Rory Finnin wins 2024 Laura Shannon Prize for his book “Blood of Others: Stalin’s Crimean Atrocity and the Poetics of Solidarity”

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame has awarded the 2024 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies to Rory Finnin, professor of Ukrainian studies at the University of Cambridge, for his book “Blood of Others: Stalin’s Crimean Atrocity and the Poetics of Solidarity,” published by University of Toronto Press.

Forthcoming Book talk:

SORBONNE UNIVERSITY, Thursday 29 February 2024: In this special event, organised by the Sorbonne and the Ukrainian Institute (Kyiv), Rory Finnin casts Crimea as the ‘original sin’ of Russian military aggression and dispels myths about the peninsula that seek to conceal centuries of Russian settler colonialism and ethnic cleansing.

Rory Finnin in conversation with James Meek (25 November 2022) to discover an urgent new cultural history of Crimea and the Black Sea region. Discussion co-organised with the European Parliament Liaison Office in the United Kingdom.

Rory Finnin’s “Blood of Others” was also distinguished with numerous other awards and nominations (source: website of Prof. Rory Finnin):

The $10,000 Laura Shannon Prize, one of the preeminent prizes for European studies, is awarded each year to the best book that transcends a focus on any one country, state, or people to stimulate new ways of thinking about contemporary Europe as a whole. This year’s cycle of the award considered books in the humanities published in 2021 and 2022.

The Laura Shannon Prize is now accepting nominations for its 2025 prize in history and social sciences. Books published in 2022 or 2023 are eligible, and nominations are due March 1, 2024.

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