Serres Honoured with a 2014 Nonino Prize

While I don't know much about this particular prize, it would seem that the jury was duly impressed with the poetic and rich thought of Serres in The Natural Contract.

Being noted as a "Master of Our Time" is a testament to the how much Serres's work has transcended remote academic spaces and ventured broadly into the world to engage people around a host of vital themes. Acknowledging The Natural Contract as a work of "wise love" is high praise indeed.

You can see a video from the 2013 gala here (it is in Italian - worth listening to even if you can't quite get it all). Vats open, steam escapes, parades  of strong drink, and singing are all part of the celebration.