6th German-American Frontiers of Humanities Symposium 2009: Sovereign Bodies, Subject Bodies

October 15 - 18, 2009

The German-American Frontiers of Humanities Symposia (GAFOH) are a series of interdisciplinary transatlantic conferences which are co-organized by the American Philosophical Society (APS) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. They bring together approx. 50 outstanding young postdoctoral scholars from a wide range of humanistic disciplines (24 each from Germany and the U.S.). The conference format allows for the exchange of ideas across disciplinary as well as national boundaries and, at the same time, provides opportunities for future transatlantic collaborations and networking. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will support such collaborations between German and U.S. participants with its special follow-up program CONNECT. Conferences take place once a year alternately in the USA and in Germany. Funding on the German side is provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

With the start of this special type of conference in 2004 for scholars from the humanities the Humboldt Foundation extends its successful program of German-American Frontiers of Research Symposia which are also carried out for outstanding young German and American natural scientists (GAFOS) as well as for German and American engineers (GAFOE).

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, originally established in 1860 in memory of the eminent scientist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), devoted itself until 1923 to sponsoring research travel abroad by German scholars. The Foundation was re-organized in 1925 with the aim of supporting foreign researchers and doctoral candidates engaged in studies in Germany. After the collapse of the German Reich in 1945, the Foundation was re-established in 1953 by the Federal Republic of Germany as an independent foundation with headquarters in Bonn. Since then the Foundation has sponsored more than 23,000 scholars and scientists from all disciplines. It has been maintaining a network of Humboldtians from 130 countries worldwide - including 41 Nobel Laureates.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation annually enables more than 1,800 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. Each year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants

  • approx. 600 research fellowships to highly qualified foreign scholars and scientists, who have completed their doctorates less than twelve years ago, enabling them to undertake long-term periods of research in Germany;
  • up to 100 research awards to internationally recognized foreign scholars and scientists (who are nominated by recognized German scholars/scientists);
  • up to 25 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards to outstanding scholars and scientists from abroad who have completed their doctorates less than twelve years ago;
  • up to 150 Feodor Lynen Research Fellowships to highly qualified German scholars and scientists, who have completed their doctorates less than twelve years ago, enabling them to spend periods of research abroad;
  • up to 10 Alexander von Humboldt Professorships to top-rank researchers of all disciplines working abroad who are eligible to be appointed to full professorships in Germany to carry out ground-breaking and long-term research (nominations by German Universities);
  • 2 Max Planck Research Awards to highly-qualified German and foreign scholars and scientists for international cooperation;
  • German Chancellor Scholarships for prospective leaders in the academic, economic, and political fields: up to 10 scholarships each for prospective leaders from the United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the People's Republic of China;
  • additional research fellowships in special programs.

Some facts about our U.S. partner organization: The American Philosophical Society (APS)

The American Philosophical Society, founded in Philadelphia in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for ‘the promotion of useful knowledge,’ is an honorary learned society of 947 members who are elected in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the mathematical, physical, and biological sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts, professions, and leaders in public and private affairs. Past members include the first four presidents of the United States, Alexander von Humboldt, Charles Darwin, and Albert Einstein. Present members include close to 100 Nobel Laureates. The Society holds biannual meetings for its members in April and November. It also

  • supports a major library of 300,000 books and 10 million manuscripts specializing in the history of modern science and in American history to 1840;
  • publishes a dozen scholarly books annually;
  • maintains an exhibition program displaying treasures from the Society’s collections;
  • awards 10 annual or semi-annual prizes for distinguished academic achievement, scholarship, and public service;
  • awards 75 to 80 Franklin Research grants annually to scholars in all fields of knowledge for research travel, field work, or laboratory expenses;
  • awards 18 to 20 Sabbatical Fellowships annually to mid-career scholars in the humanities and social sciences;
  • awards 1 two-year Daland fellowships annually to clinical investigators in medical research;
  • awards 20 to 25 Phillips grants annually in Native American ethno-history and linguistics;
  • awards 20 to 25 Library Resident fellowships annually for research in the APS library;
  • awards 45 to 55 Lewis & Clark grants annually for field studies in many disciplines.

Website: http://www.amphilsoc.org


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This program is financed by the:

Frontiers of Research Symposia

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