEMWG). The authors share this award with the co-winning book Women and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia, ed. Michelle Armstrong-Partida, Alexandra Guerson and Dana Wessell Lightfoot (University of Nebraska Press, 2020).

The awards committee stated that Gender, Health and Healing 1250-1550 is exciting in conception and breadth, using "an integrative, hybrid model of analysis" that ranges far beyond "the narrow terrain of academic, text-based medicine" using new types of evidence about women's "acts of caring and curing."

In eleven tightly argued and evidentially rich essays on engaging topics (including Ottoman healing baths, Caterina Sforza's famous Ricettaria, and the care of the breast, among others) contributors manage to fulfill the promise of the Introduction: "to reimagine the lived experience of healthcare beyond the limited sphere of scholastic or theoretical medicine," using non-traditional materials drawn from Christian and Islamic worlds to provide "a more nuanced picture of what people actually did to sustain or recover good health and the ways in which they understood their own bodies."

In a pre-COVID world, the award winners would usually be honoured at one of the conferences in which SSEMWG participate but this year the announcement will be made at their virtual executive committee meeting and on their website at

We at Amsterdam University Press are delighted to be able to share this thrilling news and wish everyone involved with the project our warmest congratulations.

40% discount available until 15 November

This book is available in our virtual exhibit for the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference 2020 and can be bought with a 40% discount until 15 November 2020. Use code SCSCAUP at the checkout when ordering via the AUP website (Europe + Rest of World) or the BTPS website (North America + Canada). If you'd like to order the eBook with this discount, you can do so via the AUP website.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020