NACS Prize was created in 2013 to recognize and promote Catalan Studies in North America. It awards published scholarly works focusing on the society, language and culture of Catalan-speaking areas from all disciplines in the Humanities .



For outstanding work in the field of Catalan Studies

Award Submissions 2017  Guidelines

1) The prize was created to recognize rigorous and high quality contributions to the field of Catalan Studies made by scholars whose prime professional affiliation is with a university or research institute in North America.

2) All studies published between the 1st of January 2015 and the 31st of December 2016 will be eligible.

3) Studies must have already been published to be eligible for the competition. Those that have been accepted but not published will not be considered eligible.

4) The nomination process is completely open. Any person may nominate any study for consideration.

5) The prize may be granted in recognition of the quality of an article, a book chapter, a book, an academic edition or a translation.

6) The president of the North American Catalan Society will announce the verdict of the selection committee and award the prize at the next Colloquium of the NACS at the University of Indiana, Bloomington in 2017. Furthermore, the winner will receive $700 to help cover the costs of attending the Colloquium.

7) A simple bibliographical citation will suffice to nominate a given study or work. Should the need arise, the president of the selection committee may request a copy of a work or study from the author.

Send nominations by January 31, 2017, to Mario Santana  –

Address questions to: Javier Krauel <> or Paula Sprague <>

NACS Award 2013

NACS Award 2015

About Catalan

Catalan is a Romance language spoken by the population of about 10 million people in the east of the Iberian Peninsula (Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, most of the region of Valencia, and the Eastern Strip of Aragon) and the Principality of Andorra. In addition, Catalan is still spoken in the French administrative region of Roussillon, as well as in the city of Alghero on the Italian island of Sardinia.

Like other Romance languages, Catalan developed out of Latin during the Middle Ages. The first documents written in Catalan, a collection of sermons dating from the late 12th or early 13th centuries, are known as the Homilies of Organyà. Catalan has been an important language for everyday use and literary expression in the eastern territories of the Iberian Peninsula from medieval times up to today. Following a period of political and cultural hegemony lasting until the 16th century, literary expression in Catalan suffered a decline until the 19th century when, propelled by Romantic ideals, the literary use of the language underwent a renaissance (a period known in Catalan as the Renaixença).

Today, Catalan and Spanish are the co-official languages of the Catalan-speaking territories in the Iberian Peninsula, and it is the only official language of Andorra.