The Canadian political scientist André Laliberté from the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa is to receive the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Konrad Adenauer Research Award. Laliberté studies the role of religion in Asian societies.
How did Buddhism establish itself in numerous societies throughout the world? What is the relationship between Buddhism and the respective nation and its form of government? What is the situation with regard to legal pluralism in societies that are increasingly under Chinese influence? Why are religious communities becoming increasingly politicised and how do they become politicised? Focusing on the area where regional, political and religious studies intersect, Laliberté studies the relationship between religious communities and the state and between Buddhism and secularisation processes in societies with differing levels of modernity in today’s globalised world. The Asia expert’s work is hallmarked by its interdisciplinary approach and international scope, the selection committee underscored in its statement.
The award winner was nominated for the Konrad Adenauer Research Award by Professor Christoph Kleine from the Faculty for History, Art and Oriental Studies of the University of Leipzig. Laliberté will join the Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies on “Multiple Secularities - Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities”.
Researchers from Canada who are selected to receive a Konrad Adenauer Research Award have made fundamental discoveries and findings which have shaped their fields even beyond their particular areas of specialisation and have, through their character and research, helped strengthen scientific and cultural relations between Germany and Canada. The award is valued at €60,000.
Canadian-German collaboration in the spirit of the Humboldt Foundation was also strengthened recently through the extension of a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Alberta. During a formal reception held at the German ambassador’s residence in Ottawa on 9 May 2019, the Canadian partners from the University of Alberta and a representative of the Humboldt Foundation confirmed their intention of winning over Canadian scientists and scholars in the future as well for research stays in Germany and networking in Canada.