It was endowed by Mr Arthur Serena after Great Britain’s alliance with Italy in the First World War. The medal was first awarded in 1920.
In 2017 eligible nominations must be for scholars in Italian Literature. Nominations must show how the scholarship has contributed to the furtherance of Italian studies in the UK.
How to nominate
Nominations may only be made by Fellows of the British Academy. Nomination forms are available from the Fellows area of the British Academy website.
Nominating body: Sections H5, H6 and H8
2016 Professor Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, Queen Mary University of London
2015 Dr Brian A’Hearn, University of Oxford
2014 Professor Chris Wickham FBA, University of Oxford
2013 Professor Pier Vincenzo Mengaldo, University of Padua
2012 Professor Richard Bellamy, University College London
2011 Professor Patricia Fortini Brown, Emeritus Professor, Princeton University
2010 Professor Anna Lepschy, Emeritus Professor, University College London
2009 Professor Giorgio Chittolini, Professor of Medieval History, University of Milan
2008 Professor Philip Gossett, Robert W Reneker Distinguished Service Professor of Music, University of Chicago and Professore Ordinario “di chiara fama”, Università “La Sapienza”, Rome
2007 Professor Conor Fahy
2006 Professor Paul Ginsborg
2005 Mr Ronald Lightbown
2004 Professor William Weaver
2003 Professor Stuart Woolf
2002 Professor John Woodhouse
2001 Professor Michael Hirst FBA
2000 Professor Giulio Lepschy FBA