Congratulations to Nuno Castel-Branco for winning the AH Oliveira Marques Prize! Nuno received the prize for Best Article for his study of Material Piety: Science and Religious Culture in Seventeenth-Century Portugal,which he published in 2021 as a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the MPIWG. Focusing on Jesuit mathematicians that taught in seventeenth-century Lisbon, the article shows how religious objects and devotion interacted directly with science. As stated by the author, "The careful study of these encounters between science and devotional practice contributes to long-lasting debates about science and religion and, more importantly, to broader inquiries into the very purpose of practicing science in the early modern period."
The AH Oliveira Marques Prize is handed out by the Association for Spanish & Portuguese Historical Studies (ASPHS). It was created in memory of the distinguished Portuguese historian AH de Oliveira Marques (1933–2007). The prize is awarded every other year for the best peer-reviewed article or book chapter on Portuguese history published during the previous two years.