Mansfield Prize 2023 – Tinne Claes and Yuliya Hilevych

Mansfield Prize 2023

The Mansfield Prize for the best article published in the Journal of Religious History for 2022 is awarded to:

Tinne Claes and Yulyia for their article “Aiding Marital Childlessness: Christian Religious Responses to Husband and Donor Insemination in Belgium and Britain, 1940–1980” Journal of Religious History 46:3 (2022): 503-525

The judges were impressed by the sophistication of this study as a model of its kind, that shows how comparative study of responses, in this case of Belgium and Britain, can throw into question traditional assumptions about an important, but understudied issue. The authors show that marital childlessness provides a valuable touchstone for challenging assumptions about religion, social change, and reproductive technology. It carefully documents the diversity and evolution of religious teaching between 1940 and 1980 about a sensitive human and ethical issue, related to artificial insemination. The authors are to be congratulated for their carefully documented and well argued exploration of an issue that tends not to attract wide public attention.