La NACS va instituir aquest premi l’any 2013 amb la finalitat de reconèixer i donar més visibilitat als estudis de catalanística fets al seu àmbit propi d’actuació: el món acadèmic de l’Amèrica del Nord. Es tracta d’un guardó que vol posar en valor la recerca feta des de la filologia, els estudis culturals, la història de l’art, i altres disciplines de les humanitats, sobre la societat, llengua i cultura als territoris de parla catalana.
THE NORTH AMERICAN CATALAN SOCIETY PRIZE
For an Outstanding Work in the Field of Catalan Studies
1) The prize will be awarded to an outstanding contribution in the field of Catalan Studies made by a scholar based in North America or affiliated to a North American academic institution.
2) Works eligible for the award include an article, a book chapter, a book, an academic edition, and a translation.
3) To be eligible for the award, studies must have been published between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018. Works pending publication are not eligible.
4) Anyone can make a nomination. To nominate a work, a bibliographical reference must be sent by January 1, 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5) The jury is composed of the following members: Edgar Illas (Indiana University), Albert Lloret (University of Massachusetts Amherst), chair, and Margalida Pons (Universitat de les Illes Balears).
6) The President of the North American Catalan Society will announce the award at the 2019 Colloquium of the Society, which will be held at the University of Chicago. The award will consist of a certificate and $700 to help defray the cost of the awardee’s participation in the Colloquium.
Nacs Award 2017
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.