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Category Spotlight: History

This category is for students of History, including International, Modern and Contemporary History. Papers on Ancient History should be submitted to Classical Studies & Archeology and papers on Art History should be submitted to Art History & Theory.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long and the paper must be between 2,500 – 5,000 words.

In 2016, Emilia Antiglio from University of Warwick won this category with her paper, "The Diffusion of 'Porcelaine des Indes' in Eighteenth-Century France: from Lorient to Paris and beyond, 1720-1775".

Her paper set out to retrace the diffusion of Chinese porcelain from the port of Lorient to the commercial scene of Eighteenth-Century Paris, in order to identify patterns of trade, circulation and consumption. Her work revealed that the diffusion of a global commodity such as porcelain relied on a complex ensemble of intertwined commercial networks; in parallel, they also underline the fact that little evidence remains to sustain the assumption that porcelain had already penetrated the lower classes of Eighteenth-Century Paris. Unlike in Britain or in the Dutch Republic, porcelain in France remained a luxurious commodity enjoyed exclusively by the wealthy well into the Nineteenth Century.

This years History Chair is Andrea Nanetti from Nanyang Technological University Singapore,  where he currently resides as Associate Professor and Associate Chair (Research) at the School of Art, Design and Media with a courtesy appointment in the School of Humanities (History Programme), Senior Research Team Member of the Complexity Institute, and Faculty Member of the University Scholarly Program.

Andrea has been continuously impressed with the standard of academic essays that we have received. Speaking on last years' winning History submission by Stanford University, Andrea stated:

"This is an outstanding study of health and medicine which speaks to a range of historiographies, and uses a novel social and cultural history approach to exploring the development of medical ideas with a clear grasp of contextualised details. Applying data mapping and cartography as complementary methodologies, it presents an illuminating discussion of nineteenth century spatial analysis and the origins of modern-day visual methods in science and humanities."

If you are a History student and would like to follow in the footsteps of students such as Emilia, then submit up to three assignments to The Undergraduate Awards before June 12th! Click here to submit!